On a cold and wet day in early May I took myself off to Plough Lane in search of vintage items. It’s become a personal challenge to see what and how much I can buy for as little as I can, today was one of those days.
Wimbledon Stadium car park had clearly turned into a reservoir from all the recent rain, it has been in this state for nearly two weeks. John Andrews of Arcadia referred to it as ‘Wimbledon on Sea’..I though he was joking but not so.The vendors were placed around the outer edge of what has become a lake and for the first time there was someone trying to pump the water away.
Vintage Windsor & Newton Travellers Watercolour Set
With fewer vendors and buyers I wasn’t sure what I would find but after 20 mins or so I had spotted a vintage Cornish serpentine stone lighthouse lamp base which was a great purchase for £3, followed by the purchase of a vintage black japanned Windsor and Newton watercolour box with integrated water bottle, water container, mixing palate and brushes, all for a £1.
Heddon Style Lure
After a further quarter of an hour of strolling up and down the stalls I found a set of vintage alloy bait tins and a box containing a Heddon style lure.
Alloy Bait Tins
Last find of the morning was small tobacco tin by Players, Airman Navy Cut – it reminded me of what my step fathers, father may have placed in his pocket whilst flying his Lancaster.
Player’s Airman Navy Cut Tobacco Tin
Having parted with under £5 for my items I departed and went to check out what the local collectibles fair in Barnes had on offer, there I found a fantastic cut glass barrel with a tap this item alone cost more than all the others from earlier in the day but was well worth it. I will make up a barrel of rum infused with dried fruits for a summer punch to toast Her Majesty with come the day of her Jubilee celebrations.
Vintage Glass Keg
It was for me a day of pleasant surprises, upon opening the door there was my stamped addressed envelop which I had sent earlier in the week to the Feltham & Twickenham Piscatorial Society for my annual membership. I wasn’t sure if I had been accepted as there is a long waiting list but upon opening the envelop there was my membership card, padlock key, bailiffs card, rule book and map book of all the waters I’m allowed to fish.
Hardy Fly Box with Salmon Flies
The only other package to open was a box of sea trout and salmon flies I had purchased on eBay from Brindley John Ayers, a great collection that will be used on my next outing to Wales. Finally there was the June issue of Trout & Salmon