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Ceremonial silver

In the Mayor's parlour is a ceremonial bowl and cover, made from silver (partly gilt).

The bowl was commissioned to celebrate Uxbridge's achievement of borough status in 1955, but its origins, strangely enough, go back two years earlier to the historic ascent of Mount Everest.

The ascent of Everest

In November 1953 the Goldsmiths' Company announced an open competition for the design a ceremonial plate to commemorate the first successful ascent of Everest by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay on 29 May the same year.

The winning design by R W Stevens of Kent used sculpted decoration to emphasize the climbers' spirit of exploration and endeavour, and this was duly used for the Goldsmiths' Company's plate.

The drawings entered for the competition were exhibited at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, and at the British Industries Fair.

A bowl for Uxbridge

But it was another craftsman, Eric Clements, placed second, whose design caught the imagination when ideas were being sought for a separate Uxbridge Borough ceremonial bowl, to be presented by the directors of Auto Diesels Limited.

He was contacted by Auto Diesels Limited in March 1955, and after some discussion it was decided to use a modified version of his original competition entry, including the Borough coat of arms and inscription.

His new design was accepted in November and passed to Padgett and Braham, who produced the finished bowl in 1956.

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