Papier Mache

Papier Mache has been in use around the world for centuries in China, Japan, Persia and  first began to be used in Europe and Britain in the 18th century.  A process of laminating paper and linseed oil into panels which were used in coaches was developed by Henry Clay in the late 18th century and in the 19th century a … Continue reading

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Barometers from the 18th to the 20th century

We always have a selection of barometers on our website from the Georgian period up until the 1930’s, mercurial and aneroid as well as barographs.  We have the barometers serviced and restored by the Gentleman who also looks after our clocks, and give the same guarantees. The shipping of  mercury barometers is possible within the UK and some places within … Continue reading

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Secretaires

At present in stock we have three bookcases with secretair drawers and a chest with a disguised secretaire drawer, this Gothic style bookcase (circa 1830), shown in the photograph below, is an unusual and elegantly personal piece. Made from oak with ebony turned knob handles, the bookcase is decorated with Gothic styled layers, carved pillars and cornice work.   This … Continue reading

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Packing and Shipping

Something that we are asked on a weekly basis by internet customers is – “Will my item arrive safely and will you pack it well?”   This week’s blog will not only answer that question but also give you some valuable hints and tips about how to package antiques for shipping, whether UK post or international sea freight!     … Continue reading

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August Barbeque

Thank you to all of my customers and staff who came along to our Summer Barbeque at the end of August, the weather was good and a great time was had by all. The burgers where all eaten with many compliment given on the food and company, and the Pimms or fruit juice went down well. Those who were not … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trunk, a life time of travel

When I was in Edinburgh recently I took the photo below of a row of shops in Hanover Street just where it meets Princess street because I have a wonderful early 19th century leather bound and brass studded trunk with a label inside showing a luggage shop in the same location.   The bottom of Hanover street with The Royal … Continue reading

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Setting up an antique Grandfather clock

I have recently sold a very good Edinburgh mahogany cased 18th century  grandfather clock to a gentleman in the United States, the town he lives in is called Edinburgh so it’s easy to see why he wanted to buy it. We packed it in a custom made wooden case to ship it in and also provided him with details of … Continue reading

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Pietra Dura Box

An interesting small Italian box of great quality has just come into stock, Sarcophagus in shape and with an ebony frame and inset with panels of “Pietra Dura”, Italian “Hard Rocks” or stones. The black marble has inset cut pieces of stone in the shapes of flowers, each of the five panels in the box is different and hand made. … Continue reading

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French Egyptian design clock

We have in stock at Graham Smith Antiques a rather unusual and bold Victorian mantel clock – the case being made from rouge and black marble, with beautifully engraved organic motifs and made in the Egyptian style. The early part of the 19th century was a time of discovery in Egypt when many of its mysteries were discovered and excavations … Continue reading

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Black Forest carved wood figures

We have in stock at the moment a collection of different carved wood figures which are, in the trade, referred to as “Black Forest”. On further investigation I established that , as I had thought, most were carved in Switzerland  but what I did not know was that many were made around the town of Brienz and the name Brienzer … Continue reading

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