Reflections on Facebook

The necessary task of building a Facebook catalogue as a required staging post in the creation of our Instagram Shopping facility has reminded us just why it is that we have always disliked Facebook so very much and why it is that it is held in such low esteem by so many intelligent people. Dissuaded […]

A Thing of Beauty ~

While enjoying a glass of wine recently with an elderly Farmer friend, I couldn’t resist commenting admiringly upon the silver snuff-box from which he would every now and then take a pinch of golden dust. Ah yes, he said, I was very lucky to inherit it from my Grand-father many years ago, although it very […]

The Swedish Nightingale

The Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind { 1820 – 1887 }, one of the most highly regarded sopranos of the nineteenth century, is still fondly remembered today in operatic circles as the “Swedish Nightingale”. Her hugely successful musical career, which included a 93 concert tour of the United States during 1850 – 52, promoted by […]

Worldwide Shopping on Instagram

Excited to have launched our latest project during the Easter weekend and pleased to be in the vanguard of those small businesses seeking to take advantage of the steady rise of worldwide online shopping. The monetisation of Instagram, by way of the introduction of a new “View product / See more / Shop Now” icon […]

Dealers in The Old, The Rare and The Beautiful

Many years ago, when casting about for a suitably descriptive text which, when appended to our business name, would convey a clear picture of our activities, we happened upon the following lines in a then popular antiques journal, “A magazine for lovers of The Old, The Rare and The Beautiful”. Perfectly apposite we thought and […]

Meanwhile ~ On the Rostrum

Enjoyed a memorable and most enjoyable evening at Origins Restaurant in Shrewsbury earlier this week where a charity gala dinner was held to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Shropshire Cat Rescue. Lots of enthusiastic supporters and guests in attendance, all of whom were treated to a delicious meal by the students and staff of Shropshire’s […]

If it’s genuine ? Why do I need a receipt ?

We take great care when listing our online stock offerings to ensure not only that our illustrations and descriptive text are attractive to the reader’s eye, but also, and this it may be argued is of far greater importance, that the details of the item as described are correct in every particular. Our approach is […]

Antiques Centres ~ Dagfields Crafts and Antiques, Nantwich

A really enjoyable Sunday afternoon today spent browsing at Dagfields Crafts and Antiques, located just outside Nantwich, Cheshire, where, with 250 dealers on site, housed in seven buildings, there is certainly plenty to see. Lots to choose from but, as is all too often the case nowadays, the offering largely comprising some thousands of old, […]

On Antiques Price Guides

While there have always been Financial Advisors keen to promote the attractions of “alternative investments”, the series of Price Guides published by The Antique Collectors’ Club of Woodbridge, Suffolk, has done much to encourage the notion of antiques as “investments” in the minds of the British public. The seed of this unreliable thesis first took […]

Salvage Hunters

What a pleasant change to watch Salvage Hunters, a television programme which, while making due allowance for the necessary contrivances indulged in by it’s producers in the quest for entertaining content, has something sensible to say about the real workings of the Antiques Trade. When set against some of the frankly nauseating episodes that we […]