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December 8, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Cabinets,Antiques News — Harriet

A major new North Yorkshire antiques event, the Pavilions of Harrogate Antiques and Fine Art Fair, has had to be postponed because of the bad weather. This is bad news for collectors of Victorian dining chairs in Lancashire, who were probably hoping to hop across the border for a pre-Christmas browse.

Yorkshire and Lancashire are indelibly intertwined when it comes to cabinetmakers. Victorian dining chairs and antique desks by Lancashire firms Marsh Jones and Cribb, and Gillards, regularly turn up in Harrogate showrooms.

One of the attractions of Yorkshire for Lancastrians, though, is the chance of some seasonal quirkiness - Robert “Mouseman” Thomson; Peter “Rabbitman” Heap and Thomas “Gnomeman” Whittaker being just three Harrogate associates who carved their nicknames with pride. Who could resist a “Mousey” footstool as a Christmas present?

Sadly, it was not to be. Not only Harrogate, but all surrounding areas – to well across the Lancashire border – were cut off, with many of the exhibitors unable to reach the venue. With the next show not planned until 4 – 6 February 2011, it looks bleak for the Lancashire traders who were relying on the show to get them some much needed exposure before Christmas, though with the worst of the weather now seemingly over, there’s a chance the event might be rescheduled. The advice is to check their website for updates.

With so much uncertainty over the weather, it’s probably best people in Lancashire buy their antique desks and Victorian dining chairs from nearer to home – say an antique dealer in Preston or Lancaster. Who knows? You might even find one of the antique desks has a little mouse on it.

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