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April 19, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques on TV — Harriet

From Victorian dining chairs to antique chests, if you want your vintage furniture to get a star showing in Cumbria, you could take it to H&H Auction Rooms in Carlisle. Paul Laidlaw, the chief auctioneer and valuer, is a BBC antiques expert who regularly appears on Bargain Hunt.

Today, Paul will be in Scotland with Tim Wonnacott and Kate Bliss, no doubt casting his expert eye over vintage war medals and military antique chests – the Cumbrian auctioneer specialises in military memorabilia and arms and armour. However, as he is equally adept at antique desks and Victorian dining tables too.

H&H Auction Rooms is the sale room of choice for those in Cumbria wanting their antique desks and Victorian dining chairs to sell for a good price – although that does mean buyers may pay a higher price in all the excitement. One of the oldest auction houses in the North, it was founded in 1890 as H. E Winter. 109 years later, it became part of the H&H Group. Once better known for livestock auctions than sales of antique marquetry furniture , it is one of the biggest auction groups in Europe, and has expanded to cover auctions of all kinds, from vintage fishing tackle to antique dining tables .

Lancashire and Cumbria antique dealers rely on auction houses like H&H to stock their showrooms with fine quality antique furniture. Antique desks may not be Paul Laidlaw’s first love, but his appearances on television have helped promote the beauty and collectability of antique chests and Victorian dining chairs, not just in Cumbria but across the UK.

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