Nothing very exceptionable about this small coffer but for Anthony J Sargeant it has some sentimental value because it was the first piece of antique oak furniture that he ever bought before he went into business as an antique dealer. It has since moved with him on a number of occasions. It was bought in part because of the original and interesting carving to the front panel but mostly because of the original c. 1600 owners initials TS – (standing for Tony Sargeant in the 20th Century).
Anthony J Sargeant bought this silk and gold thread embroidered banner at auction about 10 years ago. Christ Church in Chelsea was remodelled in the late 19th Century and the banner must surely date from that time. It is pretty good condition apart from some minor damage to the corners where it has been hung.
Brill is a wonderful fish – this one which was bought whole was a good size and had been caught by a day boat from Cornwall (south-west coast of England), and was very fresh. Turbot is a very similar fish – but because it is so popular it commands much higher prices in the market. Brill is a good fish and highly recommended. Here it was served with just the deglazed juices of the pan and some salad and new potatoes.
Well not really but these harbingers of Spring are very beautiful and welcome. Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on 25th February 2018 the bank of this Shropshire lane is carpeted with snowdrops like so many others around his home. The trees are still bare of leaves and will be for some weeks to come and the weather is still very cold. But the snowdrops are exceptionally profuse growing in the wild all along the banks and hedgerows along the lanes and byways in this part of Shropshire.
The lanes and byways of Shropshire, England, are awash with this harbinger of Spring. Drifts of the tiny white nodding heads have burst through the dead leaves left over from the autumn on the verges and banks along the lanes around the Shropshire home of Anthony J Sargeant. Tony photographed this clump which are yet to fully open on the 1st of February 2018.
The table was bought last year (2017) at auction in Leominister, Herefordshire by Anthony J Sargeant (previously dealing in 16th 17th Century Oak furniture – this was a complete departure but was bought for personal use – not as part of the antique business). The surface of the high quality but somewhat scuffed top was beautifully restored by Mark at Black Dog French Polishing in Ledbury (do not be put off by the name – he restores all types of finishes and to a wonderful standard). The set of 6 Gordon Russell chairs were sourced after buying the table but complement it wonderfully. It is superb quality and includes an additional leaf which is underneath the two main sections of the table top which pull apart. Ignore by the way the refection of a small circular disc – it is not on the table itself.
The whole school photographed in 1961. Anthony J Sargeant can be found in the picture if you enlarge it on the screen. Martin Symms was school captain I think and he can be seen sitting next to the school secretary on the extreme left of the seated staff. NB: The school prefects wore undergraduate gowns during the school day. In the 1960s school photographs of this kind were taken using a Panorama camera which used a clockwork mechanism to rotate the camera body once the shutter was opened in front of the long strip of film slowly moving along the line of boys until the whole school was photographed. It would take a minute or more to complete the photograph.