Object name: Calendar
Artist: Chief Architect's Office, Dept. of Public Works
Maker: Paul Beau
Material: Wrought iron; brass; walnut
Dimensions: 52.8 x 40 x 40 cm
Catalogue no.: O-4790
The pyramidal shape of the calendar in the House of Commons Chamber closely follows the original one used prior to the 1916 fire. Above a twisted band, "the motif on the base and at the corners is the wild grapevine, native of Canada; its habit is to cling and climb with increasing vigour as days pass and years come and go. The calendar stand serves a like purpose, recording the days as they come and go". It is surmounted at the top by a crest decorated with shields featuring traditional floral emblems - the rose, fleur-de-lis, thistle and shamrock - the whole capped with a delicate crown.