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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: A3902
Antique Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk 19th Century

Antique Burr Walnut Pop Up Davenport Desk c.1860 19th Century

This is a gorgeous antique Victorian Davenport Desk crafted from beautiful burr walnut and circa 1860 in date. The hinged 'piano' lid opening to reveal maple veneered drawers and a pull out writing slope with pen & ink compartments to one side and a stationary well below. The gold tooled green leather inset writing surface is hinged so that the angle can be changed when writing. 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 pop up compartment at the rear on top, with  pigeonholes for pens, letters, stamps, etc, which rises up by itself when a hidden catch is pressed. It rises by an ingenious system of pulleys and a hidden weight. You need to remove the interior right hand small drawer to find the catch hidden inside. It stands on it's original brass and porcelain castors. 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. It is an absolutely beautiful and perfectly formed piece of furniture which could be placed almost everywhere.   Condition: In really excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 91 x Width 57 x Depth 56

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches

£3,150.00
Ref: A3871
Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Inlaid Pop Up Davenport Desk 19th C

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Inlaid Pop Up Davenport Desk 19th C

This is a gorgeous antique piano front burr walnut and inlaid  Davenport Desk, Circa 1870 in date. It is crafted from fabulous burr walnut and the hinged pull out writing slope features an inset gilt tooled green leather writing surface, ink bottle and pen tray.   It has been wonderfully  made by a master craftsman, the quality of the work is breathtaking, and the burr walnut and boxwood inlaid decoration 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 89 x Width 59 x Depth 55

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 11 inches x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches

£3,200.00
Ref: A3896a
Antique Victorian Snooker Dining Table C1900 & 8 Chairs

Antique Victorian Snooker / Dining Table C1900 & 8 Chairs

A superb antique Edwardian metamorphic  snooker billiards table /dining table by E.J.Riley Circa 1900 in date restored by the renowned billiards table makers Hamilton & Tucker with a set of eight Regency Revival barback dining chairs. This table will stand out in your living room, can comfortably seat eight, and will definitely become a talking point.  This impressive table is exemplary of the late Edwardian era, and is made from superb quality flame mahogany. This amazing dining table has a rise and fall mechanism snooker / billiards table and is raised on decorative turned legs. It features a precision ground Italian slate bed to guarantee a flat playing surface and is fitted with a dual-height rise and fall mechanism and levelling system to raise and lower the table easily between playing snooker and dining height. The table has five mahogany leaves that can easily be removed to reveal the snooker table. Genuine English moulded leather covers the pocket plates and the cotton bag net pockets can be hidden away when in the dining position.   It comes complete with the original scoreboard, four cues, balls, two triangles, a wall mounting cue rack, a brush and a rest.   This antique table is in superb condition and has been well cared for, each leg has a brass leveller which can be adjusted to ensure that the table is level for playing snooker. The delightful  set of eight  superb  back dining chairs  date from the second half  of the 20th Century and compliment the table perfectly. They comprise six side chairs and two armchairs and are made of solid mahogany with fabulous satinwood crossbanded decoration accented with boxwood and ebony line inlay. They stand on elegant reeded tapering front legs with sabre back legs. They all have drop in seats which are upholstered in a striking burgundy and gold fabric. The seat cushions can be removed to reveal  cane seats which allow for cooler and more comfortable dining in the warmer summer months.   The snooker table baize, cushions, and pockets have been completely refurbished and are in excellent condition, please see the photographs to confirm condition. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished waxed and the chairs reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 79 x Width 233 x Depth 128 - Dining table

Height 89 x Width 233 x Depth 128 - Snooker table

Height 93 x Width 48 x Depth 46 - Chairs

Height 95 x Width 56 x Depth 53 - Armchairs

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 7 foot, 8 inches x Depth 4 foot, 2 inches - Dining table

Height 2 foot, 11 inches x Width 7 foot, 8 inches x Depth 4 foot, 2 inches - Snooker table

Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 6 inches - Chairs

Height 3 feet, 1 inch x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches - Armchairs

£6,000.00
Ref: A3896
Antique Victorian Snooker Dining Table Fully Refurbished Circa 1900

Antique Victorian Snooker / Dining Table Fully Refurbished Circa 1900

A superb antique Edwardian metamorphic  snooker billiards table /dining table by E.J.Riley Circa 1900 in date restored by the renowned billiards table makers Hamilton & Tucker.   This table will stand out in your living room, can comfortably seat eight, and will definitely become a talking point.  This impressive table is exemplary of the late Edwardian era, and is made from superb quality flame mahogany. This amazing dining table has a rise and fall mechanism snooker / billiards table and is raised on decorative turned legs. It features a precision ground Italian slate bed to guarantee a flat playing surface and is fitted with a dual-height rise and fall mechanism and levelling system to raise and lower the table easily between playing snooker and dining height. The dining table has five mahogany leaves that can easily be removed to reveal the snooker table. Genuine English moulded leather covers the pocket plates and the cotton bag net pockets can be hidden away when in the dining position.   It comes complete with the original scoreboard, four cues, balls, two triangles, a wall mounting cue rack, a brush and a rest.   This antique table is in superb condition and has been well cared for, each leg has a brass leveller which can be adjusted to ensure that the table is level for playing snooker.   The snooker table baize, cushions, and pockets have been completely refurbished and are in excellent condition, please see the photographs to confirm condition. Condition: In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished and the snooker table refurbished and relined,  please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 79 x Width 233 x Depth 128 - Table

