A SMALL but sparkling piece of Sheffield history is due to go under the hammer next week.
A pendant worn by former Lord Mayor of Sheffield Sir Samuel Roberts, Bart. has been put up for auction by a descendant.
The 18-carat gold and amethyst and white quartz enamel piece dates back to 1904, when he was MP for Ecclesall. Measuring 4.5cm long, the pendant features Sheffield’s coat of arms and motto.
It is expected to fetch between £350 and £450 when it goes up for sale at Matthew Barton auctioneers in London tomorrow.
The pendant was created by Sheffield jewellers Mappin and Webb, which has since grown into one of the most prestigious establishments in the country.
The Roberts family made their fortune as cutlers in Sheffield. They lived in the Queen’s Tower, a Tudor-style mansion in Norfolk Park.
Sir Samuel was a barrister, and became Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1900. He was elected to parliament for Ecclesall in 1902, which he represented until his retirement in 1922.
The pendant has stayed in the family until being offered for sale.