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    A vintage Chinese floor vase with hardwood stand

    All the fun of the antique fair moves to the midlands this August Bank Holiday.  Hibernian Antique Fairs, on a reduced schedule this year, will be packed to the rafters with dealers from all over the country at the County Arms Hotel in Birr on August 7 and 8.  More than 30 dealers from all corners of Ireland will be in attendance with everything from antique furniture, art, jewellery, costume jewellery, gold, silver, glass, rugs, coins and banknotes and collectibles. All sorts of treasures to cherish are just waiting to be found.  If you happen to be on the look out for a statement piece then how about a six foot tall mid century Chinese floor vase on its own hardwood stand.  Annamoe Antiques has one in perfect condition with hand painted bird scenes in a landscape. Something smaller?  How about a rare collection of 19th century  enamel and silver Vesta cases by Samson and Morden at Treasures Irish Art of Athlone.

    Costume jewellery

    Wendys Way of Life will bring a selection of costume jewellery at very affordable prices.  They could be stored in a Killarney bog oak trinket box which Robert Delahunty will have available.  He will also bring a silver mounted snuff mull, one of many reminders of the rare old times in Birr right now. The fair coincides with Birr Vintage Week – up and running until August 12 –  now one of Ireland’s longest running festivals in its 55th years with its own claim to be truly vintage.  Right now the Co. Offaly town is awash with exhibitions, music, theatre, street theatre, pop up performers, workshops and exhibitions.

    At the fair you could opt for anything artistic from a metal horse and rider to  paintings by artists like Graham Knuttel and James Brohan to Art Deco figures and Tiffany style lamps at Raymond Byrne’s stand. There will be vintage and antique handwoven Persian rugs and runners and a wonderful collection of Hardy’s fly fishing reels and rods among a very wide range that includes clocks, portrait miniatures, brass bound buckets and lots of different items of the type that add individual style to the homes of collectors big and small.  The climate is changing but for this holiday weekend at least it is set to fair in Birr.

     A metal horse and rider 

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