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They are described as being made ‘under the influence’ of French cabinetmaker Georges Jacob (1739-1814) and may have been made by him, although this cannot be proved.

Running from January 31-February 2, the fair hosts 39 exhibitors.

Among them is Trevor Towner Antiques, a newcomer to the event but a familiar local face. Towner ran his silver and jewellery business in Petersfield’s High Street for more than 17 years, but shut his shop and has been dealing mainly online for the past couple of years.

“Our fair offers an excellent opportunity for antique dealers to sell without the increasingly high overheads of the high street,” says organiser Caroline Penman. “Trevor is sure to be a great addition to the fair. He joins exhibitors selling a huge variety of pieces including others with silver and jewellery.” Towner said he is “looking forward to welcoming many old customers” as well as new.

Other first-timers include Manor Studio Antiques, which offers textiles, linens, jewellery and more. Regular exhibitors include Drove House Antiques.

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