Net Zero - November 2021

Although any visitor to our Wick Antiques showroom, or the new warehouse, below, could be forgiven for thinking antique furniture is brown, it is in fact GREEN.  While world leaders and business grandees at COP 26 are brain-storming to make their products more sustainable – we don’t have to!
Enigmas and Puzzles
A ‘Black Forest’ eagle owl, Swiss, circa 1800. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted one or two pieces in our photos of The Chelsea Antiques Fair which look familiar from our previous newsletters; the Goanese contador,...
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We couldn’t have asked for a better start at 2Covet’s Chelsea Antiques Fair
We are delighted to report that the first London antiques fair for 18 months proved very popular, both with many wonderful customers and our fellow dealers.  Footfall was excellent, sales high and the general euphoria, at being face to face with real people once again,...
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Its Fair time and preparations are well under way! - September 2021
The excitement is building with less than 2 weeks until our show opens in Chelsea. As well as the normal planning for wall colours and carpet choices, selection of pieces to display, cleaning and polishing - we have produced our third catalogue to accompany our...
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Britain On The High Seas - Merchants and Mariners
Click the link below to view the entire book Britain On The High Seas - Merchants and Mariners The victorious battles of Trafalgar in 1805 and Waterloo in 1815, ushered in an unprecedented period of world stability. Our series ‘Britain on the High Seas’...
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Picture Perfect - August 2021
Montague Dawson: Racing Six-Metre yachts August in the Solent always begins with Cowes Week, so what could be more appropriate than to start this newsletter with ‘Sixes’ racing?  The International Six Metre class featured...
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Gold, Silver and Bronze in Japan - July 2021
When there is so much world attention focussed on athletes striving to win bronze, silver and gold medals in Japan, we are taking our own look at Japanese use of these metals in works of art.  The hakko bako, above, are Edo period and would have been made for a noble...
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The Peake of Perfection - June 2021
Once again the highlight of our summer – Masterpiece – in Chelsea is not going ahead in its physical form.  We have been asked to send 12 pieces to their online gallery and this outstanding lime wood carving by James Peake (c.1839-1918) is one of our choices.
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On Top of The World - May 2021
In the week when the media is full of green- and red-listed holiday destinations, optimists are booking, or even beginning, holidays abroad and a brand-new cruise liner is embarking passengers in Southampton, we, at Wick Antiques have our own view of ‘this brave new...
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Storage with Style - April 2021
New stock has arrived at last, including some attractive cabinets, so this newsletter is about traditional storage solutions.  Above is a whole office in a single item of furniture.  There are five shelves across four sections to hold books and ledgers in the top, while...
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In the Public Eye – Media and Museums
This week’s Antiques Trade Gazette leads with an article on Charlie, Steve and Zara in their roles as the founders of 2Covet.  They have secured the Chelsea Antiques Fair and are planning to host their first show in September (excerpts from the article appear at the...
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Britain on the High Seas - Trafalgar, Trophies and Trade
Click the link below to view the entire book Britain on the High Seas - Trafalgar, Trophies and Trade The Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 is the most famous event in British naval history. It represented not only the frustration of Napoleon Bonaparte’s...
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The World At Your Fingertips
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Billiard Room Ltd suppliers of The Finest Billiard/Snooker tables and accessories & Wick Antiques - Masterpiece
For the inaugural Masterpiece Fair, Billiard Room Ltd has combined forces with Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques Ltd, Lymington to showcase the Queen’s Billiard table in a setting appropriate to its status as a true masterpiece. Billiard Brohure Part 1 Billiard...
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Fusion and Fantasy 2011 - Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill
We are delighted that Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill has agreed to design our stand for this year’s Masterpiece Fair. Our theme is the ability of art to transcend cultural and geographical borders. Great craftsmanship can be admired by everyone with an...
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Wick Antiques at Masterpiece
Charles set up Wick Antiques 25 years ago and has been trading in Lymington, Hampshire and London ever since. He specialises in 18th & 19th Century fine furniture and works of art as well as the unusual and unique. In 1990 he married Caroline, who was trained at...
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Masterpiece 2017 - June 2017
Once more the highlight of our year is upon us – Masterpiece. Although furniture is seeing a welcome resurgence in popularity and price in the salerooms, we are putting works of art at the heart of our stand. There is particular focus on metalwork, ivory and textiles, ...
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Flowers for Chelsea - May 2017
We are open at 93 Lower Sloane Street! Notwithstanding contractual glitches and the absence of carpet fitters we have managed to open in time for the Chelsea Flower Show, 23rd-27 May. Please do visit us on your way past the door and celebrate with a glass of bubbles....
