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Where to find the best antiques for sale in 2018

Where to find the best antiques for sale in 2023

The internet is a great tool for finding antiques for sale, but it has a catch - everyone else has easy access to it as well. To find true sleepers (unrecognised gems) without spending a small fortune, you have to cast your net further and wider.

Antique Vs reproduction period furniture- how to tell the difference

When shopping for antique furniture, it is vital to prove the authenticity of the pieces you are considering buying. Here are our tips on how to tell if furniture is antique or reproduction.
Antique gift ideas for Valentine's Day

Antique gift ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show loved ones how much you care and our latest guide has lots of ideas for antique gifts to inspire you.
antique chests, the types available and what to look for

Antique chests: why they are so much more than a set of drawers!

What exactly is an antique chest and what were they used for? We look at the history of this iconic piece of furniture and examine the most popular styles.

Antique dining tables: an antique dealer’s guide

As thoughts turn to the forthcoming festive period and family celebrations, our experts look at the types of antique dining tables available for large get togethers, what to look for, and how to spot a fake.

Top tips for buying at antiques fairs

With bargains to be had and a friendly atmosphere, antique fairs can still be daunting for buyers, but our top tips from the Hemswell experts will steer you in the right direction!

What to wear at The Goodwood Revival

With the sartorially elegant Goodwood Revival just around the corner, we look at how to dress to embrace the glamour of a bygone era.

Antique mirrors – what to look for and how to choose one

How do I choose an old mirror? How can I tell if a mirror is antique? Read on to find out everything you need to know!

Persian rugs Vs oriental rugs – what’s the difference?

In a world of mass-produced, machine-made carpets, an oriental or Persian rug will always win out. We look at the differences between the two most common types of rug and show you what you should look for before making an investment.

Posters from the past – a guide to collecting the prints and posters of yesteryear

What’s the difference between a print and a poster? And are vintage posters and prints a good investment? This helpful guide will help the novice and seasoned collector alike.