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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.

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Ref: 09854
Antique Pair Ivorine Wall Plaques Old Testament Scenes Ebonised Frames 19th C

Antique Pair Ivorine Wall Plaques Old Testament Scenes Ebonised Frames 19th C

This is a lovely pair of antique English Victorian ivorine wall plaques, by the Italian-born sculptor  Giovanni Franchi (1811-1874), and made in London in 1855. These beautiful plaques were made after the original work of the French sculptor Alexandre-Pierre Schoenewerk (1820-1885) and feature two splendid Old Testament scenes. One plaque, featuring 'Rachel and Jacob at the well', depicts the scene of the encounter between the two characters when Jacob, according to the Bible, fell in love with Rachel while seeing her at a well near Haran, an outpost of the ancient city of Ur. The characters are depicted in great detail in the centre of the plaque, surrounded by wonderfully cast trees, camels, people and houses in the background. The sculptor clearly leaves no part of the plaque empty or without interest.  The other plaque depicts two different characters of the Old testament in the forefront - a young lady dressed in the attire of the period, in a seated position and gathering the crops from the field. The man, also dressed in the typical clothes of the period is standing tall near the woman and speaking to her. Once again, the plaque is extremely detailed, with every possible particular being captured by the sculptor - the background being filled with people working the fields, trees, sheds, working instruments, and cattle. In both plaques, the palm trees seem to beautifully frame the scene as almost to welcome the viewer to the story.  Both plaques are set in their fabulous original antique ebonised frames and are signed and dated verso, 'G. Franchi, London 1855'. One plaque is also signed in the front 'Schoenewerk'.      It is a splendid and indeed interesting pair which will surely enhance any interior. Condition: In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation. 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 21 x Width 21 x Depth 4.5

Dimensions in inches:

Height 8 inches x Width 8 inches x Depth 2 inches

£575.00
Ref: 09833
Antique French Pair Two Tone Gilt Bronze Lidded Urns with Cherub Finials 19th C

Antique French Pair Two-Tone Gilt Bronze Lidded Urns with Cherub Finials 19th C

This is a stunning pair of antique French twin handle two-tone gilt bronze garniture lidded urns, circa 1870 in date. These splendid urns have exquisite cast side handles with beautiful grapes and vine decoration. The ormolu lids feature superb reclining cherubs.   They are superbly cast with continuous scenes of delightful dancing cherubs  and a distinctive goat, above writhen fluted lower bodies and leaf cast circular bases. Goats in art have been associated with the worship of Bacchus (the God of Wine), which explains the appropriateness of the presence of goats in these Neo-Classical style urns' scenes, which indeed bears a distinctive bacchanalian theme.    This high-quality hot cast solid bronze pair of urns were produced using the traditional "lost wax" process, otherwise known as the "cire perdue" method.   Each urn comes is raised on a resplendent giltwood and blue velvet stand.   This pair of lidded urns represents timeless elegance and will no doubt receive the maximum amount of attention wherever placed. Condition: In good condition. As antique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, the urns display beautifully.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 40 x Width 22 x Depth 15

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 4 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 6 inches

£1,850.00
Ref: 09805
Mahogany Cased Sewills Sealord Nelson Chronometer Compendium 20th Century

Mahogany Cased Sewills Sealord Nelson Chronometer Compendium 20th Century

This is a stunning and decorative mahogany cased 'Nelson' chronometer compendium by the renowned chronometer, watch, clock and weather instrument makers to the Admiralty, Sewills of Liverpool, dating from the second half of the  20th century.  The gorgeous mahogany casket opens up to reveal a brushed brass swing case framing a stunning Sewills Ship's Bell clock - round in shape, it features a silvered enamelled dial with black Roman numerals, inscribed Sewills Sea Lord. It comprises the alarm, tide guide, barograph, thermometer and hygrometer.  The case opens threefold, the top has a brass plaque rectangular plaque, inscribed 'Nelson', and it has has brass carrying handles to the sides.  The underside of the first lid of the case has a stunning square brass plaque with the logo of Sewills - the picture of a boat, various coats of arms, and the sentence, "Bought of J. Sewill, Estd 1800 AD, chronometer, watch & nautical instrument manufacturer, to the right honorable the lords commissioners of the admiralty." The second lid of the casket is made of glass, to protect and display at the same time the beautiful Nelson chronometer compendium.  The underside of the chronometer bears the registration number 003191. This is a delightful combination of quartz accuracy with mechanical engineering and comes with its original Sewills's instructions. Add this timeless element to your home with this elegant Nelson chronometer compendium. Condition: In excellent working condition. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 18.5 x Width 19 x Depth 19

