Island Treasure!

Being summer time and many folks go away, I am pleased to say I found a little “Island Treasure” recently, well, I found it here in England, and I have cleaned it by simply waxing and buffing, and I think it’s a great improvement on what it was. Yes, if you didn’t know, when I’m not at Bibury Antiques Fair I restore furniture, so am happy to chat about wood, tools and polishes etc, but just beware, I have been told I do talk a little!

So, whilst pottering around the other day I found this, if remember I may well bring it to the next fair with a few other sticks. I have some made from Partridgewood, Blackthorn, Yew, Ash, this one, from Pitcairn I understand is Miso wood. A new timber to me, whilst it shares a similar colour to either Partridge, or one of the many oaks, there is a lot of information about this timber on the internet. Similar sticks from Pitcairn are in some museums around the world. Watch out next time you go out for a walk, I may well be using this! Happy wanderings! Andy.

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Sitting Comfortably!

Hello again, and on this weekend when fathers, grandfathers, sons and daughters are celebrating “Father’s Day” I thought there would be a lot of people in need of a rest! There’s also many folk who are having their first “Father’s Day” without their father being there, and I hope they can remember them well.

As a bit of fun, I have shown here a brass Windsor chair, and although a miniature, would be really comfortable if it was a full size one. Just shows we never know what can be found around the corner.

This has just come to me and I know it will be with me for a very long time as it’s small enough to keep and enjoy. Additionally, it has a makers label underneath and a date, 11.12.81 I have not decided yet whether it’s 1981, or 1881, but I’m pretty sure it’s the first. The label says No 56, but I wonder how many were made.

If you find another, let me know! Have a good weekend folks! We will be back on show in Bibury on July 7th. Maybe see you there? Regards, Andy.

Wee Brassy!
Small brass Windsor chair. No 56.
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Moonlight!

Hello again. Our event in Bibury is a small antiques fair, however, like many places we do also sell collectables. Here is one picture, which could well be collectable. Exhibited at the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy in 1992, and still sporting the original frame, and label from that time. This is a woodcut, one of twenty which were for sale, although there were 25 made by Mrs Fyne Marianne Fox Ockinga. Measures approx 24 1/2″ by 17″. Pop in and see if it’s still available on Sunday June 2nd. Woodcuts are amazing, and I often like the way they work, if you are the same, then have a look at her website, which is, http://www.mariannefoxockinga.co.uk/index.html

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Summer Calls!

Hello again folks!

The sound of summer in parts of Britain can be heard by certain birds, well, here is a vintage, (most likely Victorian), bird call. Made to be used in one hand, holding steady, whilst twisting the round wheel with the ratchet to mimic a Corncrake.

This is an interesting item and was photographed by myself a couple of years ago, but the birds will be around again soon, I hope to hear them again, and I say that in hope as today I saw the first grass-snake of the year for me, the summer is looking better!

Ah yes, talking of better, our fair in Bibury returns this Sunday June 2nd. Pop in and see how we all are. Our dealers who were away in May are back. We open at 10 am and I look forward to seeing you! Bye for now. Andy.

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Bibury’s magical mermaid!

Many of you will know that Bibury has a little river running along the roadside, but few will have imagined there would be a mermaid in Bibury.

It’s just possible that she will be seen this summer there, but for those who can’t wait, here she is!

Made by Gertrude Baker in 1913, a few photos’ for you to enjoy. Regards, Andy.

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Fair Results!

  • Our May event was held yesterday, and we had a great start with a coach of visitors, and a few early trade clients, however our afternoon was not as busy at all! A few of our regular dealers were watching a local equestrian event, and so there was a little more space to display a few of my furniture curios awaiting restoration, one being a folding Victorian Bagatelle game, which caused interest, as did a mahogany longcase clock from Dublin! I think I would have sold a banjo barometer too, except I mentioned the problem of taking mercury onto planes as hand luggage, and option of professional shipping, but then something else caught their eye!
  • I thought a photo of the stand infront of the stage would be appreciated, as there were a few items of interest to visitors still being mulled over late in the afternoon, so here’s a reminder. I can forward your number to the stallholder if you wish to buy anything! As I can to all the dealers too, many times sales are agreed after events. Regards, Andy.
Our May stallholder infront of the stage at Bibury.....
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Selection of stock from our May event.
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Swanning around again!

Hello all! As I was setting up the fair this morning, I was watching an Egrit fishing, and catching some nice fish too. Also there is a snoozing Swan by the bridge next to The Swan Hotel! Pop in and see us, we open at 10am, and close at 4pm. Have a great weekend! Regards, Andy.

Snoozing Swan by the Hotel in Bibury.

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