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Bronze Bonanza - April 2017
Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, is a very versatile material. Over the centuries it has been used for everything from armour to aquamanile, from humble cooking pots to huge civic statues and from technical marvels to artistic masterpieces. This versatility is probably ...
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La La Land-scapes - March 2017
Coming back from Florida, a mere week before the razzmatazz of the Oscars, has focused my attention on the various contenders for best picture -\'La La Land\', \'Lion\', \'Hell or High Water\', \'Hidden Figures\', \'Manchester by the Sea\', \'Hacksaw Ridge\', \'Fences\',...
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February means Florida - February 2017
This is the February newsletter so we must be in Florida for the Miami and Palm Beach fairs. The Miami Show has been relocated 30 miles inland from the beaches but is nearer the airport. Time will tell if the VIPs will make the trek. We bought modestly. There was a...
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Not so Boring Brown! - January 2017
Nowadays, with the latest interior design trends being 50 shades of white, shiny chrome, glass or brushed steel, antique furniture has earned the sad soubriquet \'boring and brown\'. While this may be true of the dusty old heirloom in the corner, stacked with yellowing...
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Looking North - December 2016
As soon as Charlie returned from the Palm Beach Design Centre we drove to the Lake District. As the motorway exit signs for Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster, and others, flashed past I began to think about the impact of the manufacturing heart...
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The life and times of Emma, Lady Hamilton - November 2016
On Tuesday 2nd November Charlie and I were lucky enough to attend the opening of \'Seduction and Celebrity\' - the life of Emma, Lady Hamilton. It was a fascinating evening from the opening speech by Joan Bakewell, in which she likened Emma to a present day Kate Moss or...
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The World is Small - October 2016
This week we are attempting a Wick Antiques first - loading two containers on the same day. One is going half way around the world to \'Wallrocks\' in Brisbane, Australia and the other in the opposite direction to Miami. The reason for this extravagance is our latest...
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Back To Work at the LAPADA Show - September 2016
We have spent the summer, as we always do, boating in the Solent on our large floating antique \'Beeleigh\', a 36 foot 1913 Fred Shepherd design gaff-rigged yacht, built in Brightlingsea. She has featured as cover girl for various publications including \'Classic Boat\',...
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Masterpiece Success - July 2016
Masterpiece went very well this year, and we sold to many European countries as well as to Asia and Australia. Could this be partly because our currency is low? Pieces from these newsletters which have found new homes included the Komai jubako, the Safavid ewer and a...
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Royal Connections - June 2016
As the country is celebrating Her Majesty the Queen\'s official 90th Birthday this weekend we are dedicating this newsletter to items of royal interest which we have been lucky enough acquire over the years. The piece above (sold) was made for Queen Victoria\'s Golden...
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Masterpiece Preview 2016 - June 2016
This weekend we are building the stand and papering the walls inside the huge and magnificent marquee that is home to Masterpiece for the next 10 days. Several of the pieces we are taking have already featured in newsletters but others we have kept under wraps until the...
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Provenance means History - May 2016
In the previous newsletter we looked at signatures and maker\'s labels. This time we are highlighting something else which adds \'wow\' factor - Provenance. Pieces which, for example, have come from a famous family, furnished a stately home, been in a renowned collection...
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Designed and Signed - May 2016
After a steep learning curve, some satisfying sales across all media (upholstery, carvings, furniture and a painting) and lots of old friendships rekindled and new ones made, at the Battersea Decorative Fair, we are setting our sights on Masterpiece. As a strictly...
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Battersea Decorative Fair 2016 - April 2016
This is the first time we have participated in the Battersea Decorative Fair - do come and see us under our nautical banner of Anderson Wallrock on stand 105 As the title suggests we are taking fun, quirky and decorative items to suit every budget. The warehouse and...
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Best in Show! - March 2016
This year is the 125th anniversary of Cruft\'s Dog Shows so here, at Wick Antiques, we are holding our own version. In the Toy and Utility Classes (for our purposes \'Utility\' means a work of art with an additional use) we have a Victorian iron hound door stop, a...
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Florida Fair! - February 2016
Well actually Florida has not been fair weather wise. Miami was chilly with such torrential rain we had to purchase an umbrella and the roads flooded instantly. However with the excellent drainage and warmth everywhere was dry by the next day, and of course we do not...
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Happy New Year! - January 2016
We have started 2016 with a cold snap and everyone is wrapped up warmly, rather like the elegant allegorical figure of \'Winter\' on this striking burr walnut cabinet attributed to Lamb of Manchester. The pair of Borzois are also well equipped for the cold with their...
