Diverse Antiques and Upcycling

Balmy Summer climes and a plethora of new stands made for another exciting and diverse Antiques & Home Show at the Lincolnshire Showground on the 12th and 13th August 2013.

Stand-Out Timepieces

Brian McMahon (Outside Pitch 257) turned heads when he arrived with three gigantic clocks in a large trailer which he had acquired from trading a stock of scaffolding boards. The attractive blue clock counted time at Kings Cross Station in its past life. Once described as ‘the world’s most popular railway station’ by travel writer Simon Calder, Kings Cross has undergone major renovations over the last 15 years. The clock, which hung over the pedestrian bridge between platforms 7 and 8, is estimated at £7,000-8,000!

The second impressive timepiece was made by H. Samuel Jewellers and took the form of a larger than life size carriage clock, for sale between £3,000-5,000. But the real gem was the original turret clock movement from Bradgate Park Stables in Leicestershire. The Park contains the ruins of Bradgate House, the birthplace and early home of Lady Jane Grey, who was nominal queen of England for just nine days in 1553 as part of an unsuccessful bid to prevent the accession of the Catholic Mary Tudor. The weathered movement is worth at least £8,000 as is and would cost between £6,000-7,000 to make operative. Interested parties can call Brian’s son Peter on 07973 829716 for more details.

Upcycling at its Very Best

The next stall to catch our eye was one of our regular stall holders, Geoff Lane, who’s an interior designer and upcycler extraordinaire with an emporium in Sheffield who trades as Luxury Lanes.  He regularly brings his quirky pieces to the event to test the new inventions on a mixed crowd of dealers and private shoppers and in the early hours of Monday morning stood a bright red coffee table made from 1920s fairground timber on his stall (Outside Pitch 725). With rustic oak floor boards for the table top, the original patina and old buttons stylishly repositioned it’s no wonder the truly unique design sold for £260 by 9am!

His mannequin leg table lamp attracted a lot of attention and the ‘love signs’ – literally signs spelling love made from scraps of wood and wallpaper patterns – were selling quickly at £25 a pop. With bridle strap and belt frames from £10, baking tin clocks at from £25 and large cable drum mirrors up to £200, Luxury Lanes displayed a good range and accessible upcycled antiques.  Send Geoff an email at luxurylanes@hotmail.com or call him on 07973 996 135.

Vintage & Retro Furniture

A fanstastic new and local stand holder, Alison Richards, brought a selection of stock from her shop in Lincoln, Pelican Décor (Outside Pitch 480). Alison’s retro taste and passion for colour was represented in the most wonderfully reupholstered vintage chairs including an Edwardian inlaid salon settee with sixties flower power style fabric, a set of four arts and crafts style chairs recovered with fluro pink and orange and a set of six Ercol chairs brought into the millennium with new cushioning and covers. Also on the stand, a 1950s puzzle table and a busty Bridget Bardot table lamp.  The stock and store appeals to young and new homeowners with the option to off furniture over time and they also offer an upholstery service.  They can be contacted on 01522 530 274 or you can visit their website:www.pelicandecor.co.uk

Salvaged Manchester-Made Turnstiles

Of all the things one can find at the Lincoln Antiques & Home Show, Chris Carty’s Ellison’s Patented Rush Preventative Turnstile took the ‘unusual award’ this Summer (Outside Pitch 290).  Ellison turnstiles were manufactured in Salford, Manchester, anywhere between 1895 and 1963 and the Lincoln piece is thought to be from the 1930s. They originally sold for just over £7 but in 2013, around £650 with the accompanying gates. The Ellison has two features to separate it from rival makers; a foot pedal allowing the operator to lock and unlock the turnstile as each spectator passed through, one paying customer at a time; and a finely engineered tamper-proof brass mechanism with ceramic counters, to allow officials to tally the gate against monies collected.

100 Ellison turnstiles were in place when the old Wembley Stadium opened in 1923 and other famous stadiums on Ellison’s customer list included Hampden Park, Twickenham, Murrayfield, Old Trafford and Highbury, though it is not known where Carty’s model once stood.  All enquiries should call 07908 481117.

Reloved and Upcycled

Rocking horses crop up at almost every Lincoln show, but have you ever seen an example with the horses front legs bent, jumping for joy over a large hurdle? Vivienne Beardshaw from the Long Red Scarf Company (Outside Pitch 485) – named after the long red scarf she knitted over nine months for her daughter – sold her completely unique rocking horse of champions for £185 by lunchtime on the Monday – we didn’t even get the chance to take a picture!  Vivienne lovlingly upcycles and gives new life to forgotten and broken pieces.  She can be contacted on 07837 572810 if you have something she can save for you!