Antique Guides

The vast majority of English, Scottish and Irish silver produced in the last 500 years is stamped with either four or five symbols, known as hallmarks. The prime purpose of these marks is to show that the metal of the item upon which they are stamped is of a certain level of purity. The metal is tested and marked at special offices, regulated by the government, known as assay offices. Only metal of the required standard will be marked. It is a form of consumer protection, whose origin goes back almost 1000 years.
At the beginning of the 18th century, during the Queen Anne period and into the early Georgian period, walnut was the most highly prized wood for making fine furniture. Its superb colour combined with elegant design and proportions favoured at the time made this one of the most outstanding periods of English furniture making.
Mr Melvin Haughey
Mr Melvin Haughey
Haughey Antiques
Choosing a suitable frame for a painting is a complicated blend of finding the right period, style, setting, and proper protection, all the while making sure you end up with something you love and that displays your artwork in the best way possible. Simple? We think not.
Steven Beale
Steven Beale
Trinity House Paintings
In conjunction with our partner Homes & Antiques, LAPADA is pleased to offer expert advice on buying and caring for outdoor sculpture by expert dealer and LAPADA member Alex Puddy of Architectural Heritage.
Mr Alex Puddy
Mr Alex Puddy
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE LTD.
For centuries the chandelier has been the most iconic lighting form to grace our interiors, balancing a decorative and aesthetic function with practical illumination. From its beginnings it was associated with wealth and power and a burning symbol of success and social standing.
Mr Adrian Alan
Mr Adrian Alan
Adrian Alan
The term 'antiquities' refers to artefacts from prehistory to roughly Medieval Period. The term is very broad and covers the Classical antiquity of Greece and Rome, ancient Egypt, ancient Near Eastern cultures and delves into prehistoric periods and Asian civilizations.
Christopher Martin
Christopher Martin
C.J. Martin (Coins) & Ancient Art Ltd