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Narwhal’s twisted appeal

02 October 2017

Narwhal tusks, once sold for colossal sums to Elizabethan gentleman as unicorn horns, continue to be in demand as sculptural natural history objects of contemplation.

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Previews: £5001 - £30,000

11 September 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Cups and bowl serve up £10,500

28 August 2017

Offered as a job lot, these 2¾in (7cm) tall Chinese cloisonné stemmed cups and tea bowl pictured here were entered into the August 15 sale at Stamford auction house Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) by a private vendor content with the £50-70 estimate.

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Replica of explorer Captain Cook’s Endeavour sails into auction in Lincoln

22 August 2017

A full-size replica of explorer Captain Cook’s boat, known as the Bark Endeavour, is to be offered at auction next week.

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Family flies into Hemswell

14 August 2017

With a thriving antiques and retro trade business, Mike and Vicky Mills of Antique Interiors in the Lincolnshire town of Gainsborough are also one of the UK’s largest dealers in stained-glass windows.

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Cadbury's treasure hunt conundrum golden egg sells at auction 34 years later

02 August 2017

When 22-carat golden eggs made by the Queen’s jeweller became available to the public for free back in 1983 it inevitably caused a stir. There was a snag, however. A big snag.

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Shop talk: Steven Kirby

03 July 2017

In our continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Steven Kirby. He opened Messingham Farm Shop & Café in Lincolnshire earlier this year, which includes an antiques centre in an historic school house.

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Pack proves to be the big deal at Stamford auction

30 May 2017

Coming up trumps at Stamford auctioneers Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) on May 6 was a full pack of 52 Georgian playing cards.

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Staying serene in modern Stamford

08 May 2017

The calm and grassy plain by the River Welland in the middle of the town of Stamford where Field Dog Fairs holds a biannual event was not always so serene.

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Stamford estate of play a year later

28 April 2017

Just over a year since its launch, Stamford Auction Rooms is staging its first estate sale on May 27.

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Shop talk – St Martin’s Antiques Centre

18 April 2017

In the continuing series looking through the keyhole of ‘bricks and mortar’ shops in 2017, ATG talks to Lucinda Silcock who runs St Martin’s Antiques Centre in Stamford.

Stamford antiques dealer handed five-year prison sentence

28 October 2016

Stamford dealer Stuart Porter has been sentenced to five years and four months behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud charges.

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Vaulting ambition: bomb shelter provides Lincoln antiques centre with new possibilities

29 September 2016

A Lincoln antiques centre plans to boost its high-end sales with the opening of a new section of the shop – in a bomb shelter.

Stamford antiques dealer admits to fraud

06 September 2016

Stamford dealer Stuart Porter has admitted to fraud charges in court following a long-running probe into his Lincolnshire antiques business.

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Field Dog duo’s latest business venture – new antiques centre in former Grantham malthouse

15 August 2016

Charlotte and Frankie Milford, organisers of Field Dog Fairs, have opened an antiques centre in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Swallow launch new company to escape VAT

18 February 2016

Arthur Swallow Fairs, organisers of the Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show, have chosen to ‘phoenix’ their company to avoid a tax liability dating back three years.

Four charged over Stamford ‘fraud’

25 January 2016

Four people have been charged following an investigation into fraud at Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford, which began in late 2013.

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Swinderby organisers test a longer format

27 June 2014

Popular demand has prompted IACF to trial a two-day part-weekend antiques and collectors’ fair next month at the RAF Swinderby site.

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RAF base is now a thriving antiques centre

16 May 2014

At the opening ceremony earlier this month of the Guardroom at Hemswell Antiques Centres, the former home of RAF Hemswell, the ribbon was cut by 83-year-old Bill Collard.

Appeal to trade over Stuart Porter fraud probe

14 October 2013

Officers carrying out a fraud investigation at Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford are asking any small dealers who rented space at the premises to contact them.