Victorian window frame

Contributed by Charles Whitfield King

Victorian window frame

This Victorian engraved window frame with the initials CWK belonged to Charles Whitfield King who was my Gt Grandfather, when he ran his stamp trade from the original offices in Lacy Street, Ipswich.
Starting out part time aged 14 in 1869 with a capital of just one shilling while working in a shipping office in Ipswich, he went on to become second largest stamp dealer in Great Britain and known throughout the world for the next 90 years.

The Office was claimed in 1887 to be the first building constructed entirely for the stamp trade, & after trading ceased in the early 1960s the original office was demolished in the late 1960s which is where this window frame & was retrieved.
The newer extension of the office (opened 1937) still remains today but now as a health centre.
Not only to me a family memento but also a bit of Ipswich history .

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