Charlie King, left, and Sam Sparrow, right, both 15, who are involved in the antiques fairs organised by dealers Philip and Claire Crosthwaite in Norfolk, pictured with the promotional banner for the Norfolk & Suffolk Antique Dealers Association fairs which support a local homeless charity.

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These ‘young guns’ were mentored at the fair in August, with King closing a deal for £900 on an Arts & Crafts silver tazza. Both boys were interested in silver and at the end of the day were handling buyers’ questions about hallmarks like old hands.

Two years on, this work experience – also at the NASADA (Norfolk & Suffolk Antique Dealers Association) antique events, which the organisers also run three times a year – is bringing results.

Philip said: “Charlie and Sam both said that their confidence has grown as has their appreciation of the craftmanship of the antiques they see at the fairs and learning why a piece is valuable.

“The experience they have gained working and interacting with both dealers and paying customers has been invaluable. Sam recently went on a work experience project in London with a company that delivers multi-million-pound building projects and Charlie worked at the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. Although this is a world away from antiques fairs, the same interpersonal skills still apply.”

The next NASADA antiques fair is in the Norfolk Lounge at Norwich City FC’s Carrow Road stadium on Sunday, October 13.