Antiques Articles

How to stage an antique pitch

How to stage an antique pitch

Whether you’re renting space at an antiques centre or setting up a stall at a fair, make a lasting impression and shift more stock with these tried-and-tested tips...
Five tips for buying antique doors

Five tips for buying antique doors

Whether you’re upgrading your home’s main entrance or filling an interior frame with an old-world piece, antique doors are simple updates that can add depths of charm.
A guide to Antique rugs form Hemswell Antiques

A guide to: Antique rugs

Whether you’re scouting down a travel trophy in the former Persia or bidding on antique rugs for sale in an old Blighty auction, it helps to know the basic forms, origins and styles. Read our guide to antique rugs.
A collector's guide to antique drinking glasses

A collector's guide to antique drinking glasses

The Englishman was first to produce clear lead crystal glassware on an industrial scale, vastly improving the process of adding lead oxide to glass in 1674. A glass revolution was started and the first goblet to sit on the shelves of antique drinks cabinets across the country was developed - the baluster.
What is antique silver worth? How to identify antique silverware for sales

What is antique silver worth? How to identify antique silverware for sales

Antique silver is one of the most versatile and glamorous of all precious metals. From teapots to trinkets, antique silver candlesticks to antique silver cutlery, these gleaming pieces combine strength and intricate design to create objects of real beauty. Yet despite their opulence, many silver antiques can be bought for bargain prices.
What is antique and what is vintage?

What is antique and what is vintage?

With changing tastes and new interior trends, investing in forever-pieces is on the up. But exactly what is antique? How old is antique? And what is the difference between vintage and antique? Read on...
Antique desks at Hemswell Antique Centres

Antique desks: how to choose the right one

From drums to Davenports, antique desks are as widely varied as the writers who’ve sat at them. While their original purpose was to provide a stable surface for old-fashioned artistry and literacy, they’re now well-coveted pieces for modern homes and offices.
How to reupholster an antique chair

How to reupholster an antique chair

You don’t have to be a sewing expert to learn how to reupholster an antique chair. Whether you’re jazzing up a family heirloom or giving an auction find a little TLC to sell on, upholstery can be rewarding in many ways.
More than old relics: What is the future of antiques?

More than old relics: What is the future of antiques?

Recessions will come and go, tastes will change and buying habits will fluctuate. Among it all, antiques will continue to thrive. From the rise of the online antique store to shifts in interiors, dealers and collectors are stepping into the future to adapt to a more digital world. But can new-age portals ever replicate the euphoria of an in-store trawl?
Antique chairs at Hemswell Antique Centres

A guide to: Antique chairs

Generations of owners have left their mark on antique chairs. It all adds depth and character - that heavily prized patina - which simply cannot be replicated by even the priciest modern counterparts.