Oil Painting

Zanden signed Yellow Roses Still Life Oil Painting 1930’s

Mantle Clock

Hamburg American Clock Company

Silver Enamel Brooch

Norwegian silver enamel leaf brooch from Aksel Holmsen A/S

Ceramic Pot Lid

Mounted Victorian Ceramic Pot Lid

EasyShine Metal Polish

Environment Friendly Metal Polish

Renaissance Wax

Environment Friendly Micro-Crystalline Wax

Model Car

View Vans Collectable Souvenir Glentworth Hall

Lead Shot

Lead Shot From The Shipwreck HMS Crocodile c.1784

Opera Glasses

Brass and Ivory Opera Glasses 1920's

Cluster Ring

Tourmaline and Diamond Cluster Ring

Silver lapel Badge

Sterling Silver and Enamel Lapel Badge

Silver Cream Jug

Walker and Hall Sterling Silver Cream Jug, Sheffield 1910

Tunbridgeware Box

Victorian Walnut Box with Tunbridge Bands c.1800's

Burr Walnut Snuff Box

Victorian Burr Walnut Snuff Box c.1800's

Carved Oak Hippo

Hand Carved Oak Hippo c.1980's

Wooden Desk Blotter

Edwardian Hand Carved Oak Blotter

Blue Enamel Hair Brush

Blue Enamel and Silver Hair Brush, Birmingham 1929

Silver Visit Card Holder

Sterling Silver Visit Card Holder, Birmingham 1876

Open Silver Salt

Swedish Open Silver Salt with Cobalt Blue Glass Liner, 1952

Silver Serving Fork

Silver Handle Serving Fork, Birmingham 1899

Silver Plate Tray

Silver Plated Tray, Elkington and Co, Birmingham 1948

Silver Candlestick

Silver Candlestick, Arthur and John Zimmerman, Birmingham 1911

Silver Sifter Spoon

Sterling Silver Sifter Spoon, Sheffield 1909

Silver Decanter label

Sterling Silver Decanter Label, Birmingham 1970

Silver Button Hook

Silver Handle Button Hook, Birmingham 1939

Silver Pickle Fork

Victorian Silver Pickle Fork with Ivory Handle

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

So You Want To Be A Collector

Squirrels collect and store during the summer when food is plentiful, to help them through the long winter when food is more difficult to find. Similarly with collectors, they look for pieces in times of plenty, so they can admire and enjoy their collection during the difficult times when time, money, space and suitable pieces are hard to find.

Collecting anything, antique or modern, is limited by three factors:

the space available
the time available
the money available

Having determined these basic essentials, it is then a personal matter. The taste of the collector may lead to watches or clocks, china teapots, or innumerable other things. The lucky acquisition of an admired piece may lead to a determination to get more of the same, or at least to start a quest to find out what the admiration is all about. 

The Rarity4u website has many helpful guides and tips to help the beginner and seasoned collector alike. The information we publish is intended to help the collector in a number of different ways, including, dating the piece, clues to the original maker, and where possible some background history of the maker. 

It is not possible in a single website to give detailed information about every aspect of antiques and collectables along with the practicality of the time needed for research, writing and publishing the information. However we do publish articles regularly, so bookmark Rarity4u and remember to check back frequently.

Happy and rewarding collecting.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Growing Online Sales

The grand days of clipper ships racing across the world’s oceans to be first home with goods and spices from exotic locations, has been eclipsed by the ubiquitous Internet. Where else can you shop around the clock, around the world without leaving the comfort of your home?

People have for several years, become used to buying smaller, cheaper items online without experiencing any special problems. It comes as no surprise therefore to find there is a growing trend towards the online purchase of more expensive goods. A key criteria people use when selecting a company from which to purchase an antique or collectable item, is the impeccable and respectable reputation of the company. We are particularly proud of the trust our customers have placed in us, that has helped us to continually grow and increase our market share.

Why then with online antique jewellery sales growing at one of the fastest rates, did the respectable ‘Old Lady’, Sotheby’s sell their last jewel on internet at the end of April 2003? Far be it for us to query the action of one of the world’s best known auction houses, but even a world famous company like Sotheby’s cannot ignore market trends and demands. The average price of items purchased online is currently far lower than Sotheby’s standard reserve price. Also internet selling is a totally different discipline that requires a new knowledge base.

Clearly the market is in need of the two separate businesses, the international auction houses to sell expensive antiques and high end jewellery, and companies like Rarity4u who are specialised in the online sale of irreplaceable antiques at affordable prices packaged together with that good old fashion commodity called service.

Whilst the internet is more convenient and increasingly more available, it does not have the romantic appeal of those grand clipper ships racing across the world's oceans.

We wish you continued success with your search for antiques and collectables.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Repelling The Water

Renaissance wax is one of the most versatile products we have used and only our fantasy and imagination limits its use. One of the most common questions we are asked is can Renaissance wax be used on teak and mahogany garden furniture? The short answer is a most definite yes.

When you use teak oil or other furniture oil, the oil layer is thick – known technically as a thick film layer. Most people believe that the more oil you put on the better the protection. This could not be farther from the truth. When the oil film is thick, only the outer layer dries leaving the inner layer as a thick sticky liquid. When you sit or use the furniture, this thick sticky liquid moves under pressure and stress and can cause the outer skin to rupture. Apart from a sticky oozy mess, the protective coating is no longer intact thus allowing moisture to enter into the grain of the wood. Worse still, the thick sticky liquid attracts dust which in turn attracts moisture and the oil no longer gives protection.

Most hardwoods are naturally acidic, so it is important to make sure that the substance used to protect these surfaces does not contain acid. Acid has a deleterious effect on most materials, so the wax used to protect may very well attack the item you are trying to preserve.

Renaissance wax is a pH neutral wax so it is safe to use on almost all surfaces. Its micro crystalline structure repelled the water or moisture because the space between its molecules is smaller than the water molecule thus preventing the passage of water and moisture through the wax layer into the grain of the wood. The photographs show a mahogany table that was caught by a passing summer shower of rain. The water does not lie flat but is very curved almost into a ball like shape. This clearly shows the wax in action and a closer examination shows that the wood has not soaked any moisture.

This table had only been treated with two very thin layers of Renaissance wax. Because the layers were thin, the wax dried hard all the way through the film. However we would recommend at least six layers of wax to ensure the wood is completely covered and to allow for the usual wear and tear that external furniture will receive.

Renaissance wax can be used on a diverse range of surfaces from paper, wood, leather. brass, copper, steel wrought iron and many more materials too numerous to mention.

Originally developed by the British Museum, Renaissance wax is the professional restorers first choice. Whilst you may not be a professional restorer, you can still benefit from using the worlds best wax.

We would be interested to know about any unusual application for Renaissance wax.


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