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Antiquing in London

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 16:41:18 Europe/London

If you have a slightly more than passing interest in antiquities, you will find London is the home to hundreds of markets and interesting antiquity fairs. There is an antique to suit almost any budget from a number of antique centres, markets (like the arcade on Portobello Road) or from shops on the Kings Road. London has a long and fascinating history, so it makes sense that the capital is going to be home to many of the most sought after antiquities in the world. Jewellery, collectables, barometers, clocks and watches – many of which were in use hundreds of years ago are still on sale today, and in perfect working order. Many of the antiquities have been restored or repaired, bringing them back to the former glory of the past.Read More
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Carriage clocks

Thursday, 7 May 2015 13:02:00 Europe/London

The life of the carriage clock

The origin of the carriage clock takes us back as far as the early 1800s, where the first carriage clock was invented around 1810 by Abraham-Louis Breguet. He was one of France´s most prominent clockmakers and the first clock was made as a gift for the French Emperor Napoleon. Abraham´s named this clock“ pendule de voyage” and for its time it was highly complex,  able not only to display the time but also it had the ability to keep a calendar aswell as measure temperature levels. 

The pendule de voyage wasn´t a true image of the common carriage clock though as the semi-mass produced version did not contain the same level of technology as its big brother. Despite it being both sturdy and practical, the carriage clock wasn´t really commonly used until the upperclass aristocrafts of France caught onto it during the early 1900s, where it also became popular among army officers earning it the nickname ”Officers clock”.....................

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What’s happening to the world of antiques?

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 14:08:06 Europe/London

Well the older more affluent generation have taken the plunge and moved to a new modern genre, which resembles the 1970’s (Huggy Bear, Starsky and Hutch), with predominately subtle matt grey or beige rooms throughout the entire house, the wallpapers colours are permitted to be only matt grey or beige with shiny silver fleur-de-lis or paisley design embossed patterns. It is now offensive, UN fashionable and improper to have boring old antiques (what do they know), gold or brass ceiling lamps, all fitments must be silver or nickel, resembling very much a trip to the local synagogue or a home in Hampstead from the past or present. The houses I have been selling and delivering clocks to are all of this same description with vast amounts of money being spent on a modern take of the traditional large double fronted Victorian house in the Richmond Park or Ealing area. These large houses have soared in values recently in excess of 3 million pounds and spending £100,000 on a new kitchen or bathroom is obliquity, taps pore out water from two sheets of glass and switching a light on from a panel from the USS Enterprise requires help from the owner, the front and rear gardens are low maintenance and are designed by grand design inspired garden companies, topiary must be used in symmetry, roses are illegal, the children have grown up and no longer live with the parents, and it’s the parents time to be hip and selfish after a long stint of nurturing their children to a good future. Outside the drive sits a brand new Jaguar XK Supercharged sports car for him and a very expensive brand new very trendy Mini 4X4 for her also in the mating colours of grey or pale blue. The 60 + husbands are still very much enjoying the well paid labours of their work in senior positions with various companies.

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Burglar admits stealing antique clock

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:50:03 Europe/London

A 42-year-old man has admitted burgling a home in Cheltenham and stealing jewellery, a mobile phone and an antique clock.

Augustus Fantom pleaded guilty to breaking into the house in Painswick Road on October 18, last year.

The judge adjourned sentencing due to the defendants representation requesting a pre-sentence report to be compiled on Fantom as he suffered from bipolar and depression.

However the judge told the defendant "“The fact I am adjourning for a report and you are on bail is no indication that a prison sentence will not follow."

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The History of the Atmos Clock

Thursday, 6 November 2014 14:39:08 Europe/London

Having been the property of great statesmen, royalty and many other renowned people, the Atmos clock is an absolute collector’s item. Once people, who were able to afford this sumptuous item, got their hands on an Atmos clock, the hunt for a very unique item to smarten up a special place was finally over. The first clock of its type, unofficially also called Atmos 0, was invented almost a hun­dred years ago in 1928 in Switzerland by Jean-Léon Reutter. It was manufactured in 1935 by Jaeger LeCoultre, a very famous watch and clock maker, who patented and perfected the perpetual motion Atmos clock and began marketing it globally.

The fascinating thing about Atmos clocks is the remarkable technological concept. Inside each Atmos clock is a sealed capsule filled with a mixture of gas and liquids, which expands as the temperature rises and contracts as the temperature falls; this causes the capsule to move back and forth which then constantly winds the mainspring and thus enables the clock to run and keep perfect time. A variation of only one degree in temperature will be enough to keep the clock operated for at least two days. Due to this unique concept the Atmos clock could run “forever” - in theory - as slight varia­tions in room temperature occur naturally. In practice, however, it is recommended to have your Atmos clock cleaned and overhauled approximately every twenty years. Furthermore it has to be said that Atmos clocks are the ultimate environmentally friendly device since there are neither any kind of electrical consumption nor batteries required. Also an Atmos clock is virtually wear free and frictionless which makes it even more special.

