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Fine Modern & Antique Arms - June 2021

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Sale A0621 Lot 928


fitted for 30in. barrels, the interior lined with red baize (some moth damage), a paper Holland & Holland trade label, removable oak baize-lined top tier for gun No. 1, the lower tier for gun No. 2, brass lock (key missing), handle missing, the lid exterior with a central brass plaque with 'JOHN E. ELLIS SCALBY NEAR SCARBOROUGH'

Other Notes: John Edward Ellis (15 October 1841 – 5 December 1910), was a British colliery owner and Liberal politician.

Ellis was born in Leicester to a wealthy Quaker family, his grand-father (also named John Ellis) being chair of the Midland Railway Company.

John was educated at a boarding school in Hereford, then in Kendal, following which he went to America with his father to study railway engineering. Returning to the UK, he worked as an engineer, then in 1861 organised the opening of Hucknall Colliery.
In 1867, Ellis married Maria Rowntree, the sister of Joshua Rowntree. They had three sons: John, Arthur and Harold. Their twin daughters, Edith and Marian, were anti-war activists.
In 1870, Ellis formed a Liberal Association in Hucknall, and was elected as the first president of the town's school board, serving until 1882. He was returned to Parliament for the newly created constituency of Rushcliffe in the 1885 general election. In Parliament, he was supporter of Irish Home Rule, and became a committee chairman. He supported the Boers in the Second Boer War, but as his health gradually declined, he became less active after 1902.
In December 1905, Ellis was appointed Under-Secretary of State for India in the Liberal administration of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, a post he held until 1907, and was sworn into the Privy Council in January 1906. A radical Liberal, Ellis was amongst those Liberals who supported David Lloyd George's progressive "People's Budget" of 1909.

Ellis remained Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe into 1910, but announced his intention to stand down at the December 1910 United Kingdom general election. He died suddenly, shortly before the election took place.

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Estimate £300-500

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