They say radio is growing in popularity, and it's certainly been an increasing part of my life recently, with three interviews in the past two weeks! Up today was BBC radio Cambridgeshire, with another phone-in valuation that also helped promote the excellent Cambridge Glass Fair this Sunday, at Chilford Hall. Here I am in the studio with my trusty companion - my Miller's Collectables Price Guide.
I was lucky to be joined by eminent Lalique and Art Nouveau glass expert and dealer Mike Moir, who makes the perfect accomplice. Along with cheery presenter Sue Dougan, the banter, information and valuations just flowed out. Callers rang in with everything ranging from an Art Deco opalescent vase, which will be brought to the fair for proper appraisal, to a 19thC chemist's carboy bottle, to a 19thC gilded and cut rummer, and a Mary Gregory type bud vase. Values ranged from £30 up to over £500!
If you missed the phone-in, don't miss the event itself. It's undoubtedly one of the best fairs in the country, with an enormously varied range of glass from the 18thC to the 21stC. It's also welcoming, fascinating and hugely enjoyable. I'll be there, and I hope you will be too.
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