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November 10, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — David

To Lancashire residents, Chester is a city 70 miles south of the Ribble Valley, but it’s also the name of (more…)

October 16, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Harriet

In scenes reminiscent of the classic Ealing comedy Whisky Galore, Vietnamese fishermen began stoning police officers guarding a (more…)

August 10, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Richard

If you have a painted antique chest in your Preston home it might be worth more than you think – as a lift-top antique chest attributed to a local craftsman realised (more…)

July 31, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Richard

An antique desk owned by one of the Founding Fathers is just one of the gems featured in a new (more…)

July 26, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Harriet

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…)

July 11, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Richard

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…)

July 6, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Harriet

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…)

June 29, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Harriet

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.

June 27, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — David

Long after the artist had died in the skies above WWII Britain, a “dummy” children’s Puffin picture book containing his sketches turned up at auction, where it realised almost £5000 against an upper estimate of £3,000; now, it is to go on display at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes. (more…)

June 22, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Richard

Fiona Bruce presented the latest Antiques Roadshow from the dizzying heights of the Birmingham University bell tower; equally breathtaking was an antique chest once belonging to Princess Diana’s family, which was valued at £100,000. (more…)

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