Salvage & Architectural Antiques

This broad category can comprise anything from small iron fittings to monumental stonework. Popular areas include fireplaces, garden ornaments, tiles, window frames, signs and plaques.

Plenty of reclaimed objects are offered via specialist traders, auctions and fairs taking place up and down the country and often held outdoors.


Owen Pacey

5 Questions: Owen Pacey of Renaissance London

19 July 2021

Owen Pacey is the founder of Renaissance London in Shoreditch, specialising in antique fireplaces and architectural salvage, launched over 30 years ago.

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Gateway to Salvo celebration

31 May 2021

Digital event marks 30 years since the reclamation and salvage firm was launched

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Family’s lions roar once more

24 May 2021

A pair of 3ft 7in high (1.12m) Victorian iron pier finials cast as rampant lions have returned home after two decades missing from a family home.

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5 Questions: Anthony Bridgman

29 March 2021

Anthony Bridgman is head of restoration at Westland London where he has worked since the 1990s. Established by Geoff Westland in 1969, the firm deals in architectural and decorative antiques and has built one of the largest collections of antique chimney pieces in the world, with some 750 examples.

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Sunday means salvage at Drew Pritchard’s regular virtual events

15 March 2021

Angela Whittle is one of the 30-plus group who take part in salvage supremo Drew Pritchard’s regular virtual Salvage Sundays.

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Foyer doors from Abbey Road studios star in our pick of five auction highlights

05 March 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes the original foyer doors from the Abbey Road recording studios that tripled their estimate in Surrey.

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Wingett goes for upmarket upcycling turning scrap into a super Georgian cistern

30 November 2020

In an act of decidedly upmarket upcycling, dealer Simon Wingett of Burton Antiques and his business partner have commissioned a series of casts of a George II wine cistern to be made from scrap.

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Firing demand: three fenders eagerly contested at autumn sales

16 November 2020

Pictured here are three quite different brass fireside fenders – all of them eagerly contested at autumn sales.

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Extraordinary hidden statuary brings demand out in the open at Summers Place

02 November 2020

An extraordinary group of garden statuary, unseen for decades, was offered for sale recently at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

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Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force

13 October 2020

A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.

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Carved Cotswold stone seats take their place in pick of five auction highlights sold this week

09 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes stone seats unseen for decades and discovered in a hidden sunken garden.

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Garden seating selection offered at Freeman’s

07 September 2020

This three-piece painted cast-iron garden seating set dated to the third quarter of the 19th century is one of the lots from the Collection of A Connecticut Gentleman that is to be offered for sale by Freeman’s of Philadelphia, on September 15.

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A colossal coat of arms offered at the Masterpiece online fair

15 June 2020

This 18th century monumental royal coat of arms by John Steell is offered by Wick Antiques in its second edition of 'Britain and the High Seas' at 'Masterpiece', held online this year.

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Huge ornamental screen sells at salvage dealer's retirement auction

18 May 2020

The team at antiques dealership Robert Mills Architectural spent decades salvaging items from closed-down churches, banks, mansions and pubs.

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Summers Place Auctions' last-minute decision to take remote bids only pays off

27 April 2020

The sale at garden statuary specialist Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst on March 24 (the day after lockdown) was among the first conducted under new government restrictions on social distancing.

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Call for collectors, dealers and antiques centres to feature in Drew Pritchard’s next Salvage Hunters series

02 April 2020

Architectural antiques dealer Drew Pritchard hosts TV show ‘Salvage Hunters’ and is set to film the next series later this year.

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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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Spate of stolen south London animal troughs continues as another two go missing

18 December 2019

A further two Victorian animal troughs have been stolen in south London, following four that went missing in September.

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The web shop window: Italian trompe l’oeil altar board panels

25 November 2019

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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Spate of south London cattle and horse trough thefts rises to four

22 October 2019

Local community groups across south London are calling on the antiques trade to be alert to Victorian animal troughs that have been stolen from four sites this autumn.

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