Popular TV show Dickinson’s Real Deal recently aired an episode which featured three items previously belonging to Stan Laurel. David Dickinson filmed material at Barrow Sixth Form College last year and interviewed the manager of the Laurel and Hardy Museum, which is located in Ulverston, Laurel’s birth place. Mark Greenhow spoke with Dickinson to give some background of the artefacts before the Duke was filmed interviewing Mark.
The items presented on the show by the museum were a hip flask, an ashtray and a cigarette case. The hip flask and cigarette case were given to Stan Laurel’s father, Arthur Jefferson, when he left the Eden Theatre. Stan’s father gave the hip flask and cigarette case to his son in 1932. Eventually, John McCabe, the biographer for Stan Laurel, gave the cigarette case to Bill Cubin, the grandfather of Mark Greenhow. Bill Cubin was the founder of the museum. Wes Butters, who was previously a DJ on Radio 1, is a friend of the museum and bought the hip flask. However, he did loan it back to the museum and allow it to be filmed on Dickinson’s Real Deal.
The ashtray was originally bought by Stan Laurel to use while smoking in the house. Greenhow detailed the history of the items to Dickinson, as antiques experts can often explain the background behind individual objects, particularly items of antique furniture. A reputable dealer would be able to give a client some history of an item, such as open bookcases and Victorian dining chairs .
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