02 August 2007

A Unique Opportunity

We have been fortunate to be offered a beautiful solid silver tankard, originally the property of the late Ida Sills, of the world-renowned Vistablu Bedlington Terriers, to sell to raise funds for Bedlington Rescue. The tankard stands 5¼ inches high, and weighs 12 oz, and has been valued by a local antiques dealer at between £120 and £150. It is hall-marked by the Sheffield Assay Office, and its date letter appears to be for 1900; maker’s mark looks like JF over EF, within a shield shape. The tankard is embossed with an ornate "flowers and swags" decoration, and the escutcheon is engraved:
"Presented by Mrs Llewellyn Ward, Best AV Terrier, Everyman’s Dog Show, Brighton"
Mrs Llewellyn Ward was the owner of the Wrinstone affix, and she was well-known and respected during the 1930s.
We are inviting sealed bids for the tankard, a unique piece of breed history, which, besides being very special in its own right, will, we hope, appreciate in value. If you would like to make a realistic bid (bearing in mind the valuation), please send your bid, in writing, with your name and contact details in a sealed envelope, to
Viv Rainsbury, 174 Bells Road, Gorleston on Sea, Norfolk, NR31 6BA, before 30 September 2007.
Ida Sills was a lifelong supporter of breed rescue (although largely behind the scenes and often unsung), and we have been asked by the tankard’s present owner to raise as much as we can, in Ida’s memory. Please be generous (and realistic) with your bids.

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