Historic and extremely striking Edwardian City of Sheffield ceremonial oval pendant in its original fitted case. Made in Sheffield in 1904 by Mappin and Webb. The obverse is enamelled with the Arms and Motto of the City of Sheffield on a matted, 18 carat gold ground, bordered by alternate circular cut amethyst and white quartz stones. The reverse is a glazed vacant oval. The 18 carat gold hallmarks are clearly stamped on either side of the Sheffield arms and the suspension ring is also hallmarked. There is a hand-written note in the cavity in the box which would have housed the suspension ribbon which says "Lord Mayor of Sheffield's badge. Samuel Roberts later 1st Bart." This badge remained in the family until 2010 when it was sold at auction.
Size :- 1.4 inches (3.6 cm) wide x 1.7 inches (4.3 cm) long excluding suspension ring
PROVENANCE:- Sir Samuel Roberts, 1st Baronet PC, DL (30 April 1852 - 19 June 1926) Barrister, British politician and businessman Attended Repton School, Trinity College Cambridge and Inner Temple Became a barrister in 1877 Lord Mayor of Sheffield 1900 MP for Sheffield Eccleshall 1902 (Conservative) - retirement in 1922 Knighted 1917 Made Baronet 1919 Became Privy Councillor 1922 Sir Samuel was also a member of the Wanderers amateur football club and became a director of Camell Laird and of the National Provincial Bank. The Roberts family acquired their wealth as cutlers, manufacturing platers and silversmiths in Sheffield in the 19th Century. This pendant was made for Sir Samuel when he was no longer Lord Mayor of Sheffield, to be worn at ceremonial and official occasions in order to mark his former status.