Towy Antiques Fairs kick off on Sunday, March 10, with the first of its eight antiques and fleamarkets in 2019 held at the Carmarthen Showground in south Wales. Towy Events organiser, dealer Robert Pugh brings a c.1800 Swansea pottery creamware dish at £90.

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This fair offers 150 stands inside and out including antique furniture, vintage fashion, agricultural tools and toys.

Welsh-related pieces feature across the board too and at the March fair, Towy Events organiser, dealer Robert Pugh has a c.1800 Swansea pottery creamware dish at £90.

“Its stunning orange colour and what is almost a contemporary look is likely to catch the eye of many a collector,” said a cheerily optimistic Pugh. Although of lesser quality but with great folk art charm, a piece of Llanelly pottery also offered by Pugh has a price tag of £190.

One of the last objects to be made in Llanelly c.1910, it was painted by Samuel Shufflebotham, one of the pottery’s most collected artists.

If you are looking for quirky, Pugh also has an early 19th century leech jar priced at £375 at the fair. The Victorian vogue for treating a wide range of ailments by using leeches for the practice of blood-letting reached such a peak by 1830 that demand for the blood-sucking creatures had outstripped supply.