Olympia Antique Arms Fair off to a flier
On 30 September, fresh faces joined the familiar in the queue outside the Pillar Hall, a standalone building in the Olympia Exhibition Centre’s complex, as the doors opened at 9am.
The purpose of the fair, organised by Thomas Del Mar, antique arms and armour auctioneer and founder of auction collective 25 Blythe Road, was to revitalise and encourage new interest in the once-musty world of pre-WWI martial objects. A smart and substantial fair guide was produced with articles by world leading curators and academics in the field including Tobias Capwell, curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection, Ian Eaves, former Keeper of Armour at the Royal Armouries, and Erik Goldstein, Senior Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics at Colonial Williamsburg.
All stands sold out, with many established dealers participating including Runjeet Singh, Peter Finer Ltd, Michael German, Patrick Mestdagh, Magazin Royal, West Street Antiques, Garth Vincent Antique Arms and Armour and Hatford Antiques. Plenty of buzz surrounded the new event and by the end the dealers were delighted with the interest and visitor figures. Over 200 people came, including a number of leading collectors, curators and welcome newcomers to the field.
Thomas Del Mar said, “As a first fair this was a great success. I was delighted with the universal enthusiasm and hugely encouraged by the reaction of the dealers and visitors that took part in the day.”
The next Olympia Antique Arms Fair has already been booked for 21 April 2018 at Pillar Hall, Olympia Way. Go to www.olympiaarmsfair.com for more details.
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