Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Georgian Style Goes Down Under

A former furniture retailer of quality English made furniture from the 1970/80' from England, now retired and living in New South Wales, Australia couldn't find anything locally to satisfy her dining table requirements. She purchased from Harrison Antique Furniture a mahogany table by Strongbow,  and had it shipped by Across the Ocean Shipping. It arrived safely and looks splendid in it's new surroundings.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Keeping Life Sweet...

Pictured is a table we sold to be used for the setting of the Chocolate Room at Hampton Court Palace.
This room has only recently opened to the public and shows where Thomas Tosier worked, who was the chocolate maker to George I & George II.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Baling & Buying

Being out in the fields harvesting did not stop one lady from buying a piece of our Victorian furniture online from her tractor! She kindly sent a picture of her tractor which is very impressive to see.. and continued to finish the harvesting on time.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Reflecting on Foxing...

Antique furniture with inset glass and antique glass mirrors can sometimes show signs of their age with a mottled or blotchy effect, often referred to as ‘foxing’ or ‘silvering’.
When in small area’s, close to edges that do not intrude into their main purpose of reflecting an image, this gentle form of ageing can be both charming and authentic.
In its most advanced form of deterioration, this glass is used by film makers to achieve a particular effect in movie making.
If foxing has occurred on a piece of antique furniture with glass, which is a functional piece, in everyday use, it might be preferably to replace the aged mirror with a quality piece of modern glass, as re-silvering restoration by specialist restorers can be time consuming and expensive.
For best cleaning results, on mirrors or glass, use ‘scrim’ cotton gauze cloth. 
For more information, photos and details on how to order mirrors from us, see the listing page on our website here

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Rackstraw – The Droitwich Design Dream

GT Rackstraw Ltd, were manufacturers of bespoke & fine period style furniture. Based in Worcestershire they set a high standard for craftsman made furniture across many years. The founder James Rackstraw started making furniture in 1749.
Rackstraw specialized in traditional mahogany, yew and oak furniture. This quality manufacturer produced furniture of excellence including presentation items of exquisite craftsmanship and distinctive high-quality finish.
Pieces rarely come on the market, as they are mostly handed down from one generation to another. Antiques for the future, we have a small selection available on our website for the connoisseur of stylish period reproduction furniture. For more information, photos and details on how to order this item, see the listing on our website here

Friday, 6 July 2012

Setting the Standard with Bevan Funnell

After the dark years of war, visionaries moved to introduce a style shift into our culture to allow people to bring colour and aspiration back into their lives. Christian Dior makes the move with clothing, whilst Bevan Funnell made the shift with furniture. It was inspired by antiques, reflecting the security of past times and settled affluence.
Bevan Funnell furniture is the ultimate in quality made furniture and in 1967 & 1970 won the Queens Award to industry. The first furniture manufacturer to win it, and the first winner to earn it twice.
So sought after by the rich, during the mid 1960’s Mr Funnell furnished a full scale 60 ft yacht for use as a showroom around the British Isles and abroad.
This furniture success story continues to this day, and second hand pieces of Bevan Funnell Reprodux can be found on our site. Always coming from good homes where it has been treasured as a beautiful piece of craftsman made furniture. 
For more information, photos and details on how to order this item, see the listing on our website  here

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Ercol Furniture - Timeless Elegance

Ercol founded by Lucian Ercolani perfected the steam bending of wood in large quantities in 1944, using English elm, a wood previously thought impossible to bend.
Ercol furniture was exhibited at the 1951 Festival of Britain.
In 2002 Ercol moved premises, where it began producing furniture from other woods taken from regenerative forests.
The company uses environmentally friendly water based stains and lacquers.
Ercol has received many awards for excellence in the design of furniture. It has a worldwide appeal, with the lighter coloured wood being most favoured by the Japanese market.
For more information, photos and details on how to order this item, see the listing on our website here