Afternoon Tea And Antiques

Visit the Yorkshire town for a vintage spa experience and
indulge your appetite for afternoon tea and antiques.

The Victorians got the spa
experience just right. No
kale-green smoothies and
hot yoga for them; it was all about promenades in
the park followed by hot, buttered buns
and a pot of tea. The first mineral spa
was discovered in the Yorkshire town of
Harrogate in the 16th century but it was
during the Victorian era that it became
a fashionable place to take the waters.
Members of every European Royal family
visited and legend has it Princess Alix of
Hesse (granddaughter of Queen Victoria)
liked to race her sister Victoria through
the streets in their bath chairs. From then,
the town’s reputation for clean air and
reviving waters grew, with fashionable
city dwellers frequenting the town’s
elegant boutiques and tea rooms between
hydrotherapy sessions. To find out more
about the spa traditions, visit the Royal
Pump Room Museum.
The town’s genteel traditions are kept
alive today by Harrogate’s best-loved and
most enduring businesses. Woods Fine
Linens (woodsfinelinens.com) opened
in 1885, when it was originally called
Woods of Harrogate, and soon became
known for its exceptional textiles. A
year later, in 1886, the famous purveyors
of Yorkshire Tea, Taylors of Harrogate
(taylorsofharrogate.co.uk) began trading.
Refined refreshments are a local
institution and the town’s most famous
teashop has to be Betty’s (bettys.co.uk).
It was established in 1919 by Frederick
Belmont, a Swiss baker, who wanted to
put an English spin on European café
culture. If you’re feeling indulgent, try
the Fat Rascal, a super-sized and fruity
regional creation that’s somewhere
between a scone and a rock cake. And
don’t forget to take home some Farah’s
toffee (farrahs.com). Sold in classic blue
tins, it was first made in 1840 to help spagoers
replace the rotten-egg taste of the
spa water.
You’ll find Betty’s in the Montpellier
Quarter (montpellierharrogate.com)
and once fortified with a strong brew
and pastry, you’ll be ready to explore.
The quarter is home to the town’s many
antiques shops and galleries. Whether
you’re after a 19th-century Windsor chair
or some new cushions, you’re bound
to find them here. For some fresh air,
take a stroll in the Grade II-listed Valley
Gardens, where many of the springs were
discovered. The Stray is another green
oasis: 200 acres of parkland created
in 1778. And if you’re starting your
Christmas shopping early, make a beeline
for either the Pavilions of Harrogate
Antiques & Fine Art Fair on 1st
November (pavilionsofharrogate.co.uk)
or the Yorkshire Antiques and Art Fair
the following week (antiquesfairs.com).
* 01423 537300; visitharrogate.co.uk

Online Antique Furniture

At Honan’s Online Antiques we have been in the business for the past 30 years and have sourced all our pieces in Ireland. We provide a full service including the packing, documenation and shipping of containers.

Original Irish Pine Furniture Shop
Mahogany Furniture
Antique Toys
Antique Mirrors
Antiques for the Garden
Artefacts
Ceramics
Clocks

On our website you will find some examples of our constantly changing stock, of victorian mahogany funiture, cast iron fireplaces, mirrors, clocks, lamps, chairs etc.. In our yard you will find garden statuary, stone pots, gates and troughs.

A visit to our warehouse is highly recommended where you will find a large
and varied stock of original irish pine furniture just stripped, in the paint or restored and finished.

Finding the Value of Antique Furniture

The process of incorporating an antique furniture value lookup isn’t quite as straightforward as you may think. There are so many older furnishings that border on the realm of artwork. There are also many pieces that hold little more than sentimental value to the owner.

While you may want to find the worth of a particular antique furnishing piece the prospect can be a little bleak. However, it is possible to get an estimate of the value of similar pieces from the same era. This will make a great starting point for your evaluation.

Some like to visit forums dedicated to the subject of antiquity. This is a nice approach for getting a general idea of the item’s worth. It is common to find a lot of conflicting information using this approach. Frums may be great for building a sense of community and for getting some ideas they just don’t stand up to a real antique furniture value lookup.

Shop around for similar antique furniture for sale. This can be done in person by visiting traditional antique stores. However, this approach is very time consuming. If you have plenty of time and you enjoy browsing, though, making a few visits to local antique stores can be a lot of fun.

Most of us simply don’t have time to shop around in person. There are many online options to consider as well. Some sites offer antique furnishing for sale while others offer antique furniture value lookup services right online. This is a very time-effective approach to finding assessments for your items.

So many items have rich histories and interesting stories behind them. There are many who find as much worth in the stories as in the items themselves. Try to get as much information about the furnishings as possible. If there is a story that goes with the piece, it may be of interest to many.

A good antique furniture value lookup will incorporate the history of the item including its origin and the number of similar items made during its era. Some items will have greater value simply because of their rich historical backgrounds.

Consulting a professional antique appraiser is the ideal approach for getting the right number for your investment. Before selling any of your fine pieces of furniture from generations past, try to get a professional estimate of their value. An antique furniture value lookup is the perfect starting point.


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