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A piece of Brewood’s agricultural history to go under the hammer…

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Friday, 2nd March will see some very interesting pieces of local silver go under the hammer at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Fine Art Auction. Part of a strong silver section within the sale, which will take place at Cuttlestones’ Penkridge auction room, the lots relate to the Brewood & District Agricultural Society, and date from the mid-1930s.

While the society itself has since dissolved, national archive records remain this once thriving organisation, which centred on the Staffordshire village of Brewood. Particularly poignant with the blockbuster movie ‘War Horse’ so recently released was a report from the 1st February 1913 Express & Star, which relayed comments made at one of the society’s regular meetings:

“A meeting of Brewood and District Agricultural Society was told of a “momentous deficit in horseflesh,” with horses being in short supply, especially for military service.”


The lots set to be sold at Cuttlestones, meanwhile, date from the years preceding WWII and provide a very interesting insight into local agricultural history during the society’s heyday. The first of these comprises of a pair of silver twin-handled trophies decorated with an equestrian theme. Hallmarked for 1936 they are by the Birmingham maker William T Blackband. While both cups are engraved as the ‘Express & Star Trophy’, one also carries the inscription for the Brewood & District Agricultural Society.

A pair of trophies, this time featuring cattle and horses, also make up the second lot. Of triangular form with handles on each corner, the trophies have a circular vignette on each side, individually featuring a heavy horse, a cow and a horse under saddle. Set on ebonised bases, both trophies are hallmarked for Birmingham 1938 and engraved for the Brewood & District Agricultural Society.

The catalogue, for Cuttlestones’ Friday, 2nd March Fine Art Auction will be available at from Friday, 24th February. Live online, telephone and commission bidding options available for those unable to attend on the day. For further details call 01785 714905.

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