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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

Is it American ?


American ? Here are a few key points to look for. Is it American? This fine mahogany secretaire tall chest Ca. 1750 is without doubt English however it could well be a prototype for the American "Tall Chest attributed to Thomas Affleck 1740-1795 " in the New York Metropolitan Museum. Accession number 1975 91 Gallery 751. [...]

Is it American ?2016-11-09T09:33:48+00:00

Dating Furniture By the Woods Used ( For beginners ).


It is important to grasp that often it is possible to date items of furniture according to the primary woods used. For example oak pre dates almost everything. Generally walnut follows oak with mahogany imported in quantity in around 1700, continuing right through the 19th and early 20th century. Of course one cannot be dogmatic [...]

Dating Furniture By the Woods Used ( For beginners ).2016-11-09T09:33:49+00:00

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