A Ballymoney lady is appealing for information regarding two unusual ‘ornaments’ she has found - including a Creamery jar from the borough.
Linda Clark of Donaghbrook Drive discovered the local jar as well as a butter churn when her parents, Joan and William Holmes moved to Ballymoney from Newcastle, Co Down 10 years ago.
Speaking to the Times Linda explained: “My father found the creamery jar in Newcastle over 50 years ago when he was working for the local Council.
“As part of his job he was digging a trench on the Shimna Road with a pick and shovel and came across the jar stuck in the soil. He then took it home, washed it and put it in the cupboard where it stayed for nearly four decades. Then around 2004 we unearthed it while packing up his processions to move him to live near us at Donaghbrook Avenue. I had never seen it before but I felt it was such a coincidence that the jar said ‘Ballymoney Creamery’ and that’s where he had decided to settle.”
However the jar was not the only object Linda discovered in her father’s home as up in the roof space she also found an old butter-making churn, which she believes was given to her mother many years ago.
Describing the items, Linda, who works at Ballymoney High School, continued: “I’d really love to know more about the items. I have searched the internet and gathered a few details but I’d like to know if they are rare or even worth anything.
“The jar is in immaculate condition after being buried in clay and has the writing ‘Pure Fresh Cream’ with a picture of a maid with a three-legged stool and a wooden bucket. The words below say ‘From the Wigtownshire Creamery Co, Ballymoney, Co Antrim’.”
“Meanwhile the Blow butter churn is unusual and says its British registered 856612. It also has on it ‘Blow Butter Churn no 60 made in England’. If anyone has any information I’d love to hear from them - even if its nothing more than to say there are thousands of them and I haven’t inherited a fortune!” she laughed.