Monday, 30 August 2021

Hands off!!!


Today it was the August Bank Holiday Fleamarket at Malvern, so of course I got up early and went.  Now we live at Builth, it only takes an hour and a half to get there - from our old home we had to get up at 3.30 a.m. as it took twice as long.

Recent Fairs have been dire - so many "Car Boot" type stalls, house clearance rubbish at silly prices.  However, by the time I was 3 stalls down the first line I could see that it was going to be a good one (a mass spotting of 5 or 6 Magpies (for luck) along the way also boded well!)

The first photo gave me the blog caption for today - I imagine they are mock ups for the film industry.  Different . . .

Nearby was this plaster head - a large as life Oliver Hardy I assume.

I loved this jug, but at £65 and with the damaged handle, it stayed on the table.

This was described as a horse collar.  Well, if it was I've never seen one quite like THAT before.  I think the linen-clad bit could have been the lining for a donkey collar, and then someone has added the leather "socks" on it but what the brown leather is meant to be doing I don't know.

I was very good - I have a "thing" about antique spinning wheels - this was French, with beautiful bobbin turning and dated about 1828 I think, but fortunately I was saved from indulgence by the price - £450!   Just a tad rich pricewise . . .

I've been seeing lots of these earthenware steens recently.  I have seen a gigantic one that R had (and which went to a woman who asked him to drill holes in it so she could use it as a planter!)  Silly mare - she had paid top dollar for it, and it wouldn't be frost proof, and drilling holes in it would probably shatter it anyway.  This went the other way and was tiny - about dinner plate size.  I once had a dark brown one this size, which sold well at a Fair.  I wasn't going to part with £40 for this one though.

Anyone for Giant Tennis?

I was tempted to get these for Tam in case they had more value, but at £30 they stayed on the stall and Tam told me they were later than I thought (she knew because of the use of Marcasite around the garnets).

If you are troubled by Grizzly Bears in your neck of the woods, then this trap is the one to help you out!

Ivor from East Germany managed to get through Customs (every item itemised and priced) with this lot and more . . .

One pretty hexagon quilt - these were tiny tiny 50p sized hexxies.

I still have such a soft spot for Over The Top High Victorian China - this tureen was accompanied by a few grubby plates.  When I first started dealing in antiques, these would have been leapt upon . . .

The size of this vase was immense - I wondered if she was going to hide her husband (or her lover!) in it!!  I think the answer was more boring, it was going in a shop.

This was my FIND OF THE DAY  - it is an Anti Lugging bit used on trotting horses - the big rings had the headpiece and one rein attached, and the other rein went on the small ring on the left for getting the horse tightly round corners . . .  A VERY rare beast - I've only seen it in a book illustration and then only once.

I rather fell in love with these unusual transfer-print Victorian vases. There would probably have been three originally but these were the only two left.  I need to do some research on them to find out the maker and exact date.  Update:  if you look closely you will see these are topped with Swans, whose neck and head form the top half of the handle.  They date to around 1850. Tam doesn't care for them - I love 'em!

Above and below - an unusual chest, which came at the right price.  With the top rubbed down and polished, and the interior cleaned and polished it still has useful storage . . .  I don't know quite how to name it - a portable alter is the nearest I can get, and there is a candle box on the right, the central part lifts out for the various accoutrements of Mass/Communion.  It's had a new base on it, but hey, it's different and it will speak to someone . . .

Finally, another good buy - this is a Dale Tiffany blue copper gold adventurine favrile amphora art glass vase. (That's a mouthful!)  American made and worth a good bit more than I paid for it!  It's stock, if we ever do a proper Fair again!  I like art glass and studio pottery.

Anyway, a good day out was had - though I had to crash out on the sofa when we got back and I slept for over an hour.

I hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend - what did you get up to?


  1. Peddlers' Mall, an indoor venue, always has some stalls that look as thought items from a mid-60's mobile home had been thrown into the space. Other stalls have been thoughtfully arranged with vintage goods, some even themed to one or two types of collectibles.
    I love your blue and white jugs, but have learned from 'shattering' experiences that my resident felines have no respect for breakables.
    Trailing around such sales places is exhausting, both for ones feet and for the mind which has attempted to take in and process too much in a short time.

    1. Peddlar's Mall sounds like the buildings with Units in (such as we used to have) here in UK. I'm SO glad we weren't stuck with one when Covid struck as I know the rent still had to be paid - although some allowances were made.

      These jugs are right on the very top of my white dresser as a certain little stripey Theo cat can climb onto/into the shelves and indeed did exactly that on Saturday night and had to be carefully extracated and gently scolded!

      Two years ago, Keith had no trouble with walking and we used to walk fast around the Fair, expertly scanning the stalls for the sort of stock we were used to purchasing. It doesn't work like that if - like Tam- you sell jewellery, but for us it worked well and we got to see as many stalls as possible before the best stuff got sold. Now we go round much slower and towards the end yesterday, after over 4 hours' walking, Keith was exhausted and I took his arm as we trailed round at a geriatric snail's pace. . . Praying things improve.

  2. I think the box you found was used by priests when they would visit the sick and give the last rites. Now the boxes are smaller, but the cubby holes are pretty much the same. The small indents in the center probably held oil and chrism.

    God bless.

    1. That's rather what we thought but gosh, it was a hefty thing to haul upstairs!! I shall look up such boxes specifically and also what chrism is (having never heard of it before). Thank you Jackie. I think it is French/Italian/Spanish but given the fact that French dealers come here to sell, I expect it is French from Victorian times.

  3. The art glass is gorgeous - a lovely find.

    1. I was going to walk past and leave it, as heaven knows when our next Big Fair will be, but it spoke to me, and I haggled the price down by a third, so it came home with us!

  4. I do admire your selections. The vase is beautiful--lovely colours. And I always have an affection for blue and white china. Think you are right that the 'communion' box will sell very well. Can imagine how tiring it was--even though you were having a good time. Almost a bit too much after all these months of confinement and lack of socialization.

  5. There was a LOT to see yesterday. Keith could only manage half of it, sadly, and even then he was exhausted. The Bank Holiday ones are always twice the extent of the usual monthly Fleamarkets.

    Hoping we get an opportunity to give that box an outing soon after we've tidied it up. We were careful with our spending, but have a couple of nice things to show for it.

  6. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures. I feel like I went to the market with you. How FUN!! ~Andrea xoxoxo

    1. I'm glad it gave you a feel for the Fleamarket Andrea.