IT is almost 200 years old, could potentially be worth several hundred pounds and if your family goes - or once went - by the name Patrick, it could be yours.
This incredible colour illustrated Bible, which dates back to the early 19th century, has been found discarded in an attic during a house clearance.
“It’s an absolute treasure,” says Anne McQueen, secretary of the Sheffield & District Family History Society, which has been passed the book. “It’s in very good condition and I think if the family who it belongs to can be found they’re going to be extremely touched.
“I would imagine it’s of some significant value - not least sentimentally speaking.”
And that Patrick clue?
The leather-bound, gilt-inscribed, 1,122 page tome - size, 13 by 11 by 4 inches - includes several handwritten notes recording the apparent history of a family with that last name.
Births, deaths and one marriage are marked in a special family register section common in Bibles from the period.
It begins with Henry and Elizabeth, noted as being born in 1841 and 1842 respectively, and ends with a Hilda, last name unrecorded, who died in 1927.
The only other family mentioned are the Wakes, Elizabeth Wake having married Henry Patrick in April 1865 - just a month before apparently giving birth to son John Patrick.
“What we are hoping is someone will come forward, prove this belongs to their family, and then we would be more than happy to pass it over,” says Anne, a retired school administrator of Birchitt Road, Bradway, Sheffield.
“We have done some basic research which has shown the family originated in Norfolk but we’re sure there must be someone who knows or remembers this family.
There is an Edwin Patrick referred to who it seems was born in 1917 - it’s even possible he could still be alive.”
The Bible was printed in Newcastle. The exact date is not recorded although, given the annotations, it is thought it must be before 1841.
It was found during a house clearance being carried out by homeless charity, the St Wilfrid’s Centre.
The group passed it to the Sheffield & District Family History Society in the hope its owners could be traced.
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