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Flavour of the past: A guide to antique kitchen chairs, tables & dressers

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. How charming, then, to adorn yours with pieces of the past.
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The only way is oak: Two furniture makers that will make you money

Nothing is quite as British as oak. It’s a national symbol of Blighty’s strength, power and resilience. Thanks to its remarkable durability, many of the latter are still around today.
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How to transform your home with antique tiles

From the hallway to the bathroom, antique tiles can breathe new life into any space. Tiles have been a thing for thousands of years, since the Industrial Revolution allowed homeowners of Victorian England to tile their floors inexpensively.
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Understanding: Antique telescopes and microscopes

From scientists to sailors, magnifying instruments have aided the crafts and lives of many. Technical brilliance combined with beautiful decoration make them a collector's dream.
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The wonderful world of kitchenalia & domestic antiques

Love the past but can't afford its fine furniture or precious wares? Then delight the array of curious goods found in old kitchens. Many everyday items from the Victorian era can be picked up on a budget - still attractive and even usable.
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How to value antique books for buying or selling

There's something beautiful about antique books, particularly in the age of the internet. They don’t just contain stories within their pages - it’s also the travelling they’ve done, the people they’ve been gifted to, the wars they’ve survived and the lives they’ve changed that make them a little bit magic.
Treen antiques: What are they and where can I find them?

Treen antiques: What are they and where can I find them?

Before mass-production revolutionised the world of ceramics, wooden household items and utensils such as spoons, bowls and places were handmade for poorer homes. Collectively, these items are labelled as antique treen - the word ‘treen’ literally meaning ‘of a tree’.
How to spot an antique

How to spot an antique

Part of the pleasure of collecting is knowing how to spot an antique. The surge of joy as you turn over a treasure to find a rare maker’s mark, the pure happiness of trawling a good antique’s centre.
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.