Atters & Robert Fleming Rankin at Ardingly Antiques Fair – South of England Showground
Michael Atters Attree is a regular visitor to Ardingly Antiques Fair, sourcing items for clients, and most importantly, himself! We take a look at some of the wonderful items that Atters has purchased from Ardingly, and what keeps him coming back fair after fair!
Later on in the video, we are joined by Robert Fleming Rankin, who discusses some of his favourite finds and pops in some comments about Atters’s collection!
The first item that Atters shows us is, what seems like, just an antique frame with an image, but when you turn it upside down, an image of a lady appears, making this a fabulous find.
Atters goes on to describe his 19th century, brass cannon, and Atters explains how if there were two of them, they’d be “two cannon!”. There’s no hole to actually fire, as in the 19th century children would play with these items!
We take a look at some of his Lucky Charms that he had found along his Ardingly trip, which came in the form of a cat. These would usually be put in Christmas crackers, but the one Atters found was a bit too big for a cracker, so he assumes it was a posh one that has been used for decoration instead. They generally come in black, so this one is an interesting find as it’s got some blue in. These can go for around £30-£60, from 1910!
Another popular section at the moment is medical items, including the set of teeth that Atters found at Ardingly! People like to display them in shelves and clear glasses!
What’s next from his bag of mystery? KEYS! Keys are incredible popular in interior design, and comes in all different shapes and sizes. The bow at the end of this particular key shows that the key is from the Victorian era, this is a great way to determine the age of keys.