Daum glass opera muff flask offered by Solo Antiques for £1695.

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Available for £1695, it is of a type designed for ladies to secrete in their gloves. They would then carry absinthe with them and have secret drinks from the silver cup. The piece is offered with its original presentation case and cork. It is signed to the base Daum Nancy with the Cross of Lorrain.

Running from November 4-6, the event is 30 years old and unites a loyal group of dealers keen to appeal to Scottish crowds.

The fair is held in the main state rooms of the palace and visitors may also visit the tearoom, making a tempting destination for a bit of early Christmas shopping.


Aberdeen dealership Highland Antiques offers for £1195 this Victorian silver vinaigrette of Windsor Castle, made in Birmingham, 1839, by Nathaniel Mills.

Prices generally range from £50-30,000. Regular exhibitors include Rowles Fine Art, Mark Buckley Antiques, Ian Walsh and John Briggs. Also standing is Carse Antiques, a local business.