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But whatever the age of the stock, the traditional Penman rules apply and all the pieces on sale will be strictly vetted for quality, condition and authenticity by 10 specialist committees.

A lot of well-known faces from the quality fairs circuit stand at Chester, and this autumn there are four newcomers.

These are Becca Gauldie from Perthshire with Scottish folk art, Sue Killinger from Buckinghamshire with small country furniture and John Newton from Lancashire with 18th and 19th century porcelain and silver.

A local luminary making up the quartet of newcomers is Cheshire period furniture and clocks specialists Marbury House Antiques.

Marbury House joins a number of Cheshire dealers exhibiting, among them Noel Gibson from Bowdon, who trades as Eureka and has been a regular at this Chester show for the past decade.

He is bringing to the fair a comprehensive collection of snuff boxes covering many mediums and makers and priced from less than £300 to more than £2000.
Admission is £4.