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Rare ‘Brooks slavery ship’ creamware beaker with a dark tale sells at Nottingham auction

06 April 2020

A rare creamware transfer printed and painted beaker offered for sale by Mellors & Kirk (20% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham told a dark tale.

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A ‘sing-song’ for the inventive James Cox

30 March 2020

The London entrepreneur James Cox (c.1723-1800) is best known as a specialist in the intricate clockwork curios encrusted with gold, silver and jewel, referred to as ‘sing-songs.’

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The web shop window: A Grand Tour Obelisk

16 March 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Bountiful barn find of Great War interest

16 March 2020

“Something awful. Never witnessed anything like it before. After a bombardment of a week the Germans mounted their own trenches and the infantry reckon that every German had a machine gun…”

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Geoffroy shows his touch of class

09 March 2020

The artist Henri Jules Jean Geoffroy (1853-1924), known as ‘Géo’, was a member of the French Naturalist movement and was best known for his paintings of Parisian children and daily urban life.

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Many developments at busy mill

09 March 2020

Four years ago we featured the Grade-I Listed Cromford Mill at Matlock in Derbyshire, and most specifically antiques dealer David Walsh who had launched the Cromford Mill Antiques Centre on the site.

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Great sports: 1911 football shirt and cycling souvenirs

02 March 2020

With tripartite appeal to football fans of England, Wales and – most importantly as it turned out – of Millwall FC, a historic shirt was a winner at Hansons’ ( 20% buyer’s premium) sporting sale.

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Fishy Pelham footman puppet pulls the strings at Hansons

17 February 2020

The Fish Footman puppet is among the most sought after of the entire back catalogue of Pelham Puppets.

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Single-owner Moorcroft sale gives a market overview

17 February 2020

A single collection of 490 pieces of Moorcroft dating from the 1890s to modern limited editions offered an overall view of the market when sold at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium).

International Autograph Auctions in liquidation

03 February 2020

International Autograph Auctions Ltd has ceased trading and is being placed in voluntary liquidation.

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Queen Victoria's garments bought by Historic Royal Palaces at Hansons

27 January 2020

While items of Queen Victoria’s clothing are not a rare sight at auction, a collection on offer in Derbyshire proved of high enough quality to attract bidding from a world-famous collection of royal dress.

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Seamaster rises to a £25,000 bid in Nottingham

27 January 2020

The Omega Seamaster 300 ranks among the most desirable of all diving watches.

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Hemswell Antique Centres in Lincolnshire gives its dealers a helping hand to go digital

27 January 2020

On first appearance, Hemswell Antique Centres is your traditional dealer collective, only with more space and dealers than any other centre in Europe.

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Jaguar’s day at the races: Organising duo launch fresh format to be held fives times a year

20 January 2020

Jaguar Fairs is celebrating its 25th year in the business by launching a new one-day midweek outside antiques and vintage fair at Nottingham Racecourse.

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Luba staff brings New Year cheer at Gildings’ auction

13 January 2020

Catalogued simply as an ‘African ceremonial tribal spear’ and estimated at £200-300, a Luba staff of office sold for an unexpected £18,500 (plus 15% buyer’s premium) at Gildings’ first sale of the new year in Market Harborough.

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Remarkable mustard pots from Shennan collection turn heads at Evesham sale

13 January 2020

The sale at Kingham & Orme (20% buyer’s premium) in Evesham on December 6-7 included the second instalment of the remarkable Shennan collection of silver mustard pots, this time featuring examples made in the reigns of George IV to Victoria (1821-1901).

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Have a Lincs rummage

06 January 2020

Arthur Swallow’s busy vintage monthly fleamarket runs at the Lincoln Showground.

Thurman version of former Field Dog

06 January 2020

Revived by Ruth and Paul Thurman last year, the former Field Dog Fairs event held in the Magnus Sports Hall in Newark under the new organisers will run on Sunday, January 26.

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Mything in action: spirited Armstrong

06 January 2020

Rarely seen in public before, this signed 18in x 2ft (45 x 65cm) gouache is one of the earliest works by the British Modernist painter John Armstrong (1893-1973).

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Byron carves out card case role

23 December 2019

This Victorian mother-of-pearl and abalone shell card case is carved with a portrait of George Lord Byron, the most flamboyant and notorious of the major English Romantic poets.

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