Jim Burke Ford of Bakersfield, Calif., has issued an all-points bulletin on Henry Fords missing punch bowl set. The reward for returning it is a 2003 Ford Expedition.
The Ford family has not seen the cut-glass bowl in more than 50 years. It was a trophy won by the auto pioneer in a 1901 race in which Henry Ford was the underdog to noted racer and manufacturer Alexander Winton.
Henry Ford treasured the punch bowl, which had been specially selected for Winton.
So instead of Mrs. Winton getting a punch bowl, Clara Ford got a punch bowl,
Ford great-grandson Edsel Ford II says.
But it got lost.
The punch bowl was lost after Clara Ford died in 1950. It may have been sold inadvertently at a 1951 New York auction.
Dealer Jim Burke decided to pony up an SUV worth $35,000 to $40,000 to celebrate his connection to Ford Motor Co. on Fords 100th anniversary and his dealerships 90th anniversary. The offer is open-ended.
If any punch bowl passes a first round of validation at the dealership, it will be sent to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., for authentication.
Edsel said, I want to get my great-grandmothers punch bowl back, Burke says. So were trying to do something about it.