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November 16, 2011 - Filed under: Selling Antiques — Harriet

After 40 years in the antiques trade, Dennis White has decided to retire. Inglenook Antiques will close its doors for the final time in November.

Mr White’s passion for antiques first started when he was a boy visiting his grandmother, who lived in Chisbury. As electricity was yet to reach the hamlet where she lived, the only way to light the house was by oil lamp. Since those childhood years, White has collected a variety of oil lamps.

White’s parents, Jim and May ran a general store in Ramsbury on the High street, which later became the site of Inglenook Antiques. His father collected military vehicles, cars, trucks and motorbikes and later advised his son to start a collection of his own, to keep him out of mischief. The collection of oil lamps grew, completely filling the loft of his parent’s home. Eventually, he transferred the lamps to a rented shop and began his antiques business.

The shop had an Inglenook fireplace which influenced the name of his antiques store. In addition to restoring antique oil lamps, White learned how to repair and restore antique clocks, which he intends to continue after retirement.

Collecting antiques is certainly a way of life for a number of dealers, who have a passion for their collections, whether clocks, lamps or antique furniture. A number of antiques dealers trade in the North of England, with a selection of fine pieces including antique dining chairs in the Preston area.

Mr White certainly doesn’t regret his career for the last 40 years, saying:

“I really enjoyed it and I met some very nice people.”

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