A 19th century gold commerative ring

Contributed by Nigel Needham

A 19th century gold commerative ring

The object is a gold ring and inscribed 'Presented to Mr Thomas Needham of Sheffield by Mrs Peacock'. On the inside it states 'In appreciation of his skills for affecting a cure of an ulcerated leg of 30 years standing'.

Thomas Needham was a cutlery worker living in the slums of Sheffield. He had a side line in making salve - a balm made from a secret recipe and used to heal wounds and ulcers

In the 1870's a wealthy merchant, hearing of the salve's healing powers, caused a stir by taking his daughter round to Thomas's house in a horse and carriage so that he could treat her ulcers.

The Peacock family were so happy with the outcome that they presented Thomas with the ring. For a family living in inner Sheffield the receipt of the ring was a great honour and it has subsequently become a family heirloom.

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