Oral History Interviews – Harry Apter

Our Oral History interviews continue apace – we recently interviewed Harry Apter, of Apter-Fredericks, the Antique English Furniture Dealers in Fulham Road, London. In a very engaging interview, Harry told us about when he joined the firm of Apter-Fredericks aged 18 and how his father, Bernard Apter, taught him about antique furniture.

Harry Apter Photo

Harry Apter, of Apter-Fredericks, London. Photograph copyright Antique Dealer project, University of Leeds.

Harry also described the significance of Fulham Road as part of the London antique 18th century furniture trade – indeed with so many antique furniture shops in one street it was known as the ‘Brown Mile’ (after ‘Brown Furniture’….the, now rather disparaging, term for 18th century mahogany furniture). Harry also told us about the buying trips he made to Yorkshire and the West Country, of his work on the Vetting Committee at Masterpiece Fair, and his reflections on the future of the antique trade.

Thank you again to Harry for taking the time to talk to the project team.


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