Antiques pull in the crowds

THE fourth annual Luxury Antiques Weekend in Longhorsley proved another success with sellers and visitors alike.

Many traders recorded sales within the first hour of the Linden Hall Hotel event opening and thousands of pounds worth of antiques changed hands.

Among them was a bronze sculpture by Antoine Louis Barye, which sold for about £5,000 in the first 20 minutes of the fair, and a painting by William Bell Scott, who painted the murals at Wallington.

A rare early map of Northumberland, dated 1642 by William Webb, sold for £2,800.

Exhibitors travelled from near and far to sell their rare items, including Melody Antiques from Cheshire, Campbell Wilson from Aberdeenshire, Olde Time from Norfolk and Graham Smith Antiques from Jesmond.

Garth Vincent Antique Arms & Armour sold a pair of silver-mounted pistols and several swords.

Mr Vincent said: “We met new clients and were pleased to re-establish a relationship with an old client we hadn’t seen for 20 years.

“Despite the damp weather, the Hotspur School of Defence reported great interest in their demonstrations of historically accurate period fighting techniques used from the 15th to 18th Centuries. They even managed to sign up a Frenchman, who wishes to take lessons.”

The winner of the prize draw of a night’s stay at the Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel was won by Mrs A Lee from Durham.

Organisers The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited have already set a date for next year’s fair, Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11.