11 Apr 2021
December 2, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Chairs,Antique Desks — David

Antiques dealers in Lancashire are used to their antique desks being the focus of attention – especially if said antique desks end up in a Lancashire edition of Antiques Roadshow. But it was the dealers themselves who had a chance to shine last week – when David Dickenson put a desperate call out for local experts to appear on his Real Deal TV show.

Real Deal is a phenomenally successful BBC show that tours the country looking for likely locations. Viewers bring their antiques for assessment by David and his team of experts. Owners can choose whether to accept a dealer’s offer – or put the goods up for auction and, hopefully, make a bigger profit.

With Arts & Crafts manufacturers like Gillard of Lancaster (famous for their Victorian dining chairs ) to its name, Lancashire certainly is the spot to find a Real Deal or two. Which is why, on November 27th, David and the producers were heading for Darwen, near Blackburn. Lancashire. No doubt he was hoping for a few Victorian dining chairs to swell the ranks of porcelain, jewellery and objets d’art that are the norm of the show. But with just a week to filming, David was short of one essential prop: a local antiques expert. Out went a plea for people fitting the bill to get in touch with the show’s producer.

The show has yet to air, but there were probably more than enough candidates. David didn’t need trade professionals – just a knowledgeable enthusiast from Lancashire, with a collection that was interesting and antique. Desks, jewellery, Victorian dining chairs – Lancashire has plenty to talk about.

Who knows, maybe the next David Dickenson will be an antiques dealer from Preston!

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