Fair amount of variety, from candle holders to shock box
LOSTWITHIEL ANTIQUES FAIR
Lostwithiel Antiques Fair takes place tomorrow at the Lostwithiel Community Centre and is open from 10am to 4.30pm, with entry just 50p.
Among the items for sale from the many dealers will be a pair of Blackamoor figures. These are depictions of African people used in sculpture, jewellery, armorial designs and decorative art. As jewellery, such figures usually appear in antique Venetian earrings, bracelets, cuff links, and brooches. As sculptures they are designed to hold either trays, candles or light fixtures. Typically male, depicted with a head covering, usually a turban, and covered in rich jewels and gold leaf, they are usually enamelled, carved from ebony or painted black to contrast with the bright colours of the embellishments.
A pair of spelter Blackamoors will be found on the stand of Bygones & Gonebys. Measuring 14½in tall, they feature two female slaves carrying vases on their shoulders which serve as candle holders. They are priced £160 the pair.
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Bringing back happy memories of childhood, The Book Maid will be offering for sale The Tinder Box and Other Stories by Hans Christian Anderson, with illustrations by Mabel Lucie Attwell. The book, which is in very nice condition, contains eight short stories – The Little Mermaid, The Red Shoes, The Tinder Box, The Little Shepherdess, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Ugly Duckling, The Flying Trunk and Little Tuck. It is illustrated with four colour plates and numerous monochrome drawings for £20.
Joan & Mike will show an object which would bring fear to any child. A Victorian/Edwardian electric shock machine is complete with all wires and is ready to be used. In the late-Victorian period, there was a craze for electric shock machines. It was claimed that these machines could cure anything from weak eyes to baldness to spinal pain. Luckily most of them could not generate enough current to harm anybody! Many of these were intended for use in the home, and some people even made their own versions. This contraption was manufactured by K Schall of 75 New Cavendish St, London. Contained in a mahogany box, it has a guide of £68.
Argenta Antiques will show a stunning collection of silverware and early English glass, including an elegant sugar bowl for £240. Made by the famous silversmiths Walker and Hall, it stands seven inches high (including handle) and six inches long.
Bijou Jewellery will have a collection of antique jewellery and silver. An early Victorian 9ct yellow gold and enamel miniature brooch is decorated with small diamonds and seed pearls. Measuring just 1¼in long, it is engraved on the reverse "Naiomi from Cordelia 30.10.1837". The front being decorated with rich ruby enamel over a machine engraved background, it is priced £550. The same dealer will have an early Victorian pendant decorated with a hand-painted miniature on porcelain and set with garnets. Just 1½in high, the miniature depicts a couple in romantic rural dress for £400.
Bric-A-Brac will offer for sale an amethyst glass vase, c1935, from the factory of Thomas Webb. The bull's-eye design is very identifiable and unmistakably Webb. The glass is mould-blown and features large convex "out dents" that coined the term "bull's eye". This type of glass cannot really be mistaken for much else, and is very much a Webb trademark. Standing seven inches tall with a diameter of six inches it is £42.
There will be more than 40 exhibitors at the fair tomorrow, including a specialist postcard dealer and Yvonne Dunklin with rare stamps. Free parking and refreshments available all day. Additional details can be obtained by contacting Richard or Lynne Bonehill on 01736 793213, email@example.com or visiting www.zyworld.com/bonehill.