Sunny Skies Over Shepton & No Sign Of Covid...!

Saturday 24th October 2020 at 14:32

So it was off to Somerset to exhibit at the giant IACF fair at the Bath & West Showground over three days Fri 18th Sept to Sun 20th Sept....I really had no idea how the fair would go with the continuing worry of Covid and the unpredictable English weather....Friday got off to a bumper start with the trade hungry to buy fresh stock and in the first hour I sold , a 19thc Fruitwood "shove halfpenny" board...a dated Welsh Lacemakers board and a very desirable 18thc West Country Backstool....sales continued well with several good pieces of treen going to new private customers...I also managed to find a stunning small 16thc Bronze Skillet standing on three hoof feet, with an unusual six sided handle, probably German C1520-40 and a single heavy brass "pricket" candlestick C1500-20....two amazing buys which really made the fair for me...!

The Saturday with the weather sunny and warm, the public came out in full force and a very busy day was had by a lot of happy dealers...I made good sales to some of my regular was so nice to see them again and more importantly to know they were keeping well....the sales included a superb brass tobacco box , showing a joyner in his of the best cutlery trays I have had with attractive scalloped unusual pair of brass banded Welsh "cawl" (soup) bowls....and a useful fruitwood candlestand, French C1800-20.....a really good day..!

Sunday finished off with a couple more sales of treen and a good purchase of a William & Mary small Oak Gateleg Table in very good even still retains its original iron hinges and it stands on shaped Spanish feet....

So thank you my brave loyal customers who came to the fair, it really made my weekend seeing you all keeping well and still so eager to buy....look after yourselves and I should be returning to Shepton in November....providing we are not all in lockdown...!