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Our efforts have not been in vain - National Antiques Week 2013 was a smash hit and we have to say an enormous thank you to David Juran of The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair who hosted our wonderful party and Awards Ceremony!

The evening was a two part event which we shared with our colleagues over at Homes and Antiques Magazine who were presenting their awards for Shop of the Year.

The Homes and Antiques awards were presented by Judith Miller and our very own Antiques Young Gun Mark Hill and the Young Guns Awards were presented by Mr Nicky Haslam and another of our home team Young Guns Mr George Johnson

And the awards went to!

Winner of the 2013 Antiques Young Gun is Timothy Medhurst, 21, of Reeman Dansie Auctioneers whom the judges all agreed was an outstanding ambassador for the trade based on his enthusiasm and energetic support for the campaign, his willingness to promote his fellow dealers and his absolute commitment to his profession. Well done Tim!!

Joint runners up are:

Keeley Harris
who owns Discover Vintage and runs multiple events across the UK including Festival of Vintage. The judges agreed that Keeley's achievements and hard work together with her ability to include and work with her peers has really put her on the map and we felt that her success will be an encouragement for other young dealers in the vintage trade.

Chris Oxley of the family firm P A Oxley Antique Clocks has been a pivotal member of the Antiques Young Guns group on Twitter and has been a fantastic supporter of the campaign and his fellow Young Guns. Chris has displayed a heartfelt commitment to the family business since his teenage years and has taken the business, a traditional and highly respected business into the 21st Century with gusto.

The Judges' Award:

The judges were delighted to be able to award one extra prize on the night having struggled to select just three winners from such a starry line-up! Alfies Antique Market generously offered a free stand at this famous and iconic London landmark antiques, vintage and Mid C Retro emporium for two months in the summer of 2013 and this award went to Alys Dobbie of Nana Dobbie who the judges agreed was the ideal person to make the very best of this opportunity. Alys has established a destination vintage and Mid C shop in Brighton and works with her father to manage another Nana Dobbie shop in Cornwall. She is perfectly poised to take London by a storm and what better place than Alfies? Alys has a great sense of personal style and her shops reflect this and at Alfies she will have the chance to meet and interact act with the seasoned and experienced dealers - a true Young Gun experience.

All the Young Gun shortlist will benefit from a fantastic package of prizes from our generous sponsors including: Hotel Una Brighton;Cooper Antiques Fairs; Penman Antique Fairs; On-Line Galleries and Antiques are Green

Timothy Medhurst of Reeman Dansie pictured with George Johnson, Nicky Haslam and Mark Hill
Keely Harris of Discover Vintage and Vintage Emporium pictured with George Johnson, Nicky Haslam and Mark Hill.
Chris Oxley of PA Oxley Antiques pictured with George Johnson, Nicky Haslam and Mark Hill.
Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie pictured with George Johnson, Nicky Haslam and Mark Hill.



There were tears of joy from one of the winners of the prestigious Homes & Antiques Shop of the Year Awards and we will be posting lots more pictures on Monday.

Here is a taster showing the delighted winners of Antiques Centre of the Year - Debbe Perry & Jim Broomfield of Brackley Antiques Cellar with Judith Miller.

Well done to all the Homes & Antiques winners!


In no particular order:

Matt Nunn (37) runs Apsley Antiques Ltd & Fleaglass Ltd and he has been bringing the scientific antiques market to a whole new generation.
Flea Glass
Natalie Smith (32) she opened her own antique centre at only 26 years old and proves that antique centres are not an old person’s game.
Woodbridge Antiques Centre
Alys Dobbie(29) owns two vintage shops under the Nana Dobbie brand, one in Brighton and one in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, and is causing a stir in the 20th century collectables and vintage worlds.
Nana Dobbie
Keeley Harris (36) who runs Discover Vintage & Vintage Emporium, has been causing waves from her shop in York and from the various vintage fairs she runs nationwide including Chiswick, Brighton, Somerset, Bristol and Birmingham.
Discover Vintage
Paul Jones (29) runs Morgan Fairs and also owns his own shop in Cheshire specialising in Victorian pine and country furniture, and also selling smaller items including books, folk art & kitchenalia.
P Jones Antiques
James Gooch (30) who’s another founding member of the #AntiquesYoungGuns runs Doe and Hope a web based antiques and curios shop that aims to bring a bit of fun and showmanship to the trade.
Doe and Hope
Chris Oxley (36) is another founding member of the #AntiquesYoungGuns. He has been bringing a young outlook to the traditional world of longcase clocks.
P A Oxley Antiques
Sam Loxton (33) travels the world sourcing the finest jewellery for Lucas Rarities and has a love for the finest items. In his words: “I consider myself a champion of antique jewellery and hope to kick start a revolution against the modern jewellery which is being distributed and mass marketed worldwide”
Lucas Rarities
Kieran Mathewson (26) is a dealer in tribal art, architectural reclamation and country furniture and has carved out a career through determination and a inner love for the objects he deals in.
Kieran Mathewson
Adam Partridge (39) it is hard to believe that Adam is still a young gun, after all he is so well known within the trade, but this just proves how passionate he is about what he does.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers
Timothy Medhurst (21) has turned a childhood love of coins in a career, he is an auctioneer specialising in the numismatic world. He is determined to bring a young edge to an area of the trade that is sometimes seen as old and stuffy.
Reeman Dansie
Robbie Timms (30) of S&S Timms Antiques from Ampthill in Bedfordshire is one of the founding members of the original #AntiquesYoungGuns. He has been bringing a new outlook to the traditional furniture side of the trade and Robbie was behind the launch of the first antiques shop in the world to launch their very own Iphone/Ipad app.
S & S Timms Antiques

As you can see from above we have had some truly remarkable entries from all sectors of the trade which proves once and for all that this trade has a very healthy future.

