A Visit "Up North"
It always amuses me that if one takes the A1 or M1 motorway north, before one arrives at 'The Midlands', the road signs regularly remind one that 'The North' is ahead, but it doesn't say how far to go to The North' (or when returning, where 'The South' starts either)! Perhaps we should simply be thankful that we are going in roughly the right direction.
Earlier this month, I thought it would be a good idea to visit The Northern Antiques Fair, partly because it is in Harrogate, the most civilised town (or is it a city?) in Yorkshire, but also because there was an antiques fair there for many years which always attracted really good dealers and indeed, I exhibited there a couple of times myself in the 1980s. On the way, Carol asked me what things in particular I was looking for, to which I gave my standard reply, "I'll know it when I see it".
In fact, I had in mind to try an find something a bit special, something out of the ordinary and about which I could really enthuse in a forthcoming newsletter.
Having stayed at a pleasant inn a few miles before our destination, we made an early start on the day of the fair to have a brief stroll around the town. The town disappointed, but at the fair, I soon saw something that excited me - a set of four full-bottle 18th-century decanters which were beautifully engraved with neo-classical motifs. I am still delighted every time I look at them; they are very special. You can see them below and also on my website by clicking here. I hope it is obvious what appealed to me - and that they might inspire you as much also!
A set of 4 decanters of c.1775 and
a pair of coasters made about 10 years earlier.
The wine goblet dates from c.1775 also.