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A LARGE UNSOLVED MYSTERY!
Illustrated in a Walker & Hall catalogue from the early 20th
century was the "Bingham" Yorkshire Field-Firing Trophy. The
trophy was the largest piece of sterling hollow ware that had
circumference of 11 feet and weighed 1,500 ounces of gilded
silver to pass through the Sheffield Assay Office up to 1895.
The Brighouse historian is baffled how such a large item could
just disappear without a trace. What was the fate of this trophy
that could now be worth about £800,000; was it sold, stolen or
melted down - that is the unsolved mystery!
An article appeared in the Telegraph & Argus on Thursday 7th
November 2002, titled - "How could a trophy this size go missing?"
The article related how a researcher realised that the "Bingham"
Yorkshire Field-Firing Trophy had disappeared from the Brighouse
Museum. The 3ft 6ins high trophy made in 1893 is or was an oval
sterling silver vase on a plateau of silver and reputedly cost
the large sum of £800. Colonel J E Bingham of Walker & Hall,
Sheffield ordered the trophy that was awarded to the winning
Yorkshire volunteer battalion in the annual field-firing
competition (Footnote 2).
The Brighouse Volunteers won the trophy in 1912 and in 1913, but
with the outbreak of war in 1914, the competition was suspended
and not held again.
The trophy was then proudly displayed in the local museum as a
prized exhibit that was last seen in the 1940s.
Footnote 1: Newsquest Media Group 2002.
Footnote 2: Created a baronet in 1903, Colonel John
Edward Bingham, a nephew of Henry Hall of Walker & Hall, was
“the popular and esteemed commander of the 1st West York
Volunteers, Royal Engineers.” He also presented the "Bingham"
Challenge Shield to the Yorkshire Volunteers also illustrated in
the same catalogue.
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