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Furniture antiques are one of the most popular types of antiques, not only because of their practicality but also because of their historical significance.
The most popular time for antique furniture was the Victorian period, which dates from about 1850 to 1910 and the most popular woods used to make the furniture were mahogany, oak, pine, rosewood and walnut.
The earliest types of ceramics that were produced, were pottery made from clay, or a combination of caly mixed with other materials and then fire hardened. As time went on ceramics were glazed and then fired which created smooth surfaces and different colours.
There are three main types of antique ceramic, Earthenware, Stoneware and the more refined Porcelain.
Ceramic antiques are some of the most collectable antiques, with Royal Doulton and Royal Worcester being two of the most popular.
Nothing can surpass the beauty of antique glass. The translucent effect of light shining through the body of a delicate and fragile piece, the angles refracting the light through all the colours of the rainbow is stunning to behold. It’s no wonder that glass has survived through the centuries with no other material coming even close to its sheer durability and allure.
When we talk about antique metalware we are generally referring to items which are crafted from brass, bronze, pewter and copper. Whilst materials such as silver and gold are also metal, these are considered to be fine metals and come under categories of their own.
As many antique clock collectors will tell you, there’s something addictive about the unstoppable march of time. And when you combine that with the history of clocks, well, it can become almost an obsession.
Not only is antique jewellery a wonderful way to gain a unique and classic look, but you also have the joy of knowing that you are wearing a miniature work of art! Antique jewellery can also be a viable investment, as quality pieces are only going to go up in value. Magnificent pieces get handed down through the generations and when, or if, they come on the market can command truly awe inspiring amounts of money.