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 7 inches

£875.00
Ref: 09611
Antique Victorian 10 Aires BH&A 3 Bells Music Box Swiss Movement 19th C

Antique Victorian 10 Aires BH&A 3 Bells Music Box Swiss Movement c.1870 19th C

This is a truly magnificent antique Victorian walnut cylinder bells-in-view music box by the renowned makers Barnett Henry Abrahams, St. Croix, Switzerland, circa 1870 in date.   This exceptional music box is rectangular in shape and features a high-quality Swiss movement playing ten aires. There are three bells with stunning enamelled butterfly clangers of different lively colours - red, green and blue - and a beautiful tune indicator. The lid and front with polychrome Royal Coat of Arms prints.   It has the original attractive and joyful music sheet with coloured engraving inside. It is signed 'Walter Marty, Herisau' and features charming classical scenes of delightful dancing people and angelic flying cherubs. It bears the stamp of 'B. H. A. Ste Croix, Switzerland & London', the renowned makers.   The box plays the following ten popular tunes of the time:   1. Bravo! Dublin Fusiliers                         Weeler 2. The absent-minded Beggar                    Sullivan 3. All along the Rails                                 Carter 4. A Frangesa  March                                 Costa 5. A Runaway Girl                                     Monkton 6. Don't be angry                                        Zeller  7. A Greek Slave                                        Monkton 8. Soldier of the Queen                              Stuart 9. The Cock o'the North                             King 10. The Honey-moon March                     Rosey Condition: In excellent working order having been serviced by our musical box restorer.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 22 x Width 47 x Depth 27.5

Dimensions in inches:

Height 9 inches x Width 1 foot, 6 inches x Depth 11 inches

£2,750.00
Ref: 06086
Gilded Bronze Winged Lady Boat Centrepiece 20th C

Gilded Bronze Winged Lady Boat Centrepiece 20th C

There isn’t table in the land that wouldn’t be enhanced by the presence of this fine gilt bronze table centerpiece with its graceful swan gliding ahead of the most magnificently ornate boat. Ideal for many table top uses including the display of fruit, sweets or almost any edible (or inedible) item you care to choose, this is a truly impressive gilded bronze centrepiece in the shape of a boat riding the waves preceded by a swan which dates from the latter part of the 20th century. The bronze was originally cast in the traditional way using the lost wax method and then gilded in order to highlight the cast decoration comprising garlands of flowers, the waves, the swan and the very beautiful and ornate boat. Fine craftsmanship is in evidence here and this beautiful centrepiece is offered for sale in truly excellent condition and at a very reasonable price - check out the photograph gallery for proof of this. More Information and To View Fine gilt bronze centrepieces of this quality are always best viewed them in person if that is possible. However we know that this is not always possible so you are welcome to contact us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this lovely gilt bronze centrepiece. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other gilt bronze tableware and other bronze items at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment to view, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which item you are referring to. Our showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday to make certain that we are open on your chosen day. Shipping, Delivery and Return This gilt bronze centrepiece is a delicate and valuable item so it requires specialised packing and shipping to its final destination - whether that be your home or other premises. We can pack and ship them to almost any destination worldwide, but we request that you please call or email for a shipping quotation before making your purchase so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with these items we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this gilt bronze crystal centrepiece unless we have erroneously described it in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return them in their original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 48 x Width 55 x Depth 22

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 7 inches x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 9 inches

£1,550.00
Ref: 09496
Antique Set 24 Book Framed Plaster Grand Tour Intaglios Emperors Artists 19th C

Antique Set 24 Book Framed Plaster Grand Tour Intaglios Emperors Artists 19th C

This is a wonderful collection of twenty-four magnificent framed plaster Grand Tour intaglios, wonderfully arranged in two panels of a scholar's book, circa 1820 in date. This impressive set of intaglios was carefully made in Italy by Bartolomeo Paoletti and Pietro Figlio, in their workshop in Piazza di Spagna, Rome. The twenty-four intaglios are of oval-shape. Each intaglio has an exquisite gilt gadrooned border and is numbered in black ink. All the impressions are mounted on an elegant blue background.  The front compartmentof the scholar book features twelve bust-length profiles of the greats of the Italian Renaissance ('Uomini Illustri'): Ludovico Ariosto, Petrarch, Torquato Tasso, Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Correggio and Galileo Galilei.  The back compartment of the scholar book features the bust-length profiles of the first twelve Roman Emperors, the Twelve Caesars ('Dodici Cesari'): Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. Add a classical and cultural dimension to your home with this captivating selection of historic intaglios. Condition: In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 25 x Width 16 x Depth 5.5

