Wimbledon Car Boot
As the hour of 10am approached there could be seen a long line of people outside the Wimbledon Car boot Sale held on this windy October day at Plough Lane. It was if they were waiting to board the Ark. Dealers, buyers and lookers stood in two lines in order to get in, it seemed to be a busier than a usual Wednesday. The only flood to be seen was the 4 inches of water that seems to gravitate towards the centre of the car park. Though it was forecast for rain.
The cordon was removed and the long line of people seem to disappear quickly into the maze od white vans. The breakfast van was parked across the other side of the car park by the Stadium wall and rows of predominately white vans off loaded their bounty from house clearances.
Sir Edwin Landseer ‘The Illicit Highland Whisky Still circa 1892
I wasn’t really after anything in particular it was more a visit out of curiosity. There are always gems to be found here if you look closely enough. Today I saw a magnificent Burr Walnut framed print of a work of art by Sir Edwin Landseer, titled ‘The Highland Whisky Still’ after his oil painting ‘The Illicit Highland Whisky Still’.
Edwin Landseer Print, The Highland Whisky Still – engraved by Robert Graves, published 1876.
The asking price was a mere £60 which was worth it for the frame alone. What I had thought about was my friends at The Whisky Exchange who collect anything to do with Whisky.
An Ideal Float Storage Tube
After a good half hour of walking along the rows of vans I came across a metal tube of about 12in in length, with a hinge lid and distressed paint. I thought this would make an ideal float holder for longer and more delicate floats so it was duly purchased for the price of a couple of cups of tea.
A Surgeons roll, makes a good float holder
What I did find at a previous sale was an old surgeons/dentist tool roll that makes an ideal item to store a small selection of floats in when travelling light when river fishing.
Vintage Storage Tins Found At Wimbledon Car Boot
The only other items that caught my eye was a good collection of old tins, some by Huntley & Palmer and others for Swift Toffees. There were all manner of shapes and sizes, had I thought about if I would have purchased one I saw being in the form of an old travel trunk made by a French biscuit maker.
So which one has the Ginger Nuts in?
The started to spit with rain so it was high time to head back before the heavens opened.