Posts Tagged ‘British Antiques’

This week Spotlight on  Cape of Good Hope triangular stamps
New Victorian style revives Industrial Revolution
Full Steam Ahead! First-ever Steampunk Expo
New Michelangelo find claim
China digs for treasures in Britain
Antiques seized from Palestinian collector
Burglaries at the Old Depot Museum
Gold and Silver price jump
Mosman antique store robbed
Antiques & Collectibles perfume bottle collection
2011 March  (15-31) Antique Fairs UK (continue)

This week Spotlight on Cape of Good Hope triangular stamps

Cape of Good Hope triangular stamps

Cape of Good Hope History
The first European to reach the cape was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, who named it the “Cape of Storms” (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed by John II of Portugal as “Cape of Good Hope” (Cabo da Boa Esperança) because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India and the East.
The land around the cape was home to the Khoikhoi people when the Dutch first settled there in 1652. The Khoikhoi had arrived in these parts about fifteen hundred years before. They were called Hottentots by the Dutch, a term that has now come to be regarded as pejorative. Dutch colonial administrator Jan van Riebeeck established a resupply camp for the Dutch East India Company some 50 km north of the cape in Table Bay on 6 April 1652 and this eventually developed into Cape Town. Supplies of fresh food were vital on the long journey around Africa and Cape Town became known as “The Tavern of the Seas”.
On 31 December 1687 a community of Huguenots arrived at the Cape from the Netherlands. They had escaped to the Netherlands from France in order to flee religious persecution there, examples of these are Pierre Joubert who came from La Motte-d’Aigues for religious reasons. The Dutch East India Company needed skilled farmers at the Cape of Good Hope and the Dutch Government saw opportunities for the Huguenots at the Cape and sent them over. The colony gradually grew over the next 150 years or so until it stretched for hundreds of kilometres to the north and north-east.
The United Kingdom invaded and occupied the Cape Colony in 1795 The First Occupation but relinquished control of the territory in 1803. However, British forces returned on 19 January 1806 and occupied the Cape once again The Second Occupation The territory was ceded to the UK in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814 and was henceforth administered as the Cape Colony. It remained a British colony until incorporated into the independent Union of South Africa in 1910. The Portuguese government erected two navigational beacons, Dias Cross and Da Gama Cross, to commemorate Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias as explorers who as mentioned were the first explorers to reach the cape. When lined up, the crosses point to Whittle Rock, a large, permanently submerged shipping hazard in False Bay.

Cape of Good Hope the first triangular stamps

Cape of Good Hope triangular stamp Sg18 deep cr red

Stamps were first issued by the colony on 1 September 1853. The two stamps that were issued were a one penny in brick-red and a four pence in blue. They were printed by Messrs Perkins, Bacon & Co in London. The original die for these stamps was cut by William Humphrys an engraver employed by Perkins Bacon. Sheets of a special hand-made paper, measuring 282 mm by 536 mm, were used to print 240 stamps per sheet. The stamps were issued imperforate. The rate of postage within the colony was 4d for a half ounce letter and 1d for a newspaper.
On 18 February 1858 two new values became available a six pence and a one shilling. The six pence rate was for payment of half ounce letters to Great Britain and the one shilling rate was for some foreign countries. On 15 September 1860 the rate for local letters in Cape Town was reduced to 1d and a similar reduction was made in Port Elizabeth on 1 May 1861.
On 1 April 1963 the rate to Great Britain was increased to one shilling if sent by mail packet and reduced to four pence if sent by private vessels.
Cape of Good Hope the Wood-Blocks

Cape of Good Hope triangular stamp Sg14 Wood block

In 1861, due to a shortage of one penny and four pence stamps, a local printer, Messrs Saul Solomon & Co, was instructed to provide a supply of one penny and four pence stamps and these were issued in February 1861. It later transpired that a consignment of stamps from London had arrived on 5 May 1860, that bills of lading went astray and it was a year later that the cases with the stamps were claimed.

