The antique desks and Victorian dining chairs of Preston had a chance to appear on national television this week. Preston was one of three Lancashire venues visited by popular daytime TV show Antiques Road Trip, the others being Chorley and Blackpool. The BBC2 show, which was broadcast on January 6th, culminated in an auction at St Annes.
The show, now in its second season, follows a popular format. Each week a pair of experts will be in the spotlight as they take to the road in a classic automobile, trading up antiques they’ve purchased with a starting budget of £200 to see who can make the greatest profit at auction. There is an overall winner at the end of each series, who is crowned by TV antiques celebrity Tim Wonnacott.
In Lancashire it was the turn of Charles Hanson and Jonathan Pratt to hunt down likely antiques bargains, visiting fairs and stately homes across the county. Along the way they were able to view the Georgian antique desks of Lancashire stately homes like Stoneyhurst, which has a rare collection of books, including Shakespeare first folios. The North East is certainly rich in fine furniture, with Gillow’s being the name most associated with Victorian dining chairs in Lancashire. Given their budget restrictions, they spied a handsome oak stationery box among the antique desks in Preston , at less than £150.
As the show proved, antique dealers in Lancashire have Victorian dining chairs, antique desks and other fine furniture at extremely favourable prices – and are always prepared to haggle.
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