Lord Mayor’s pendant goes under hammer again

Auction bid: The pendant.
Auction bid: The pendant.
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An EIGHTEEN-carat gold and amethyst-encrusted City of Sheffield pendant presented to a Sheffield MP and former Lord Mayor is up for sale priced £1,750 - less than a year after it was sold for £700.

The 1904 pendant features the City of Sheffield’s coat of arms and its Latin motto Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit - With God’s Help Our Labour Is Successful.

It was presented to Sir Samuel Roberts who was Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1899 to 1900 and MP for Sheffeld Ecclesall from 1902 until 1923.

Last year the pendant could have been bought for £700 - the sum it fetched at London auctioneers Matthew Barton on May 24.

Before the auction, the pendant had been expected to sell for between £350 and £450.

Now, only 10 months later, the Sheffield pendant is up for sale again with a £1,750 price tag.

It is for sale from award-winning London West End silver dealer, Sanda Lipton, at the 20th British Antique Dealers’ Association Fair which opens in Chelsea, London, on Wednesday.

The pendant was made by Mappin & Webb, a company which started life in Sheffield and who are now silversmiths to the Queen and the Prince of Wales. Frederick Mappin was a Sheffield town councillor and a director of the Sheffield Gas and Light Company and helped create The University of Sheffield.

Sir Samuel Roberts lived at Queen’s Tower, a Tudor-style mansion in Norfolk Park, and was married with six children. He was 74 when he died in 1926.