26 February

New Victorian style revives Industrial Revolution

All of a sudden, Victorian is popular again. But it isn’t the fussy antiques of Queen Victoria or the heavy fabrics that were popular during the Victorian Period, a broad era from 1837 to 1901. Today’s infatuation is with all the extraordinary finds of the time: creepy bugs, African blow-dart guns and Egyptian hieroglyphics that explorers brought back to stuffy old England. It’s a reaffirmation of interest in natural items, from leaf-print upholstery to petrified wood tables.

This new Victorian combines the steampunk movement with home style. Think flying machines and pseudo-Victorian steam-powered fantasies. Telectroscopes (the first non-working prototype of a television) and clockworks are another part of the look. This is gamers and cyberpunks, not your mother’s interior design.

It’s dark, a little bit Goth, a lot curiosity, reliquary and taxidermy. There’s an overtone of French novelist Jules Verne to all of it, too. Verne, a founding father of science fiction, is best known for his fantastic fantasies, including “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (1870), “A Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864) and “Around the World in Eighty Days” (1873). Plus, this was the time of the Industrial Revolution, steam power and machine-done manufacturing.

So look for home furnishings that include giant gears, factory skids turned into tables, all kinds of furniture on large industrial wheels, and tables with tops made from slabs of wood. There are lots of metallic, dark specimens like bugs and seashells, especially nautilus shells — remember Verne named his submarine the Nautilus.

Some of these elements are industrial; others are natural. Some are fun; some are scary. For instance, orbital spheres circle chandeliers like a globe.

25 February

Full Steam Ahead! First-ever Steampunk Expo

Get ready! The first-ever Steampunk Expo comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, March 5 & 6, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Imagine a computer desk, for example, that’s made from an antique organ frame with the pipes still protruding from the back. Where there used to be a musical keyboard, there now sits a computer keyboard. That’s Steampunk!

Tucked inside the frame is the hard drive; attached at each side are speakers like those you would find on an old-school phonograph. Yes, it’s a computer work-station, but it’s far more than that! It’s a unique Steampunk creation — part fine art, part science fiction and its enjoyment limited only by your imagination. For the first time and in one place, Steampunk will have its very own “day in the sun.” What started as an underground design and lifestyle trend is now so close to the mainstream, it merits a major, two-day exhibition of its own. Produced by Bruce Rosenbaum of ModVic (Modern Victorian) and Jeff Mach of Anachronism, the exposition, called “Back Home to the Future,” presents more than 75 of the country’s top Steampunk artisans and related antiques exhibitors. They will present what many are now viewing as one of the most unusual and refreshing home décor, fashion and lifestyle trends to come along in decades. And everything is for sale!

The two-day event opens with a special Preview for Interior Designers, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 4. Members of local chapters of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), the International Interior Design Association, International Furnishings and Design Association, and the American Institute of Architects will have an opportunity to meet exhibitors and preview the show before it opens to the public. Just exactly what is Steampunk? Here’s the recipe. Take Jules Verne and H.G. Wells; Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll. Mix in mad-scientist speculation with Victorian sensibility. Throw in a bit of Sci-Fi for good measure and modern-day technology. Voila! Steampunk! It’s imagining what it would have been like if the Victorian era and the Industrial Revolution had happened at the same time as the computer age. Steampunk starts with an often obsolete antique find or salvaged item. Then it is retooled to give it new life and purpose. And, unlike modern- day technology where working parts are hidden, Steampunk is where it “all hangs out” with working parts exposed. Glass tubes, gears, polished wood and gleaming metal are central to the aesthetic.

Between the various artists participating in the Exp, show goers will see repurposed elements from the Victorian era, including old plumbing, cutlery and machine parts, made of such sturdy materials as polished brass and iron. Walk through an actual full-size modern Victorian Steampunk kitchen with its repurposed Victorian cook stoves, counter tops and accessories. Marvel over exhibits like the amazing Steampunk Time Machine Antiques Bathroom Fixture Computer Workstation. (Yes, you heard that right!). It’s a jaw-dropping design created out of an old-fashioned rib shower and toilet. Shop the show’s resources for Steampunk art, sculpture, industrial furniture, lighting, clocks and more. Plus, learn from the experts how to infuse 21st century technology into 19th and early 20th century design.

