2 June 2011

Sporting Fun & Games

With Wimbledon and Royal Ascot nearly upon us and with tickets for the London Olympics being allocated, sporting fever is taking hold!  Swing by Grays and prepare for whichever event takes your fancy!

Tennis fans can pick up some good luck with this rare Victorian tennis racket propelling pencil. Made c.1878 by Sampson Mordan & Co. in London it is in perfect condition and can be found at Vine Antiques, stand 328.

Did you know at Wimbledon 8,615 punnets of strawberries are consumed per day meaning 28,000 kg consumed over the tournament topped off with over 7,000 litres of fresh cream!

Dine in style as you sit down to enjoy a match by using this silver plated foldable biscuit box from ZMS Antiques, stand 125. Dated C.1880, the inside is gilded and is the perfect way to transport your strawberries without squashing them! 

If you can't get seats close enough to the action then make sure to pick up a pair of pretty binoculars. These 19th century leather clad binoculars and case by Negretti & Zambra should do the trick. Find them in Grays Mews, showcase V23.

Lastly, according to weather reports and contrary to the traditional rain that is expected when the famous courts are uncovered, the sun is set to shine and reach record temperatures. Gillian Horsup and Vintage Modes have a great selection of designer vintage sunglasses, such as this pair of vintage blue Pierre Leman, Paris. 

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