Search is on for teapot owner

A KEEN history enthusiast has today stepped in to help trace the origin of two mystery antiques.As recently reported in The Evening Star, Vincent Pendlebury, of Warrington, Cheshire, was keen to trace the history of a silver tea pot and coffee pot he bought for £100 at an auction 30 years ago.

A KEEN history enthusiast has today stepped in to help trace the origin of two mystery antiques.

As recently reported in The Evening Star, Vincent Pendlebury, of Warrington, Cheshire, was keen to trace the history of a silver tea pot and coffee pot he bought for £100 at an auction 30 years ago.

And the trail has led right back to the world of newspapers.

The tea pot had an inscription on the side that read "Presented (with coffee pot) to Mr C Hammond by Ipswich Press Friends March 1884."

Local history researcher Ruth Serjeant, got on the case after seeing the article, and found the tea pot and coffee pot were presented to Charles Hammond, chief reporter on the Suffolk Chronicle, in March 1884.

Mrs Serjeant, who is retired and lives in Dalton Road, Ipswich, went to the Suffolk Records Office in Gatacre Road, Ipswich and had a look at the East Anglian Daily Times and The Suffolk Chronicle newspapers from March 1884, which are kept on microfilm, to find out more.

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She found the pots were presented to Mr Hammond when he left his post as chief reporter on The Suffolk Chronicle to take up his new position as chief sub-editor on The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent.

Mrs Serjeant said: "Members of the Ipswich press made the presentation as an expression of their personal regard and appreciation of his conduct during his 16 years in local journalism.

"An illuminated address was also presented and the ceremony took place in the office of The Suffolk Chronicle, in the presence of representatives from the local papers."

The discovery thrilled Mr Pendlebury, 73, who had long wondered about the origins of the antiques.

"It's a wonderful response," he said.

"The dates go back a long time and often things sort of get lost at sea.

"It's all very, very interesting."

Now Mr Pendlebury's search is turning its focus on finding relatives of Mr Hammond in the hope he can return the tea pot and coffee pot to the family.

And he praised the efforts of Mrs Serjeant, who said she had been interested by the prospect of the search for information.

Could you be related to Charles Hammond or do you know more about him? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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