With Christmas coming up fast, the annual trawl through the shops for presents begins. Each year the pressure is on to get your loved ones something tasteful, useful, perhaps even unusual, but overall something they will like. Many people’s houses are festooned with unwanted ornaments built up from gifts over many Christmases, given to them by well meaning friends and family, and not to upset, they all go on display. Often these items are not to your taste, so your house becomes an eclectic mix of everybody else’s taste.
So if you are going to buy a present for someone, consider that there is a high probability they won’t like it anyway, so why not buy them an antique? It doesn’t have to be a huge Victorian antique mahogany sideboard. Why not a small antique side table, a pretty set of Edwardian shelves or a piece of stamped silver jewellery? The premise of the gift would be that you had taken time to choose it, that you had spoken with the antiques dealer to understand its provenance and also how its value may increase over the years.
Much turn of the century object d’art particularly from the Art Nouveau and Deco periods is beautifully made and a pleasure to possess. Any piece of antique furniture or piece of silver carefully chosen would be a highly appreciated gift and could either be put on display or kept as an investment. Preston is home to some excellent antique dealers, who will be keen to assist you in your choice.
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