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Customer kept a £2,000 silver bowl in Cradley Heath coal shed

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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I DO not know if this will be of interest to you, but I used to help my late husband Roger, when he managed his late father's silversmith's business in Powell Street, Birmingham, on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter.

Apart from making quality spirit flasks, we used to take in articles for repair.

One day a man brought a beautiful silver punch bowl, hallmarked in Edinburgh. I cannot remember the year.

It was about 12 inches in diameter and about 10 inches in height.

Around the top were little niches and in each niche there was a little statue depicting one of the author Sir Walter Scott's characters from his books.

I think two of the little statues were damaged, but our silversmith did a very good job of repairing them.

The bowl belonged to, I think, a cycling club in Cradley Heath.

When the customer came to collect it, he was asked where it was kept.

He replied: "In the coal shed."

My husband was appalled. "Do you know what this is worth?" he asked.

The customer replied: "No." Roger then valued it at about £2,000.

It was a very heavy solid item and the workmanship that had gone into making it was second to none.

It would be even more valuable at today's silver prices.

Needless to say the customer was astounded to learn what a valuable bowl the club possessed.

I have often wondered what happened to that beautiful punch bowl. I can still picture it in my mind. Did they sell it, if so, where is it now?

Some beautiful antique items passed through our hands over the years.

But that silver punch bowl stands out in my memory, even after all these years.

Mrs N.T. Crosbee,

Flat 34 Milton Court,

Sandon Road,

Smethwick, B66 4AD.

PS Thank you for printing my letter about my brother's rescue from the sea on D Day.

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