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Merry Christmas - December 2015
Having just returned from a successful show in New York where we sold, amongst other things, our magnificent (and massive) Golden Eagle and the fire irons featured in the last newsletter, we find Christmas is almost upon us. Help! That is just what we intend to do - help ...
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New York! New York! - November 2015
This year the \'New York Jewelry and Fine Art Show\' falls just before Thanksgiving Weekend. Accordingly we are going to promote all things American from a silver mounted Tiffany carriage clock to a charming watercolour of The White House by Arthur Barbosa; from a rare...
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Wick Antiques joins forces with Mr Fogg's at the LAPADA Fair - September 2015
We all know Charles is a character, but his new friendship with the fictional Mr Fogg, from Around the World in 80 Days fame, has taken things to a whole new level. Both being globetrotters in search of the weird and wonderful they have a lot in common, real or...
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Meiji menagerie at the Masterpiece Fair - June 2015
Masterpiece is just around the corner and never fails to impress. Situated in the south grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the fair opens on Thursday 25th June and runs until Wednesday 1st July. This year we are showcasing a menagerie of Meiji period bronze tigers,...
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Spring is officially here - April 2015
The blossom has burst, the birds are singing and the sun is very much out in Lymington. If you are planning a trip to the glorious Hampshire coastline or to the New Forest do give us a call to arrange an appointment. We have a mass of new stock that will be going on our...
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Marching in to Spring with a hive of activity - March 2015
This month is all a buzz at Wick Antiques. Charles keeps returning from far and wide travels with collections of the weird, wonderful and spectacular, some of which are extremely rare, and are to be exhibited at the Masterpiece Fair this June. With a now refurbished...
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A new year, new events and new stock. - January 2015
We have much planned for 2015. Next month we are whizzing off to America for the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antiques Show. In the Spring we will be launching the much anticipated new nautical website and later in the year will see us at the prestigious Masterpiece London ...
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Happy Christmas from Wick Antiques... - December 2014
We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our clients and associates and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Charles and Rusty Latest Acquisitions ...and a Happy New Year from Lymington...
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Hark the herald... Christmas is coming! - November 2014
With Christmas only just around the corner we have picked out a small collection of present ideas, all available to see on our website. Please contact us for more information. Celebrating 20 years working with Lymington Restoration Ltd. Lymington Restoration Ltd, set...
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Globe October, have the world at your fingertips - October 2014
This month sees a large expansion in our antiques globe collection. Charles has been globally foraging to find some of the best on the market. Our selection is a diverse one, from an impressive 30\" library globe by Rand MaNally circa 1938, to a very dinky pair of 6 1/2\" ...
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Join us at the Lapada 2014 Fair at Berkeley Square next week - September 2014
Join us at the Lapada 2014 Fair at Berkeley Square next week. We cannot quite believe it\'s that time again, but one our favourite shows of the year is just around the corner. The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square is this autumn\'s must-visit event for...
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Looking for 'Mantiques'?... - September 2014
Looking for \'Mantiques\'?... ... then look no further.     Lapada dates for your diaries at Berkerly Square. The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London is this Autumn\'s must-visit event for sourcing and buying fine art...
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Shop this week's new listings - July 2014
  Watch our new film to get the inside scoop   https://vimeo.com/99321848 Cowes Week is here again We are collaborating with K1 Britannica in the heart of Cowes to showcase a collection of rare and exciting nautical antiques during this years...
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The Wick Antiques Menagerie - June 2014
Step aside Noah. Wick Antiques seems to be attracting animals left, right and center and our website is looking positively ‘Ark-like’. We have a wonderful collection of fine quality bronzes, ivories and carvings, and many more characterful creatures to come...
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Victorian carving by James Peake on sale - Daily Echo
THIS is the moment the great granddaughter of a \"genius\" carver saw one of his greatest works for the first time. Nicki Holt is a descendant of James Peake, who spent four months creating an incredibly detailed spray of flowers and fruit from a single piece of...
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The Telegraph - Trophy’s Long Voyage
A Silver gilt bowl that was given by William IV as a prize for the Cowes Regatta in the 1830’s has been returned to Britain after being found in the United States. It will be sold at The Chelsea Antiques Fair in London next week, the dealer who tracked it down and brought ...
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Masterpiece Online 2021
Once again this year we are getting ready for Masterpiece in a different way...... Many of our pieces will not be leaving our showroom this year but will be showcased on Masterpiece Online from June 2021. Here is a sneak peak of much of the collection - Originally this...
