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Iron Age: Golf and the modern comforts of the Roman Empire

Iron Age: Golf and the modern comforts of the Roman Empire The plaudits for inventing golf has typically been foisted upon the Scottish for their development of the modern 18-hole game. Akin to most of human history, the story is… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Carpets, Rugs and Tapestries

If kept free of dust and placed where they will not get heavy wear, antique carpets and rugs stand normal everyday use. Whether hung against a wall or on the floor, always keep carpets and rugs on a flat, clean,… Continue reading →

Famous Emeralds

The emerald is iconic, instantly recognisable for its beautiful green colour and the birthstone for May. Formed from the Beryl mineral, the stone historically is very popular – the ruler Cleopatra had her own emerald mines in Egypt. Harder than quartz… Continue reading →

Lot Feature: Ryedale’s 22nd July, Victorian Designer Pattern Books

On the 22nd of July, Ryedale’s auctioneers will sell a rare set of ten Victorian leather-bound designer pattern books. This superb textile archive was made for Sutton Mills Macclesfield, bought by J & F Jackson Silk Manufactures. In lot 43,… Continue reading →

A Rare Receipt from 250 Years Ago Uncovered in a Chest of Drawers

It’s common to decline receipts now we get digital copies. Charles Hanson (auctioneer and a regular on BBC’s Bargain Hunt) found an antique handwritten receipt in a chest of drawers. Commenting on the find, Charles Hanson said, ‘on opening the drawer… Continue reading →

Rare Crich Workhouse Bills from almost 200 years ago Expected to Create Local Interest

A rare collection of 11 Crich Workhouse bills are expected to create local interest in Hansons Auctioneers forthcoming Fine Art & Antiques Auction. Commenting on the find, Charles Hanson, manager of Hansons Auctioneers and seen on BBC One’s Bargain Hunt said,… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Paintings, Drawings & Printed items

Location is crucial for preserving the condition of antique paintings, ideally away from heat sources and damp environments to prevent mold. Pictures Hang a picture securely, in a spot that is neither damp, nor above a fire or radiator, nor… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Ceramics and Glass

Accidental breakage is probably the highest risk for damaging ceramics and glass objects. Luckily, it’s also easy to avoid. Ceramic and glass objects are not affected by bright light or normal changes in temperature. The adhesives used on restored pieces, however,… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Jewellery and Gemstones

Often, jewellery and gemstones are more fragile than other types of antiques. It’s still relatively easy to prevent damage once you know what not to do. Fragile gemstones or crystal beads shatter if hit against a hard surface. A soft, 18-carat… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Polishing Antique Furniture

This article contains some general information about care of antique furniture as well as tips and solutions to common problems. The aim of polishing is to build a deep patina that you can really see down into. Only wax will… Continue reading →

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