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#ThrowbackThursday Silver & China Gallery Inside


Let’s take another trip down Memory Lane……

Going through the Hoppers archives this week I noticed a piece of furniture that kept popping up every now and then, our wooden table! It’s not just any old table, this walnut inlaid table has been part of our shops for 45 years and still going strong! The first picture (below) is where the table started off its life with us. Just before the opening of The Silver & China Gallery in 1973, Mr Gerry Hopper took a trip to Woodhall Spa to a shop called ‘Bests’ a well known antique dealer and bought a nice quality wooden table amongst some other pieces. These were bought for display purposes in mind and as the picture shows they did their job perfectly!

Silver & China Gallery in 1973 with our walnut inlaid wooden table

When we decided to close The Silver & China Gallery during the late 1980’s, the stock as well as a lot of the furniture was moved to the main shop at 49 Market Place. To make room for the new arrivals Gerry decided to relocate his office to the first floor of the shop instead of downstairs, in the back room. This room was now used to display the extra stock from the China gallery and the late 1980’s pictured below shows this with silverware, Capo Di Monte, Royal Copenhagen all on display on our very own wooden table!

The first Christmas at 49 Market Place for our china ornaments and table!

The next picture I found taken in 1994 shows once again our table still proudly displaying our pieces, this time mainly glassware when we stocked Edinburgh Crystal as well as a couple of ships in bottles to the right of the table!

Our table during the 1990’s

The last picture has been taken today (2017) 45 years later and still looks as gorgeous as the day it was made. But these days we give the table an easier task…to help clinch a diamond ring sale, Hobnob biscuit tea breaks and most importantly it’s a great place to put the mulled wine at Christmas! It just goes to show if you buy quality, it can last a lifetime 

Our lovely wooden table taken today, 45 years later

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