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The ultimate antique mirror guide

Our guide to antique mirrors will help you to find the perfect piece for your home.

Tantalus treasures: how to recognise quality antique tantaluses

Originally patented in 1881 by George Betjemann, a tantalus is a wooden container for glass decanters, characterised by a lock and key.

Christmas shopping - why antiques make the perfect gift

Hemswell Antique Centres make a wonderful day out for your Christmas shopping, with a maze of rooms in each building just waiting to be explored.

Why WW1 and WW2 posters are more popular than ever

With more than a century having passed since the end of the Great War in 1918, there has never been a better time to collect WW1 propaganda posters. Add to that the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day which occurred last year, and it is easy to see why this is the perfect time to source the best posters from WW2 as well.

Why scientific equipment is one of the most fascinating niches in antiques

Scientists have long employed a range of elegant, genius and sometimes macabre instruments which have fascinated and repulsed generations in equal measure. From antique medical equipment like the tongue guillotine (yes, really!), to microscopes and cameras, this niche area of collectables offers variety to the collector.

How to decorate your home with vintage ceramics

Don’t relegate your vintage ceramics to the bathroom and kitchen! Beautiful and versatile, vintage ceramics can be introduced into every room in the house

The world of antique ceramic – what’s valuable and what’s not

From the living room to the bathroom, antique ceramic pieces can reinvigorate any space and although some may be centuries old, ceramic is as popular today as ever, amongst interior enthusiasts desiring traditional designs.
Cupboard collectables - A guide to antique bowls, mugs and cups

Cupboard collectables: A guide to antique bowls, mugs and cups

The phenomenal variety of antique bowls, mugs and cups - combined with their practical uses and easy-to-store nature - makes them extremely appealing items to collect. From deep cut-glass dishes to antique silver cups, here are the most collectable and where to find them.
A closer look at: Antique stools

A closer look at: Antique stools

Antique stools are probably one of the oldest types of seating, standing the test of time for thousands of years. With so many varying in style, maker, purpose, quality and value, learning to identify specific types of antique stools will make sure you only invest in quality.
How to restore antique wood furniture

How to restore antique wood furniture

No matter how handy you are, never be overhasty when it comes to restoring antique furniture. Knowing how to recover an antique chair from centuries of neglect, or how to remove water stains from antique wood furniture that’s been left in a garage for decades, needs a certain level of research.