Allan Blackburn column: Right Royal holiday treat

Owner of GB Antiques Allan Blackburn with some Pendlefin figures.
Owner of GB Antiques Allan Blackburn with some Pendlefin figures.

Well what a week. My wife, Gloria and I went to Denmark for our holidays.

We always try and go now before the centre gets really busy in the summer. This was purely a holiday with no work involved at all.

We went to Copenhagen, famous for its amazing Copenhagen pottery and I was hoping to pick up a nice piece to bring home with me.

Imagine our surprise as when we were walking through the town together we stumbled across a little antiques shop called GB Antiques.

We couldn’t believe our eyes. What’s the chance of that?

Obviously we had to go in and talk to the owner.

Her English was impressive and we soon started talking about our business back here in the UK (so much for leaving work behind and having a holiday!)

Even more of a coincidence is that her daughter actually used to live in Chorley. It is such a small world.

She asked what the GB stood for in our name and I explained that I’d named the centre after Gloria (Blackburn), which she thought was very romantic!

As for her shop name of GB Antiques Centre, she explained there was no real reason that she could think of, or remember, that this particular name was chosen.

Now, I wouldn’t like to 
flatter myself that she had called her centre after mine, but you have to admit that’s a very very strange coincidence.

So did I buy something from this little shop?

Of course I did, I always do. I found a little Royal Copenhagen bear which is very unusual.

Royal Copenhagen is known for being produced in light, bright colours and most famous for it’s blue and white pattern. This bear is dark brown.

It is made in the 1920s and it felt nice to buy something completely different.

Royal Copenhagen continues to produce china and dinnerware in the traditional blue and white style which has become the factory’s mark of distinction.

It is a joy to collect because all of their famous patterns are still hand-painted and still in production today.

They operate from a building on the outskirts of Copenhagen and is the best of the Danish and Swedish art industry combined.