After a rain-sodden Easter weekend the sun is out for the Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Racecourse. Quoted as ‘where the smartest London dealers go to trade’ by Hugh St Clair of the Daily Mail, you can find pretty well anything you can think of. See http://sunburyantiques.com for dates of forthcoming events.
So with backpack and change for a cup of tea it’s off to race around the stalls in search of vintage items of glassware, cocktail shakers, cocktail sticks and trays in order to put together a couple of cocktail cabinets.
As an update from this morning I can report that there were fewer dealers and buyers. All the same the usual array of interesting artifacts were to be found. A box of bugs, an Allcocks Billy Lane Match Rod, two centre pin reels and a fly reel by Pflueger called a Gem 2094 in satin gun metal.
Several other vintage tackle items were seen, a Carter & Co of Molton St. London rod and rod bag and a rod room clock with several salmon flies beneath and an oil painting depicting a rook ( corus fugilegus) playing tug of war with a gull.
Other items seen was an old railway sign showing that the 6.20pm from West Ruislip to High Wycombe was still due.