Many years ago an audit by the Margate Charter Trustees revealed a number of items in the Town Silver collection could not be accounted for. This led to an inquiry and led to all sorts of accusations which were eventually put down to poor record keeping. This sorry saga centred around a set of silver spoons in the civic collection which started off as 100 in the collection. Made in Sheffield they were only given to other civic dignitaries or past Mayors but somehow the Charter Trustees could not identify who had received them and the audit did not tally. Being a Charter Trustee at the time I sat in on many meetings that investigated the mystery of the missing spoons. As many readers may recall from previous postings that I have been investigating the absolute disastrous way civic items from the Boroughs of Margate and Ramsgate were handed over to TDC and so forth.
At the time I mentioned this to the Charter Trustees but to be honest I have made more progress wading through porridge. So to prove a point I have been going through thousands of spoons at boot fairs and auctions for years in the hope of finding a Margate silver spoon that had obviously not been awarded to a civic dignitary or the high and mighty.
So after many years of looking, Today I have found one which I purchased today at the Westgate Auctions in a junk pile.
After a careful clean it will be returned to the Charter Trustees and hopefully to be put back into the Civic collection and they will look after it.