Height 89 x Width 233 x Depth 128 - Billiards table

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 7 foot, 8 inches x Depth 4 foot, 2 inches - Table

Height 2 foot, 11 inches x Width 7 foot, 8 inches x Depth 4 foot, 2 inches - Billiards table

£4,250.00
Ref: A3663
Antique 2 French Electro Therapy Devices & 34 Institut Electrotherapy& 34 Dated 1905

Antique 2 French Electro Therapy Devices "Institut Electrotherapy" Dated 1905

Of scientific interest two French Electrotherapy devices, both wih plaques to the tops stamped "Institut Electrotherapy, 27 Rue Godot de Mauroy, Paris" Complete with original instructions dated 27th September 1905. These are very good example of early 20th century electrotherapy / electric shock machines. These early battery operated devices produced a noticeable, but low powered, electric current that was applied to various body parts. It was believed that such stimulation could help with a multitude of nervous disorders. These all-in-one units contained a battery, coil, voltage controls and a number of contact probes and connecting wires. These are housed within a sturdy wooden body, with compartment for accessories. The boxes have carry handle and close with clasps. There is age related ware to these items. The effectiveness of these types of devices was unconvincing, and for safety reasons these should not be used. However, they make excellent display pieces and are ideal for collectors. Condition: As antique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs they display beautifully. They are for decorative use only.  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 24 x Width 25.5 x Depth 16

Height 16.5 x Width 19 x Depth 10.5

Dimensions in inches:

Height 9 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 6 inches

Height 6 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 4 inches

£275.00
Ref: A3384
Antique Art Deco Drakes D6 Silver Plated Beef Carving Trolley C1930

Antique Art Deco Drakes D6 Silver Plated Beef Carving Trolley C1930

A magnificent and rare fully restored antique Art Deco silver plate  serving cart, circa 1930 in date.  Serve your roast beef in style!! This stunning trolley is suitable for serving cooked meats such as roast beef, lamb, and turkey. It features a vented silver plated locking retractable revolving dome which opens to a detachable well and water tank over 2  spirit burners. The water tank has two recesses with containers for gravy or vegetables, as well as an aluminium carving board. It has a vented screw knob for filling the tank with water  and for vapour or steam escape. The sides are fitted with handles and a detachable plate holder, set upon an oval walnut  cabriole leg base.   The middle shelf is fitted with an oval silver plated utensil tray and the whole is mounted on four rubberized wheels. This superb piece was crafted by perhaps London's finest silversmith of the time, Drakes Silversmiths of Brewer Street, London W1. It is a Drakes model, D6, No: 824 and bears the silver plated label. It is one of the most desirable models they made, with the revolving dome, which makes it very easy to use. This truly exceptional piece is offered in superb fully restored overall condition. Provenance: Executive Chef John Williams, The Ritz,  150 Piccadilly, London. Condition: In really excellent condition  having been beautifully repolished in our workshops, the silver plated parts have all been beautifully replated by a top London silversmith, please see photos for confirmation.  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 120 x Width 119 x Depth 68

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 foot, 11 inches x Width 3 foot, 11 inches x Depth 2 foot, 3 inches

£11,500.00
Ref: A3350
Antique Art Deco Drakes Silver Plated Beef Carving Trolley C1930

Antique Art Deco Drakes Silver Plated Beef Carving Trolley C1930

A magnificent and rare fully restored antique Art Deco silver plate serving cart, by Drakes of Brewer Street, London, circa 1930 in date.  Serve your roast beef in style!! This stunning trolley is suitable for serving cooked meats such as roast beef, lamb, and turkey. It features a vented silver plated locking retractable revolving dome which opens to a detachable well and water tank over a spirit burner. The water tank has two recesses for containers for gravy or vegetables, as well as an aluminium carving board. It has a vented screw knob for filling the tank with water  and for vapour or steam escape. The sides are fitted with handles and a detachable plate holder, set upon an oval mahogany cabriole leg base.   The center shelf is fitted with an oval silver plated utensil tray mounted on four rubberized wheels along with original castors. This superb piece was crafted by perhaps London's finest silversmith of the time, Drakes Silversmiths of Brewer Street, London W1. It is a Drakes model Min, No: 1908, one if the most desirable models that they made, with the revolving dome which makes it very easy to use. This truly exceptional piece is offered in superb fully restored overall condition. Condition: In really excellent condition the showwood having been beautifully repolished in our workshops, the silver plated parts have all been beautifully replated by a top London silversmith, please see photos for confirmation.  

Dimensions in cm:

Height 112 x Width 92 x Depth 57

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 foot, 8 inches x Width 3 foot x Depth 1 foot, 10 inches

£10,500.00

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