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What are the most collectable antique toys and games?

Our fondness for, and attachment to, vintage toys is inextricably linked to the connection they help us make with our childhoods. Here, we examine the most collectable toys from the last 100 years.

From Lalique to Whitefriars: why 20th century glass is so important

20th century glass is vibrant and beautiful but which manufacturers are sought after? We run through the names to look out for and explain why this art form is so important.

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.

A guide to C20th industrial furniture

With roots in the factories and industrial spaces of the early 20th century, industrial furniture is still hugely popular today. Our guide explains what it is and how you can achieve the look in your home.

5 of the most popular antique boxes to collect

Antique boxes come in all shapes and sizes (literally), from writing and pill boxes, to sewing and trinket boxes. We explore some of the more popular styles of antique box.

A buyer’s guide to identifying antique dressing tables

An antique dressing table has stood the test of time but how do you know if your dressing table is antique and what should you look for when buying one? Our guide has all the answers.

How to clean antique brass lighting – our 5 top tips

The rise in popularity of brass and copper interior accessories has led to a renewed demand for antique brass lighting. But should you clean it, and if so, how? We explain all.

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.

Top tips for decorating with antiques

How do you decorate with antiques? Can I use decorative antiques in my modern interior? Our top tips will show you how!

What is mid-century modern design?

What defines mid-century modern design? What are the characteristics of mid century modern furniture? Our guide to this ever-popular style movement in vintage furniture will explain all.