An exciting and exquisite collection of wonderful inventions and contraptions will be on display at the Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair, 20 - 23 July 2017.

From Victoria to George VI: Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamajigs, presented by Maurice Collins

Maurice Collins will be displaying over 150 various technologies ranging from the kitchen, business and quackery to men's gadgets, ladies accoutrements and even World War Two escape buttons.

The exhibition offers the chance to witness unique and unusual items never before seen or heard. Pieces include a moutache protecter, adjustable skirt lifter to protect those long hemlines and vintage vacuum cleaner from 1910. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the inventive minds behind every day household items such as a pea podder (1890), a magnifier glass map (1910), a mechanical apple peeler (1880) and a head measurer (1885-1910). 
Additional stand out pieces include the clockwork teasmaid, patented in Birmingham 1902, as well as the clockwork burglar alarm designed to prompt a loud bell if a door was pushed. 
The collection

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. Many of these gadgets 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. 

About Maurice Collins

Maurice began collecting in the 1970s 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.

All proceeds from Maurice’s collection will be donated to his self-set-up charity, the Dorris Collins Learning Disability Charitable Trust.