Steampunk invites romantic imagery. A not-to-be- missed feature of the Expo is a special section called the Alternative Bridal Expo. Here you will find everything you need — from vintage bridal gowns to wedding resources — to create your own alternative wedding. And what a wedding it will be! Walk down the aisle in a corseted wedding dress while your groom waits for you in a top hat, velvet jacket and vest, carrying a Victorian walking stick. The Steampunk wedding is not at all shy — it’s about dapper sophistication, playful Victorian romance, mixed with a large measure of flamboyance. Steampunk is such a strong lifestyle trend that its measure for the show producers is whether visitors leave the Expo floor so confused and curious by the blending of time periods, the repurposing of the best of both worlds, that they can’t put the experience into words and are left with just one word: Cool!

23 February

New Michelangelo find claim

ROME — A US art detective says he has proof a garish terracotta statue found discarded in a mouldy cardboard box in an Italian antiques shop is an original model by Michelangelo for his famous Pieta.

“When I first set eyes on the statue I couldn’t speak for fully 10 minutes, it was so beautiful. Such mastery, it’s impossible to capture in words,” Roy Doliner told AFP in Rome this week as he presented his book on the discovery. “I knew at once it was an original Michelangelo,” he said, a conviction that drove him to challenge Italy’s art experts, who had ascribed the ‘Madonna della Febbre’ statue of Mary cradling Jesus to Renaissance sculptor Andrea Bregno.

Doliner said the young Michelangelo would have made the terracotta model before embarking on the full marble statue. Italian experts say the work was by Bregno but it helped inspired Michelangelo’s far more celebrated 15th-century sculpture. The art detective and writer, who first unveiled his findings in December, won’t disclose the whereabouts of the statue, though it has been seen and photographed by journalists. Doliner was called in by a private collector who had discovered and bought the statue, had restored it and found what he thought were Jewish symbols etched onto the bottom of it which might prove the work was Michelangelo’s.

Rebutted by traditional art historians, the collector turned to self-styled historical consultant Doliner, who specialises in Michelangelo mysteries and has written a book on codes hidden in the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

“When it was found, the statue looked like a kitsch knock-off. It was covered in Scotch tape and had been painted over many times. It took three years to restore,” said Doliner, who divides his time between Rome and New York. “The restorers did every scientific test imaginable to date it, and narrowed it down to between 1473 and 1496,” he added, making both Bregno and Michelangelo possible authors.

Though the Jewish letters turned out to be nothing more than marks left by the baking process when the terracotta statue was fired, Doliner’s curiosity was piqued and he set out to discover the artist behind the work. “After many years of researching Michelangelo, I can spot his modus operandi a mile away,” said Doliner, also a specialist in Judaica, explaining how he used the Talmud and “Jewish Sherlock Holmes techniques” to crack the case. Doliner said the statue couldn’t be by Bregno, who specialised in building wall tombs for top-ranking cardinals, because the artist had never worked in terracotta, preferring to sketch his draft ideas.

The length of the statue also suggests it was made by Michelangelo, the art detective explains in ‘Il Mistero Velato’ (The Veiled Mystery), to be released in English on Wednesday. Measurements differed among Italy’s city states in that period, and the statue’s base, at 58.3 centimetres (23 inches), matches the Florentine unit from Tuscany where Michelangelo grew up and learnt his trade. “Bregno never made anything as exquisite as the Madonna della Febbre. He once made a Jesus out of marble but it is horrendous… like a Viking with a halo,” Doliner said.

23 February

China digs for treasures in Britain

The British antiques market is enjoying a golden period, with buyers from China looking to reclaim important heritage artifacts. The phenomenon has permeated both high-end and regional antique houses and some sellers have reported monthly sales figures reaching the level previously expected in a year. Visitors from the Chinese mainland were targeting Chinese artworks, and specifically artworks not originally made for the export market.

