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Museum's stolen silver found
Somerset County Museum
It has been a good seven days for the Taunton-based museum
Antique silver which was stolen in a raid on Somerset County Museum 11 years ago has turned up at a London antiques fair.

Eight pieces of 17th century Somerset silver were stolen in July 1992, including a snuff box, three beakers and four spoons together with three pocket watches.

Shortly after the raid one spoon was retrieved but, in spite of national publicity, no other items were ever recovered.

Silver expert, Timothy Kent, found one of the beakers at an antiques fair at Olympia in London.

The beaker was recovered by officers from the Metropolitan Police Art and Antiques Unit and will soon be returned to the museum.

Stephen Minnitt of the museum said: "We hold an important collection of 17th century Somerset silver and the thief targeted the most significant pieces.

"We are absolutely delighted by the return of this beaker which will go back on public display at the earliest opportunity."

It has been a successful seven days for the museum which recently announced a Roman silver coin hoard, discovered in Somerset, was back on display after a successful fund-raising effort to keep it in Britain.

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