Buying Tips Articles

Antique maps and globes at Hemswell Antique Centres

Antique maps and globes: a buyer's guide

The diverse and fascinating nature of antique globes and maps make them items close to a collector’s heart. Add craftsmanship and ingenuity to the mix and they become rewarding investments...
Antique jugs and decanters at Hemswell Antique Centres

A guide to: Antique jugs and decanters

From budget to big bucks, the value of antique jugs varies widely. As always, it comes down to a number of factors, such as quality, age, maker and design. Identifying these qualities of antique jugs can help you understand the worth of a piece.
Antique shelves and racks at Hemswell Antique Centres

A closer look at: Antique shelves and racks

Etageres, canterburies, perches? Antique shelves and racks come in many unusual names. We’re here to help you make sense of them.
Where to find the best antique bookcases for sale

Where to find the best antique bookcases for sale

From antique small bookcases to grand Queen Annes, here are the most notable antique bookcases for sale, including how to spot an imposter.
A collector’s guide to militaria: Antique guns at Hemswell Antiques

A collector’s guide to militaria: Antique guns

In this guide we’re going to look closely at firearms. If you’re fretting over the old “when is a gun considered an antique?” debate or simply wanting to wise up on your weapons, read on for an in-depth dive into the niche.
Antique games and vintage toys at Hemswell Antique Centres

Can you make a monopoly collecting antique games and vintage toys?

From humble building blocks and fantastical antique rocking horses to board games and Modelled Miniatures, antiques in this particular category are bursting with enchantment. Here’s what collectors need to know...
A first-timer's guide to antiques fairs

A first-timer's guide to antiques fairs

From Lincoln to Newark to Peterborough, April is a brilliant month for antiques fairs in the UK. Here’s how to make the most of them.
A collector's guide to antique signs at Hemswell Antique Centres

A collector's guide to antique signs

Why collect antique signs? There are many reasons behind their popularity. There’s something about an old Campbell’s Soup sign that fills a room with nostalgic charm, delivering a flavour of life in the past.
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.