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This is Cooper Fairs’ first foray into Oxfordshire and the organiser has brought together some 40 dealers, many of them regulars at Cooper events.

Catherine Hunt from Gloucestershire is among the regulars with a good stock of early Chinese ceramics and 19th century textiles, as is Jeffrey Neal from London’s Silver Vaults, who brings more than 200 pieces priced from £200 to £10,000.

The fair is datelined to 1920, apart from porcelain and silver which are allowed to 1935, and jewellery and textiles which stop at 1950.

Having mentioned the trade’s concern about the number of fairs, it is only fair to point out that sceptics were proved very wrong in early February when Sue Ede launched her West Country Antiques Fair at Powderham Castle, near Exeter. It proved a resounding success.

Admission to the Oxford County Antiques Fair is £4.50.