Collection SC560 - Henry Crease collection

Beaded Stole

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Henry Crease collection

General material designation

  • Object

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code


Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • ca. 1860 (Creation)
    Crease, Henry Pering Pellew, Sir, 1823-1905

Physical description area

Physical description

1 beaded stole.

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Henry Pering Pellew Crease was born on 20 August 1823 at Ince Castle, Cornwall. His father was a Captain in the Royal Navy. Crease earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clare College, University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Laws from Middle Temple. In 1849 he was called to the Bar. At this time he moved to Upper Canada to work on a canal project with his family, but returned to England shortly thereafter and began work as a barrister. Following this he managed a tin mine for a short period. In 1858 Crease left for Canada again with his wife Sarah Lindley. After failing to find work in Toronto he moved he moved to Victoria that December. There he was admitted as a barrister in British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and in 1861 James Douglas appointed him Attorney-General. In 1870 he was appointed a judge on the Supreme Court of British Columbia, where he remained until his retirement in 1896, the same year he was knighted. Henry and Sarah had six children, including Susan (1855-1947) and Josephine (1864-1947), both of whom became notable watercolour painters. Crease is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Custodial history

Crease likely acquired the stole in the 1860s while he travelled with Supreme Court Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie on a circuit throughout British Columbia, and it was presumably passed down to several family members. A plate accompanies the stole, which reads: "The stole was presented to the Law Library by Miss Laura Lindley Roff, class of 1984. She told us that it had been presented to her great grandfather, Mr. Justice Crease, when he was on circuit in the interior of the province. Miss Roff told us that she had been told that the Aboriginal people thought the black judicial robes were dull and needed brightening."

Scope and content

The collection consists of a beaded stole. The stole is made of red felt and is embroidered with a bead floral design. Each side measures approximately 60 cm.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Transferred from the Law Library to Special Collections in 2015.


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Generated finding aid

Associated materials

See also the Crease Family fonds at the BC Archives:

Related materials



Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres