LEADING family-owned jeweller HL Brown has marked the 150th anniversary of its foundation in Sheffield with a double presentation to two of the city’s leading institutions.
Chairman Michael Frampton made the presentations to Sheffield City Council and the Cutlers’ Company at a celebration luncheon in the Cutlers’ Hall.
Lord Mayor Alan Law accepted a limited edition silver water pitcher on behalf of the Council.
The pitcher, commissioned by HL Brown, designed by award winning silversmith Shannon O’Neill and hallmarked in Sheffield, will go with the pair of silver candelabra presented to Alderman James Sterland 50 years ago by Mr Frampton’s uncle and the company founder’s grandson, Col Denis Brown, to mark the firm’s centenary.
Meanwhile, Master Cutler Prof Bill Speirs accepted an Admiral FitzRoy Barometer – named after the pioneering meteorologist and captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s voyage of discovery. Presenting the gifts, Mr Frampton recalled the company motto, coined by the founder who fled from Poland to Sheffield in 1860 after taking part in an unsuccessful insurrection against Russian rule.
“In recognition of the succour he had received in this country, he chose the motto Gratis semper summum – we are ever grateful,” Mr Frampton told guests at the luncheon.