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A guide to: Antique beds

"My second-best bed, with the furniture", William Shakespeare famously bequeathed to his wife in his last will and testament. Whatever the reason for her not inheriting the best bed (a much-debated topic), his words are proof of just how valuable today’s antique beds once were in households up until the 18th century.

Focus on: Art Deco

Clever collectors realised the importance and appeal of Art Deco furniture in the 1960s, but it took another 20 to 30 years for it to become valuable and sought-after.

Antique sideboards 101: what to look out for in a mid-century classic

Before fitted kitchens and multipurpose furniture, the sideboard was an important storage provider, designed to display the family china and silver for Sunday best. Today, whether used for storage or as a TV stand, antique sideboards are having a moment.

A buyer’s guide to: Antique lighting

From humble antique table lamps to dazzling crystal chandeliers, antique lighting is a wildly vast market. Which is what makes it a thrilling space for collectors and dealers to dive into.

Brewing history: A collector's guide to antique teapots & tea sets

It’s possible to find antique teapot treasures, as well as saucers, jugs and antique cups at reasonable prices - the charming wares have been a firm favourite in Britain ever since tea was introduced as ‘by the Chineans tcha’ in the 1630s.

A guide to: Antique glass

Unlike metals that tarnish and furniture that warps, antique glass is gloriously averse to aging. Its fragility might leave it prone to breakages, but its unique qualities mean glass antiques can look exactly the same today as they did two centuries ago.

What is my antique furniture worth? Five tips to determine value

True collectors have a genuine love of the objects they gather. The pleasure that can derive from a rickety 18th-century rocking chair, teacup with a thousand stories or a tinkly old music box is beyond measure.

One-of-a-kind couches: Top three antique sofas to invest in

Whether you’re an interior tastemaker or an avid collector, antique sofas and settees are valuable assets to invest in. They ooze class: transforming rooms with elegant curves and beautifully crafted feet.
Antique mirrors at Hemswell Antique Centres

What to consider when buying antique mirrors

With an astonishing diversity of pieces that have evolved over the centuries, buyers are left with a vast scope of antique mirrors to research. From bagging a valuable Regency mirror to spotting a 20th-century copy, this guide will help you get a thorough understanding of the mirrors antiques market.
Antique clocks at Hemswell Antique Centres

A guide to: Antique clocks

Antique clocks have more depth than most antiques. Not only do they show off the expertise of the clockmaker, but also the talents of the cabinet-maker, the polisher, the engraver, the brass caster… right the way down to the painter of the dials.