Posts Tagged ‘Ocean Liner Normandie’

This week Spotlight on  Natural gemstones Spodumene, Kunzite, Hiddenite
Antique weapons of major destruction
Craftsmanship and Design in the Doorknobs
Sales hit 32 million at carpet exhibition
Burglar Battle jewellery raiders jailed
Big corporate world discovers art deco
Green eco-friendly weddings
8 Priceless Archaeological Objects Stolen from Egyptian Museum
Poster with Ocean Liner Normandie  sells for $16,800 at auction
There’s money in stuffed Teddy Bears
New Yakima shoe show strolls through history
2011 March (1-15) Antique Fairs UK

This week Spotlight on:
Natural gemstones Spodumene, Kunzite, Hiddenite

Spodumene – is a pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminium inosilicate and is a source of lithium. It occurs as colorless to yellowish, purplish or lilac kunzite (see below), yellowish-green or emerald-green hiddenite, prismatic crystals. Crystals form in the monoclinic system and are typically heavily striated parallel to the principal axis. Crystal faces are often etched and pitted with triangular markings. Spodumene is derived from the Greek spodumenos, meaning “burnt to ashes,” owing to the opaque, ash-grey appearance of material refined for use in industry. Spodumene occurs in lithium rich granites and pegmatites. Transparent material has long been used as a gemstone with varieties kunzite and hiddenite noted for their strong pleochroism. Sources include Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Pakistan and USA (North Carolina, California).

Natural gem yellow Spodumene 9x11 octagon 4.5ct

Kunzite – Mohs hardness 6.5-7, Specific gravity 3.18, Refractive index 1.660–1.676. Kunzite is a pink to lilac colored gemstone, a variety of spodumene with the color coming from minor to trace amounts of manganese. Kunzite exhibits strong pleochroism, a characteristic that changes its pink color to darker pink and then violet depending on the angle of viewing. Some of kunzite used for gemstones has been heated to enhance its color. It is also frequently irradiated to enhance the color. Many kunzites fade when exposed to sunlight. It was discovered in 1902, and was named after George Frederick Kunz, Tiffany & Co’s chief jeweler at the time, and a noted mineralogist. It has been found in Brazil, USA, Canada, CIS, Mexico, Sweden, Western Australia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Natural gem pink Kunzite 6.5x10.5 octagon 3.5ct

Natural gem pink Kunzite 6.5x10.5 octagon 3.5ct

Hiddenite – is a pale-to-emerald green variety of spodumene used as a gemstone. The first specimens of the hiddenite variety of spodumene were recovered about 1879 near the tiny settlement of White Plains, west of Stony Point, Alexander County, North Carolina. According to contemporary accounts, a young man named Lackey brought them to the attention of J.A.D. Stephenson, a local merchant who was also an ardent collector of minerals. Initially, the yellowish to greenish-yellow hiddenites were thought to be gemmy diopside. Stephenson brought the discovery to the attention of exploration geologist William Earl Hidden, who had been commissioned by Thomas Edison to search for any sources of platinum in North Carolina. Hidden sent samples of the odd green material to John Lawrence Smith, a prominent chemist and mineralogist of Louisville, Kentucky. Smith correctly identified the specimens as being a variety of spodumene, and named them “hiddenite” in honor of Hidden. The community in which the gemstones were first found would later be renamed “Hiddenite”. During the hey-day of hiddenite mining in the 1880s and 1890s it was also known as “lithia emerald”. Hidden recognized the value of the emeralds and the potential of the new gemmy green spodumene. He acquired a tract of poor quality land, which was either the site of the initial discovery or near to it, for $1500. The Emerald and Hiddenite Mining Company was organized and excavations on the site quickly recovered loose hiddenites and emeralds in the red gravelly clay. At a depth of about 26 feet they struck bedrock and soon were recovering hiddenites from solid rock. Oddly, period newspaper accounts and statements by George Frederick Kunz (1892) indicate that mining on the site was never undertaken as a full time operation, but was only prosecuted a few weeks or months during the summer. Writing in 1892, Kunz described the hiddenite being recovered as “always transparent, ranges from colorless (rare) to a light yellow, into a yellowish green, then into a deep yellow emerald green. Sometimes an entire crystal has a uniform green color, but generally one end is yellow and the other green. Kunz noted that the finest crystal recovered prior to 1892  could have cut a gem of 5.5ct estimated weight. The size of most cut gems were small, with a 2ct hiddenite in the Augustus C. Hamlin collection being considered among the finest of the large stones. In addition to the North Carolina locality, Hiddenite has also been found in Brazil, China, and Madagascar. Green spodumene found in Afghanistan and Pakistan has excited modest amounts of controversy in the mineral and gemological communities with debate over whether or not it should be truly considered “hiddenite” as well as claims that the green coloration is induced by irradiation and is fugitive.

