Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Key to Unlock Britain's Treasures

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Key to Unlock Britain's Treasures

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The antiques market is bewildering for the uninitiated. But help is here.

Katrina Burroughs finds the essential guide on where to shop and what to pay

A good antiques hunt is one of life's unparalleled pleasures, whether you have a shopping list to fulfil or just a bare corner to fill, whether you are looking for a bargain or have saved up for a luxury. Whether you confine your explorations to W1 or are setting out to truffle around the West Country, your treasure-seeking is made much simpler by Miller's latest guide, a directory of art and antiques sources in Britain and Ireland.

Keep this chunky paperback in the car with you and, wherever you travel, you have an invaluable almanac of the local antiques hotspots and quirky specialists.

The extraordinary breadth of British collecting passions is revealed by some of the more esoteric entries.

Did you know there is an ironmonger in Rugby stocked with original Victorian fireplaces and other household fittings? Or that in Newcastle there is an entire shop devoted to antique door furniture, with a knocker-polishing service? In Exeter there's a purveyor of pharmaceutical antiques and the vintage kitchenware specialist in Stow-on-the-Wold is unmissable.

You may decide that what you really need as the finishing touch to your boudoir is an antique bed. You are on a mission and pleasant meandering is not for you. Look in the index and you will see 18 bed emporia up and down the country, from Essex to Leeds and, better still, a listing of your local auction houses, which may be able to supply your four-poster or sleigh bed at a significantly lower cost than a dealer's.

Armed with all this inside information, can you get any tips on what you should be buying? You want to be sure, after all, that the value of your prize will repay all the effort it cost to seek out. …

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