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Rare Nixey enamel sign scrubs up well despite condition

30 January 2023

Although now long forgotten, the London family firm of Nixey’s was a household name in the second half of the 19th century

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Pluck of the Irish

23 January 2023

A pair of militaria highlights related to Irish regiments that came up in recent auctions.

Jingle Bells

Christmas museum in Korea buys Jingle Bells sheet music at Wiltshire auction

22 December 2022

A 19th century printing of the sheet music to the famous Christmas song 'Jingle Bells' sold at a Devizes auction for £15,000.

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The web shop window: early 20th century rocking horses

12 December 2022

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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Yard sale from the Bower Ismay home

05 December 2022

More than 20 yards of Morris & Co fabric and two Howard & Son chairs were among a group of lots consigned to auction in Wiltshire with a provenance to Haselbech Hall, Northampton, and the Bower Ismay family.

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British pioneer pilot was American

14 November 2022

As part of Henry Aldridge & Son’s auction of Titanic, White Star and Transport Memorabilia on November 19 a group of 21 lots associated with Wild West showman and powered flight pioneer Samuel Franklin Cody (1867-1913) is on offer.

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Singer machine makes over 20 times estimate in Chippenham

14 November 2022

The Singer 222K Featherweight is rated as one of the best sewing machines ever made.

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Two useful buying opportunities in Wiltshire

17 October 2022

Dealer Chris Watt opened Salisbury Antiques Centre nearly 30 years ago originally as a trade warehouse and despite upheavals down the years still believes "it’s well worth doing if sometimes all over the place”.

Lord Byron mourning ring

Pick of the week: Romantic poet Byron remembered in the form of a mourning ring

25 July 2022

He may have been considered ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to Lord Byron (1788-1824) make for very welcome auction consignments.

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Titanic twists of fate: tale of two auction lots in the US and UK

11 May 2022

Fate played a cruel hand in the case of two Titanic passengers whose stories have come to light through recent auction lots.

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Woolley & Wallis internship aims to plug training gap

09 May 2022

Woolley & Wallis has launched an internship scheme to help train the next generation of art and antiques specialists.

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Seven-foot pole club stretches well beyond estimate to £38,000

25 April 2022

Carved from the heart of the toa or ironwood tree, long pole clubs with scalloped blades (akatara) are associated with Rarotonga and Atiu on the Cook Islands.

Jon White and Steve Bucknell

A new auction house coming to Royal Wootton Bassett is among the latest Movers & Shakers news

02 March 2022

A round up of hires and jobs news from across the world of art and antiques.

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Lantern clock to Chew on

08 November 2021

A clockmaking industry thrived in the Chew Valley of Somerset in the second half of the 17th century.

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Barn find jukebox could be golden oldie

30 August 2021

A classic ‘barn find’ piece, this somewhat dilapidated jukebox was spotted as a potential golden oldie at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium).

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Vase bought at Sotheby’s Seligman sale reappears in Bath auction

26 July 2021

This small Transitional porcelain vase came for sale at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, Bath, on July 1.

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Relics reflect Titanic rescue attempt… then body search

24 May 2021

Titanic specialist auction house Henry Aldridge & Son sells poignant items related to the rescue and recovery ships.

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Beatrix Potter pottery by Grimwade’s

26 April 2021

Not to be confused with the modern Peter Rabbit series by Wedgwood, much scarcer teawares were made by the Grimwade’s factory in the 1920s.

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Bowie unreleased and unheard

05 April 2021

Space for an oddity in your vinyl collection? David Bowie fans obviously feel that way.

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The 1970s new wave of ceramics flows to Wiltshire

15 March 2021

British Studio Ceramic is Messums Wiltshire’s third annual show.