Item 1654 - "Give Peace in Our Time, O Lord" ornament from the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

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ZA COM MR-T-1654

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"Give Peace in Our Time, O Lord" ornament from the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

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(1 December 1931 – 8 January 2018)

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The fourth President of Trinidad and Tobago, in office from 2003 to 2013. He was the first President of Trinidad and Tobago and head of state to have Amerindian ancestry. A chemical engineer by training, Richards was Principal of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad from 1984 to 1996. He previously worked for Shell Trinidad Ltd before joining the University of the West Indies in 1965.

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Verified by: Lucia Raadschelders ; Date verified: 5/01/12

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Award presented to Mr Mandela on the occasion of his visit to Trinidad and Tobago fom the President of the Republic, Trinidad and Tobago

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Award consists of a triangular shaped base (with rectangualr bottom) in medium dark wood. A bronze plate with an affixed smaller gold plate is affixed to the wooden base and reads:
Presented by His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards, T.C., CMT, Ph.D. President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
To Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his visit to Trinidad and Tobago
April 2004
A small circular plate is affixed abolve this plaque with the golden coat of arms of Trinidad and Tobago

The base holds aloft a disc of clear, engraved glass. The left and right side of the crystal are engraved with the Chaconia Blossom, Trinidad and Tobago's national flower. The top of the crystal is engraved with a circle divided into two parts: The top part is an engraving of Trinidad and Tobago and the bottom part is an engraving of South Africa.
The glass disc hold at its centre smaller concentric circles of the medium dark wood. Mounted on the smaller circle is a delicately pierced forged dove of sterling silver set with a moonstone in 18 carat yellow cold and with wings carved of mother of pearl.

There is a gold triangular plate affixed to the rear portion of the base that includes an artists note describing the award and the significance of the engravings and ornaments. The title of the piece is "Give Peacei n Our Time O Lord."

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Nelson Mandela Awards Database ID: A0230

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