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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK STATE COLLECTION

An English silver and enamel presentation book of IBM interest, London, 1938
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74

PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK STATE COLLECTION

An English silver and enamel presentation book of IBM interest, London, 1938
Estimate
10,00020,000
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An English silver and enamel presentation book of IBM interest, London, 1938
the book-form box with engine-turned sides, engraved "World Peace through World Trade" and "Thos. J. Watson" with monogram, opening to seven hinged panels with engraved texts, facsimile signatures, and enameled accents, the tab engraved 4 May 1939
marked P&B Ld on book and F.L.L Ltd on panels
height 9 5/8 in., length fully extended 42 in.
24.5, 106 cm
142 oz gross
4416 g
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Catalogue Note

The first page inside states, "A Tribute to Mr. Thomas J. Watson, President International Business Machines Corporation [IBM], on the occasion of the twenty fifth anniversary of his matchless leadership".  Following pages comprise a welcome from the British IBM Quarter Century Club with signatures, an appreciation from the members of the British International Time Recording Organization (23 to 10 years) with signatures, and a pledge for World Peace.

Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956) was Chairman and CEO of IBM, being instrumental in building it into an international powerhouse between his joining in 1914 and his death.  In 1937, Watson was elected chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, and the slogan "World Peace through World Trade" was adopted by both the ICC and IBM.  In 1941, he had the third highest salary and compensation package in the U.S., $517,221, on which he paid 69% in tax.  The main library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is named for him.

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