DISPOSAL OF CHURCH PLATE

In olden time, as in more modern times for a similar purpose by agreement with the clergy and churchwardens, superfluous vessels were sold to parishioners and others. Some might be bought because of its quaintness, but it was acquired chiefly as a cheap method of securing silver plate for domestic use. There must have been instances too, when the plate was sold for old silver, for it should be remembered that many of the so-called acts of vandalism were pardonable in that in the days in which they were done the silver would be much damaged, and of little artistic merit. To-day many things are destroyed, sold and scrapped as of no value as curios of worth, although in time to come similar objects may be regarded as price-less gems of antiquarian interest and research.