|April 25th 2013
Weather set fine @ Ardingly
Took a trip to the Ardingly antique fair on tuesday. The weather
was good & as early as 8:00 a.m. I was down to one fleece - by
9:00 - a T shirt. In fact, the weather was pretty much perfect for
strolling around the many hundreds of stalls.
There were many additional casual pitches which gave me a
good feeling that something half decent might just surface.
Unfortunately, the early signs were not very promising, very
slim pickings. My early morning find - a Hercules type with an
After around an hour I'd found nothing else but I bumped into
Webby who had picked up an interesting removable worm
corkscrew with a registration number. I'd never seen it before,
nor had Webby. We both were aware of the piece being
mentioned in Elllis & Ellis, registered design book. A great find!
Nice one Webby!
We went our separate ways. In the main hall I found a good
three tool bow & a couple of figural corkscrews, back outside I
picked up a Heeley A1, before finding my bargain of the day, a
Wiers concertina for £20. I saw a few Thomasons, all too
pricey, that was about it.
I met up with Fletcher Wallis to compare notes over a cuppa.
He found a ornately decorated pocket corkscrew which he later
sold to me. That was it for him in terms of corkscrews. However,
he bought a number Scientific instrument pieces which he
seemed pretty pleased about.
Around an hour later, after a final recce, Webby, Wally &
myself were in Peckish cafe to compare woe stories, although
on this occasion, the woe stories were a bit more upbeat.
Makes a change!
Next Ardingly is on 18th June. Why not come along? Maybe
you'll find yourself a rare corkscrew. Join us after you've
finished hunting at Peckish cafe for double bacon, double egg,
sausage, chips, bread, butter & a nice mug of tea. :)