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Ian Sharp Antiques ceased trading from 23 Front Street, Tynemouth.

I am continuing to trade from the website and at various antiques fairs.


As I enter into my 25th year of trading in antiques from Front Street, Tynemouth, I have decided no longer to continue dealing from my current premises.The property has been on the market since May 2011, and has now found a buyer. Consequently, I have ceased trading from Tynemouth .

I shall continue to deal in my specialties including Sunderland lustre ware, north eastern pottery, small furniture,silver, ceramics, paintings and watercolours.
You may contact me by the website’s email:     ian@sharpantiques.com

I shall continue to inform you all where and when I expect to be exhibiting, and very look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future

JAMES DOBIE (1938 – 2011)

Many of us who exhibited and visited the Newark Antiques Fair will be very saddened to hear of the loss James Dobie, a regular exhibitor since the fair’s inception, in the Crocker 3 pavillion.

I knew James for the last 23 years, not only as man with a good eye for quality and knowleldge in the antiques trade, his love of horse racing,but also as a dear friend. Everyone who knew James, knew of his warmth and kindness, his wit and charm, and also someone who would always give support and guidance whenever needed.

I for one, will miss James greatly.

May He Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.




James’s stand with friend Rita,and fellow standholder.

Our stand at number 16,Crocker 3 pavillion

We will be taking a selection of ceramics, Sunderland Ware, silver all viewed on the website.

If you are planning a visit to the showground, I am more than happy to bring  any item down for you.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Happy Hunting!

Anne Burton, my friend and neighbour at the fair, who regularly exhibits at Newark, specialising in English pottery and porcelain, especially Gaudy Welsh.

An interesting snippet regarding Victor Noble Rainbird, a friend pushed a copy of ”THE SHIELDS DAILY NEWS”, dated Tuesday October 1932 through my door:


At North Shields Police Court to-day, Victor Noble Rainbird, artist, was charged with being drunk and incapable in the Central Police Station last night.

P.C.Weatherill said that four men brought in defendant, who was helplessly drunk, at 11.0pm.

Rainbird, who was making his first appearance was fined 5s