If you are new to antiques, are wondering what to look for or even how you would go about buying the antique you're after, we can help. Below you will find some useful information for newcomers and veterans alike.
It is natural to shop around and make comparisons between essentially similar types of items, new and old. Antiques have much to commend them to the discerning buyer and offer unrivalled value for money. Not only are they often less expensive than many modern equivalents, but frequently they represent sound investments whereas items of recent manufacture will tend to depreciate substantially the moment they leave the shop.
Craftsmen-made, antiques have already proved their quality in standing the tests of time and with moderate care promise years of future service.
Buying a previously owned item is kinder to the environment, recycling the past for present-day use and enjoyment, and it is possible to obtain in an antique a degree of exclusivity that is rarely to be found on the high street.
There is no buy now button!
This is because antiques differ from mass-produced modern article and it is important to recognize that each piece is unique.
Two 18th century mahogany side tables made in the same work shop from identical timber and finished to the same standard within weeks of one another will today look quite distinctive since their subsequent histories are likely to have been very different. exposure to light, heat and damp are contributory factors, and with sustained use there inevitably come superficial signs of wear. old restoration may be apparent or perhaps changes bought about by shifts in fashion affecting the handles or the feet. Thus, more than two centuries later, there will variations in colour, patination, originality and overall condition.
The photographs on this site will show you much of what you need to know , and are supported by detailed descriptions. However we encourage all potential buyers to view any item in which they are interested to fully appreciate its individual charm.
Please do not hesitate to telephone or e-mail if you require further images to be sent to you directly, or if we can provide additional information to assist in the decision-making process. You are welcome to visit us by appointment, and can be assured that our family orientated friendly approach will never put you under pressure to make a purchase.
We understand that you may be looking for something specific, and that we may not have such an item in stock when you first browse our web-site or showroom. If you are looking to replace or compliment a cherished possession, searching for a special gift, or shopping with precise requirements in mind in respect of size, type, period, or style, please call us to discuss and we will endeavour to find the object of your desire with out additional charge or obligation.
We aim to cater for a range of budgets and because we keep our overheads to a minimum we can offer a competitive selection without compromising on quality or itegrity.
Yes!Wherever practically possible we are happy to deliver items free of charge.
For long distances we can arrange delivery at cost, either using our own fully-insured vehicle or via an accredited third party.
As part of this service we can usually assist in carrying items to their preferred resting place within the home.