It was fabulous to welcome the singer and actress Brenda Edwards earlier this year. Brenda filmed 'Celebrity Antiques Road Trip' together with expert Serhat Ahmet. Serht's area of specialism is European ceramics.
Both Brenda and Dawn have roots in Luton. Being born, and having family based there today. Her love of music and singing was first seen as part of the choir at the Pentecostal Church in the town. She burst onto our screens as part of The X Factor. We have all got to know her more as part of the Loose Women family. A daily lunchtime TV show. Her Christian background shines through as part of her hosting of TV programme 'Songs of Praise'.
Brenda was bowled over with the amount of pieces in the Retrobarn. Spoilt for choice and on a tight budget, it was all to play for.
Serhat and Brenda after a good hunt, found a rather special writing and stationery box. Brenda shared with us how her aunt was a prolific writer. It was a piece that resonated with her.
The travelling case they chose has fine embossed leather to the outside and beautiful mahogany on the inside. It is of super quality brass work throughout including a lock stamped Bramah London. With a heavy brass handle to the top with owners initials. Dating, we believe from the end of the 19th Century. The brass catch at the top allows the top section to move forward. The writing section hinges forward to reveal further storage areas all with leather detail and mahogany lining.
It was a shame the writing slope didn't make a profit but it was wonderful to welcome Brenda and Serhat to the Retrobarn. It was so much fun and we had some singing as she left!
We do hope you enjoyed the show. The Retrobarn is open by appointment as the majority of our pieces are online. Do get in touch if you wish to visit.