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'Civil War' silver found in pot

Silver items
The items are said to be worth several thousand pounds

An earthenware pot containing silver items thought to have been buried for safekeeping during the Civil War has been discovered in a Somerset garden.

It was found 18in (46cm) below the surface of the garden of a cottage in Nether Stowey, near Bridgwater.

The items bear the letters CGA, which are thought to stand for the initials of Angel Grey, the then owner of Stowey Court, and his wife, Catherine.

A treasure inquest has been adjourned to see if there is any claim on it.

The items were found by metal detector enthusiast Arthur Haig who was called in to search the garden after the cottage's owner Rebecca Baker lost a pendant from her bracelet.

If no-one comes forward, west Somerset coroner Michael Rose is expected to declare the find "treasure".

Negotiations will then be made to reach a settlement with the finder. The final valuation of the collection is expected to run to several thousand pounds.

The 17th Century collection includes a goblet, four spoons and salt and pepper holder.



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