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Maritime & Nautical showroom reveal from Wick Antiques - Lymington
Originally this space at Wick Antiques was used as a store, during Lockdown it has seen a transformation. Having time to re-purpose this space, Charlie and the team have created a Nautical and Maritime themed area to showcase some of Wick Antiques rarest...
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AFLOAT - Missing King's Cup Won in 1835 By Cove's John Barry-Smith of Cork Harbour is Discovered
A magnificent silver-gilt bowl presented by King William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) is back in England thanks to a maritime antique dealer. The bowl\'s history is an appropriate reminder of the depth of the sailing history of Cork Harbour with the 2021...
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2Covet Radio Interview - BBC Radio Solent
2Covet Radio Interview - BBC Radio Solent
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Daily Express - Lord Nelson’s sword is a steel at £50,000
THE fighting sword used by Admiral Lord Nelson is for sale at £50,000. The British naval hero is believed to have used the steel weapon in battle against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. He gave the blade to his nephew William Maurice Suckling, who served on...
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Masterpiece 2020 - Charles Wallrock for Wick Antiques
Masterpiece Online showcases from Charles Wallrock. Knowledge and passion, conveying a sense of discovery! View the collection discussed in the video here - https://wickantiques.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Wick-Antiques-catalogue-2020.pdf
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Martyn Downer Masterpiece Talk
An in depth talk from Marytn Downyer (author of Nelson’s lost jewel and curator of the Wick Antiques stand ‘Traversing Britain’s Oceanic History through Antiques’. Click here to view the exhibition.
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Lord Nelson's fighting sword is set to fetch £50,000: Blade 'once owned by Bonnie Prince Charlie' and later used in battle by British naval hero during Napoleonic Wars heads to auction
Lord Nelson\'s fighting sword is set to fetch £50,000: Blade \'once owned by Bonnie Prince Charlie\' and later used in battle by British naval hero during Napoleonic Wars heads to auction Admiral Nelson is believed to have used weapon in battles against the French ...
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Charles Wallrock shows off his wares
Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques shows off his wares
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Wick Antiques Masterpiece 2019 Cannon focus
Traversing Britain’s Oceanic History through Antiques, our stand at Masterpiece 2019.
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Nelson’s sword and Cromwell’s pocket watch
We have been featured in the Telegraph - Read the full article here
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Wick Antiques Masterpiece 2019
A Short film from of our Masterpiece stand 2019 - Traversing Britain’s Oceanic History through Antiques. Our curated collection of works of art and artefacts on a single naval theme caught the imagination. Numerous visitors congratulated us on the scope and interest of...
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Alan Russett in Memoriam
Alan Russett in Memoriam Viewing a house sale with us – Cowdray Park It is with great sadness that we write this newsletter in memory of my father, Alan Russett, who passed away on Tuesday 10th August. He was a great friend and supporter of Wick Antiques. With...
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Wick Antiques
Wick Antiques. Who are we? A little about us.
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BBC Feature - Sir Stanley Matthews’ silver tea set up for sale
A silver tea service presented to one of England\'s most famous footballers has been put up for sale. It was given to Stoke City hero Sir Stanley Matthews in 1946 to mark his then-record 44th England appearance. He played almost 700 games for...
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Sir Stanley Matthews's historic silver tea service for sale
A SILVER tea service presented to football legend Sir Stanley Matthews to mark his record cap for England is up for sale online. Nicknamed ‘the wizard of the dribble’, Sir Stanley made his 44th international appearance in the 2-0 win against Belgium in January...
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What's new at Wick Antiques?
  Furniture     Globes     Lighting     Mirrors     Bronzes     Chinese & Japanese     Maritime    ...
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Wick Antiques Social Media Giveaway - Ended
This competition has now ended. Entries made now will not be entered or counted. Wick Antiques are running a giveaway on Instagram, to win an Original gelatin print of a gentleman’s steam yacht on passage, Circa 1890. To enter the competition, follow the link here...
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'Forces News' features the crowd funding effort to buy William Beatty's Medicine Cabinet.
Forces News features the crowd funding effort to buy William Beatty\'s Medicine Cabinet. Surgeon William Beatty attended to Lord Nelson as he died at the Battle of Trafalgar, upon the HMS Victory. Royal Navy Medics have bought the cabinet through a crowd funding effort,...
