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The Mary Parsons Charity Service for retired Silversmiths

12 Dec 2014

Tennants Auctioneers

All silversmiths are welcome to join us on at 11.15am on Saturday 27th December 2014, for the Mary Parsons Charity Service, which is being held at the The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA.

In 1817, a lady called Mary Parsons left a bequest in her will for the amount of £1,500 - in those days a considerable amount - to benefit forty eight old, infirm and poor Sheffield silversmiths. This generous gesture was made in memory of her brother John, who was one of the earliest Sheffield platers and silversmiths.

The Sheffield Assay Office now administers this unique charity and plays an active role in generating funds from the sale of the Bradbury’s Book of Hallmarks and obtaining donations from the public and the trade. Every year on December 27th, the feast of St John the Evangelist, silversmiths still gather in Sheffield Cathedral to benefit from Mary Parsons' bequest.

Assay Master, Ashley Carson who has been the Chairman of the Mary Parsons Charity since 1993 comments:

"Over the years we have had a strong desire to keep this worthwhile charity going. It now relies on donations and support from the Sheffield Assay Office and the trade. The service is a great occasion to bring the silversmiths’ of the City of Sheffield together to give thanks for their skills and craftsmanship”

For anyone wishing to make a donation, cheques should be made payable to 'Mary Parsons Charity' and sent to:

Sheffield Assay Office, Guardians' Hall, Beulah Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 2AN

You can find out more about the Mary Parsons Charity here.

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