Natural gem green Hiddenite 9.8x14 octagon 6.3ct

Natural gem green Hiddenite 9.8x14 octagon 6.3ct

YELLOW SPODUMENE – promotes spirituality and connects us with our higher self.
KUNZITE – is associated with gentleness, friendliness, self-discipline, emotional balance, inner love, maturity, security, calmness, openness and moderation. This stone helps us to attract gentle friends and teaches us to combine compassionate self-love with discipline. Kunzite – to help one to understand and interact better with others, to help heal “broken hearts”, to relieve stress and anger, and to bring love, peace and harmony. It is also a stone that removes obstacles. Kunzite is said to help strengthen the circulatory system, and to be helpfull in the treatment of lung disorders. Kunzite is associated with the heart chakra.
HIDDENITE – enhances the ability of healers. Grants spiritual attainment, enlightenment, universal compassion, transcendence, and peace.

Kunzite care: Wash with warm soapy water, Avoid harsh detergents, Never clean ultrasonically, Never steam clean.

19 February

Antique weapons of major destruction

Halberds, lances, vogues, broad axes, rapiers, fauchards, maces, corsicas, glaives, pollaxes, roncones, awl-pikes — now these guys knew how to fight. There was no limit to the number of ways a knight could impale, mutilate, bash, or otherwise maim his enemy. He’s wearing a suit of armor? So what. Hold out your roncone, grab his lance-rest with it, and yank him off his horse. Bop him over the head with the other end of your weapon, and — voila! — he’s out like a light.

Perhaps it wasn’t that easy. But it is easy to imagine what Medieval-era combat was like when you take a trip to the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester. Housed in a steel-and-glass Art Deco building erected in 1930 by local steel magnate John Woodman Higgins to contain his immense collection of suits of armor and weapons, the museum is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Why Higgins went all over the world buying this stuff is anyone’s guess, but lucky for us he did.

The Great Hall, the museum’s centerpiece, is where the best material is kept. The room itself resembles a Gothic castle, and the pieces are presented with understated class — as though it’s no big deal to show visitors full suits of armor from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Hanging on the wall: a Bavarian saber from 1620. Over there: a suit of German field armor from 1510. Some of the artifacts are much older: Corinthian helmets from 550-650 BC, a Greek sword from 1200 BC.

If anything, these amazing pieces are exhibited almost too matter-of-factly. The rarity of such well-preserved, 3,000-year-old artifacts seems lost on the Higgins. On the other hand, there’s something to be said for wondering about the stories and battles behind each object.

Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave., Worcester. 508-853-6015.

17 February

Craftsmanship and Design in the Doorknobs

If you doubt the decline of craft, tell me what the doorknobs in your house look like. Can you even remember, offhand? Those things that you touch every day to get into your home and your bedroom? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it’s a boring piece of smooth metal.

In contrast, doorknobs used to see an almost absurd amount of attention lavished on them by a craftsman:
There was a time when homeowners couldn’t wait to trade in their ornate knobs for faceless ones with smooth finishes of nickel, copper and brass. The engraved faces and glistening glass of the old style of door knobs was suddenly passé and thousands of door knobs ended up in the garbage dumps of cities throughout the world. Now there’s a bit of a revival, with modern manufacturers producing old-style replicas and a burgeoning antique doorknob market popping up.

Even casual Google Image browsing will present you with an astonishing variety of doorknob forms and detailing in brass, bronze, copper, silver, porcelain, glass, you name it. (And that’s not even getting into door hinges, strike plates, and door knockers, entire categories in their own right.) Get in there and browse.

17 February

Sales hit 32 million at carpet exhibition

Dubai Customs celebrated a successful Carpet and Art Oasis Exposition by honouring its strategic partners, on Wednesday, after sales reached Dh32 million during the first three weeks of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) this year. This was a 15 per cent increase on last year’s amount of Dh27.2 million.

Carpet and Art Oasis at the Dubai Airport Expo Centre has showcased 170,000 hand-made carpets. The participants in this year’s exhibition also increased by 20 per cent bringing with them different types of antiques and rarest handicrafts attracting more than 10,000 visitors in three weeks’ time. There is an increase of 10 per cent visitors as compared to last year’s figure.

