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Bizarre cures for the Black Death


The Plague or Black Death was first recorded in England in the mid 14th century. There was little contemporary medical understanding of the disease which resulted in many obscure and bizarre suggestions as remedies. The disease seems to have originated in China and the far East and brought to Europe in trading vessels which contained [...]

How to remove scratches from polished wood


Here are some tips from an old time furniture restorer on how to remove a scratch on polished wood. Not for the faint hearted! This procedure is recommended for deep scratches - minor ones can always be filled with wax. The assumption is that anyone embarking on this procedure should have basic DIY skills and [...]

The evolution of the writing desk in England


Before William Caxton's (1420-1492) Printing Press appeared in England, purpose-made furniture directly associated with writing was virtually unknown. Writing was undertaken on a raised surface, simple table or lap, and confined mainly to ecclesiastical subjects written by monks on parchment. Then with the rapid development of printing and interest in the written word in England, [...]

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, USA.


Hearst Castle While completing a furnishing project in southern California recently, I took time out to visit Hearst Castle. I had been working for a customer in Los Angeles on a project which was a loose interpretation of the 'Petit Trianon' at Versailles. I had always had mixed feelings about 'pastiche' revival historic monuments [...]

Rolls Royce Centenary Alpine Trial 2013


Antique collectors and dealers (of cars or works of art) have one thing in common - namely an eye for quality and rarity. Limited Edition Ghosts Box House Antiques owner John Maas had the good fortune to be a guest along with the 20 Royce Ghost Club on the 2013 Alpine Rally sponsored by [...]

Some guidance on buying antique furniture


1. Decide on what specific period you are interested in, and locate a specialist dealer accessible in your area. Check out any that are still in business after at least 30 years. I cannot stress how important this last aspect will be in protecting your interests. Reputation resulting from long term commitment is vital to [...]

“MARRIAGE” as a term used by antique dealers


'Marriage' means many things to many people but is almost an 'f' word in the Antiques Trade. A marriage can be defined as a decision by two halves to make public a happy relationship. In the Antiques Trade just the opposite applies, 'marriages' are contrived to deceive ! 'Marriages' in the Antiques Trade take place when [...]



The 'China' taste was all the rage in Europe starting in around the mid 17th Century and continuing throughout the entire 18th Century, with several 'revivals' following on in the later 19th and the early 20th Cent. This taste was also referred to as 'India work', 'Japanning' or 'Chinoiserie '. The greatest manifestation of the 'China' craze in England is to [...]

Queen Anne Walnut Furniture


If your eye is truly " in " then you will place the English 'Queen Anne Walnut Period' right at the top of your list of preferences. This short reign, 1702 - 1714 produced exquisite, quintessentially English, furniture. All the more remarkable because this elegant and highly disciplined period followed on from the reigns of William [...]

Antique Dressers


Antique dressers were originally made to be used in a kitchen but in recent times they are often upgraded into the dining room. Welsh antique oak dresser A generous arrangement of working drawers along with a plate rack means that these can accommodate cutlery, general table items and even a dinner service. At [...]

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