The 25 medals of the Bridge of Allan Curling Club, most from the 19th century and dating back to 1851, were mounted on a velvet waistcoat, as seen in the above photo of the club in 1895. They were worn by the club president on special occasions, but were stored away in a bank vault in the 1950s. By the time the club, one of the oldest in the country, published its bicentenary history in 1990, they were lost, and the author made a plaintive appeal: 'Where did the medals go - does anyone know?'
The medals were mostly silver competition prizes but included a number of special presentation items and one gold medal presented in 1865 by Lord Abercromby.
Today they resurfaced at local auctioneers Robertson's of Kinbuck, and despite a bland catalogue entry that read simply 'Selection of silver medals' and no reserve price, there was immediate interest within the local community as Kinbuck is just five miles north of Bridge of Allan. After intense competition at the auction, the hammer price was over £1,000 plus commission. The identity of the purchaser is presently unknown.