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Antique Medieval Chests

Antique Medieval Chests

Over the centuries the wooden chest and trunks have been the most common and functional pieces of furniture found in every home. During the medieval times, the wealthy nobles would own a number of chests which served the purpose of both furniture and luggage. Over the years and with the intended use, the simple storage chests have evolved into various different styles depending on the uses.

 
Choosing the Right Type of Antique Buffet

Choosing the Right Type of Antique Buffet

Antique buffets and sideboards make great additions to the home.
These traditionally used to sit next to the walls of the dining rooms and were primarily used for serving food. The cupboards under provide ample space for storage of cutlery and dishes. In the modern homes these can be put to versatile functional uses. Apart from being functional these are full of charm and character that look very elegant in the contemporary homes.
 
 
Tips for Choosing Antique Oak furniture

Tips for Choosing Antique Oak furniture

Antique oak furniture apart from being very attractive and appealing is quite durable too thanks to the quality of the wood and its strength. The antique oak furniture items come mostly in darker tones which carry a formal air and there are also options available in warm honey color, shiny reddish, mellow brown tone etc.
 
 Choose Antique Oak Coffers From Period Oak Antiques

Choose Antique Oak Coffers From Period Oak Antiques

Coffers first came into being in the 17th and the early 18th century. Often also referred to as strongbox, money box, cash box, money chest, treasure chest, casket, trunk, box, safe, safety-deposit box, safe-deposit box or repository.
These elegant pieces of furniture were commonly used in the olden days as storage pieces and now still make a handy storage accessory.
 
A Guide to Antique Carvings

A Guide to Antique Carvings

Many antique carvings are from the 15th century, some eralier and some later. They make great decorative pieces. The unique appearance and skilled craftsmanship that each of the items portray is often simply stunning. If you are planning to go for an antique carving or a sculpture and do not know where to start here is a quick guide to help you get started.
 
Find the Best Antique Oak Chairs

Find the Best Antique Oak Chairs

When incorporated in the right manner, Antiques blend in very well and complement the look of your contemporary decor. Antique elements in the decor bring in a certain charm and character to your homes. Antique chairs are a favourite inclusion in the modern homes and achieve the same charm and character as the other furniture options. These bring in a sense of style and comfort to your homes. The variety you can find in terms of style, colours and designs is enormous.
 
Decorate your home with an antique dresser

Decorate your home with an antique dresser

Antiques add charm, history and mystery to your decor.  Invariably they also appreciate in value as opposed to a new piece of furniture.

There are different kinds of antique furniture items that you can incorporate in your home to bring in the feel of the old world. Antique dressers are one such kind of furniture items that are packed with an aesthetic appeal and are at the same time functional.
 
Give a New Look to Your Home with Antique Country Furniture

Give a New Look to Your Home with Antique Country Furniture

Country style furniture is all about a relaxed appeal that infuses a home with warmth and natural comfort. There is nothing overly elaborate about country style furniture. It is all about simple and minimalist designs since the true roots of the country style goes way back to simple rural living. Incorporated in the modern homes, these can bring in a fresh difference to the everyday design schemes.
 
An Introduction to Gothic Tracery and Furniture

An Introduction to Gothic Tracery and Furniture

Gothic art and architecture has time and again been associated with the dark and mysterious by many. But Gothic style did the exact opposite and brought sunshine to the holy churches. The Gothic architecture, which has its roots in the Romanesque architectural style, developed primarily into the ecclesiastical architecture and was often seen in the churches, cathedrals and abbeys, castles, palaces as well as the town and guild halls, civic buildings etc of the time. This style flourished in the medieval period somewhere in the late 12th century and lived through to the 16th century. In terms of design, the gothic architecture has been characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, large windows and pinnacles, fantastic ornamentation and exquisite tracery.
 
Welcome to our Upgraded Website

Welcome to our Upgraded Website

We hope you like our recently upgraded website.
Whilst keeping our ever popular look and feel we have increased the size of images on the home page and of the items. With the increase in download speeds it is no longer necessary to have small images  to facilitate a fast download.
 
Rare Medieval Oak Sculpture

Rare Medieval Oak Sculpture

The Rairity of English pre-reformation sculpture cannot be over exaggerated.

When the reformation of the churches cathedrals and sacred sites of England occurred in 1530 under the reign of Henry the V111 all devotional medieval works of art were destroyed by huge bonfires  or smashed to smithereens in all towns and cities of England.
 
Antique Chests - So popular and useful

Antique Chests - So popular and useful

At Period Oak Antiques we have managed to acquire some very elegant antique chests that are nothing but class apart. Antique chests are being repurposed in todays's homes in the most versatile of the ways these days. While some become coffee tables or the side tables, others are useful for their storage capacity as well as enhancing the decor in whatever room setting is chosen. We have some of the finest options that will be loved by the collectors and enthusiasts.
 
See this latest entrant to our antiques for sale at Period Oak Antiques

See this latest entrant to our antiques for sale at Period Oak Antiques

A fine pair of early 17th century stone leopards
Originally believed to have belonged to the Sackville family these leopards represent the Sackville coat of arms.
 
Wainscot Chairs

Wainscot Chairs

The Wainscot chair (also commonly known as the panel or joined chair) usually was made out of the finest grade of oak. These chairs are typically characterized by flat wooden seats with molded edges, a beautifully carved seat rail and legs joined by low straight stretchers. The wainscot chairs usually come with shaped front legs and square sectioned back legs.
 
Livery Cupboard

Livery Cupboard

Check out this fabulous Charles II livery cupboard that we have just acquired. This beautiful cupboard with a central heavy moulded drawer and a potboard base with scalloped frieze is in excellent condition and a warm colour. Perfect for the classic or the contemporary decor.
 
