Stolen cup goes back to Hull museum 30 years on

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by The News Editor

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An 18th-century silver cup that was stolen from a Hull museum three decades ago is back in its real home.

From this week, Hull museum-goers can view the Barachin Cup, which disappeared from the city’s Wilberforce House Museum.

An Art Fund grant helped Hull Museums buy the silverware in 1969, only for it to vanish from Wilberforce 17 years later.

On Thursday, the cup returned to the museum for the public to view in a safe display case.

The trophy is back thanks to the know-how of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s (V&A).

The London museum’s metalwork senior curator Angus Patterson recognised it as the thieved item after it was shown to him at a special “opinions day”.

A depiction of Greek god Hermes and his staff, plus the previous owners’ initials, made the item identifiable.

The collector, who bought the bowl last summer, kindly gave it back to Hull Museums for nothing.

Abraham Barachin, a Hull silversmith, made the cup in 1725. The thieves have never been caught.

Director of the Art Fund Stephen Deuchar said: “How wonderful that the Barachin cup, missing for nearly 30 years, is now returned to its rightful home.”

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Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by The News Editor

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