Collectible Tasmanian art works and the personal effects of an early surveyor are among the many items traveling from across the country to Launceston's Albert Hall this weekend for a major antique fair.
Peter Woof, one of the event coordinators, said though he was yet to see much of what will be on display, work from well-known Tasmanian painter Haughton Forrest would be finding a temporary home in the hall.
The journal, bible and pocket watch of 19th century Launceston surveyor and MHA James Scott would also feature.
"[It's] something very, very interesting with the local history around Tasmania," Mr Woof said. "It's a really interesting collection."
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Running for more than 20 years, the Tasmanian Antiques Fair attracts dealers carrying a wide range of antiques from furniture to china, books to bric-a-brac.
The 2019 event will host 25 exhibitors - including four from the mainland - and is expected to draw more than 3000 people from around Tasmania and interstate.
Numbers certainly bolstered by the large interest the industry enjoys in the state, according to Mr Woof.
"These days if you look at Sydney there's probably only about four antique dealers left in the whole of Sydney now," he said. "It's still strong in Tasmania, if not growing."
"It's probably the most buoyant state for the antique trade in Australia. There's at least 20 front line shops in Tasmania, plus another thirty or so shops."
The fact the fair is held in the historic Albert Hall is not lost on the coordinator either.
"Seeing as the hall was built as an exhibition building, it's great to see an event like this [held in it]," Mr Woof said. "It's fantastic to see that beautiful old hall filled with beautiful old antiques in it."
The 2019 Tasmanian Antiques Fair will open from 6pm to 9pm Friday, and 10am to 5pm over the weekend. It will continue Monday from 10am to 4pm.
Entry will be $10 for adults, and free for children under 17.
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