As the spring Americana sale is fast approaching, I wanted to get a pick of the week out there and share some spring inspiration. With over 400 lots I had plenty of things to chose from. The obvious choice and my true favorite is the cover lot - a Mahantongo Valley, Pennsylvania turned and painted spice box, which is over the top incredible. I am confident that this lot will get more than enough attention as an iconic piece of American folk art and will be the object of desire for many individuals. So, in saying that, I went with my second favorite lot of the sale. Lot #40 which is an exceptional carved and painted owl decoy. This owl dates from the 19th century and retains the original untouched painted surface. It is hollow carved with bright, bold eyes that are keenly looking for its next meal. At an impressive 25" high he can surely sit tall enough to scan the forest floor. For those of you who do not know, owl decoys were used in the hunting of crows. Owls and crows have an inherit disdain for each other. Crows will bombard perched and flying owls and owls have been known to prey on young crows. Mother nature's version of the Hatfield's and McCoy's. No matter which side you are on, I think everyone can agree that this owl is one majestic specimen. He (I am assuming!) came to us from the legendary collection of Titus Geesey, an iconic name in the antique world. So, give a hoot and see if you can add this feathery friend to your collection. #decoy#auction#antiques#pookandpook#folkart#shearer#americana#auctionswork#owldecoy#originalpaint#bestofthebest#pookauction
Nights like this are hard to pull together. Thanks Natalie Hubbard Tony Simmons Danny Mitchell Neil Jackson Andy Singe Thompson Jill Grant Graham Clinton Bigg G Rob Orton David Stanyer Dean Paul Walton Calvin Miles Stevenson Danielle Watson Video Wall Hire and Andy Ragsdale And everyone else that is not on Facebook for your work on this event 🙋♂️⚽️ #nufc#shearer
What an interesting day I have had
I met a lovely bunch of ladies who are all candlemakers and we went on a tour of the shearer candle factory in Glasgow.
It was fascinating to see the process they use for manufacturing on a huge scale. They don't only do there own brand of candles but also manufacture for m&s , Tesco , next and other large companies.
They use the same wax we do but it arrives in a temperature controller tanker and kept in liquid form then piped to the filling machines in the factory.
We then went for lunch and spent hours talking candles 😀 It was lovely to meet other candle makers and share stories and techniques.
Back open from 4pm today and it looks like we are in for a scorching bank holiday weekend. Perfect beer garden weather 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 We’ve got you covered all weekend starting tomorrow with The Little Fishy joining us all day serving up their award winning fish and chips. It’s a Good Friday tradition after all.
Saturday is baby social time again and we’ve stocked up on dougnuts, pies, nachos and sharing boards.
Sunday is a creative Easter Special for all family where we have painting, making, Easter egg hunting, NERF gun shooting plus much more.
Easter Monday is the day we’ve all been looking forward too as we return to doggy heaven for The Dog Social 2. We have Fat Hippo Fleet and loads of doughnuts and pies for you while the pooches play and socialise.
See you at the bar. X