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Happy Valentine's Day
Our January newsletter looked at the year ahead, clearing out the old and ringing in the new. An early spring clean so to speak, an opportunity to look through old collectibles, or old items that were no longer of interest, and to clear out the unwanted.
Now January is nearly over and February looms over the horizon. We know that the first celebration of the year is Valentine's Day. The Welsh have already had theirs with Dydd Santes Dwynwen/St Dwynwen's Day on the 25th January.
How will you celebrate?
Fortunately, for the rest of us we have a little time yet until the day of reckoning. Our Valentine's Day is on the 14th February and is usually a time for celebrating those we love and expressing it through words and gestures. We buy or create beautifully written cards that serve to remind our loved ones that we care. We express our affections in other ways, with gifts of flowers and chocolates. Some of us like to give something a little more meaningful and give a present that really does say something of how much we care and appreciate our partners.
Here at www.antiques.co.uk it never ceases to amaze us at the incredible items that arrive on our site. There are different items daily, ranging in price and tailored to fit any budget. There's bound to be something there that holds your interest, either for yourself, or for a loved one.
Rather than staying with a traditional gift of chocolate and flowers why not take a look around www.antiques.co.uk and see if there's something suitable? The different sections are listed on the left hand side so you can go directly to your favourite subject, or why not browse the home page? All the fresh new items are listed here and they're added to every day.
If you've taken a fancy to any of the above mentioned items, then be quick! Items sell very quickly, but don't worry if you've missed the boat on this one; there plenty of new items added every day.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Why antiques for your Valentine?
So what's so special about buying an antique rather than something new? Well an antique gift is unique and what's more, what you buy is so unique, the recipient may be the only receiver of it. You have the opportunity to buy something that's extremely rare with only a few others like it in existence.
Do your research
If you've decided on something specific and you have a pretty good idea of what your friend/partner wants, then the next job is to find it. No matter what it is you're looking for, if it's an antique you're searching for then an understanding of quality and price is important, along with research of the item you're looking for.
It's important to know why an object is priced as it is when it's antique, so research really is important. Resource books are helpful and you can find out an awful lot from them as well as from good quality websites, including ours! We have a team of experts at www.antiques.co.uk and if you see something you think is just right and you're feeling unsure about it then ask.
Valentine's Day is special and if there's someone special in your life, or there's someone you'd like to be special in your life, then you need to start thinking. If you have no idea what to get, then perhaps the ideas below might help spur you on.
There's plenty of choice from books to samplers, paintings to sculptures so take a gander when you have some time to spare, but don't leave it too late, because unless you're picking up your special gift, you may have to wait for it to arrive.
Whatever you decide, you get that sense of buying something truly unique and having been personally chosen by your other half it is just that little bit special.
You'll also have something that is one of a kind, so on Valentine's Day when you or your partners open up that special gift, no one else in the country will be looking at the same thing. A little bit more original than a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates, don't you think?
Why the New Year should ring the changes for your Insurance.
How confident are you that you've got the right insurance policy for your art, antiques and collectibles? When was the last time you properly reviewed the cover? It's hardly the most exciting thing to do, and I doubt it was anyone's New Year's resolution! But the wrong policy could cost you dearly in the event of a claim, and that's why we'd like to help you review your cover.
Many standard policies provide new for old cover, which won't prove much use to you if your items are lost, damaged or destroyed. If you are a Dealer or Restorer, you might also find that you've been shoe-horned into a standard shop or retailer's policy. Check the business description shown on your schedule – and if the word "art" or "antique" is missing, then there's a distinct possibility that in the event of a claim you could find yourself without any cover at all!
The good news is that specialist policies are available – and can offer a number of additional benefits that you wouldn't normally expect to find within a mainstream product. Examples include cover at fairs or exhibitions, postal or courier sendings, defective title cover and protection against forged or stolen cheques and credit cards. Transit cover, business interruption and Employer's, Public and Products Liability cover are all available too.
