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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 →

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 →

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