The estate of Elwin West, who died aged 80 years old in February 2012, was left to the township of (more…)
The antique chests and antique dining tables in Lancashire’s Hall i’ th’ Wood museum resemble those used at the hall in Tudor times and, in April, the museum will be celebrating this with a Tudor-themed Discovery Day that includes dressing up, craft activities and tours of the house.
An outstanding example of a timber-framed Tudor manor house, the Hall i’ th’ Wood dates from (more…)
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In scenes reminiscent of the classic Ealing comedy Whisky Galore, Vietnamese fishermen began stoning police officers guarding a (more…)
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The Victorian church of St Peter in Wallsend, Tyneside, is to hold an open day – so visitors can admire an antique chest which was featured on Antiques Roadshow last (more…)
Houston’s main claim to fame is arguably its international Space Centre. However, until 9th September, visitors have a rare opportunity to see antique marquetry furniture by Duncan Phyffe, America’s most (more…)
An antique travelling trunk that saw service at the Battle of Waterloo won the People’s Vote at this year’s Country Life – LAPADA Object of the Year competition, with the judges picking a 17th Century beadwork basket as (more…)
A mahogany antique chest containing a Victorian vampire-killing kit was among the more unusual items at a Yorkshire arms and armour sale; complete with stakes, mallet, crucifix and bottles labelled “Holy Earth” and “Holy Water,” it realised £7,500 against an upper estimate of £2,000.
Leyburn, where the sale was held, is just 64 miles from Whitby, an area where it definitely pays to have a vampire-slaying kit in your antique cabinet. The Ribble Valley achieved fame through its association with the Pendle Witches, but Whitby also has a spooky tale to tell – that of Count Dracula, who landed here in 1897, courtesy of Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Despite containing an 1857 prayer book, it is likely the kit was assembled after the novel was published. While Dracula was not the first literary vampire (John Polidori created his aristocratic “Vampyre” in 1819 while staying with Mary Shelley, authoress of Frankenstein), it is certainly the one which had the most cultural impact, and possibly inspired kits like this one to be made.
The well-stocked antique chest, which also contained rosary beads, a pistol and a steel bullet mould, turned up in a militaria and ethnographica sale on 22nd June. However, it was not the most expensive item sold; this honour was reserved for a Maori whalebone club, which realised £19,000 against an upper estimate of £3,000.
When buying at auction, remember the hammer price won’t reflect the commission and other fees you’ll have to pay. Antique dealers in Lancashire have antique cabinets full of interesting curios, at prices that won’t bleed you white.