They are keen to buy ‘imperial’ items, from a number of dynasties. Chinese buyers are not, however, particularly interested in the many ceramic items that were exported from China to the West more than 200 years ago, despite these items being highly valued by Western collectors. This trend first became apparent around 2005, after a landmark £2.6 million ($4.22 million) sale of a 14th century Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368) porcelain double-gourd vase (pictured right) at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury in July 2005. “Christie’s sold another Yuan Dynasty vase for £14 million at the same time, but this was the first big sale outside London.

Heated up

The £2.6 million set the record for any item sold outside London and was only beaten in May 2009, when the same auction house sold a 20.8 centimeter long imperial spinach-jade buffalo – The Pelham Water Buffalo (pictured above) – dating from the Qianlong period (1736-95), sitting on a gold stand from the same period, for £3.4 million. It sold to the same dealer, again for a private client. Since that second sale things have really heated up.

Macquisten explained that Chinese antiques, especially rhino horn libation cups, have been emerging all over the UK, but when it came to imperial white jades and porcelain – possibly the two most sought-after objects – the West Country area of the UK has seen the most activity. This seems to be because collections held for decades in large country houses are now being released in reaction to the soaring prices.

Europeans started collecting Chinese items centuries ago and many of these can still be found in private collections. Porcelain is probably the best example of this, as it was sought-after and widely produced.

Europeans had always been fascinated by this precious material, which they did not know how to produce before the early 18th Century. Porcelain was therefore regarded as a mysterious and highly desirable material. Italian painter Andrea Mantegna even depicted the Magi offering a Chinese porcelain cup to the Christ Child (Adoration of the Magi).

European collectors

In 1840, after the opening of China to the West, many antiques, which had never been disclosed before, became available to European collectors, like George Salting who later bequeathed most of his collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The British were particularly fond of these and started to purchase them in large quantities.

Chinese collectors are aware of this phenomenon and have their own people on the ground here in the UK doing the footwork, trying to source these objects. It is one of the rare collecting categories where the major auction houses don’t offer all the best pieces, but often the very smallest auction houses can bring these true gems onto the market.

Previous ties

More items emerging in the UK than other countries because of our previous ties to China, I also think that we are, to a degree, the advance guard and that other countries, such as France, who were also heavily involved in China, will see more such sales. Industry insiders appear to be in agreement that while the current UK boom will not last forever, the effects will continue to be felt for some time. With a potential audience of one in five people on the planet, this must be as good as it gets. There certainly is no hint of an end to it yet.

It should also be remembered that while the Chinese may be paying heavily now to recapture the gems of their cultural heritage, once imperial wares have returned to China, the law does not allow them to be sold outside the country again. Eventually, this means that the market will fall away, except for the absolute top end. After noticing the prosperity of the antiques market and the profits in the future, a number of big companies have also entered the antiques trading market abroad to bring Chinese antiques back.

22 February

Antiques seized from Palestinian collector

Ramallah: Palestinian Police have arrested a Palestinian from the village of Anin near Jenin and seized 69 antique pieces in his possession. Police said that the suspect possessed the important pieces of antique, which go back to the early ages and different eras of Palestinian history. Palestinian Police arrested the suspect after receiving a tip about the antiques. Police have launched an investigation to find out the source of the antiques. The suspect will then be referred to court so that charges can be pressed against him.

In the late ’90s, many Palestinians got involved in excavating the virgin caves in the Palestinian mountains where they discovered treasures of ruins and antiques of the very early ages. Palestinians who got involved in this business told that the pieces were bought and resold to other clients. The sources said that the business flourished at that time, and many of those who were involved in excavations kept many pieces in their possession and never sold them because the prices offered had not suited them.

An antique piece was sold for several hundred dollars, but when illegal Palestinian excavators learned later that their pieces were sold for several thousands of dollars, they banned their brokers and demanded direct dealing with clients who paid well. The Palestinian Authority has been investigating this issue and commissioned teams to find out those who are still keeping antique pieces in collaboration with all concerned security apparatus.