Expo exhibited hand-made carpets imported from the world’s top quality carpet producers in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkistan, India, Pakistan and Turkey, countries known for hand-made carpets across the world. More than 200 of the most valuable and rarest carpets, including the priceless images of Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, in 187 colours of silk and wool. This year’s event is participated by 57 manufacturing and trading companies from different parts of the world.

17 February

Burglar Battle jewellery raiders jailed

Police have thanked two female shop staff and several members of the public who tackled jewellery robbers in Battle last September. Two Kent men who pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing have been sentenced at Brighton Crown Court today. Leon Holder, 21, of Hawkhurst, Kent and William Smith, 30, of Tenterden Road, Golford, Cranbook, Kent were sentenced to seven and six years respectively for a robbery on Friar House Antique Jewellers in High Street, Battle.

Detective Constable Costin Bonell said: “The sentence that Holder and Smith received today reflects the seriousness of their actions. “Holder disguised himself as postman to gain entry to the jewellers and having a getaway car parked nearby their intentions to make off with a considerable amount of jewellery was evident.

The staff, although frightened, showed real courage in fighting the robbers off and those members of the public who helped to detain on of them in the street. This is an excellent example of members of our local community working together with the police to help catch and convict people responsible for crimes.

On Friday, September 17, at around 11am, Holder and Smith, who was dressed as Royal Mail postman, walked into Friar House Antique Jewellers. They smashed the display cabinets and steal several items of jewellery worth over £15,00. Two female staff attempted to push the robbers out of the store with metal poles and managed to activate the store alarm which alerted the police. As the suspects fled an elderly man was knocked to the ground and received a broken femur.

Members of the public intervened and William Smith was detained on the street until police arrived. A search for the second robber was launched and two cars were found nearby. One was a stolen Skoda Octavia. Leon Holder was arrested on suspicion of robbery later the same day.

Detective Inspector Ian Williams of Rother CID said: “This was a very frightening incident that happened on a busy high street in broad daylight. “I would like to thank the two female members of staff who showed immense bravery and the public who detained Smith at the scene until police officers arrived. “I am delighted to see that the public-spirited actions of these people have helped us arrest and convict Holder and Smith. “I will be recommending them to receive official recognition for their brave actions.”

15 February

Big corporate world discovers art deco

Art deco Weekend is being taken up by the corporate world, with a Napier law firm decreeing that its staff should wear art deco apparel all this week. The main part of the annual deco festival officially starts today Decorum shop owner Linda Malone, who was flat out with a crowd of customers, said businesses were increasingly getting behind the festival and using it as part of their corporate branding. Enthusiasts were getting more and more serious about dressing up properly for the festivities. One American couple have bought two apartments here – one to stay in, and one for their art deco clothes.

People are looking for a higher standard each year and people are coming in earlier – a common comment is that they missed out last year. It was also noticeable that more men were now looking for suitable 1930s clothing for the art deco events.

Art Deco Trust events director Ann Barrar said ticket sales for the festival were very strong, with 25 events sold out. Tickets for many other events were still available but those for catered events would close tomorrow.

Sold-out events include the Depression Dinner, the new Comedy Capers in the style of upper-class 1930s entertainments, and seven of the eight train rides. Most of the events – about 50 are listed for Saturday alone – are regulars, such as the vintage car parade down Emerson St, starting at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Food, drink and dancing are the theme of much of the festival, and events include a bathing belle contest, an ocean cruise, an earthquake tour of Hastings, and a breakfast with naval officers that will feature a navy band and hornpipe dancing.

15 February

Green eco-friendly weddings

Every wedding starts with a ring, a ring that has a story behind if you go vintage.

The diamonds are forever. The one thing that changes is the mounting, so if you’re looking for an older ring often you’re looking for like a filigree style from the 1920’s or 30’s. Next on the list, the dress. The eco-conscious bride opts for a dress made out of organic material like silk; or they stick with tradition and wear a vintage dress passed down for generations.

Take advantage of mother nature and have the wedding ceremony outside, or better yet on the beach. Often they will incorporate into the ceremony some type of reading about nature. If we do the wedding on the beach something about how they love the beach.

You can accessorize your venue with organic flowers from a local flower shop; localize the menu with fresh produce from nearby farmers or fresh seafood caught along the Grand Strand. Guests can go the green route too and give an antique gift.

There are many fun, creative and beautiful ways to reuse things.

