The queuing system was replaced with a ticketing scheme after one particularly cold night when an elderly Italian dealer, having driven over from his home town, had to be taken to the local hospital to be treated Omega Seamaster 300m Ceramic for hypothermia. He went on to make a full recovery.
Some of the residents of Edenbridge will remember the frenetic days in the 1970s when dealers from all over the UK and Europe would queue up in their cars overnight on Tuesdays to await the opening of the showrooms on Wednesday mornings when new stock was offered. The shipments from America were especially eagerly anticipated, as this was the time that America was one of the best sources for top source quality English furniture.
Chevertons became a landmark business in the Kent and Sussex area during the 1960s under the direction of David Adam, who began his 50 year career there in 1961. Scouring the country for good antiques, he sold on the stock to the London antiques trade.
Many locals, some of who have in their homes furniture purchased from Chevertons after the company opened its doors direct to the public in the 1980s, will be sad to see the auction of stock from such a beloved institution, but it is not entirely the passing of an era. Owner Angus Adam said: "I haven't yet decided Omega Watch Leather Strap
whether I will keep the Chevertons name, but I will be opening a new shop in Forest Row, Sussex, and will continue to show at all the major antiques fairs.
Angus Adam will continue to trade with a new shop in Forest Row, Sussex, and he will continue to attend all the major, high profile antiques shows in London and the UK.
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It was based in the 15th century Manor House and adjacent premises at the centre of Edenbridge until 2006, when owner David Adam retired and his son Angus relocated the firm to Framfield, Sussex.
"The auction at Dreweatts will give people an opportunity to buy some wonderful English furniture at reasonable prices."
"The reason we decided to sell the stock is because the antiques business has changed in recent years and there's no longer enough good furniture coming onto the market that we can offer at the right price.
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On May 12, after nearly a century in business, Chevertons's stock of fine English 18th and 19th century furniture is to be sold in a blockbusting auction at Dreweatts Fine Art Auctions in Donnington Priory, near Newbury, Berkshire.
Chevertons to auction stock of fine antique furniture
in 1966 he set upon a period of expansion, and by the late 1970s he had 30 showrooms in Edenbridge, a warehouse in Long Island, America, and an annual turnover of 5 million.
THE NAME Chevertons of Edenbridge is legendary in the antiques world, but to local people it has long been regarded with huge affection as the defining spirit of the bustling little Kent town.
who is based at the auctioneers' regional office in nearly Tunbridge Wells, said: "We feel incredibly proud that a leading British antiques business like Chevertons has chosen to partner with us at this pivotal time in their history.
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