If you live in Lancashire and you like antiques, you are not alone. It is obvious that this county has a love affair with antiques and is bristling with news about anything within the antiques world; you don’t have to go far to find dealers, auctions, exhibitions and news relating to antique furniture. Ordinarily in the broadsheets and tabloids you may find the occasional story on antiques, usually associated with their intrinsic value or certain trends in buying at the time, but look in the local Lancashire Telegraph and there is a wealth of articles to keep your interest.
Whether it’s David Dickinson arriving in Bolton with Dickinson’s Real Deal, the local fireman from Bury retiring from the brigade to sell antiques, a talk on Cleopatra to Leigh Antiques Society, the destruction of antique tiles when a Nelson cinema was demolished (well they were majolica from the Art Nouveau period), or the theft of a valuable clock and sundial, the local people of Lancashire are interested, and the local newspaper reflects their interest.
Plus of course, if you come across any piece of furniture by Gillow, it will sell at a premium in Lancashire because Robert Gillow is home grown. An early19th century caned library chair made of fruitwood with the original upholstery would normally be popular, but with the stamp ‘Gillows Lancaster’, it is his mark that makes all the difference to the selling of an antique chair in Lancashire.
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