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Millennium Punch Bowl is looking spick and span.

19 Oct 2012

Sheffield Assay Office in collaboration with Museums Sheffield and the four original silversmiths who designed and made the Millennium Punch bowl and cups met last week to give the Sheffield Assay Office commission a clean.  For those of you who have not seen the punch bowl this is a large bowl accompanied by a series of individually made punch cups. This has been loaned to Museums Sheffield and on permanent display in the Millennium Galleries, Metalwork Gallery. This is not a regular occurrence; the last time the punch bowl was cleaned was approximately five years ago.

Alex Brogden, Chris Knight, Brett Payne and Keith Tyssen along with the Curator at Sheffield Assay Office Emma Paragreen and Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Museums Sheffield Clare Starkie, set to undertake this challenge.

Work began at 9am to empty the display cases and remove all the 2000 jacks that the punch bowl rests on, (each symbolising a year up to the Millennium). The punch bowl is made of two layers an inner and outer surface, accompanied by a plank, ladle and a series of punch cups commissioned between the years of 2000 - 2008 by nationally and internationally renowned silversmiths. 

By 5pm after much cleaning, drying and polishing the Millennium Punch Bowl was carefully installed back in a new setting, gleaming and ready to be viewed by many more visitors.



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