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'Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs’ at Antiques for Everyone 20 - 23 July 2017

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

John & Erna Hiscock - An interesting Noah’s Ark by the Lord Roberts Workshop, of stencilled softwood and painted in green and grey, containing a number of original animals as well as Noah & wife. Printed label to the under-side of lid. Circa 1920. £195.00

 

Event: Antiques for Everyone
Organiser: Clarion Events
Venue: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Date: 20-23 July 2017

Enquiries:

Tel: 0207 384 8149

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

John Bull Antiques and J.B. Silverware - A rare set of four dishes or ‘salts’ in the basket weave design, by Barnard & Sons, London. Gilded inside with loop handles. 1869.  Priced at £2950. 

ABOUT THIS FAIR:

A fascinating collection of unusual mechanical gadgets and gizmos will go on display at the Antiques for Everyone summer fair at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.  

Antiques for Everyone, now in its 32nd year, is a collectors' extravaganza with more than 200 dealers, offering everything from ancient Chinese antiquities to fine period antiques, works of art and contemporary designer classics.

Amongst the many thousands of exhibits going on sale, a special exhibition, entitled 'From Victoria to George VI: Gadgets, Gizmo’s and Thingamajigs', will feature more than 150 mechanical rarities and domestic bygones, owned by collector and author Maurice Collins.  Gathered over more than 40 years, his personal collection provices an additional highlight for the event, which attracts collectors from all over the world.

The display, which is just a small section of a collection of over 1500 pieces Mr Collins makes available to hire to museums and galleries, will recall the period from the first Great Exhibition of 1851 to the post-WWII Festival of Britain, a time of rapid technological advancement, resulting in some fascinating time-and money-saving devices, kitchen utensils, gadgets for ladies and gentlemen, trains, bikes, autos, and more. Visitors will be able to marvel at creations that could be considered forerunners of modern-day conveniences such as smartphones and computers.

Examples of items in the collection include an early wood chopper, a head measurer, foot warmer, a nose shaper, a mechanical vegetable chopper, a moustache spoon (a need amid polite Victorian society!), a moustache protector, an oyster opener, an early vacuum cleaner, a water filter and a pea-podder.

Maurice Collins was born in London’s East End in the mid-1930s, and served in the British Royal Air Force before started his own printing company specialising in boxed games and cartons. Copies of his latest book will be available at the fair with the opportunity to donate to learning disabilities charities.  He will also be presenting a talk, entitled 'Bizarre and Unusual Contraptions and Gadgets, 1851-1951' on the Friday and Sunday afternoons.

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

A Large Mechanical Vegetable Chopper

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

A Knife Sharpener

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Folding Binoculars

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

"Foot warmer, c1900 - it is so big that it will take you with your boots on, from the field into the kitchen and you didn't need to remove your boots." ~ Maurice Collins

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

"An original Victorian head measurer, made of ebony, put it on your head and you know the size that is required for you hat to fit snugly confiture." ~ Maurice Collins

 

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR:

Period furniture has become increasingly popular with a rise in interior decorators mixing and matching traditional and modern styles.  Asian art is very sought after, with collectors from the Far East boosting sales at the AfE spring fair.  It is expected that several specialist exhibitors will return with Chinese, Japanese and Asian pieces.

British and European sculpture is in strong demand, with dealers presenting Art Nouveau and Art Deco bronze and ivory pieces, ranging from less than £500 to more than £40,000.

AfE offers the cream of the ceramics and glass genres, from early Chelsea porcelain to 1960’s German studio pottery via Clarice Cliff, Moorcroft, Meissen, Derby, Royal Worcester and more, making the event a first call for collectors in this field.

More than twenty leading galleries will be at the fair - a strong draw for collectors of C18th, C19th and C20th British and European paintings, drawings and watercolours.

The fair will also offer fine English and Scottish clocks, Mid-Century Modern furniture and lighting, Art Deco silver and glass, barometers, folk art, early dolls and toys, C18th and C19th needlework samplers, brass and copperware, advertising memorabilia, vintage cocktail dresses and coats, original maps and fine prints, antique arms and armour, musical boxes, farming and horticultural collectables, African memorabilia and much more.

The event will also feature celebrity talks by Judith Miller, known worldwide for the Millers Guide books, and Will Farmer, a dealer, writer and expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

There will be more than a dozen specialists in jewellery and silver, showing stock from the C18th and C19th, the Edwardian era, the late C20th and Hollywood-inspired vintage items by makers such as Trifari, Christian Dior, Chanel, Ciro, Josef or Miriam Haskell.

"It’s the vast choice that makes Antiques for Everyone such a popular fair,’ explains Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director from Clarion Events. ‘With so much stock on display at the fair for the first time, it’s a very compelling event. It’s why collectors and trade buyers are queuing so enthusiastically on opening day!"

 

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Mark Seabrook Antiques - Mark describes this as “A truly stunning piece of 18th century Welsh vernacular furniture, this primative child’s chair is made from ash, oak and fruitwood, which has patinated to give a glorious colour that is so attractive to collectors. Made in Wales, this chair is known as a primative comb back chair and doesn’t come any better!”  Circa 1780-1800. £1075.00.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Steve Sly Japanese Art - A large and important Japanese cloisonne enamel hawk vase by Kumeno Teitaro (1865-1939). £18,750.

Antiques News & Fairs -Antiques for Everyone 20 - 23 July 2017

Scarab Antiques - Spectacular DeLuxe saphiret faux turquoise paste & silver tone necklace & drop earrings in pesentation box priced at £895

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Andrew Muir - An extremely rare Art Deco period Clarice Cliff ‘May Avenue’ Bonjour tea for two service, circa 1933. £11,500.

Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Steve Sly Japanese Art - A charming Japanese Edo period ivory netsuke of a puppy dog cluthching a ball. £2,650


Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Kembery Antique Clocks - A rare twin fusee drop dial wallclock.  A 12 in painted dial signed "Stevenson Leicester" £1375.


Antiques News & Fairs - Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs

Timewise Vintage Watches - A superb and highly-sought after Rolex Daytona watch, dating from 1979. £42,000. 


 

TICKET INFO:

Admission to the fair is £15.00 (£12.00 if purchased in advance).  For more information, visit Antiques for Everyone. 



 

Cover Image: John & Erna Hiscock - An interesting Noah’s Ark by the Lord Roberts Workshop, of stencilled softwood and painted in green and grey, containing a number of original animals as well as Noah & wife. Printed label to the under-side of lid. Circa 1920. £195.00

 

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