From the 27th June to the 3rd July 2013 (Preview 26th June) a pair of 19th-century English cannons thought to be connected to the famed ‘Holy Grail’ will be brought to Masterpiece London 2013 by Apter-Fredericks Ltd who will donate 5% of the proceeds to Walking With The Wounded.
“It is great to be a beneficiary of this generous initiative from Harry and Guy Apter at Masterpiece London that aptly takes place on the site of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to retired soldiers since Charles II founded it in 1682. Donations are invaluable and help us to rebuild the lives of the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded personnel and get them back into the workplace.” – Fergus Williams, Operations Director of Walking With The Wounded
The cannons originate from the famous Nanteos Mansion, a Georgian estate in Aberystwyth which has belonged to the Powell family for 250 years and which has a mythic history involving the Holy Grail.
Their significance as important military objects romantically intertwined with native religious mythology secures their place at Masterpiece this year, as exhibits which will interest viewers on many different levels. Rather than firing cannon balls, the cannons will blow viewers away and encourage imaginations to fly, while also providing potential buyers the opportunity to enhance the present and future experience of British military personnel.