Buyers and collectors are expected to flock to the fair at Kensington Town Hall in London on Sunday, December 11, with its stands laden with teddies and dolls.
Agnew said: “Because of lockdown our last fair ran in 2019 so it’s exciting to be back. We currently have around 50 to 60 stallholders, mainly from the UK but also Samy Odin from Paris who will also be hosting a seminar on The Dolls of La Poupée-Modèle (1863-1905), Claartje Pennink of Antique Toys Netherlands and Lexi Haworth all the way from Australia.”
On the antique toys market overall, Agnew commented: “It’s a great time for new buyers/collectors, or for decorative antique dealers to dabble. An old battered teddy bear or pretty doll can now be worth more in the antiques or vintage market than in the specialist market.
“A 1920s, smaller-maker tatty German bear might be £50 in the bear world but £100 at a vintage antiques fair. German composition babies from the 1930s we can hardly sell but at antique fairs they are often £30 to £40.”
Christmas window displays in antique centres and shops often have toys as their central theme so where better than this fair to find so many all in one place?