A Solution to Cold Gravy

John Campbell, the Fifth Duke of Argyll, and his wife, Elizabeth Gunning, Baroness Hamilton of Hamildon, hated how gravy would sometimes arrive cold to the dining table. This would particularly be a problem in the cold winters at their castle in Inveraray on the...

Irish Silver and Social History

One of the more interesting aspects of antique silver is how it tied into the social history of the times. For example, the growth of Rococo can be seen in silver pieces of the day, as well as in the architecture, fashion and fine art of the time; Adams style, which...

The Albert Freethy Whistle

It is rare to find many links between the worlds of rugby and antiques, but this month’s World Cup in England does just that, with a quadrennial tradition connected to the very first international between England and New Zealand. The Gil Evans whistle is an...

A Blog Posting from a Customer

This is a lovely article from a customer of my grandfather’s in 1949, who came back to visit us! Memory Lane There once was a fine young couple who wanted to pledge their love to each other by joining in marriage. Post war ravaged Belfast in 1949 was rebuilding...

Collecting Irish Silver

Collecting Irish silver is captivating and intriguing, useful and practical, and is a fascinating and historic pastime. The development of a collection of antiques can be a life long passion, whether your budget is large or small. Before starting a collection, it is...