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Calendar

Object name: Calendar
Artist: Chief Architect's Office, Dept. of Public Works
Maker: Paul Beau
Date: 1926
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.
House of Commons Debates, May 28, 1926

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