SEPTEMBER 2010 REPORT
President, Judith Walker, welcomed, not only our usual members
for the meeting, but also an overflowing hall of visitors. The
attraction was our speaker for the evening, David Barby, the antiques
expert and television personality.
David was accompanied by his wife, Janet. David's interest in
antiques started when he was twelve. He qualified at the early
age of 21 to become a member of the Incorporated Society of Valuers
and Auctioneers. Later he joined Locke and England in Leamington
Spa and remained with them for 25 years eventually becoming manager
and partner. He stars in the television programmes "Bargain
Hunt" and "Flog it" in which his fellow experts
refer to him as "The Master".
He certainly used his expertise for us during an extremely witty
and entertaining talk. Many people had brought items to be valued
and David gave an interesting description and comment about all
of them. There were paintings such as the little "John Thor
landscape", a local artist from the 1800s, which he valued
at £800 to £1200. Also, scenes of Naples which would
have been souvenir items for people on the Grand Tour. There were
many ceramic items including teapots of varying value and plates
some of which dated from the early 20th Century when the Japanese
influence was strong. A Hornby train and tender with it's original
box was valued at about £80 and a most unusual little Japanese
ivory carving called a netsuke. These were used at the end of
the drawstring on a leather purse worn by Japanese gentlemen.
There was an interesting mourning ring with a lock of the departed
hair dating from the Victorian period. One lady brought along
a very beautiful Lalique bowl which David valued at £800
and he was then told she had 6 of them. David told us about all
of these and many more.
At the end of the evening he was thanked by Ann Farr and given
a rousing ovation. The committee then served us with tea and cakes.