13 February

8 Priceless Archaeological Objects Stolen from Egyptian Museum

Eight objects of immense historical worth have been stolen during the weeks of protests in Cairo from the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. This was revealed Sunday by the Egyptian minister in charge of antiques, who said that the stolen objects include a gilded wooden statue of the pharaoh Tutankhamen upheld by a goddess, as well as fragments of another gilded wooden statue of the same pharaoh, represented as fishing.

Thieves broke into the museum, which is located on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the site of the most massive protests in the country, on January 28, when protests led to the disappearance of police from the streets of Cairo.

12 February

Poster with Ocean Liner Normandie  sells for $16,800 at auction

New York—Collectors competed for a large assortment of Ocean Liner and Transportation Memorabilia at Swann Galleries on February 3. There was material related to most of the major steamship lines in this latest sale of ocean liner ephemera at Swann auction. There was strong interest in this sale, with many buyers looking to build their ocean-liner collections and designers seeking decorative material.

Decorative only begins to describe the sale’s top lot, A.M. Cassandre’s celebrated Art Deco poster, Normandie, in the only known variant without an overprint for a special event or advertising “service regulier,” Paris, circa 1938, which sold for $16,800. Other poster highlights included Cassiers, Red Star Line. Antwerp  – Amerika, color two-sheet poster, Brussels, 1910s – early 20s, $2,400; Walter Thomas’s Cunard. New Steamers (20,000 Tons) Boston to Europe, color poster, London, circa 1925, $4,800, and “Queen Mary” “Queen Elizabeth” Fastest Ocean Service in the World, England, 1947, $2,640; Adolph Treidler’s Champlain, United States, January 1939, $2,880; and Con le “Andrea Doria”…, by an unknown artist, Genoa, 1952, $2,220. A scrapbook kept by Commodore Harry Manning with materials related to the blue ribbon-winning maiden voyage of the “United States” in 1952 exceeded expectations to bring $6,000.

Also drawing a lot of attention was a collection of 75 souvenir spoons, jelly spreaders and tea strainers, mostly representing Cunard liners, but with some White Star liners as well, which sold for $6,960. Serviceware used aboard various ships and aircraft included a Pan American Airways silver serving tray by International Silver, 1946, $4,560; four acid-etched cordial glasses for first-class service on the Italian Line’s “Augustus,” circa 1927, $1,920; and several Bavarian china pieces made by Heinrich & Co. for use on zeppelins, among them a chocolate cup and saucer stamped Graf Zeppelin, 1928, $1,800; a demi-tasse cup and saucer for use on the Hindenburg, 1935, $2,160; and a group of three plates marked with the DZR zeppelins logo, circa 1935, $1,680.

Select ship models included a large full-hull metal model of the “Lusitania” by Marklin, $2,640, and full-hull model of the “Titanic” by Bing, $1,560. Also related to the Titanic was a real photo postcard taken in advance of the maiden voyage, $660, and a postcard with an interior view of the ship’s main salon, $960.

11 February

There’s money in stuffed Teddy Bears

The German plush toy company, Steiff was established in 1880 by Margarete Steiff and became best known for their plush toys and teddy bears. Quality and craftsmanship were signature aspects of the company. The company motto dictates “only the best is good enough for children.” Materials commonly used are felt, mohair, alpaca, and woven plush.

Steiff teddy bears are required to be flame resistant. Steiff stuffed animals were first promoted as pincushions until the company realized the worldwide interest in their teddy bears in the toy market.

Steiff teddy bears are recognized by their trademark metal “button.” Introduced to demonstrate authenticity, the button has been a part of their products since 1904. The earliest buttons had an image of an elephant on them, however, more contemporary buttons read “Steiff.”

During World War II, metal was used for the war effort thus metal buttons were omitted from Steiff stuffed animals. Don’t let somebody fool you into thinking your teddy bear isn’t valuable just because the metal button is missing. Don’t sell that teddy bear too cheaply!

What to look for

Market analysis shows that collectible bears from the late 19th century through the 1920s command the highest prices. When evaluating teddy bears, look for a swivel head, jointed legs and arms, mohair body, felt paws, glass eyes, and thread-sewn details (mouth, nose).

Also, if your Steiff bear has a special rod construction where a rod connects the bear’s head to its torso, that could mean the difference between a $1,000 teddy bear and a $10,000 teddy bear. Make sure you know the distinction.

