In and around Oxford & Oxfordshire
We buy Antiques, collectables & interesting items.
I am constantly looking to purchase stock for our antiques business.
I have been dealing in antiques for over 34 years and am a former consultant to the BBC, in the past I have had antiques shops in central Oxford and local market towns (winning national awards) but now owing to the relative demise of the high street and the amount of trade on Internet I now show at the better-quality antique fairs and deal internationally online.
As I no longer have the large over heads of a bricks and mortar shop, I can pay more for items.
If you would like to sell a piece, a complete collection or a few items please do not hesitate to contact me for a FREE no obligation valuation either in your house, at our offices or via emailed images. We work throughout Oxfordshire.
I know that it can be daunting having a stranger in your home so please discuss any proposed sales with you family and friends and if you are at all concerned have a third-party present for our appointment.
For your security I have referees available who can be telephoned to confirm that I am boni-fide.
So, call us now if you are in or around Abingdon, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, Oxford or Farringdon for that FREE VALUATION
As with most walks of life the collecting of antiques moves with fashion. For the last twenty years or so what is referred to as “brown” furniture – mahogany chairs, tables, wardrobes etc, have been out of fashion. A couple of years ago a canny buyer could furnish a three-bedroom house in Regency furniture for under £1000.00.
The market for this furniture is recovering as a new generation has discovered that it is well made, practical and above all is the ultimate in recycling. These points have been recognised in the Sunday broadsheets this year. As ever small pieces sell but sales at auction remain “hit and miss”, the market is still slow.
With collectables, trends are a touch more complicated; postage stamps for instance are holding well as an investment providing, they are relatively uncommon. The more common Penny Blacks seem to have dropped a little over the last year.
Coins and medals are holding well, as ever with certain regiments and corps being worth more than others. As ever condition and colour is paramount.
The price of gold is still high with a gold fix of over £1100.00 compared with just £365.00 before the Gulf wars, the price is though fluctuating almost daily due to the recent oil tanker concerns in the Gulf.
Some post-War vintage and retro items are in vogue as are some 78's (very few), 45's and 33 records, film posters and model cars but all prices are of course dependant on condition. Enamel signs are not as popular as they were but still buoyant. Apart from Art Deco dinner services are not doing well with total services selling for less than £10 at auction.
As you can see obtaining a fair amount for your pieces can be a minefield. Our free, no obligation valuation service has been invaluable to our clients in the past; we can visit you for single pieces, complete collections or can receive emailed images for appraisal. No one in this business knows it all and if we do not know a piece’s value on the spot, we will research for you.
As well this being a contact website we are creating an antiques hub here with a blog of articles reflecting the contemporary local antiques trade and commenting on select antiques and genera's.
Do you know what an auction ring is for instance or exactly how it works?
Why does an antique have three values?
Why can some people make money from antiques and some not?
Where are the best fairs to visit?
How expert are the TV experts?
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