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Auctioneers, dealers and other figures from the trade and associated businesses gathered at the black tie event to see their colleagues honoured in what looks likely to become a firmly established event after only two years.

Michael Grade, a non-executive director of Octopus Publishing, which owns Miller’s, got the ball rolling and was soon followed on the podium by Eric Knowles, chairman of the judging panel for the awards and Master of Ceremonies for the presentation of the awards.

The judging panel was selected from across the trade and included the Gazette’s David Moss. Factors in selecting the shortlist and then the winners included depth of knowledge of antiques, quality of service and stock

There were 21 awards in all, acknowledging dealers, auctioneers, fairs, individuals, writers, and even one for the best antiques town or village.

As well as the main sponsors, awards were presented by the Antiques Trade Gazette, online service provider Antique Street, Miller’s Club, eBay.co.uk and Freeserve.

Held in association with the BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine, the awards to the trade were presented as follows:

Category 1
General Antiques Dealers:

Award 1: London (inside M25):
Windsor House Antiques of Dover Street, Mayfair.

Award 2: UK (outside M25):
David J. Hansord & Son, of Lincoln.

Category 2
Specialist Antiques Dealers:

Award 1: Furniture:
Norman Adams, of Knightsbridge, London.

Award 2: Ceramics:
Roderick Jellicoe, of Campden Street, London.

Award 3: Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments:
Brian & Joy Loomes, of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Award 4: Silver & Plate:
Nicholas Shaw Antiques, of Great Grooms Antiques Centre, Billingshurst, West Sussex.

Award 5: Collectables:
Ropewalk Antiques, of Rye, East Sussex.

Award 6: Toys & Dolls:
Yesterday’s Child, of Angel Arcade, Islington, London.

Award 7: Jewellery:
N. Bloom & Son, of the New Bond Street Antique Centre, New Bond Street, London.

Award 8: Arms & Armour:
Trident Arms, of Nottingham.

Award 9: Costume & Textiles:
Linda Wrigglesworth, of Brook Street, London.

Award 10: Architectural & Garden:
The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company, of Mark Street, London.

Category 3
Auction Houses:

Award 1: London (Inside M25):
Phillips, New Bond Street, London.

Award 2: UK (outside M25):
Tennants, of Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Category 4
Associated awards:

The BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine Award: For a significant contribution to the popular appreciation of Antiques:
The Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Fair of the Year:
Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair, June 2000.

Antiques Trade Gazette Award for Best Inhouse Exhibition:
Pelham Galleries, of Mount Street, London, for East and West: Masterpieces of Lacquer Furniture.

Best Antiques Writer:
Christopher Wood, of the Christopher Wood Gallery, Bury Street, London.

Auctioneer of the Year:
Ben Lloyd, of Mallams, Oxford.

Service Award for Best Freight Carrier:
Lockson, of Broomfield Street, London.

Miller’s Club Award for Best Antiques Town/Village:
Horncastle, Lincolnshire.