Suffolk search for teapot history

AN ANTIQUE enthusiast's search for the history of his two favourite pieces has led him across country and ended up in Suffolk.Vincent Pendlebury, who lives in Warrington, Cheshire, has brought his search for the history of a silver tea pot and coffee pot to the county, where he believes they originate from.

AN ANTIQUE enthusiast's search for the history of his two favourite pieces has led him across country and ended up in Suffolk.

Vincent Pendlebury, who lives in Warrington, Cheshire, has brought his search for the history of a silver tea pot and coffee pot to the county, where he believes they originate from.

Mr Pendlebury bought the two pots for £100 at an auction 30 years ago and although his efforts to trace their history at the time failed, he has now decided to start the search again.

The pots were bought as a pair and the tea pot has an inscription on the side which reads: "Presented (with coffee pot) to Mr C Hammond by Ipswich Press Friends. March 1884."

"I'm sure they must have links with a family and I've wondered how they came all the way to Cheshire from Ipswich," Mr Pendlebury said.

"I have asked quite a few people, but haven't found anything out. There could be a family who has been looking for them for a few years.

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"When I bought them I thought they were pure silver but they don't have a hallmark so I think they are just metal plated and not valuable. But they could have sentimental value to someone."

Mr Pendlebury, 73, is a retired electrical engineer and has decided he would like to scale down his collection of antiques.

He said: "It would be nice if someone knew the history of them or was a relative of the Mr Hammond on the inscription that would be interested in them."

If you know about the history of the pots, Mr Pendlebury can be contacted on 01942 605036.

Do you know about the pots? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk