Hello all! As many of you will know, we are hoping to return to our fabulous Bibury Village Hall venue to present our Bibury Antiques Fair this summer. Although a date hasn’t been set, there are dealers who want to return, and a few questions being asked from potential visitors too. I have noticed a few fairs returning, and although ours is quite small, we can easily be flexible and make visitors relaxed as they soak up the atmosphere in and around Bibury. Meanwhile, in the restoration field, I have been busy tidying up a painted longcase clock to present on my first outing. What an amazing piece of wood at the back, a single slab of Elm! The case is made from what looks like to be Alder, or Aspen, or similar, and has been painted, and later, probably in the Victorian time, or even later, has had some glaze painted over it too, this has been heavily waxed and buffed, and not is gleaming quite well. I look forward to popping the movement in there and listening to the sound of the tick. Oh, I almost forgot to say, it’s a Gloucestershire clock too! Shown here part way through improving the polish, the loose plinth on the trunk now re-affixed, and a loose moulding on the hood straightened and made firm. Whilst there is a key to the trunk door, the turnbutton at the top is needed as the door is slightly bowed, so doesn’t lock easily. Come and see what it looks like when it’s finished and ready for sale! Hope you like it! Regards, Andy.
On display soon will be this Elm and Oak Corner Cabinet.
The item undergoing a little restoration, basically tidying up, and replacing the modern plywood bottom, with old timber from an Elm Coffer, of about the same period.
Here are a few photographs, hope you like them. The sizes will be added over this weekend, and the first day out should be over the weekend of 16th and 17th March at The Holt Hotel, here’s the link, http://www.antiques-at-the-holt.co.uk maybe I’ll see you there?
Here it is as I got it, and now there has been some work on it. I may show those improved photo’s over the weekend. Please ask should you wish to see this item, as it is rather nice, and although had a replacement base, is mostly original. The interior paint shows that it was a piece used for display with the doors open as well as closed. This seems to have been protected by someone applying fabric to the interior, rather than re-painting, excellent!
Some of you may not know that St. Valentine is one of Beekeepings patron Saints, there are several!
St. Ambrose, St. Benedict, St. Gregory, St. Bartolomew, St. Gobnait, St. Kharlamii, St. Dominic also called St. Modomnoc, and St Valentine. There are undoubtably others!
So whilst the bees around the country are stirring, responding signs that the weather is getting warmer, the days longer, so too are some of our dealers for Bibury Antiques Fair getting ready for our first event of the year on April 7th. See you there perhaps? Other antiques fairs are available, more news soon!
Here is a little photo of a New Years Day bus trip, as seen in Winchester, hope you like it, it seems they also run vintage bus trips on other Bank Holidays too. Maybe I’ll have time to enjoy one soon.