Although date stamped for 1838, it still has a duty stamp for William IV (1765-1837) along with the York town mark. It is the work of James Barber and William North and remains in good condition with light bruising on the spout.
Despite the assay office having once been central to the city – the assay mark was incoporated into the city arms in 1701 – it was closed in 1858. Silver from York remains highly collectable and this teapot is available for £2995.
With stands sold out well in advance, the fair runs from June 10-12. Regular exhibitors include local businesses Sutcliffe Galleries and Walker Galleries as well as Garret & Hurst Sculpture, Highland Antiques, J Dickinson Maps and Prints and JA Yarwood Antiques & Fine Art. Newcomers this year are Kath’s & Teeks and Malcolm Eglin Antiques, while Carnes Fine Art returns after some years away.
John Newton Antiques, a specialist in porcelain, 20th century silver overlay and eastern European studio pottery, has traded at the fair for nearly 40 years. The firm’s Michael Lines says it is “an eagerly awaited event for customers and trade buyers. Even the comfortable friendly coffee shop within the fair has its own regulars. I always laugh when the show opens because many visitors call out ‘see you in a while Michael – just going for a coffee & cake!’ Once refreshed, good sales are abundant.”