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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 [...]

Bizarre cures for the Black Death2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

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 [...]

How to remove scratches from polished wood2016-06-13T04:18:23+00:00

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, [...]

The evolution of the writing desk in England2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

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 [...]

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, USA.2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

A brief introduction to the evolution of the antique chair from early times to the mid 18th century.


EGYPT : The earliest recorded use of furniture dates back to at least the Early Dynastic period in Egypt Ca. 3500 BC. We know this from contemporary wall paintings. Beds/recliners seem to have pre-dated most other furniture, and some rare fragments survive, excavated from dry desert tombs. Few tables are recorded, mostly they are low [...]

A brief introduction to the evolution of the antique chair from early times to the mid 18th century.2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

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 [...]

Rolls Royce Centenary Alpine Trial 20132016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

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 [...]

Some guidance on buying antique furniture2016-06-13T04:22:18+00:00

Some brief insights into various woods antique furniture collectors and enthusiasts may encounter


Beech: Quite hard and common wood chiefly used in chair making, seat rails, seat frames, bent chair backs. However beech is very vulnerable to attack in the sapwood by wood boring insects. Occurs commonly in England and Europe. American beech is quite different. Sometimes beech is stained to resemble mahogany. Here are some beech logs [...]

Some brief insights into various woods antique furniture collectors and enthusiasts may encounter2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

“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 [...]

“MARRIAGE” as a term used by antique dealers2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00



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 [...]

Queen Anne Walnut Furniture2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

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 [...]

Antique Dressers2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00