Into the great hall of Grosvenor House, London, yesterday, 11th June, went thousands of poundsworth of old-time craftsmanship.
Into the great hall of Grosvenor House, London, yesterday, 11th June, went thousands of poundsworth of old-time craftsmanship. It was the annual Antique Dealer's Fair and Exhibition and no successful entry got past the meticulous selection committee unless it had been made before 1830.
Among the valuable exhibits was a 16th century cup, exquisitely worked in emeralds, rubies, pearls and diamonds. A suit of armour made for Henry the Eighth was lent by the Queen. There was also an interesting pedlar clock from Bavaria, with a working alarm system -- and it's 200 years old.
The fair was yesterday opened by Princess Alexandra, whose father - the late Duke of Kent - was the first member of the Royal Family to open the fair.