When I am in London, SATURDAY morning finds me on Portobello Road looking for specific items for my collection. I have my favorite antique stalls, and I also have my VERY FAVORITE DEALERS on the road with whom I have developed a collecting friendship from years of working together. My favorite Portobello dealers are Mr. and Mrs. Kashden who own Kashden Antiques. Their pewter and documents stall is one of the most important businesses on the road. These people are experts in PEWTER and have handled some of the most amazing pieces. They have helped collectors build important collections all over the world. For many years, I have had them as teachers who have shared their great knowledge about pewter. They also are an amazing source for rare documents which date back as far as the 16th century. My own collection has been enhanced by Mr. and Mrs Kashden. Also, they are warm and friendly people who love to talk about Portobello Road–its history and the changing world of antiques. They love to hear about your collections; they know everyone on the street and will be happy to help you get to the right stalls. I love to go to the Kashden’s stand where there are real antiques and amazing articles. Portobello Road is an exciting place to be on Saturday morning, but all too often one finds souvenir-type items. But the Kashdens are serious dealers with outstanding pewter. They have clients all over the world. Besides, I like to visit with these fine people. I am always amused by what Mrs. Kashden brings to keep her husband warm, fed, and happy. They are happy and fun people. They will be lifetime friends. I am anxious to see them when I arrive in December and come to their stall.
Thomas Moore III