Here’s what you need to know to avoid damaging your antiques.
1. Effects of Relative Humidity
Today’s central heating wreaks havoc on antiques by the fluctuations in relative humidity. Wood responds to relative humidity by expanding and contracting to maintain a balance with its environment. It’s not the rapid changes during Read more
Preparation and correct procedure will avoid many a probem when you take the car back out of storage.
Storing your car over the winter period needs careful consideration. A car should be stored in a dry, condensation-free garage.
Ensure that the boot is clean and dry, The boot seal is rarely Read more
There are a number of methods for removing tarnish from sterling silver. Remember do not do any harm.
A valuable antique can be reduced to a worthless piece of slag. Countless people over the centuries have destroyed works of art by rough polishing. In fact, the word polishing should be Read more
This is best to be avoided as it can render a piece less valuable. Even some professionals can overuse the wheel and result in the loss of valuable information on the surface.In cases of extreme tarnish and/or corrosion, it may be necessary to take the item to a Read more
Renovations of furniture and paintwork.
Liquid sandpaper is a chemical solution that removes the thin top layers of the surface of a glossy painted item. It roughens the glossy surface, making it easier to be repainted without having to be sanded down. Otherwise, the next coat of paint may not Read more
carefully dust and wax wooden cases
never attempt to clean brass or silvered dials
ask an expert to oil and clean the clock’s mechanism
hold clocks upright if you’re moving them from one room to another
secure or remove the pendulum before a long journey
The protective measures for antique clocks are no Read more
How many stamps are incorrectly stored?
Damp, environment, improper storage, even cigarette smoke must cost collectors literally millions of pounds annually on a national/global basis. It is extraordinary how many collectors advise that their stamps are in perfect order and how many are not.
Take a good look at your collection. Read more
“Restoration” of paintings is a subject surrounded with considerable mystery. It is true that in the hands of an experienced restorer and with modern facilities, some remarkable jobs of restoration have been done, and if the painting warrants, it is a good idea to get the best talent to Read more
Drawing on more than 30 years’ experience in the salerooms, Michael Hogben advises you to:
Drawing on more than 30 years’ experience in the salerooms, Michael Hogben advises you to:Always know your product.
Study the item and look for obvious signs of ageing.
Some general tips to follow are:
Never store your valuables Read more