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.

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.

Watch out, we’re back soon!

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.

About Time!

Hello all!

Some people have told me that “Its about time” Bibury Antiques Fair started, and we are back on April 7th, not long now!

Here’s a watch which may be there, a slightly different Swiss 17 Jewel watch, looks fun to me! It may still be getting a replacement glass and a little tidy up by a vintage watch repairer.

Pop along to The Village Hall in Bibury on Sunday 7th April, and see what you can find!

Regards, Andy.

bibury Watch Pic

 

Falling behind?

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Hello again! 

Just a quick photograph of an oak longcase dial taken as I was adjusting the time, so an hours extra time as many people say, however as its sunny, I’m off to have a short walk in the sunshine, kicking leaves off the paths, just like schooldays! 

It’s quite likely that I’ll be taking this clock to Bibury, so if you’re interested  just nudge me and I’ll make sure it’s there. The dial signed Geo Jackson, Gainsbro. A nice 30 hour movement with good sounding bell! 

Our last fair this year in Bibury is on November 4th, between 10am and 4pm. Maybe see you there?

Regards, Andy.

Pinch, Punch, First of the month! (Again!).

Hello all.

The title was a saying of a dealer many of us used to know, and it’s still around, when I remember! My post today is to remind, or inform about our next event, this Sunday on October 6th in Bibury Village Hall.

Refreshments served by Angela will include panini as the weather gets cooler, and hot sandwich and soup may just well be ideal!

Here is a photograph of a stand a couple of months ago, and who hopes to return to us in the spring. It shows an example of the variety of items we do get. Hope you like it.

Regards, Andy.

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It’s a summer-var stand!

Well, strictly not, but as ever I can’t resist a bad pun!

Recently I have tidied up a small stand for a client and to their delight, I called it a Samovar Stand, possibly the prettiest one I have ever had to improve, and so I hope you like it too.

Despite the heat and a chaotic summer, I am still restoring furniture, and keeping bees, and I’ll have a few photographs of my work on show at Bibury Village Hall this Sunday, August 5th, between 10 am and 4pm. Yes, refreshments are available, so pop in and say “hi” over a cup of coffee or tea!

Regards, Andy.

 

June is about to be! Time for tea?

I’m pleased to say our next Bibury Fair is this coming Sunday, 3rd June!

Why not splash about and pop by the River Coln, find us near the church, opposite end from The Trout Farm and Swan Hotel, but near Arlington Row. Inside the Village Hall will be a selection of antiques, and vintage items, including jewellery, silver, brass ware, glass, ceramics, and even a little furniture, and maybe a  few rugs too!

Refreshments will be served from just before noon, including some sandwiches and home made cakes, tea and coffee goes nicely with them in the sun outside, or on William Morris table cloths inside, depending on the weather!

Look out, we open form 10 am, close at 4pm too, as we may be seen sitting by the river looking for kingfisher or seeing how much the cygnets have grown since last month!

See you there?

Regards, Andy!

Liptons Tea Caddy 1924

Time for tea anyone?

Just Play Your Cards Right!

Here I have a splendid card table, Georgian, around 1740.

Great colour and I have just waxed these fabulous legs!

Shown here closed, and the castors visible. This will be on show at Bibury Antiques Fair on May 6th. Play your cards right and delivery could be included in the price, depends where one lives I must say, but ask and hope!

Have a good weekend wherever you are!

Regards, Andy.

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