Silver gilt travelling font and spoon by the self-taught silversmith Michael Bolton in 1951 and priced at £4500 from silver dealer Mark Nelson-Griffiths.

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Philip Crosthwaite is finally back with his monthly Hingham Antiques Fair which returns on Sunday, July 25, in the mid-Norfolk market town graced by Georgian houses and independent shops.

He says: “It’s been a long wait and my standholders have been collecting items since lockdown. Many of our dealers do not have an online presence and prefer to do business face to face but they never stop buying, so stock should be plentiful.

“We are full with 70 dealers and by the way in which our social media pages have been going, plus the emails and phone calls, customers are keen to see us.”

One long-term exhibitor at this fair is silver dealer Mark Nelson-Griffiths of Greenfinch Antiques which is based at Cromer in north Norfolk.

Nelson-Griffiths will be bringing one of his recent acquisitions, a fine silver gilt travelling font and spoon made by the self-taught silversmith Michael Bolton in 1951 and priced at £4500.

“Michael Bolton was rather an eccentric silversmith who put unusual additions on silver or irregular cuts or notches in odd places, all of which add to the exquisite intricacy of his work,” adds Nelson-Griffiths. “This was likely a private commission for ecclesiastical use.”

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Nelson-Griffiths pictured in the Holt premises of newly launched fine art auction house The Rostrum.

Auctions launch

Nelson-Griffiths is also one of three directors who have launched fine art auction house The Rostrum in Holt in rural north Norfolk. He says: “We are ready to roll out a programme of good quality auctions in new premises in Thorpe Market as well as at our Holt offices.

“Our first two-day sale is in August to include silver, jewellery, furniture, ceramics, pictures and the largest staddlestone our team have ever seen. This will be followed by a September/October sale to include works by LS Lowry, Edward Seago and Alfred Munnings.”

He adds: “Sales will be online via and and we are accepting consignments via our Holt office on 01263 712374/586450.”