Christmas shopping was high up on the agenda earlier this week at our final Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show of 2015.
Some were choosing their own gifts, many were delighting in finding the perfect present for another and others were selling items, that gifted to the right person, could bring great joy.
Irita Marriot of Marriott Antiques in Derby specialises in Continental decorative antiques and pointed out this French gilded metal 1880s keepsake box, ‘I’m due to have my first baby any day now so baby gifts are on my mind! This box would make a stunning first Christmas present’, said Irita. it would also make a charming Christening gift.
Decorative Antiques trader Chris Holmes and his partner Chloe Holt, an artist who’s paintings look beautiful teamed with antiques, were taking a break from selling to do a spot of shopping at the show. They bought this characterful little fellow made in England by International Mode Aircraft Company - a company known for making model aircraft and scale model construction kits between the 1930 & 1970. ‘This will make a great Christmas present for a couple of antique loving friends of ours who are preparing a nursery for their new baby’ they said.
Barbara Sissons' stand inside The Epic Centre looked gorgeously festive adorned with sprigs of pine, candles, balls of string and musical insturments tied-up with red ribbons and scrolls of sheet-music. The handmade cushions she makes out of Hungarian grain sacks were just one of the many things that would be a lovely gift to give or receive.
Lucy Nugent of Lucy’s Vintage Lifestyle had some great gift suggestions for the collectors amongst us, but it was this French Boudoir doll which really stood out. Lucy told us that the doll is a decorative piece which would have originally taken pride-of-place on the bed in a French lady’s bedroom (boudoir). ‘She would make a perfect gift for a doll collector or someone working in fashion as her costume is so lovely’ said Lucy.
Jude and Paul Burton had taken a mini-break to enjoy the show and the local sights of Lincoln. The pair love buying things they describe as ‘quirky’, ‘we love visiting antiques fairs to pick-up bits for our home but also to find gifts, it’s a great way to find unique pieces’. They picked-up a black beaded necklace for their daughter, a decorative metal crown to feature as a table centrepiece and a festive essential, mistletoe.
Wedding planner, props buyer and hardy Christmas shopper Hannah Haigh had a very successful day, including choosing her own Christmas present from her mother - a mirrored-up Rajasthani door. ‘I’ve just moved to Lincoln and am trying to get the house ready for Christmas, I'm thrilled with this, it’s going to add so much character’ said Hannah.
Even I managed to bag myself a Christmas present whilst flying around the show. Costume is of great interest to me and this showgirl’s costume is an original, hand-sewn outfit made by Academy Costumes for the 2005 stage production of ‘The Producers’, adapted from Mel Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name. The jewel incrusted outfit bears the costumier’s label and was worn by an actress named Carys Gray. It’s a dream Christmas present.
We have just one more event this year, our Sunday Antiques Market in The Exhibition Hall at Lincolnshire Showground this coming Sunday (6th December).
The Lincoln Antiques & Home Show will be back in 2016 on these dates:
February 1st - 2nd
April 4th - 5th
May 30th - 31st
August 15th - 16th
October 11th - 12th
November 28th - 29th