A Shropshire branch of the charity Age UK will benefit from a fundraising event in which people will pay to have their Victorian dining chairs and other antiques valued by experts. (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.
The factual TV show Antique Gals is set in a world of victorian oak pedestal desks and antique cabinets, but Lancashire viewers will have to look in the least expected place to find it. (more…)
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…)
If you have a valuable cruet pot in your antique cabinet look after it, because one such object became the target of Austria’s most audacious art theft, recounted in Sky Arts’ “The Thieving Don Juan”, on 22nd June. (more…)
Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Stowe House on 19th July, when Buckinghamshire residents will be emptying their antique cabinets of trinkets and heirlooms, and taking them to the experts for inspection. (more…)
Newstead Abbey is famous for its antique marquetry furniture and other treasures, but on 14th June there were Victorian dining chairs on the lawn when BBC’s Antiques Roadshow held a valuation day there. (more…)
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…)
Some of the most unusual items ever to grace an antique cabinet were put on display on 26 May, when a vintage science and technology auction was held in Cologne, Germany. (more…)
Many Lancashire antique traders are familiar with modern technology such as iPads and smartphones, although finding an Android app that helps them price up a (more…)