Since Atmos clocks are such unique and special devices, it is great to hear that even in times of mass production, every Atmos clock is made entirely by hand in Switzerland. It takes about a month to produce them and another five weeks to check them thoroughly and make any necessary adjust­ments before they are ready to be leaving the factory in the Vallée De Joux, which is located in the Swiss Jura Mountains.  

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The Grandfather Clock

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:42:37 Europe/London

The Grandfather Clock, also referred to as long case or tall case clock, has its origins in the 17th century. It made its first appearance in 1665 when a Dutchman named Christian Huygens invented a prototype of it. In 1670, however, it was followed by a sequel that was devel­oped by the English clockmaker William Clement.

Classy in its design and accurate in timekeeping, the grandfather clock is made of a 1.8 to 2.3 metre tall wooden case, which embraces a 1 metre long pendulum. Not only the classical architectural appearance but also a wide variety of styles of these clocks enjoy a great popularity.

The story behind the name “Grandfather Clock” dates back to the song “My Grandfather’s Clock” in 1876 by Henry Clay Work.  Work got the inspiration for his song when he visited “The George Hotel” in 1875 in North Yorkshire, where locals told him a tale about a long case clock, which stood in the lobby of the hotel owned by the Jenkins brothers.

Back then, long case clocks were known to be in­accurate in timekeeping, the long case clock in “The George Hotel”, however, was surprisingly accu­rate until one of the brothers deceased. After this incident, the long case clock became more and more inaccurate and when the second brother deceased at the age of 90, the long case clock neither could be fixed nor did it work ever again.

Nowadays the clock is mostly not bought because of its accurate timekeeping features, but because of its antiqueness and its decorative suitability as there are lots of different types of woods available.   

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Buying Antique clocks

Thursday, 25 September 2014 12:05:26 Europe/London

Are you looking to buy an antique clock? If so there are a few things you should know about antique clocks. Antique clocks are deemed to be antique if they have considerable age or have a high market value. They are composed of all types of clocks including grandfather, grandmother, novelty, electric, carriage, skeleton shelf and of course wall clocks.

Just like most products it’s important to buy from a reputable dealer, and finding out if the clock has been cleaned, adjusted, repaired, etc. If you get a knowledgeable dealer they can tell you about the care, history, and maintenance of the clock. They may also offer warranties and a letter of authenticity would be great to have, especially for resale purposes.

So where do you buy an antique clock? There are several places online where you can find a clock. EBay has one of the biggest presences of clocks and sellers from all over the world sell on this auction site, however because of the fees that the seller has to pay ebay, most of the time those fees are passed down to the buyer. The best thing to do is to find a reputable online dealer that can demonstrate a history of successful antique clock sales.

Some of these important facts may help you date your antique clock. Minute hands were introduced on longcase clocks around 1663. Paper clock dials were introduced in 1792 to a wooden or metal backing. You may find a signature on a clock’s dial or movement. Some clockmakers put the maker’s name and date of activity. In the 19th century many clockmakers branded their product, but you need a reputable dealer to tell if the signature is authentic or not.

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State’s Antique’s Trail includes Seymour location

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 17:13:34 Europe/London

The first-ever Connecticut Antiques Trail, a curated online guide to the antiquing experiences across the state launched recently.

The Antiques Trail winds through historical and scenic Connecticut, representing all five regions : Fairfield, New Haven, Mystic, Hartford and Litchfield, and featuring collections of varying styles, periods and price ranges to satisfy all antique enthusiasts.

"We launched the Connecticut Antiques Trail to create a more convenient way for residents and tourists alike to discover, explore and enjoy the very best destinations that the state’s antiquing community has to offer," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "With the click of a button, we can connect people with everything from auction houses and historic inns to quaint boutiques located in every region of the state."

Full story: http://www.thevalleygazette.com/13918/states-antiques-trail-includes-seymour-location/

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A woman wearing an orange wig and a middle-aged man in a leather jacket are the suspects Chesterfield Police are looking for in an antique store crime. A couple entered Alexander’s Antiques on Midlothian Turnpike. They spent 20 minutes walking throughout the store, and behaved suspiciously. After they left, employees reviewed security footage and discovered the pair had grabbed two antique clocks,” Detective Chris Rizzuti wrote about the Jan. 22 crime. Source: http://wtvr.com/2014/05/12/orange-wig-antique-thefts/
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The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:56:29 Europe/London

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair from 28 April - 4 May 2014 will be bursting into Spring with a host of new exhibitors and plenty of enticing pieces for the glamorous garden and chic conservatory with stone, marble, metal and terracotta. Find statuary, pots planters and urns, fountain heads, antique garden implements; seating such as curved or straight stone benches, vintage metal chairs and sun loungers; vintage arbours and frames, étagères (plant stages) and mirrored metal window frames for decoration together with a superb mix of fine and decorative antiques, mirrors, lighting and objects, C20th design and works of art of all periods.

Source: http://www.antiquesnews.co.uk/page_1.php

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