Antique Guides

Pounding the streets in Mayfair during December you will be treated to a visual feast of all things richly coloured, twinkling and more than likely – a little OTT!  You will find festoons of brightly coloured lights, Christmas wreaths and of course the quintessential ‘Christmas window’ – an opportunity for collaborations galore – many are…
Book your ticket to the LAPADA Conference 2020 We are delighted to announce that the annual LAPADA Conference will be held on Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 from 10:00am – 5:00pm at a stunning new venue, the RSA House in central London. The day will be full of practical, inspiring information to help your business thrive in 2020. The programme’s theme is…
Antiques expert Judith Miller and LAPADA Members Peter Woodward of 3details and Holly Johnson of Holly Johnson Antiques pass on their insider tips to ensure you find a lasting, and affordable seat.
Many antiques lovers may have been following the challenge to the Ivory Act brought by the Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures (FACT). The judgement, following the judicial review, was announced yesterday (5/11/19) and did not find in favour of FACT; it can be read in full here. A date for the implementation of the Act…
  Over 100 delegates attended the annual LAPADA Annual Conference on the 21st of February where passions for the past met the challenges of the future. LAPADA Chairman, Lord de Mauley, and LAPADA CEO, Freya Simms co-hosted a packed programme that explored a range of topical issues from the growing possibilities offered by digital marketing…
The hall chair is one of our favourite types of seat furniture. Unlike other types of chairs, these had primarily a decorative purpose: adorning a great entrance hall and displaying a family crest. It seems we are not alone to pursue the passion for hall chairs: there has been a noticeable recent trend for these accessible pieces of furniture, proving that they are still appealing to collectors and decorators alike. Presenting something of a novelty to the contemporary mind, here is our overview of the history of a hall chair.
Alex & Paul
Alex & Paul
Peacock's Finest
antique hall chair designs
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