Antony Smith and Heather Adams who deal as Black Hen Antiques pictured at their unit at Bagham Barn Antiques. Behind them is their French gothic ironwork cross priced at £275.

Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

“I’m focusing on my monthly fairs at Dorking Halls and may have some great news here which has yet to be confirmed but will be a real bonus for this event,” she said.

The upcoming fair at the halls runs on Sunday, January 23.

Hen pick

Sister-and-brother team Heather Adams and Anthony Smith of Black Hen Antiques based in West Sussex are enthusiastic supporters of the Dovehouse fairs at Dorking Halls.

They have stood there for the past five years and are also regulars at IACF Ardingly.

They deal in an eclectic selection of antiques and decorative pieces and their busy lives include other work.

Adams’ day job is as a garden designer while Smith has been the custodian of the 15th century Priest House in West Hoathly, West Sussex, now a museum, for the past 30 years. It is also his home where he lives surrounded by antiquity.

Adams and Smith source their stock from the trade and privates as well as haunting auction houses.

They have the bulk of their stock at Bagham Barn Antiques, an antiques centre in the Kent village of Chilham, near Canterbury. This works well, said Adams, who likes to collect Scandinavian folk art.