Richard's plea for help in great Brixham brewery tray hunt
- Credit: Richard Percival
Richard Percival has a passion for trays, brewery trays - from all over the country and world.
But there’s one missing from his collection which he is especially keen to track down - from Brixham
Richard is Britain’s leading collector of brewery trays. He also collects other pre-WW2 brewery memorabilia.
He says: “My passion though is my collection of trays. I have been collecting for over 40 years and have appeared on TV on numerous occasions, my favourite being ‘Antiques Road Trip’. The collection totals about 1,500 all of which pre-date 1970.
“Like most the British nation I am currently at home and looking for things to occupy my time. In years gone by I was a prolific writer to newspapers all over the country and I was constantly trying to trace brewery trays missing from my collection.
“Sometimes I struck gold but mainly I hit a blank. With the virus still hitting hard I thought I’d take the opportunity to try again and see if any of your readers could help me locate an old Brixham brewery tray I have been seeking for over 30 years.”
Richard, a retired business consultant from Rutland, adds: “Despite the size of my collection I have never come across a tray from N.P.Hunt Lakeman’s Brewery once on Fore Street.
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“The brewery was acquired by H. & G.Simonds Ltd in 1937 with 50 public houses and ceased brewing in 1950.If a tray does exist it is most likely that it has a black back and was manufactured by Sir Joseph Causton or Hancock Corfield and Waller Ltd.”
Another brewery that did supply the area up until its closure in 1927 was Thomas Salt & Co Ltd once of Burton-on-Trent.
Richard says: “Quite a substantial amount of memorabilia from this brewery did survive and I’m interested in anything from this company. The Trademark of Salt’s was a red Maltese Cross which is featured on both their mirror and ashtray.”
If anyone can help locate any item from the Hunt’s brewery or Salt’s brewery, especially trays, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone my mobile 07715369540 or landline 01572490170.