At just after the hour of 6am I headed to Sunbury Antiques Market with my friend David Hornblow in search of a wish list of items that my dear fiend wanted to find. Firstly this was to be done under a blanket of fog that had settled over West London and down the M3 corridor and by the time we got to Kempton had just started to lift but not until well after the hour of 8am.There was much to be found today amongst the countless dealers from all corners of the UK, France, Belgium, Holland , Germany and other distant lands. The first impressive find was a pair of exhaust cowlings from a Shackleton Bomber that I could see making a wonderful pair of lamps, most fitting for an industrial loft conversion or warehouse in Shoreditch.
There was a huge amount of glassware, furniture and industrial fittings along with the usual bizarre finds and items of taxidermy. A few cased fish were still around by mid morning and a few piscatorial items but little to write home about. I assume some other well-known vintage tackle dealers who do the rounds at first light so anything left was not worth a second glance.
Strangely enough I purchased an old French hand-line for a couple of quid, it’s purpose will be to secure a drop net on a forthcoming sea fishing trip. Other items that I liked the look of were a collection of vintage butchers signs, some large glass storage jars, two stuffed Terns and finally a black bowler hat which I purchased to wear on the market stall at weekends. One other small purchase was a leather holder that I hoped one of my travel rods may fit into, unfortunately too small for one rod I had in mind once I got it home and tried to fit it in.Again, Sunbury Antiques Market is clearly on of the best markets when sourcing items to furnish the home, it is an interior designer or window dressers paradise. For details of the next market see http://www.sunburyantiques.com
After David had found a large Victorian glass dome and base we decided to call it a day early enough to get a full days work in. I had a brief opportunity to observe the restoration and refurbishment of one of my Chapman 500 rods by Richard, without question a stunning result and testament to his ability.However a meeting with Bob and Richard later in Richmond ended up with the a small float being cast out as the sun started to set and the tide rapidly came in. Trotting a maggot close to the wall and fishing a swim just in front of an overhanging tree resulted in a bright and beautiful perch taking a red maggot.