Damon is aged 48 and lives with his wife Helen in Liverpool. He has 5 sons.
Damon is a master cabinet maker by trade and he uses these skills in his antique furniture restoration and bespoke cabinet making business.
Although Damon’s family roots are in the north east of England he spent a good deal of his youth in Chester, a city renowned for its wonderful half-timbered architecture and which 30 years ago was awash with antique shops. It is here that Damon spent many hours talking to and getting to know the many dealers in that City and learning much of what he now knows about Staffordshire pottery and in particular Victorian Staffordshire figures. He has been collecting for more than 30 years and has a passion for figures made by the Alpha factory which existed for only a very few years ( 1840 -1853 ). The Alpha potters had a reputation for making very well modelled figures all with very similar characteristic features. Over the years Damon has built up an enviable collection of Alpha figures but he still manages to finds new additions each year to add to that collection. Many of his newer figure bear those unmistakeable Alpha features but are unrecorded.
His meeting with Alan and the beginnings of RTS Antiques arose as a result of the fact that Damon was selling a rare and unrecorded Staffordshire figure in his antique shop in Liverpool. Alan spotted the figure and bought it and that ignited a friendship based on a mutual passion for Staffordshire and the rest is history.
Alan is aged 63 and is a lawyer and will retire in April 2017. He is married to Tricia and they have a son and a daughter. Like Damon Alan’s interest in Staffordshire goes back to his early 20’s. He studied law at Liverpool University and well remembers how he would trawl the Liverpool junk shops looking for Staffordshire. He had built up quite a collection by the time he got married but like many newly marrieds there were other pressing financial issues at that time and he therefore sold all but the best pieces to none other than the renowned Staffordshire dealer John Howard when he had his shop in Aberystwyth. However once a Staffordshire collector always a Staffordshire collector and Alan built up his collection again. Unlike Damon Alan has not followed any particular theme in his collecting but rather simply acquired pieces that he likes and he wants to live with and admire.
Alan has always wanted to pursue his collecting and passion for Staffordshire in a more positive way and so meeting Damon whilst a real coincidence has enabled them both to follow a path into a specialist dealership of nineteenth century Staffordshire figures to be called RTS Antiques.