Keep it Real

I once ran a poll on my webshop One of the questions asked is “Whats best about AntiquesAvenue? ” 100% of the answers  voted for: The vintage jewellery is real. Now that is a subject close to my heart and certainly doesn’t just apply to jewellery.. Why when we want vintage do we have to…

What am I ?

Occasionally I find interesting objects from the past which leave me flummoxed. What is it? How old ? What’s it made from ? Even what am I going to do with it. Do you have any ideas? I’m keen to have your input on this ( more coming soon I’m sure). This isn’t a quiz in…

Nouveau or Deco?

Can you tell the difference? Do you ever wander around an antique fair or take a look on line and see antiques described as Art Nouveau and Art Deco? I do and it often makes me smile as the dealers selling these items often have the wrong one of these two styles written down. I…

Victorian Mourning Black

Black was very popular in Victorian times especially as part of the cult of mourning which followed the death of Prince Albert. Heres a quick tour of Victorian Mourning Black In those days the Queen set the fashions of the day and when her husband died in 1861 she went into deep mourning for him. This…

Quiz Time

Test your knowledge. Do you know what these are? The list will build over the next few weeks 1. A set of coins from 1892. Originally they did not have the real gemstones set into them Do you know what they were a) before the stones were inset? b) What the stones have turned them…

20th Century Style Reviewed

20th Century Style, an amazing diversity of trends and fashions. These days what is fashionable one month is yesterdays old news in jewellery or clothing, art or home design. With the advent of internet shopping tastes change even more rapidly than they did in the past. Throughout the 1900s fashions came and went just like they…

Bairnsfather Sketches

Bairnsfather in WW2

Ive always thought of Bruce Bairnsfather as an illustrator and humorist from the first world war. When I was starting out as an antiques dealer 20 years ago I would seek out pottery with his designs on as they always sold well. Barinsfather was an official war artist in the 1914 to 1918 war. He…

How is an antique valued?

How is an antique Valued? Have you ever been puzzled over how is an antique valued? I am often asked to help value an item such as this small silver chair and stool.  This is a service which I do not normally provide. So here  I am offering a little help to guide you through…