This is a brass plate made by a company called John Port, Mill Street, Ancoats.
There is no date on the plate. The plate measures 11.4cm by 10.5cm.
The details of the plate are: By her Majesty’s Royal Letters Patent, John Port, Patent Safe Manufacturers, Mill Street, Ancoats, Manchester.
The plate also shows the City of Manchester arms dating from 1842, showing a unicorn and lion with the motto ‘CONCILIO ET LABORE’- By counsel and by labour – inscribed underneath. This is the official motto of Manchester and can be found all over the city. The ship and shield have also been used by both football teams of the city, Manchester United and Manchester City.
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