Sir Mackenzie Bowell Collection


Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823-1917), Canada's fifth Prime Minister.
Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823-1917), Canada’s fifth Prime Minister.
This historically significant collection of porcelain and Canadian silver belonged to Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823-1917), a prominent Belleville citizen, businessman and Prime Minister of Canada from 1894 to 1896.
The collection consists of dozens of pieces of sterling silver flatware, serving utensils and a 4-piece coffee and tea service. The flatware features the Bowell family crest while the service is decorated with typical Canadian motifs of beavers and maple leaves as well as scenes from the history of the Orange Order.  The silver was presented to Sir Mackenzie Bowell in 1875, by the Grand Orange Lodge of British North America, in recognition of his service to them as Grand Master.
The collection also includes more than 40 pieces of a porcelain dinner service, a gift from Queen Victoria upon Bowell’s retirement as Prime Minister in 1896. This elaborate dinnerware is decorated with gold banding, the Bowell family crest and blue transfer ware images featuring a variety of birds and foliage.
Many of these pieces are displayed in Glanmore’s dining room.