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A SILVER tea set marking the achievements of Stoke City's most famous son is to go under the hammer later this month.
The four-piece set was presented to football legend Sir Stanley Matthews after he clocked up a record number of appearances for England.
Stoke City FC decided to recognise his achievement – of 44 matches – with the commemorative silverware, in 1946.
It is expected to bring in between £1,000 and £1,500 at Louis Taylor's two-day fine art sale on March 11 and 12.
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Other lots will be on sale at the auction including a framed illuminated manuscript presented to Sir Stan by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
It includes a eulogy which reads: "By your amazing football ability you have rendered magnificent service to your city by placing it in the forefront not only nationally but internationally.
"We are gratified that you have proved to the world that Stoke-on-Trent has a son of whom we are justly proud."
The manuscript, dated March 28, 1946, is signed by the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and the Town Clerk.
It is expected to sell for between £500 and £800.
Clive Hillier, head auctioneer at Louis Taylor Fine Art, said: "Both these pieces are one-offs. They truly are one of a kind and we are expecting them to attract a lot of interest.
"The silver tea and coffee set has a nice inscription and was given to Sir Stan after his 44th appearance following the England v Belgium match on January 19, 1946.
"The manuscript is another nice piece. It is in watercolour and calligraphy writing. It was made specifically for Sir Stan himself.
"We are expecting there to be a lot of interest from people who specifically collect items associated with Sir Stanley Matthews and we hope they will be snapped up by somebody local."
A Peggy Davies Ceramics-produced Sir Stanley Matthews Charger will also be up for grabs. The pottery firm designed the item to commemorate the life of Sir Stan.
It features the famous winger on the ball in front of the crowd and is one of only two ever produced.
It is expected to fetch between £200 and £300.
Nigel Johnson, of the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation, said: "It would be nice to see the items remain in the city because of the relevance Sir Stan had to Stoke-on-Trent. But either way, I hope whoever does manage to secure them, that they treat them with the respect they deserve."
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Video courtesy of Ray Johnson.