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.
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.
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.
Hello again! This Sunday May 5th sees us on show in Bibury from 10am, and our first coach of visitors is booked in for then too! Why not pop along and see what’s there for sale? I never know until the day! Exciting!See you there? Regards, Andy.
Hello all. We’re back in Bibury this coming Sunday, May 5th. Opening as usual at 10am. This month however there are a few new stands, as some of our regular dealers are off to watch an equestrian event not far away. One of our new dealers is Graham, and here is a small selection of his silver he may well be bringing with him. Call in and see us to find out who else is new this month! There will also be pictures form a new dealer to us, as well as many of our regulars, so it does look like a good show again! Regards, Andy.
Here’s a watch one of the dealers may well have for sale when the glass has been refitted and just checked for reasonable timekeeping. Many will know already, but for those that don’t, there’s a complicated history! Briefly, Wittnauer was a Swiss gent who emigrated to America, to work for a relative, and eventually made his own watches so good that they were in partnership with Longines. Sadly they closed in the 1990’s when they were bought by Swatch! A better link may be followed here…. https://www.timepiecechronicle.com/features/2015/5/20/losttotimewittnauer
If you’re nearby, call in and see us, we will be in The Village Hall, Bibury, between 10am and 4pm Sunday, May 5th. See you there? Regards, Andy.
Bibury Antiques Fair will be held on April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd being our final one for the year. We start at 10am, and close at 4pm.
Bibury Village Hall
Bibury Village Hall is a lovely small place, and is easily found, being close to the Church, and the corner at the bottom of the hill at the opposite end of the village from The Trout Farm and The Swan Hotel.
We are open from 10am until 4pm.
Call 07977 936 882 for details or if you can't find us!
We may well be a small fair, but we have fabulous stock, and in Bibury one can peruse and buy, a selection of Jewellery, Ceramics, Glass, Silver, Pictures, and even some clocks and furniture!