An 18 carat gold goblet commemorating the 800th anniversary of Melton’s St Mary’s Church is expected to fetch about £5,000 when it goes under hammer at a Shropshire fine art auction house next month.
The goblet, one of only 80 made by A.E. Jones Ltd, Birmingham in 1971, has been consigned to Halls’ fine pictures, silver and jewellery auction in Shrewsbury on November 25 by a Bridgnorth vendor.
The original goblet, made in 1630 and given to the church a year later, is used for special occasions such as Christmas and bears the inscription ‘Calix Benedictionis’ which translates to ‘The Cup of Blessing’.
A total of 800 silver replicas of the goblet were made, each representing one year of the church, parts of which date to 1171.
For more details about the auction call Halls on (01743) 450700.