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We have inherited a tea urn from my father in-law who was

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We have inherited a tea urn from my father in-law who was the last resident family of Castle Archdale in Northern Ireland. The only marks on it are what looks like the Birmingham Lion and the letters appear to be I.V or Y
Are you able to tell me the age of the piece please and approximate value?
Janelle Archdale
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Frank replied 1 year ago.

Hello and Welcome to Just Answer,

My name is***** am a Personal Property Appraiser and would be happy to assist you with your question.

Do you have any photos of the markings on the piece you may be able to send?

There are a few different options to send pictures to us, they are as follows:


The link below will direct you through our upload process


You can also email pictures to

with ATTN MTantiques in the subject heading. Be sure to include the link to your question page in the email for our customer service. The emails can take up to a few hours to process, but as soon as I receive it I can send my evaluation.

Thank you for your time,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have already attached a photo with my original enquiry.
Also charges have been made to me credit card and as contained in my earlier email I do not want a free trail, I do not want monthly access that I have to cancel, I just want an answer to my question that I have paid for and no further payments charged to my credit card.
Thank you
Expert:  Frank replied 1 year ago.

Hi Janelle,

The photos you sent were both of the piece itself. I would like to see if I can identify the piece, but would need to get a good look at that marking.

I would be happy to help you out with this question without any kind of extra questions or trials, but just need to get a good look at that marking.

Thanks for your time today,