Unusual Steiff teddy bears like those that reveal a hot water bottle hidden behind threaded laces inside the belly of the beast or a teddy bear that seconds as a hand-warmer muff have brought higher prices on the antiques market than traditional bears. Continued…

How to avoid damage

Condition is vital to the value of teddy bears. Remember to store or display your teddy bear where it can “breathe.” If you want to place it on a shelf, put down a white cotton barrier or doily between your stuffed teddy bear and the wooden shelf. Wood will off-gas and may damage the bear’s material.

Antique stuffed teddy bears should not be stored in wood, glass, or cardboard. Cardboard boxes are acidic and may attract bugs which can eat away at the yummy stuffing or mohair of your teddy bear. Glass can trap heat and moisture which can facilitate the growth of mold.

Sales records

When someone tells you that you can’t get that much money for a teddy bear, remember these sales records are the results of a willing buyer and a willing seller coming to a deal for a teddy bear.

For instance, a specialty Steiff rod bear made for the 1903 Leipzig Toy Fair with flexible joints sold for $17,250. A Steiff Petsy teddy bear with blue glass eyes commanded $16,590. Also, big bucks were paid for a Steiff harlequin (red and beige) teddy bear from the mid 1920s which sold in South Kensington, United Kingdom, for $74,164. I’ve seen people pay this much money for stuffed bears.

The Brits love their teddy bears; many collectors find that selling them abroad or online bring better results. So, keep those stuffed teddy bears around for posterity and for your pocketbook’s sake.

11 February

New Yakima shoe show strolls through history

About 600 pairs of high heels from his collection will be on display at the Yakima Valley Museum for the rest of this year after an opening reception Friday. Childs has more than twice that number of shoes in his collection, an obsessive pursuit begun in 1968 and abetted by decades as a Nordstrom salesman that has only deepened his appreciation of fine women’s footwear.

While the aesthetic appeal of high heels remains his primary motivation, Childs has found that, like any artistic medium, there are fascinating sociocultural aspects to footwear. The history of American society can, in some ways, be traced through his collection. The earliest pieces on display at the museum date to before World War I; they’re high button boots, echoing the Victorian modesty of the late 19th century. To contrast those with high heels from the Roaring ’20s is to acknowledge the broad cultural changes that took place over a decade’s time.

High heels from the 1930s reflect the influence of Hollywood’s early Golden Age. Heels from the 1940s show innovation, specifically the use of reptile skins and fabric as a replacement for war-rationed leather. The postwar high heels reflect postwar American society’s move from rural to suburban, with open-toed shoes and spiked heels.

Until the ’60s, many women dressed like that just to go shopping at the grocery store. The ’60s, of course, brought liberation — political, sexual, and artistic — all of which is reflected in its decadent high heels. And there was, blessedly to Childs’ mind, still a bit of classic glamour to the Kennedy era. By the ’70s, that love-generation excess got out of control in the footwear arena just like it did everywhere else.

Shoes got real chunky in the ’70s,” Childs says. The heels came down. I call it the chunky, ugly era. The ’80s marked a return to styles from the ’50s, mirroring the nostalgia movement that brought us “Happy Days” and all those ’50s-themed diners.

In recent years, high-heel fashion has splintered and fragmented like so many other forms of pop culture. His newer shoes are all different colors, shapes and materials. That diversity, is indicative of yet another societal trend, the modern willingness to stand out. It’s not such a negative to be seen as eccentric or outside the norm anymore.

2011 March  (1-15) Antique Fairs UK

March 1 – 2

  • ARDINGLY INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Health, West Sussex, RH17 6TL (Tel: 01636 702 326)

March 4 – 6

  • POWDERHAM CASTLE ANTIQUE & FINE ART FAIR, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ (Tel: 01278 784 912)
  • WILTON HOUSE 34TH ANNUAL ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR, Wilton House, Wilton, Nr Salisbury, Wilts, SP2 0BJ (Tel: 01722 746 720)
  • SCONE PALACE ANTIQUES FAIR Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland (Tel: 01423 522 122)

March 5 – 6

  • AINTREE ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Equestrian Centre, Aintree Racecourse, Aintree, Liverpool, L9 5AS (Tel: 01263 888 111)

March 5

  • CLITHEROE PBFA BOOK FAIR, St Marys Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe BB7 2DG (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • SALTAIRE HOME & FASHION FAIR, Shipley College, Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorks, BD18 3JS (Tel:07985 181 120)
  • STIRLING ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road, Stirling SK8 2QL (Tel: 01764 654 555)

