Hornby Railways

Christopher Proudlove Models and Railways, Toys
Hornby Railways

Ah the folly of youth. My boyhood train set was a truly wondrous creation, built largely by its greatest fan ‑ my father ‑ and it had the works: Royal Mail van; Silver King engine and tender; Pullman coaches; level crossings; a turntable and even a suspension bridge carrying the double track across an imaginary… continue reading »

Antique and Collectable Guns

Christopher Proudlove Sporting and Antique Guns
A rare 16-bore side-by-side hammer action shotgun by London maker John Manton & Son, of Dover Street. It has a finely figured walnut stock and engravings of a hunting scene and was offered in a fitted leather case with an estimate of £2,000-3,000. Photo The Canterbury Auction Galleries

We breakfasted well: porridge, kippers, sausage, eggs, bacon, black pudding, toast and mugs of hot sweet tea. It was still dark when we piled into the back of the ancient Land Rover – guns, dogs, waterproofs, not forgetting the food hamper that contained our lunch (smoked salmon, fruit cake and sherry) – for the spine… continue reading »

Hannah Barlow Pottery

Christopher Proudlove Ceramic Antiques
A pair of baluster vases by Hannah Barlow measuring 11.25 inches, each decorated with a sgraffito panel depicting a pride of five lions and their cubs within a landscape. They sold for £1,700. Photo Rogers Jones Co auctioneers

Itís rare enough to find three sisters who share the same talent for ceramic artistry. But what are the odds against finding three who could work together in the same studio and often on the same object? It’s also pretty rare to find a pot bearing proof that all three have each played their part… continue reading »

Collectable Silver Smalls

Christopher Proudlove Antique Decorative Items
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Antique dealers call them by the workaday name of “smalls”. You see flea market (sorry antiques fair) stalls with glass-topped cases full of them, their custodians desperately hoping that the quirkiness of the objects will persuade some hapless collector to part with a couple of hundred quid for something that is essentially useless. Auctioneers call… continue reading »