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With re­gards to the fam­ily his­tory story about Chris­tine Searle and the ‘Til­liduff ’ fam­ily in the March is­sue of the mag­a­zine, I came across the name in Ge­orge F Black’s The Sur­names of Scot­land.

I of­ten use this book in my own fam­ily tree re­search and thought Til­liduff would be an in­ter­est­ing name to look up. In the at­tach­ment I’ve sent, you can see there is some of the fam­ily was in­volved with the mil­i­tary.

There is a fam­ily leg­end that at some time he was a phar­ma­cist at the royal res­i­dence Os­borne House. He went on to found Sut­ton Foods, which went bust in the 1930s.

Un­for­tu­nately, I can find d noth­ing that tells us more about the tray. A wire has been sol­dered on to the back (not by me, I has­ten to add!), pre­sum­ably so that it could be hung on a wall. Can any­one help to iden­tify its ori­gins and give it a date?

Andy Bradley, by email Editor replies: Many thanks for alert­ing us to that book, John. It can be or­dered through lo­cal li­braries or read (and searched) on­line on The Hathi Trust web­site at cat­a­log.hathitrust. org/Record/001598191. I am sure that it will be a great help to those re­search­ing their Scot­tish an­ces­tors. Edi­torEdi replies: Many thhanks for send­ing this iin – it’s an in­ter­est­ing piece. Find­ing out how those items that have been passed down from our aances­tors fit­ted into theeir lives is an ex­cit­ing way of build­ing a more roun­nded pic­ture of them as peo­ple. I do hope that some­one read­ing this can help you solve the mys­tery of this ex­otic ob­ject. Does any­one else have mys­tery items that have been handed down to them through the gen­er­a­tions?

Can you iden­tify this brass

vis­it­ing card tray?

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