March 6

  • FLITWICK ANTIQUES FAIR, Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road, Flitwick, MK45 1HP (Tel: 07896 186 847)
  • EDINBURGH ANTIQUE & COLLECTABLES FAIR, Meadow Bank Stadim, 139 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE (Tel: 01764 654 555)
  • FROCK ME! BRIGHTON, Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton, West Sussex, BN1 1UE (Tel: 020 754 4054)
  • COVENTRY ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Sky Blues Sports Connexion, Ryton On Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3FL (Tel: 07939 445 024)
  • WILTON PBFA BOOK FAIR, The Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton, Wilts SP2 0JS (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • RUSTINGTON ANTIQUES FAIR, Woodland Centre, Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3BH (Tel: 01903 734 112)
  • LONDON PARK LANE ARMS FAIR, The Marriott Hote, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP (Tel: 020 8200 6384)
  • DURHAM ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FIAR, Ushaw College, Durham, Co Durham, DH7 9RH (Tel: 0191 261 9632)
  • KM ANTIQUES FAIR, The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1V 8BX (Tel: 020 8674 8557)
  • LECHDALE ANTIQUES FAIR, Memorial Hall, Burford Road, Lechdale, GL7 3EN (Tel: 07977 936 882)
  • LITTLEDOWN CENTRE ANTIQUES FAIR, Littledown Centre, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX (Tel: 01590 677 687)

March 7

  • SWINDERBY INTERNATIONA ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, RAF Swinderby, Swinderby, Nr Lincoln, LN6 9QG (Tel: 01636 702 326)

March 7 – 8

  • LITTLE CHELSEA ANTIQUES FAIR, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE (Tel: 020 7622 9647)

March 8

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

March 10 – 13

  • BATH DECORATIVE ANTIQUES FAIR, The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath, Somerset, BA4 4EU (Tel: 07710 107464)
  • THE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ (Tel: 020 8246 4848)

March 11 – 12

  • EDINBURGH PBFA BOOK FAIR, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh (Tel: 01763 248 400)

March 11 – 13

  • LUXURY ANTIQUES WEEKEND LINDEN HALL, Linden Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 8XF (Tel: 0797 252 030)
  • GIANT ANTIQUES FAIR BINGLEY HALL, Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford ST18 0BD (Tel: 01274 588 505)

March 12

  • ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE, Northampton Town Square, Northampton, Northants, NN1 2DL (Tel: 07896 186 847)

March 12 – 13

  • WOODSTOCK ANTIQUES FAIR, Town Hall, Market Square, Woodstock, Oxon OX20 1SL (Tel: 07977 936 882)

March 13

  • CARLISLE ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Shepherds Inn Conference Centre, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2RS (Tel: 0191 261 9632)
  • WOBURN ANTIQUES FAIR, Woburn Village Hall, Woburn, Beds MK17 9QD (Tel: 07896 186 847)
  • ANTIQUES FAIR, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, London, SW1 2QD (Tel: 020 7254 4054)
  • MALVERN FLEA & COLLECTORS FAIR, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs, WR13 6NW (Tel: 07771 725 302)
  • NEWMARKET ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR, Newmarket Racecourse, Cambridge Road, Newmarket CB8 0TG (Tel: 01263 888 111)
  • WOKING FLEA & COLLECTORS MARKET, Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA (Te: 020 8894 0218)
  • BLUE SKYS ANTIQUES FAIR, Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts NG17 7DJ (Tel: 07973 481 578)
  • LONDON HOLIDAY INN PBFA BOOK FAIR, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT (Tel: 01763 248 400)
  • DRAYTON ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Village Hall, Drayton, Oxon OX14 4LG (Tel: 01235 815 633)
  • COMPTON ACRES ANTIQUE FAIR, Compton Acres Gardens, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7ES (Tel: 01590 677 687)
  • THE KNOLE ANTIQUES FAIR, Freemasons Hall, Knole Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4DH (Tel: 07791 126 967)
  • MIDLAND CLOCK & WATCH FAIR, National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, Nr Birmingham, B92 0EJ (Tel: 01895 834 694)
  • BERKHAMSTEAD VINTAGE FASHION FAIR, Berkhamstead Sports Space, Douglas Gardens, Berkhamstead, HP4 3OQ (Tel: 01727 855 040)

March 14

  • CARLISLE ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR, Hambleton Forum, Northallerton, North Yorks, DL6 1LP (Tel: 0191 261 9632)

March 15

  • SANDOWN PARK ANTIQUE, COLLECTABLE, VINTAGE, TEXTILES & 20TH CENTURY FAIR, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ (Tel: 020 7249 4050)
  • HEXAM ANTIQUES FAIR, Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3PD (Tel: 0191 261 9632)