The excavation of Palestinian caves are still ongoing but on a very small scale since all the known caves had already been targeted, and once something is discovered, some Palestinians may steal the antiques.

21 February

Burglaries at the Old Depot Museum

Workers at the Old Depot Museum are angry. Around 1 p.m. Monday, more than $40,000 worth of artifacts and antiques dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s were found missing from the museum’s fire engine house. Handmade fire grenade (to throw on a fire to extinguish it), a photograph of the first African-American fire chief and hose nozzles made of brass were gone during a tour Monday.

Jean Martin, curator of the museum, said the incident makes her sick to her stomach. He believes whoever has stolen the brass, chrome and metal may try to sell it as scrap material. He is disappointed at the slow depreciation of Selma’s history. The incident is still under investigation.

21 February

Gold and Silver price jump

Both the gold and Silver Price jumped in Asian and London trade on Monday, breaking $1400 and $33.50 per ounce respectively on what a growing number of traders called “safe haven” buying amid fresh turmoil in Libya. A particularly ominous sign for the Dollar is that there’s been no safe-haven demand for the US currency.

Africa’s fourth largest crude oil producer – and the 8th largest producer in the Opec oil cartel – faces civil war according to four-decade dictator Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, vowing on state TV yesterday to “fight to the last bullet” after the regime lost control of eastern Libya cities Benghazi and al-Bayda.

Europe’s Brent crude-oil benchmark today rose above $105 per barrel, but broader commodity markets were unchanged as food and base metal prices fell. The Silver Price rose $1.49 per ounce from Friday’s London Fix – a gain of 4.7% to new 31-year highs, and silver’s fifth largest one-day move of the last 30 years in Dollars and cents.

The precious metals didn’t really see any large scale selling on Friday despite reaching 7-week and 31-year highs respectively. Long-liquidation from Asian traders was also scant and easily absorbed by the market. Higher trading volumes were in fact the first strong pick-up in Asian wholesale activity since the Chinese New Year.

Gold Prices rose 1% by lunchtime Monday, unwinding the last of 2011’s near-7.5% drop for Dollar investors, hitting 6-week highs for Euro, Sterling, Yen, Aussie, Canadian and Swiss Franc buyers. Long-term gold trend-line support is seen at $1307, pointing to the underlying move since Lehman Brothers collapsed in Sept. 2008. The market is starting to look towards the record high of $1430 against the backdrop of silver making fresh highs.

New data released after Friday’s finish showed the “net long” position held by speculative traders in US Comex Gold Futures rising “for the second consecutive week on concerns on that the geopolitical situation in Egypt would have wider implications for the region as a whole,” says the latest Precious Metals Weekly from London consultancy VM.

In Silver Investing, however, the “net long” position of bullish minus bearish bets held by speculative traders jumped by 9.5% in the week-ending last Tuesday, the VM Group reports – the largest 1-week rise in more than 5 months.

The silver market is going crazy right now, a lot of people selling, a lot of big dealers buying it, melting it down. Some people have been basically what you call ‘sitting’ on the silver and they’re seeing prices that they haven’t seen in 30 years, so they feel it’s a good time to sell now. The all-time Silver Price peaks above $50 per ounce in Jan. 1980 saw Christopher Weston, then chairman of London auctioneers Phillips, demand that “Silver melting should be halted…because many people were selling irreplaceable antique silver items…destroying the national heritage.

21 February

Mosman antique store robbed

ANTIQUES worth of hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from a Mosman store. Thieves appear to have jumped a fence and opened the back door of Past Connections on Military Rd with a crowbar. The alarm was disabled at about 8.30pm and turned back on again at about 1.30am with a key that was kept hidden in the store.

The shocked owners are speaking to police and going through their records to see how much was taken. Jessica Wilkinson, who owns the store with her mother Helena Downie of Mosman, said they estimated more than 100 items – most of them one-offs – had been stolen.

