Friday, 19 March 2010

Young and old

Taken in my showroom, a month ago, this was part of an article in Country Life magazine titled Bright Old Things. and featured several people who had started new careers after retiring and are still working. Myself, I don't think I have ever stopped working and have been involved in antiques in most of my life, the latest choice being textiles. Here is my great- granddaughter, Rose Murray, her grandmother, Charlotte, (my second daughter) playing in one of my showrooms with a bit of old Indian fabric. The cupboard in the background is a handsome Irish Regency pine housekeepers cupboard for the storage of linen in a big household - with locks on every door, ideal for my business.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Dolly needs a hospital!

A young lady came up to my stand at the American Museum Fair last year and scooped up a dismembered doll that I had found in a mixed lot of chateau stuff, at the bottom of a big box. Not very pretty and needing lots of attention, I was delighted to part with her for a triffling sum. It transpired that this girl was going to open a doll's hospital in her mother's shop in Pewsey and I phoned her the other day and was pleased to hear it had got off the ground and she is in business - could be a useful address if you have battered members in your toy cupboard. Sophie Patterson is at 16 River Street, Pewsey, Wilts, phone 01672 772 146 (not always open so check before travelling.).