Oral History Interviews – Robin Butler

Thank you to antique dealer Robin Butler – Butler’s Antiques – for generously being an interviewee for the Antique Dealer Project. Robin has been in the trade for over 50 years, having first started in the father’s antique business, G. Noel Butler, in Honiton, Devon in the late 1950s.  Here’s Robin, at his home in Braintree.

Robin Butler

Robin Butler

Robin, who is also a noted author of several books on antique wine accessories, and antique furniture, has some fascinating memories of the antique trade.  He told us about his father’s shop/house in Honiton, established in the 1930s – and which is still in the family, now run by Robin’s brother Roderick, at Marwood House Robin also outlined how he became a specialist dealer in wine antiques, following a very successful exhibition he staged at his shop at 8 and a half High Street Honiton in the 1980s; and how he became the (temporary) owner of a spectacular giltwood sofa, formerly the property of William Beckford from Fonthill Splendens

We hope to put some extracts from the oral history interviews on the project website over the next few weeks, so keep you eye on the project!


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