Antique Heritage Fair at Toowoomba Showgrounds this weekend.
Antique Heritage Fair at Toowoomba Showgrounds this weekend.

Antique Fair to draw crowds to Toowoomba Showgrounds

FOR collector and exhibitor Phil Abdy, the pen is mightier than the sword but only when he is pricing his valuable collection of antique swords.

Mr Abdy and his wife Sandy are among 62 exhibitors at the 28th annual Antique Heritage Fair which is being held today and tomorrow at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

If you have a spare $28,000 in your pocket, you could coax Mr Abdy into parting with his Dutch hunting sword that was found abandoned in Changi Prison after the Japanese troops retreated at the end of the Second World War.

"The owner of this sword was hanged for atrocities at the end of the war," Mr Abdy explained.

"I've got his dog tags, his Japanese flag and his glasses case too.

"I've been collecting for more than 40 years and over time you acquire a lot of things."

Fair organiser Allan Lawson said this weekend's event was the biggest in the 28 year history of the fair in Toowoomba.

"There are all sorts of antique and interesting things," he said.

"A lot of people buy things for talking points like this 1890 wooden baby crib and teenagers come along for the antique jewellery."

The Antique Heritage Fair will be open from 8am to 4pm today and 8am to 1pm tomorrow.


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