Less of a formal blog post this time – it’s Watches of Lancashire: On Tour!
So, last weekend we had our first show; namely, the Galloway Antiques Fair at Duncombe Park in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. It seemed a good idea to hold our first public outing in God’s Own Country, despite being named Watches of Lancashire. We run before we walk here. It’s faster that way.
The location was beautiful; Duncombe Park is a massive stately home with about a thousand rooms. The gardens, green and sprawling, feature this nice statue of Father Time. He wears a fashionable 1958 Seamaster.
Within the actual building, we set up our stand. We were working with two glass cabinets (pictured below, left, with Ian Walsh for scale) to display the stock we’d taken, along with a portable workbench over which we could do business. The bench sat atop a small table, and betwixt the two was a tablecloth we’d had embroidered with the Watches of Lancashire logo, as we’re consummate professionals.
Also pictured above with Ian is the large jar of sweets we set out for customers, as if they were bees to be enticed with the smell of fruit. I am eating one as I write this blog post (a sweet, that is, not a bee).
The watches we took were obviously some of our best, though since it was an antiques show we were limited to only watches that were from before 1970. This included a whole bunch of Vintage Omega stock, including the Driver’s Dial Chronostop, the 1947 Triple Calendar Moon Phase, and the Gondolo & Labouriau pocket watch that’s been featured on the blog before. We wanted to take watches we could talk about, because the show was just as much about making an impression as it was about moving stock.
Next time we’re hoping to get some landscape-oriented cabinets, so the watches are sat directly between us and any potential customers – that way they can’t get away with sidling over for a quick look at a watch without talking to us. Unless, of course, their mouths are full of sweets from the jar.