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Do you have a shrimp tray?

PUBLISHED: 15:29 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 23 August 2010

COLLECTOR: Richard Percival

COLLECTOR: Richard Percival

ONE of the country s top collectors of brewery memorabilia is appealing to Reporter readers to help track down a rare brewery tray. Richard Percival, 47, has been hunting for the piece from the now extinct Russell s Gravesend Brewery Ltd, West Street, Gr

ONE of the country's top collectors of brewery memorabilia is appealing to Reporter readers to help track down a rare brewery tray.

Richard Percival, 47, has been hunting for the piece from the now extinct Russell's Gravesend Brewery Ltd, West Street, Gravesend, since he started his collection 30 years ago.

The tray, which Mr Percival believes would have been made in the 1920s or 1930s, displays a Shrimp, the trademark of the brewery that sold products under the Shrimp Brand name, and will have a black back.

Now in possession of more than 1,500 brewery trays from all over the UK, Mr Percival, says he has the largest collection in the country at his home in Leicestershire.

He said: "I know this tray exists. I have never seen it, but I have spoken to someone that has seen it. There is one out there somewhere.

"I have been looking for this particular brewery tray for many years, and despite 30 years of collecting, and many leads, I haven't found it yet.

"It is the one I really want. If any readers could help me locate one, it would be fantastic."

Russell's Brewery Ltd had 223 tied public houses to its name, before it was taken over by Truman, Hanbury and Buxton in 1930. It created many items that displayed the brewery's famous Shrimp trademark, including the tray.

Mr Percival says it is most likely to be round, and display a manufacturers mark that could be made by one of three companies, Hancock, Corfield and Waller, Reginald Corfield, or Sir Joseph Causton.

The married father-of-four, who has 300 of his favourite trays displayed in a barn at his home, added: "It would be absolutely amazing if it did. I would be willing to pay, and if any reader might be able to help me, then please get in touch."

l If anyone has any information, contact Mr Percival on 01664 464883 or 07715 369540. Alternatively email him at richard.percival@hotmail.co.uk

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