The Robe of Providence

The Robe of Providence – A Relic of West Bromwich

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe relic of advance preparation.

West Bromwich is one of Sandwell’s biggest market towns, with both an indoor permanent market and a thriving street market that date back to the early 18th century. Markets have traditionally been a place of commerce and community, and the markets at West Brom offer a notoriously diverse range of goods.

The Robe of Providence is a nod both to that and to the staunch market traders who follow the tradition of being at once a tradesperson, agony aunt, news service and repository of local information. If you need help in any market town, from directions to advice, speak to one of the traders. If they can’t help, they’ll know a person who can.

Made after the style of a wrap-around pinafore The Robe of Providence is both ceremonial and functional, containing representations of those useful items that often come in useful including:

  • Safety Pins
  • A Silk Square
  • A Needle and Thread
  • Scissors
  • Teddy Gray’s Herbal Tablets

The Robe of Providence is made from velvet, embroidered ribbon, silk, safety pins, silver and a single 20 carat lab created pear shaped white sapphire.

The Robe of Providence aims to be a symbol of preparation, resourcefulness and always providing assistance where possible.


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