Choosing a specialist policy is the only way to ensure you receive the cover that you require. Dealers can insure on a "cost plus" basis, meaning there is cover for the cost price as shown in your stock records, plus the cost of repair or restoration. There is also the option to add your own 'uplift' of up to 50%, depending on the type and age of the items you sell. Alternatively, you can choose to insure for the selling price of your stock, less a percentage of your preference. Private collectors can even get "agreed value" cover, making the claims process as seamless as possible.
Hyde Park Insurance Consultants are proud to be working with antiques.co.uk, and we'd love to offer our advice and assistance to all of their affiliated dealers, restorers and collectors. Every quote and policy is tailor-made to suit the requirements of each individual policyholder, and quotes are offered with absolutely no obligation.
If you would like a quotation, or to let us know when your current policy is due to expire so we can contact you at the right time of year, please call us on 01707 828 081 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014 from everyone here at Hyde Park Insurance!
Have you ever browsed the scientific section on www.antiques.co.uk? If you look carefully past the plethora of barometers there are some excellent finds. They make unusual gifts for loved ones and if you're looking for that unusual Valentine gift, then have a good browse round this section; you may find something that's just right.
You don't even have to be a science boffin either and there are some excellent finds for giving your home that certain twist, something that gives the visitor a hint as to the personality of the resident.
Here are some items you may find of interest, or perhaps give you an appetite for the unusual.
Before you dismiss the apothecary chest as a hideous piece of history, think again. These are interesting pieces that are used in restaurants and cafes, and certainly add a certain something to your kitchen. The individual drawers are already marked with delicious names like juniper and maranta, but they can certainly be removed if wanted and replaced with other labels of your choice. They could be used for loose ingredients like herbs, coffee and any other miscellaneous kitchen items you have lying around. It doesn't really fit in with anyone's idea of a modern kitchen, but if you're looking for something a little different than this could be it.
This particular chest goes back to the 19th century; the word apotheca, which the word apothecary chest comes from, means a place to store spices, herbs and wine. The apothecary was an early version of a pharmacist and these chests would have been used to store herbs and spices to help cure common ailments. Cary's Terrestrial Globe 1838
This would add style to any study and comes with a detailed globe with a compass at the bottom of a 3 legged table. The earliest terrestrial globe appeared in the 3rd century BC, and the earliest known surviving globe is from the 15th century. This globe dates back to the early 19th century and is in excellent condition.
There were some dramatic changes in the 19th century, mostly due to the advances in science and changes in religious belief. This beautiful microscope is made from cast iron and guilt brass from W.Watson & Sons. It can be used for display and would make a wonderful addition to an existing collection, or even the beginning of a new one. Or you could use it. The choice is entirely yours. But it would certainly make an interesting gift.
A doctor's Mahogany Apothecary Box
This delightful mahogany box is a marvellous precursor to the doctor's leather bag. It comes with a delightful history and has a rather unusual lock. It still has the name of the original doctor, a Dr Milne Murray, and is made by "Gardeners" of Edinburgh. It doesn't contain any medical equipment or bottles, which is handy if this is going to be more than a collector's piece, as it could serve as a storage box for all manner of things, or even act as a domestic first aid kit. The real Dr Murray worked in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and made some rather fine contributions to the use of forceps.
G. Lee & Son Oak Barograph
Finally, a rather magnificent barograph made from glazed oak. It has a bevelled edge and the whole top is hinged with a holding arm made from brass. There's a secondary circular dial which indicates the weather. A barograph is for monitoring pressure. It records barometric pressures over a certain length of time. Yes, it's all very technical, but rather brilliant. And yes it would look great wherever it sat in your house, and a great talking point.
So there you have it, some rather strange and wonderful gifts which can be useful, collectible, functional or just downright fascinating. If you still haven't got Valentine sorted yet and you know someone who loves something that little bit different, then take a look at the scientific section. You never know what you might find.
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