Antiques & Collectibles

Our bronze figure - one of Three Kings.

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 I have a friend, Fronk, in Newcastle, who collects items relating to the three kings who visited Jesus at the manger, after his Christmas birth. Fronk has a great knowledge of the Kings’ background, often relating stories to me that he has researched and which I have never heard. History is more curious than fiction.

The Magi, also referred to as the Three Wise Men or Three Kings, were a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Their names are said to be Melchior, a Persian scholar and King of Persia, Caspar an Indian scholar and King of India and Balthazar, a Babylonian scholar and King of Arabia. The Three Wise Men (Kings) are part of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition.

At this time of the year Fronk likes to display his collection and tell stories which relate to his items.

Do you collect items with a Christmas theme? Do you share your stories with friends and family?

Many years ago I was lucky enough to come across a bronze figure riding a camel. He is about 30cm in length and 25cm in height. The stall holder at a local market, thought that he might be a depiction of Lawrence of Arabia. He is seated on a camel and is clasping a treasured container on his lap. I like to think that he is one of the Three Kings travelling on his quest and was once part of a set of three. They would have been a great collection and I always have my eyes peeled to hopefully come across his companions. No doubt he will again take pride of place among our Christmas decorations.

My favourite wording at Christmas is ‘Joy to the World’. In these times of turmoil where the news is full of doom and gloom we need to give , as well as receive joy. It all starts with us. ‘From little things big things grow’. Enjoy your family and your friends, not only at Christmas but always.

I read a quote the other day that I would like to share

‘ The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.’

Have a wonderful Christmas season!

I recommend collecting to all. Find the category that suits you or take the plunge and collect a wide variety of unique and interesting treasures or limit yourself to one area. It is always fun and something that can be done for the rest of your life.

If you have items you are not sure about, I may be able to help with information, appraisals or sales. I love looking at anything old and interesting. Ring Rex – 0427 880 546.

 

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