Some of the most expensive items included handpainted Royal Worchester porcelain, English and French porcelain, jewellery and ivory carvings. They had also stolen a large quantity of silverware, such as cutlery and cardholders.

Mrs Wilkinson’s husband Marcus said it appeared robbers had meticulously wiped off all areas and not broken anything, despite having to reach over delicate items to grab some of their goods.

The shop was only insured for fire. Mrs Wilkinison is calling antique shop owners in Sydney to warn them that the robbers may try to sell them the stolen items.

21 February

Antiques & Collectibles perfume bottle collection

Not only do vintage perfume bottles have a powerful appeal to collectors, they are also a form of artistry. At one time, crystal flagons decorated the dressing tables in most traditional homes. Today, these vintage perfume bottles can be a beautiful addition to any collector’s home. Collectors and antique dealers prize these feminine Victorian fancies.

In the days of the great pharaohs of Egypt, people used perfume and perfumed terra cotta vessels to decorate their homes. In the 19th century, fragrances were sold in plain packages but were later transferred to more attractive cut or tinted glass bottles. In the 1920s, several leading Parisian perfumers, such as Coty, began to offer new perfumes in art deco bottles. The bottles were made by top glass makers, such as Rene Jules Lalique. Bottles made in Czechoslovakia were topped with silver made by the finest silversmiths. Today, these bottles can be valued around $250 or more. Many perfume bottles were also sold in sets, with some fitted into a leather case to protect the contents for travel.

On the hunt

With their discovery by collectors, some of the older, more exquisite perfume bottles have become a little scarce. By the 1930s, stoppers, pumps and atomizers were used as a scent’s calling card. These tops were miniature works of art.

When collecting perfume bottles, there are no real guidelines. However, one should check carefully for any chips or cracks in the glass. Stoppers or caps should be flawless. If the bottle comes with its original box, this is a plus. Also, a paper label should have no tears, stains or any other defects, all of which can lower or increase the value of the bottle. It’s really hard to find a bottle with no chips or cracks on it, just when you think you have found something special, you find a little nick in it.

Perfume bottles can be found at many garage and estate sales, flea markets, antique stores and malls, as antique dealers recognize the value of antique and vintage bottles and offer many for purchase. Charity stores, where perfume bottles often wind up, can be found for bargain prices. Local auctions can offer perfume bottles, but do take the opportunity to look over the bottles prior to the auction, as not all auctioneers will mention any cracks or flaws. Also, check online shops and auction sites.

Use care when cleaning

Once your collection begins to build up, it can be kept looking its best with proper care. Recommended in price and value guides, rings should be taken off before washing the bottles, since they could cause damage. Use a damp cloth to clean a bottle with a paper label, being very careful not to wet the paper.

If the bottle does not have a label, it should be cleaned by hand. Never wash bottles in the dishwasher, because it is too severe for fragile glass. Line a sink or bowl with a soft cloth to keep the glass from knocking against the hard surfaces. Do not use water that is too hot or cold, as this can cause cracks. Use distilled water if in a hard water area. Also, only wash one bottle at a time, using a soft-bristled bottle brush to clean the inside.

2011 March  (15-31) Antique Fairs UK (continue)

March 17 – 20

  • ANTIQUES FOR EVERYONE, Halls 17 – 19, The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT (Tel: 0121 767 2454)

March 18 – 19

  • HARROGATE PBFA BOOK FAIR, Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground (Tel: 01763 248 400)

March 18 – 20

  • SHEPTON MALLET INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN (Tel: 01636 702 326)

March 19

  • KM ANTIQUES FAIR, The Rembrandt Hotel, 21 Thurloe Place, London SW7 2RS (Tel: 020 8674 8557)
  • LYMINGTON ANTIQUES FAIR, Masonic Hall, Lymington, Hants, SO41 9AA (Tel: 01590 677 687)

