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Tea collection valued as it heads to vintage showcase

Fiona Harrison and Andrew McCoull hold a giant Maling brown chintz-pattern teapot and very rare matching giant cup and saucer at Ringtons HQ.

Fiona Harrison and Andrew McCoull hold a giant Maling brown chintz-pattern teapot and very rare matching giant cup and saucer at Ringtons HQ.

Memorabilia from a famous North East tea company has been valued ahead of a vintage event in Rothbury.

Organised by the village’s newly-formed WI, Vintage Rothbury is aiming to raise £10,000 to make the Coquet Valley heart-safe with 10 defibrillators.

It wants to raise the money in conjunction with The Stephen Carey Fund.

And helping along the way is Ringtons Tea Company, which will be showcasing some of its collection at the event on June 29.

Andrew McCoull, managing director of auctioneers Anderson and Garland, met Fiona Harrison, great-granddaughter of Ringtons founder Sam Smith, to review the collection.

Fiona has recently taken on the role of company archivist and historian.

Andrew said: “The variety and size of this collection makes it truly representative of our region’s history and people.

“It is remarkable what the family and company has amassed and we know much of the collection will be reflected in the homes of customers and employees throughout Northumberland.”

The vintage event will include an antiques valuation service provided by Anderson and Garland. If you own a piece of Ringtons memorabilia or have a story connected to the firm, its archivist team will also be there.

The company will be supplying drinks for the vintage tea room on the day.

If you have either an antique you would like explained and valued or some Ringtons memorabilia, experts from both teams will be at Vintage Rothbury from 11am to 4pm.

 

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