Antique four poster beds

Antique four poster beds

Four poster beds, though the prized possessions of the past have had a dwindling existence in the interiors today. This is perhaps because of the shrinking size of the contemporary bedrooms and that no longer is the bedroom a place of public presence where a grand bed seen by many was an essential tool for displaying ones wealth. The four poster bed was the king of all beds due to its inposing size and often ornate design. 
 
We have moved from Presteigne to the Lake District

We have moved from Presteigne to the Lake District

We moved from our wonderful location in Presteigne to an equally beautiful location here in  the Lake District. Our stock of beautiful antique furniture and other stunning decorative antiques though remains as good and interesting as ever and our showroom offers even more benefits to the visitor than before.
 
Experimenting with antiques

Experimenting with antiques

Antiques have the quality of adding a unique character to homes. Some antiques are that versatile that they can be incorporated in the homes in intended ways or in ways in which they are cleverly repurposed into pieces that are both practical and compliment the various aged homes and the varied decorating styles.
 
Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner again.
Here are some suggestions for the late shoppers!
 
 
Valuing your antiques

Valuing your antiques

Valuing antiques is not easy. But there are again quite a few pointers that will help you to ascertain a rough value of the antique. We have already seen some guidance for identifying whether an antique is original or fake. Once it is ascertained whether the item is a mere reproduction or an original classic you can then proceed with the valuation process.
 
Antique Four Poster Beds

Antique Four Poster Beds

For centuries the antique oak fourposter bed has been the prized possession in many a great household throughout the land, from castles to manor houses, farmhouses and cottages alike. these great beds have always been the focal point of a period bed chamber, even to this day they are still in great demand, they look equally at home in a modern setting as in a period home.
 
Tracery Panels

Tracery Panels

Gothic architecture has been an important influence ever since its beginning. The Gothic period was characterized by beautiful things and Gothic  architecture was often considered the most important feature of the period. The Gothic architecture had its roots in the Romanesque art and started taking shape somewhere in the late 12th century to the early 13th century. The Gothic period is roughly classified into the early, high and the late Gothic periods and extends right up to the 16th century.
 
A magnificent Royal oak chest from the 15th century

A magnificent Royal oak chest from the 15th century

We are proud to have in stock a truly outstanding antique carved oak chest, with an impeccable regal history.
 
This imposing ‘great chest’ was made in northern France towards the end of the 15th century and has intricate carving on the front. It is in wonderful condition, thanks to standing in a royal palace for hundreds of years, until Queen Juliana of the Netherlands gave it to a baroness from one of the country’s oldest families.
 
 
Rare Antique Wooden Ceiling Bosses

Rare Antique Wooden Ceiling Bosses

Wooden ceiling bosses were a common feature seen in the cathedrals and church during the early times, predominantly the 13th and the 14th century. These ornamental objects were an important part of the Gothic Architecture and were a common feature in most of the Gothic churches. The ceiling bosses were beautifully created to be decorative as well as functional.
 
Antique joint stools and their different uses

Antique joint stools and their different uses

Stools are the seating options that come without arms or the back rest and are usually suitable for one person. Joint Stools were one of the most common form of sitting in the early times. These were made in bulk quantities during the 16th and the 17th century. The joint stools were one of the most versatile pieces of furniture and were used for a variety of different purposes.
 
If tables could talk what a tale they would tell !

If tables could talk what a tale they would tell !

Over the centuries the  table has allways been the centre of the household, literally used for everything whether to celebrate special occasions such as christmas, births, marriages and feasts for all occasions. The table has allways been the platform for the family gathering.
 
Why Buy Brand New When You Can Invest In An Antique?

Why Buy Brand New When You Can Invest In An Antique?

Seeing the notice of the upcoming Interiors UK 2014 exhibition of brand new oak furniture at Birmingham, I wondered why people would spend money on new furniture and see their purchase depreciate dramatically over a period when they could so easily invest in an antique table instead? If they go for antiques (which will come for about the same price) it would in fact gain further in value instead of depreciate. Well more often than not it usually does!
 
How to Spot a Fake Wood Antique Carving

How to Spot a Fake Wood Antique Carving

Unfortunately there are the occasional fake antiques on the market which are not as easy to spot. When buying antique oak furniture and other period antiques you need to be very careful to acquire the genuine articles and not fall foul to a fake antique. Even though it is no easy task to spot fake antiques, there are a few pointers that might help you in identifying the real antiques from the fake.
September 2013
 
WHY NOT CHECK OUT OUR FEATURE IN THE AUGUST HOMES AND ANTIQUES MAGAZINE, ON SALE NOW." Vintiquing in the countryside"

WHY NOT CHECK OUT OUR FEATURE IN THE AUGUST HOMES AND ANTIQUES MAGAZINE, ON SALE NOW." Vintiquing in the countryside"

Vintiquing in the country

Rosanna Morris explores the byways and backwaters of rural Britain to track down inspirational antiques and interiors shops worth going the extra mile for.
August 2013

 
THREE RARE 15TH CENTURY SCOTTISH MEDIEVAL OAK MISERICORD CHAIRS, ARGYLL WESTERN HIGHLANDS . CIRCA 1470.

THREE RARE 15TH CENTURY SCOTTISH MEDIEVAL OAK MISERICORD CHAIRS, ARGYLL WESTERN HIGHLANDS . CIRCA 1470.

These remarkable chairs are freestanding which is very unusual as they are normally found conjoined in rows within an area devoted to the church choir. The back moulded legs are splayed outward and joined by a pinned stretcher as are the front ones. the deeply carved imagery on all three chairs consists of a central carved misericord seat flanked on each armrest by unusually prominent carved figures, each figure with its own medieval meaning. There is no real evidence of them ever being conjoined, but if they where it was possibly at a stage very early in their construction.
August 2013