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Some antiques are difficult to classify or could easily be classified in several different categories. It is possible that when looking in one categ…

Some antiques are difficult to classify or could easily be classified in several different categories. It is possible that when looking in one category the item you are looking for may be hiding away in another category and you may miss it.

These pages are the secret place that we use to keep all of those items that are difficult to categorise and which should be browsed regularly in the tradition of visiting an antiques fair or arcade where the items on offer are often presented in no particular order.

Regent Antiques always offers a fine range of collectables and other items such as military memorabilia, autographs and prints, sporting memorabilia, scientific instruments, and so on.

If you were taking a leisurely stroll around our London showroom you would of course see our huge range of antiques and collectable items all laid out before you in no particular order. A journey of discovery where you might see something you didn’t even know you wanted - or existed. In this category we have tried to recreate that experience - we hope you enjoy it and that you visit it regularly.

This is one category of our website where collectors really should visit often as we are constantly replacing sold items with new ones and no-one ever knows with any certainty what will be coming into stock next. Expect to see such things as binoculars, telescopes, signed prints, musical instruments and quirky storage boxes.

Here are just a few items that may not have dedicated categories of their own but which might still be of interest to you:

Hats, including antique top hats, gloves and other interesting items of clothing.

Fancy a top hat? We often have several examples of antique top hats and other items of headgear for you to peruse.

Antique Gramophones & Musical Instruments

Of course we stock the iconic HMV gramophones that adorn many a music room, bar, hotel lobby or in fact anywhere that people congregate and take time to consider just how much the art, (or is it a science?) of sound reproduction has evolved over the last century or so. We also put the methods of making that sound, well music to be precise, into this category as well and you will find many examples of antique musical instruments here for you to enjoy.

Rugs, Boxes, Taxidermy and How about a Silver Skull?

Yes, at the time of writing we did have a skull up for sale - not a real one through! This one is much nicer. This is also the place to find antique rugs and antique taxidermy items.

If You Can’t Visit Our Showroom, Please Take the Time to Check This Category and Take a Look at Our Range of Unusual and Rare Antique Items

If you see an antique rug, antique top hat, antique musical instrument or any of the unusual items we offer for sale on our website and would like to see them in person, then a visit to our north London showrooms is a must. But if you cannot visit and collect the item you want in person, please rest assured that our specialist team will pack it carefully and ship it to almost any destination worldwide.

We would however ask you to obtain a shipping quotation before making a purchase, quoting the unique reference number on the item’s description page. If you are located in the UK mainland you will be pleased to discover that we can ship your purchases to you free of charge.

Our large North London showroom is open to the public for viewing every weekday between 10am to 5pm and if weekdays are a problem for you then please also be aware that we also open occasionally on Saturdays so that you can see the antique items you are interested in. Please see the homepage of this website for our current opening hours including up-to-date Saturday opening arrangements as we do not open on Saturday every week.

You don’t need an appointment to come and view our range of antiques or other items but if you need to speak to one of our in house experts then it is worth calling in advance to make sure that there is someone on hand to answer your questions and help you when you make your visit.

Our north London showroom is very easy to find and it is conveniently located close to public transport links, including Manor House tube station which is on the Piccadilly Line and which is just a stone’s throw away. You will often find many examples of antique musical instruments, antique gramophones, antique top hats and other antique items on display, but if you are travelling to see a particular item please call first to make sure that it is still available for viewing as we would not want you to make a wasted journey.

If you cannot visit the showroom and you have questions about any of our fascinating and unusual items or any of our other antique and collectable pieces then you are always welcome to contact us by telephone or email using the contact details found at the top of every product description page.

Please also be sure to quote the unique item reference number when contacting us in order to avoid confusion as we stock many items that are similar and could be mistaken for one another.

Please also be sure to check our notes as to the condition and dimensions of the item you wish to buy before purchasing to ensure that it meets your expectations and that it will fit into the space you have in mind for it.

We would ask you please to also study carefully the gallery of photographs that we provide with each item description in order to fully satisfy yourself as to its condition. If in doubt please contact us for an appraisal of the piece in question.

Finally, please remember to sign up for our free new item notification service which ensures that we will send to you weekly notifications of any fresh arrivals that appear in your categories of interest, giving you an edge over our other customers when you are looking for items which are in great demand. Please click HERE to receive these notifications. After all, you don’t want to miss finding that special or unusual item that you’ve been searching for and which may not come up for sale again in the future!

