Silver salver’s £1,000 price tag

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A SILVER salver presented by the Sheffield Planting Company to one of its shareholders 156 years ago has sold for £1,063 at auction.

The salver - auctioned at Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London - is engraved with the words Presented to Edwin Sorby Esq by the members of the Sheffield Planting Company in acknowledgement of his long and valuable services gratuitously rendered in the management of their plantations, 1856.

Mr Sorby lived at Button Hill, Ecclesall.

Before the auction, the salver had been expected to sell for between £700 and £900.

The Sheffield Planting Company ran from 1823 to 1858, and was set up by Sheffield lawyer, Charles Brookfield ‘for the purposes of establishing plantations of timber and other trees and of selling and disposing of the timber for their benefit’.