March 20

  • ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley, South Yorks, S74 8HJ (Tel: 01226 744 425)
  • STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE ANTIQUES FAIR, Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2DL (Tel: 01780 410 286)
  • KINVER ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Leisure Centre, Enville road, Kinver, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY7 6AA (Tel: 07771 725 302)
  • GLASGOW ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FIAR, Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW (Tel: 01764 654 555)
  • BIGGLESWADE ANTIQUE FAIR, The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 8JH (Tel: 01480 382 432)
  • DISCOVER VINTAGE, St George’s Hotel, 1 Ripon Road, Harrogate (Tel: 07880 910361)
  • KENDAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7HX (Tel: 0191 261 9632)
  • V&A ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, The Park Royal Hotel, Stretton, Nr Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4NS (Tel: 01938 580 438)
  • WILMSLOW VINTAGE FASHION & TEXTILES FAIR, Wilmslow Leisure Centre, Wilmslow SK9 1BU (Tel: 0151 653 8606)
  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Westgate Centre, Via Ravena, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RJ (Tel: 07747 604 541)
  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Cisswood House Hotel, Lower Beeding, Nr Horsham, West Sussex (Tel: 01903 734 112)
  • BENSON ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Nr Wallingford, Oxon OX10 6LZ (Tel: 01235 815 633)
  • DORKING HALL ANTIQUES FAIR, Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey (Tel: 020 8874 3622)

March 22

  • DONNINGTON ANTIQUES MARKET, Donnington Park, Castle Donnington, Derby, DE74 2RP T(el: 01298 274 493)

March 23

  • THE BIG BRUM – MORNING ANTIQUES FAIR, St Martins Market, The Rag, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham B5 4RB (Tel: 01782 393 660)

March 23 – 29

  • ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR, The Duke of York Square, Off Sloane Square, London SW3 (Tel: 020 7589 6108)

March 23 – 27

  • CHELSEA ANTIQUES FAIR, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE (Tel: 01825 744 074)

March 25 – 26

  • PETERBOROUGH FESTIVAL OF ANTIQUES, East of England Showground, Peterborough, Cambs (Tel: 01664 812 627)

March 25 – 27

  • GOODWOOD HOUSE ANTIQUES FAIR Goodwood House, Nr Chichester, Wet Sussex (Tel: 01423 522 122)

March 26

  • HUNGERFORD ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Hungerford, RG17 0NJ (Tel: 01235 815 633)
  • STRATFORD ANTIQUES MARKET, Rother Street, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6LP (Tel: 07896 186 847)
  • AYR ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Citadel Leisure Centre, South Beach Road, Ayr, KA7 1JB (Tel: 01764 654 555)
  • DORCHESTER ANTIQUES FAIR, Corn Exchange, High Street East, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 7EP (Tel: 07790 126 967)

March 26 – 27

  • ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 8DD (Tel: 01782 595 805)

March 27

  • BISLEY ANTIQUE & CLASSIC ARMS FAIR, The Bisley Pavilion, Bisley Camp, Queens Road, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0NY (Tel: 020 8200 6384)
  • WOODBRIDGE PBFA BOOK FAIR, Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AU (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • TREASURE TROVE ANTIQUES FAIR, Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff (Tel: 02920 512 349)
  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, East Durham College, Hotton Peterlee, Co Durham, SR 8 2RN (Tel: 0191 261 9632)
  • V&A ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Dunes Leisure Centre, The Esplanade, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RX (Tel: 01938 580 438)
  • BROCKENHURST ANTIQUES FAIR, Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst, Hants, SO42 7RY (Tel: 01590 677 687)
  • PENSILVA ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Millennium House, Pensilva, Nr Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 5NF (Tel: 07887 753 956)
  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Blackwater Leisure Centre, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5UR (Tel: 01702 613 260)

March 28

  • NEWBURY INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, Berks, RG14 7NZ (Tel: 01636 702 326)

March 29

  • SUNBURY ANTIQUES MARKET, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road, East Sunbury, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ (Tel: 01936 230 946)

March 30

  • ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Mill Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7ED (Tel: 01702 613 260)

March 31

  • V&A ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Nantwich Civic Hall, Beam Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5DG (Tel: 01938 580 438)