The winner will be announced at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea, London, on 25th April, 2013.

Antiques News and Fairs would like to thank the four people who gave freely of their help and humour throughout this judging process:

Mr George Johnson himself a foxy young gun and tv antiques expert, who has contributed so much and made a number of trips across the border from his lair in The Trossachs to sit on committees and help out afterwards in various London hostelries!
Lady Kentmores

Dashing man about town, author, publisher and tv antiques celebrity, Mark Hill, also keen to assist in the after meeting meetings at well known London hostelries!
Mark Hill Publishing

The elegant and eloquent Pippa Roberts head of pr for the wonderful Battersea Fair who has contributed such sane and expert advice for our marketing plan.
Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

Sarah Percy-Davis who always managed to find time to dispense diplomatic (and diplomacy) advice despite being chief executive of LAPADA and having two small children - how does she do that?

20 -28 APRIL 2013

National Antiques 20 - 28 April 2013 has a mission to highlight the younger members of the trade (39 and under) who we have called Young Guns of the Antiques Trade, because we believe they hold the future of the antiques trade in their hands.  This vibrant band are working across all areas of the industry – owning shops, taking over established and sometimes weary family firms, working as auctioneers, organising antiques fairs and working hard behind the scenes to promote the trade via the antique dealer associations and we have discovered that there are legions of them!

To promote this inspiring and passionate sector of the trade the organisers of National Antiques Week are delighted to announce The Young Guns of the Antiques Trade Awards which will be presented at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, Battersea Park, London SW11 at 6 pm on Thursday 25 April 2013 followed by a fantastic cocktail party sponsored by the owner of the Decorative Fair, David Juran.

The winner and two runners up will be presented with a dazzling array of prizes and  the winner will be presented with a coveted award for their mantelpiece.

The  Young Guns Awards judges will be looking for the most endearing story of how and why the entrant started their business.  They will be expected to demonstrate a real and heartfelt commitment to the industry and show how to generate confidence to encourage other young people to join the trade and visit antiques shops.  This campaign reinforces one of the central themes of the mission statement of National Antiques Week:

  • To Promote and encourage a younger audience to visit antiques shops, fairs and auction houses during National Antiques Week
  • To promote and endorse the green credentials of antiques and to highlight the exceptional value antiques represent compared with equivalent high street purchases

What about the important and venerable sector of the antiques trade aged 40+? National Antiques Week 2014 will harness the experience and knowledge of this vital group and working with LAPADA and other antique dealer associations will nominate key personalities to work with us to organise mentoring programmes for Young Guns from the 2013 campaign.

National Antiques Week will partner with Summer Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair 2014 to promote this second important phase of the Young Guns Award 2013 and an award will be presented at this prestigious event for the most innovative and useful mentoring programme offered by this group who will be called “Heavy Artillery of the Antiques Trade”.

We will be announcing full details of National Antiques Week 2014 during Summer Olympia International Antiques Fair 6-16 June 2013.

The winner’s  prize package will include:

Prize Package

Winner and 2 Runners Up will receive:

  • A morning webinar followed by lunch from sponsors Online Galleries
  • A Mentor Package in conjunction with LAPADA
  • Collection of Millers Antiques and Collectibles Books
  • The opportunity to submit items for sale (subject to curation) in the Young Guns – Antiques Trade of the Future foyer exhibition at Decorative Antiques and Textiles Spring Fair 2013
  • An expert shopping tour of The Decorative Fair and Textiles Fair with
    Mark Hill
  • A special Alfie’s/Antiques are Green linen goodie bag designed by Susan Taylor which was the winning design for Alfie’s National Antiques Week 2010 competition.

Special Judges’ Award to be announced at the Awards Ceremony:

“Summer at Alfie’s” Alfie’s Antiques Market - London's largest indoor market for antiques, vintage, collectables & 20th Century Design since 1976 has donated a free booth for the months of June and July 2013. The lucky winner will have an a unique opportunity to sell their stock for free for two months at this very high profile London location where they will have the chance to meet and learn from many experienced dealers who share space at this iconic London landmark antiques centre.

This will be a special award given to one of the shortlisted Young Guns decided by the judges.

To read more about some of the Young Guns who have already contacted us see Features: Young Guns of the Trade by George Johnson or visit our National Antiques Week Blog.

If you would like a press release giving details of entrants available for interview please EMAIL Antiques News and Fairs.

Please click on the link below for information on the hardworking partners of National Antiques Week who help to make the event a success each year


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