The amazing collection of Maurice Collins’ wonderful and inventive contraptions will be on display at the Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair.
In addition to securing the latest pieces for your collections and unusual items to furnish your home from the range of 200 specialist dealers, view an exciting collection of unique inventions and technologies from Victoria to George VI at the Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair.
Maurice Collins will be displaying over 150 various technologies ranging from the kitchen, business, quackery, men’s gadgets, ladies accoutrements and World War Two escape buttons. Take a journey as you discover the past of each object and how they have evolved today.
The collection has built up over the past 30 years and contains some of the most eccentric labour saving devices, created by those hoping to strike it rich with their creations. The gadgets have been exhibited at 30 museums across the UK and the rest of Europe with enormous interest generated at each venue from both the publicity angle and from a general educational aspect.
Maurice will also be launching a new book at the fair which coincides with its publishing date. It is entitled: ‘Bizarre & Outlandish Gadgets & Doohickeys: Used in Everyday Life-1851 to 1951’ by Schiffer Publishing.
All proceeds from Maurice’s collection will be donated to his self-set-up charity, the Dorris Collins Learning Disability Charitable Trust.
Maurice began collecting in the 1970s. His daughter was handicapped, and in order to spend time with his son, they used to go bottle digging on old Victorian rubbish tips to see what they could find. They would discover pot lids, old bottles and a range of obscure and unusual objects. That was just the beginning for Maurice and he began collecting ever since.
Celebrate the the wonderful world of gadgets, gizmo's and thingamajigs this summer at Antiques for Everyone, 20-23 July 2017.