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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.

What to look for when buying an antique or vintage bureau

Investing in an antique bureau will last a lifetime so picking the perfect piece can be a fine balance of head and heart. Our guide to what to look for will help you find the right bureau.

Advertising collectables – an insider’s guide

Advertising collectables represent an interesting, niche area and encompass so much more than enamel signs.

How to buy vintage leather goods

Like fine wine, quality leather goods will only improve with age. Here, we examine what you should look out for when buying vintage leather goods.

A buyer’s guide to vintage sporting goods

From golf balls to pool cues, vintage sporting goods represent a diverse sector of antiques and collectables because of the number of sports, and the large variety of item types available.

Where to find quality vintage enamel signs for sale

Old enamel signs, especially those that once hung in shops, railway stations and garages, are curious and sentimental slices of history that tap into our love of nostalgia.

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.

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Antique wine glasses & decanters: How to toast the New Year in style

Whether you're planning an elegant English-style party or a Mad-Men-themed vintage bash, antique wine glasses can be a charming touch to your New Year's toast.

Christmas gift ideas for antique lovers

Christmas gifts for antique lovers can be hard to source. Most antiquarians have distinctly unique tastes - and their homes are curated to express it. But that doesn’t mean you should just abandon all hope and buy them another pair of socks.