Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Monday, 25 March 2013

Stolen property or legit

Some time back I bought this fine selection of silver spoons after an exchange of emails from some people in Shoreham . They had not the faintest idea what they were or the provenance. However, I do,
they are civic spoons from the Borough of Margate collection. They were commissioned in the 1960's and they have the correct James Dixon & Sons hallmark and because of this I paid well above the market value in cash to secure them. Traditionally these spoons are given as civic gifts to visiting dignitaries or local people for achievement. Like reaching a 100th Birthday. This tradition is still carried on today by the Margate Charter Trustees. On rare occasions single spoons do appear on the internet probably passed on or from house clearances. So to come across a group of them is something that  just does not happen .There maybe a perfectly legitimate explanation but on the other hand I am well aware of a 1990's situation when the Margate Charter Trustees did lose audit controls on these little blighters. I think more investigation is needed - keep you posted.

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