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The Sun Newspaper - A feature about Sir William Beatty's Chest
A snippet from a feature in The Sun Newspaper about the Crowdfunder effort raising money to purchase Sir William Beatty’s Medicine Chest. February 2020  
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CrowdFunder Campaign a success! The medicine cabinet that belonged to Sir William Beatty who tended Nelson as he died has been secured for a museum
We are delighted to announce that the medicine cabinet that belonged to Sir William Beatty who tended Nelson as he died has been secured for a museum after a crowdfunding effort. Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Jo Laird of the Royal Navy Medical Service launched the campaign...
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The Independent - Gold Mine - Homes & Antiques - Bid to Save Nelson Relic
Further Press from The Independent - Gold Mine - Homes & Antiques edition -A Bid to Save Nelson Relic from the Royal Navy
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The Mariners Mirror Podcast from The Society for Nautical Research
We have been featured on The world’s No.1 podcast dedicated to all of maritime and naval history! Below is a snippet but you can listen to the full podcast here -...
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The News - Portsmouth - Nelson relic fundraiser nears target
Royal Navy medics are close to saving a key piece of medical history that was used to treat Admiral Nelson. Join the Crowdfunder effort here - Croundfunder  and read more about the incredible people behind the fundraising effort...
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The Race is on to save historic medicine cabinet for the nation - 2Covet & The Royal Navy
A crowdfunding effort has been launched by Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Jo Laird to try and buy the medicine cabinet that belonged to Lord Nelson’s surgeon Sir William Beatty. The wooden apothecary case caused quite a splash when it emerged for sale here on Wick...
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Star Power - Why a celebrity connection boosts the price - from a football legend’s tea set to presidential pottery
Daisy Dunn is a classicist and the author of, most recently, Homer: A Ladybird Expert Book, and an anthology entitled Of Gods and Men: 100 Stories from Ancient Greece and Rome. Last month, a small lock of hair cut from Elvis Presley’s head in the 1950s sold at...
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Medicine cabinet used to treat Lord Nelson for sale in New Forest - Daily Echo
The medicine cabinet that belonged to Lord Nelson’s surgeon Sir William Beatty who attended him as he died has emerged for sale in the New Forest. It is dated 1803, just two years before the Battle of Trafalgar during which Nelson was fatally shot on board his flagship...
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Introducing, The London Collection at The Talisman Building - Coach House Piano
After 14 years of occupying the Talisman Building, a good friend of mine Ken Bolan was understandably attached to its lovely modernist design. When he purchased it back in 2006, it was due for demolition, so it was a proud moment when he managed to have restored, and saved...
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The Conscious Consumer: Art, Antiques and Sustainable Shopping - 2Covet
Art & Antiques in the fight against mass consumerism This month at 2Covet, we are celebrating the ‘Anti Black Friday’ generation, a nod to the conscious consumer and a reflection on how art and antiques provide a captivating and sustainable alternative to the fast...
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Gentleman’s Journal - The sporting antiques fit for a gentleman
Because it\'s never too late to start your collection.... Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques: Classic racing yacht paintings “The British have a very close affinity with all things nautical. For centuries we have been racing each other and pushing the...
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Emma Hamilton: Provocative lost oil painting of Nelson’s mistress is uncovered
A lost portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson’s mistress, Lady Hamilton, has been discovered at a seaside antiques shop. The painting by Richard Westall shows Emma Hamilton gazing over her left shoulder, with her right breast exposed under a loose gown. It is thought to have...
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Antique Collecting Magazine
A highlight feature of our Pair of George III J & W Cary’s 12 inch Floor Gobes 1800 Featured in September 2019\'s edition of Antique Collecting Magazine
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Traversing Britain’s Oceanic History through Antiques
The prestigious Masterpiece fair is returning this summer, and one stand in particular – that which traverses Britain on the high seas – has managed to catch our eye. From 27 June to 3 July 2019, the unmissable Masterpiece art fair is...
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COUNTRY LIFE - JUNE 2018
COUNTRY LIFE - JUNE 2018
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CALIBRE - APRIL 2018
Calibre - April 2018
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PALM BEACH SHOW - AUGUST 2017
PALM BEACH SHOW - AUGUST 2017
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CALIBRE LUXURY - JANUARY 2017
CALIBRE LUXURY - JANUARY 2017 - Click to download
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ANTIQUE COLLECTING - AUGUST 2016
Antique Collecting - August 2016
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HOMES & ANTIQUES - JULY 2016
Home & Antiques - July 2016
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LAPADA - May 2016
LAPADA - May 2016 - Click here to view
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ALLABOUTSHIPPING.CO.UK - APRIL 2016
All About Shipping - Click to download
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