After the previous evening of discussing art and the proposed street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the morning started with an early dash to Kempton Park racecourse in search of all things fishing, royal and vintage. See http://sunburyantiques.com
F T Williams & Co, Walton on Thames
Stalls were manned from first light when the hoards of dealers descended in search of finds for their shops and buyer for interiors projects. The back of the racecourse was pretty packed out from dealer selling French garden furniture and zinc containers, horses skulls and the odd human, fabrics, collectables and the strange and wired stuff people find when doing house and commercial building clearances.
I found an old OXO tin of Devon minnows, several rods by different manufactures, landing nets and gaffs, an odd pike float, odd in as much it was the only one to be found, a job lot of fishing odds and ends where most items could have been discarded except for one spinner.
Also found was a small crate of Coca Cola miniatures, a home-made box with its base made from an old Teachers Whisky case, a souvenir OXO tin from the Coronation of George VI and Elizabeth dated May 12th 1937. A reasonable amount of vintage Union Jacks but at inflated prices and a few interesting paintings and bundles of well used oil painting brushes. A find of several boxes of chemistry Pyrex vessels, conical flasks, funnels, vapourising chambers and test tubes all of which I thought could find a home at the Whistling Shop on Worship Street, were they make sublime libations and cocktails. See http://whistlingshop.com
French Pike Float
Sportex Rod Label
What did stand out was a bright red Pike Float from France and a few items of vinatge tackle which included an old Spincraft and Sportex rod tag.