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Ref: A1223
Antique Dutch Burr Walnut Bombé Cabinet Armoire Secret Drawers 18th Century

Antique Dutch Burr Walnut Bombé Cabinet Armoire Secret Drawers 18th Century

This is a superb antique Dutch Burr Walnut bombé Armoire, c. 1780 in date.   It has been accomplished in burr walnut with  masterfully hand carved mouldings. The drawer linings are of solid oak, it stands on its original hand carved lion's paw feet and the ormolu handles and escutcheons are also original. The beautiful shaped top doors open to reveal a fully fitted interior with shelves and small drawers. The base has three drawers in the frieze, the central one has a fitted secretaire interior with four small drawers a small cupboard and a drop down flap for writing. Below this are  two capacious full width drawers. This cabinet is fitted with two lockable banks of secret drawers that if you did not know about them would be  impossible to find. The left and right ends of the lower part of the armoire open out to reveal a secret bank of five drawers on each side. These sections can be unlocked with a key, you need to pull out the upper full width drawer and the locks are hidden above it on the left and the right hand side. Complete with original working locks and keys. This exceptional piece represents a fantastic example of 18th century Dutch cabinetry at its finest. Provenance: Ashwick Court the beautiful late 17th Century Grade II listed house at Ashwick, Oak Hill, near Bath, for which it was reputedly commissioned. Condition: In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, French polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 248 x Width 209 x Depth 73

Dimensions in inches:

Height 8 feet, 2 inches x Width 6 feet, 10 inches x Depth 2 feet, 5 inches

£11,500.00
Ref: A1109
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860

This is a gorgeous antique piano front Davenport Desk, Circa 1860 in date. It is crafted from fabulous burr walnut and the hinged pull out writing slope features the original inset gilt tooled navy leather writing surface, ink bottles and pen tray.   It has been wonderfully  made by a master craftsman, the quality of the work is breathtaking, and the burr walnut is of the highest quality. It is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room, making it extremely versatile.   The Davenport has four drawers on one side, perfectly sized for all the stationary you could possibly need, and dummy drawers on the other, making it not just a symbol of refinement but a practical furnishing as well.   The main talking point when showing it to friends is the  secret compartment at the rear on top  for letters, stamps, etc,. It rises up by itself when a hidden catch is pressed by an ingenious system of pulleys and a hidden weight.   It stands on its original bun feet fitted with recessed brass and porcelain castors.   It is an absolutely beautiful and perfectly formed piece of furniture which could be placed almost anywhere.   Complete with working locks and key. Condition:   In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed, in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.    

Dimensions in cm:

Height 104 x Width 58 x Depth 59

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches

£3,400.00
Ref: 08569
Antique Oil Painting François Gérard 1770 1837 of The Colosseum Circa 1820

Antique Oil Painting François Gérard 1770 - 1837 of The Colosseum Circa 1820

This is a beautiful oil on canvas painting of the Colosseum in the centre of Rome by the renowned French artist François Gérard (1770 - 1837) and signed lower left. This beautiful landscape captures a striking view of  the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome and it features people walking and enjoying the view. Housed in it's original and magnificent gilt gallery frame decorated with carved and gilded roses and ribbons. Several examples of his work have sold at top auction houses: 1. Auction house: Artcurial (S.V.V.) Paris France Auction date 23 Mar 2017 Le sacre de Charles X à Reims Hammer price £ 44,792 (€ 52,000) https://www.artprice.com/artist/11108/francois-gerard/drawing-watercolor/12903015/le-sacre-de-charles-x-a-reims?lots_search_uniq_id=-1327225916676237410 2. Auction house K -Mondo Paris France Auction date 10 Mar 2017 Portrati de l'Impératrice Marie-Louise en buste Hammer price £ 15,798 (€ 18,000) https://www.artprice.com/artist/11108/francois-gerard/painting/12856221/portrati-de-l-imperatrice-marie-louise-en-buste?lots_search_uniq_id=-1327225916676237410 3. Auction house: Delorme-Collin du Bocage Paris France Auction date 08 Jun 2016 Caroline Murat et ses deux premiers enfants, Achille et Letizia Hammer price £ 21,898 (€ 28,000) https://www.artprice.com/artist/11108/francois-gerard/drawing-watercolor/10970178/caroline-murat-et-ses-deux-premiers-enfants-achille-et-letizia?lots_search_uniq_id=-1327225916676237410 4. Auction house: Delorme-Collin du Bocage Paris France Auction date 02 Dec 2015 Marie-Amélie de Bourbon duchesse d'Orléans et future reine des Français Hammer price £ 24,594 (€ 35,000) Condition: In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 96 x Width 123 x Depth 9 - frame

Height 71 x Width 98 - painting

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 2 inches x Width 4 feet, 0 inches x Depth 3 inches - frame

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 3 feet, 3 inches - painting

£3,750.00

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