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The Rococo Style – 1700AD

Adapted from the original Baroque style, the French Rococo style moved away from the ‘masculine’ elements of the original movement and became more ‘feminine’. The style encompassed architecture, interior design, painting, as well as others. Critics accused the style of… Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Sculpture and Statuary

While pretty robust, maintaining the condition of the surface or patina of antique sculptures and statues is vital to maintain the value. Keeping your antique sculpture in a sheltered position when placed outside prevents a lot of damage, as water… Continue reading →

The Renaissance: 1400 – 1600AD

During the 13th and 14th centuries, scholars transformed the medieval style of life in an urge to investigate everything. A rebirth – a renaissance – took place in the poetry, philosophy, science, art and architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome…. Continue reading →

Our Guide to Caring for Antique Timepieces and Mechanical Toys

Antique clocks, scientific instruments, musical boxes and other mechanical items get damaged if subjected to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures or damp. A common – and one of the worst – places for a clock is over the fireplace. Dust may lock… Continue reading →

The Late Georgian Style 1760 – 1800

A marked change in decorative style coincided with the start of George III’s reign in 1760. Not that the devout, industrious 22-year-old king had much to do with the change. He became a cultured and devoted family man with an… Continue reading →

Isle of Man TT and Manx Grand Prix Ephemera and Memorabilia Sale

The Isle of Man TT festival is believed to be one of the most dangerous events in sports today, so why is it still so popular? Since its inaugural race in 1907 the Isle of Man has seen thousands of… Continue reading →

Quaker Memorabilia – No Cross, No Crown

The Quaker Connection What has a crocheted tablecloth baring the words: “No Cross, No Crown”; Pennsylvania, and the European Union got in common? The answer to that question is: William Penn. William Penn Jr (14th October 1644 – 30th July… Continue reading →

Gothic, Revival & Modern Gothic Style

Beginning in 12th century France as Opus Francigenum, ‘French Work’, and later renamed Gothic during the later part of the Renaissance. The name ‘Goth’ originated from an East Germanic people of the same name. They were responsible for the fall of the Western… Continue reading →

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 →

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