Lynn Harding


Lynn Harding Antique Instruments
Ojai, CA
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Lynn Harding founded her business in the early 1980s, opening one of the first specialty antiques shops in America dealing exclusively in scientific instruments. This was at a time when scientific instruments first began to enjoy international interest. Today the shop is still one of the few scientific instrument stores in the country, located in Ojai, California.

Lynn specializes in supplying artifacts from a wide range of instruments in the different trades professions — architectural/drafting, engineering, surveying, telescopes, medical/pharmacy, calculating, steam, nautical, microscopes/optics, scales/weights, mechanical models, electrical, measuring, telegraphy, globes/orreries, and a selection of books on the various subjects.

These items are for the collector, the corporate office, theme display for a store or interior designer, accent piece for the home, display for a museum, hotel lobby, trade show, or the movie/television industry. You can readily see her items on display at Disney's Theme Parks in Paris, Tokyo and Anaheim; in the Adler Planetarium, Chicago; in the movies "Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2, and 3," "The Haunted Mansion," "Far Side of the World" by Commander, "The Time Machine" by Dreamworks, "Dracula" by Coppola, "Deadwood," "Alamo," "Strong Medicine," etc.

She has herself appeared on Home & Gardens Television talking on antique instruments and on a second show talking on the subject of unusual and expensive gifts.

Lynn has belonged to many specialty organizations: Scientific Instrument Society (London) since its inception; Scientific Instrument Commission; International Society of Appraisers; and the many individual associations covering all items under the antique scientific banner.

She does appraisals in scientific instruments for private collectors, estates, insurance, traveling exhibits, and for other appraisers.

Prior to the antiques business, Lynn's chosen field was that of international marketing, publicity and advertising, working for many years in London and Johannesburg. She handled worldwide accounts from banking to fashion, cars to factories, tourism to windmills.

In America her expertise was again in the advertising and publicity arena, eventually specializing in the retail field, opening exclusive retailing establishments for international companies from England, Switzerland and South Africa, at which she was extremely successful. She was instrumental in developing Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, into the household name it has become today, and thoroughly enjoyed the fashion world and all the glamour and publicity that surrounds it.

Lynn was born in England and has resided in South Africa and the United States. She travels extensively, enjoys museums, historical places, new cultural experiences, theatre and movies, good food and champagne!

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