Gifts Today magazine

Benevolent Society Ball auction

Bids being taken until midday tomorrow for one-of-a-kind Andrew Macgowan silver piece to be auctioned at the charity event on 5 December

The 84th Benevolent Society Ball, featuring the NAJ Awards, takes place at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Thursday evening, sponsored by Jewellery & Watch. The event attracts guests from the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering and travelgoods and accessories trades.

Esteemed Silversmith, Andrew Macgowan, has designed and make a bespoke silver bowl to be auctioned at the ball. The piece is currently being made from over a kilo of hallmarked Britannia Silver that has been generously donated by Umicore and will feature diamonds donated by Jewellery Brokers/diamondsplease.co.uk. Photographs of the bowl being hand made by Andrew Macgowan will accompany the bowl to ensure that the future provenance is established.

Due to the exclusive nature of the piece it is anticipated that this auction lot will be highly sought after and with this in mind The Benevolent Society will be taking bids prior to the event to enable those who cannot attend the Benevolent Ball a chance to get their hands on this stunning and collectable piece.

David Doyle, Vice Chairman of The Benevolent Society & President of the NAJ, who will be auctioning this piece on the night of the Benevolent Ball, says: 'Due to the unique nature of this piece that will be marked “1 of 1” it is anticipated that this auction lot will be highly sought after and with this in mind we believe it only fair to accept bids prior to the event in order to enable those who cannot attend the Benevolent Ball a chance to get their hands on this completely unique and signed one off piece.

'It is quite simply history in the making and one of those very rare opportunities that people may be fortunate enough to get to acquire a truly notable and functional silver piece. The Queen already has one of Andy’s Silver bowls in her private collection and I am in no doubt that this will become another truly notable piece of the future and a very sound investment for some lucky bidder.'

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to place a bid for this iconic piece then please email auctioneer David Doyle on: auction@thebenevolentsociety.co.uk by midday on Wednesday 4 December with your maximum bid.



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