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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.
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.
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?