Dimensions in inches:

Height 10 inches x Width 6 inches x Depth 2 inches

£1,375.00
Ref: 07581
Antique Victorian Marquetry Library Centre Table Jasperware Plaques, 19th C

Antique Victorian Marquetry Library / Centre Table Jasperware Plaques, 19th C

We are very pleased to be able to offer for sale this Antique Victorian Library Table or Centre Table with Jasperware Plaques dating from around 1880. This Antique Library Table has been very skillfully made by an accomplished craftsman using finest ebony and burr walnut and it is further generously embellished by the addition of a number of superb quality Jasperware Plaques, made by Wedgwood, which certainly add a great deal of style and character to this exciting piece of furniture. The antique library table top, with its sumptuous gold-tooled writing surface, is impressive enough on its own - it makes this table a real joy to work at - but, when you shift your gaze down to the outstanding base which also features Jasperware plaques, you can then start to really appreciate the exceptional nature of this antique library table. The combination of ebony and burr walnut together with ormolu mounts is tried and tested and works particularly well but it is taken to a entirely new level of sophistication when it is combined with an array of Wedgwood Jasperware plaques, such is the case with this lovely Victorian library table. The oval shaped table top is resplendent with its inset gold tooled leather writing surface, finished in beautiful shade of burgundy and complemented with an attractive ebonised border. The table’s frieze has burr walnut banding which is decorated with four of the Wedgwood Jasperware plaques which have been tastefully set in ormolu mounts. By way of support, this is amply provided by the sturdy but attractive base which includes four turned and ebonised columns standing on a four-legged cabriole base. As you can see from the gallery of photographs supplied, the table’s base has been elaborately decorated with crisp boxwood stringing in conjunction with burr walnut panels. Completing the supporting role of the base are the legs which are fitted with the original brass castors to provide ease of movement. Please note that the centre of the base features a beautifully decorated ormolu urn which is in turn surrounded by a total of sixteen Jasperware plaques. Condition This antique Victorian library table is offered for sale in excellent condition at a very attractive price. The condition of this antique table is indeed very impressive and of course reflects the fact that it has been carefully and skillfully restored in our own workshops, by craftsmen who love the furniture they work with. More Information and To View You are very welcome to email us or call us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this antique library table. We would also be delighted to arrange a viewing of this table at our North London warehouse, just email or call for an appointment quoting our reference as shown above so we know which large dining table you are referring to. The showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday. Shipping, Delivery and Return This is an antique library table and requires careful packing and shipping. We can ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this Victorian library table, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 75 x Width 122 x Depth 91

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 5 inches x Width 4 feet, 0 inches x Depth 3 feet

£3,250.00
Ref: 09257
Monumental French Neo Classical Revival Bronze Sculptural Pond Fountain 20th C

Monumental French Neo-Classical Revival Bronze Sculptural Pond Fountain 20th C

This monumental bronze garden water feature fountain is executed in the French Neoclassical Revival style and dates from the late 20th century. This fabulous bronze garden water feature fountain, which stands at 250 cm (8 feet, 2 inches) tall, sprays water out of the top and also out of four large roaring lion head cartouches into the top tier. The water then runs through seven lions’-headwater cartouches. Fantastically decorated with roses, acanthus leaves and scallop ribbing, this amazing bronze garden water feature fountain is raised by a column that has four classically robed maidens holding amphora vases at different levels through which the water is spouted at different levels. The incredible detailing of the maidens robes bears witness to the extremely fine craftsmanship that has gone into this arresting fountain. This fantastic bronze garden water feature fountain is cast from solid bronze and was made by the traditional lost wax or cire perdue method. It can be used as a stand-alone fountain or can form the centrepiece for a garden pond. It will make an awe inspiring statement in your garden wherever you choose to place it. It is in excellent condition as can be confirmed by looking at the photos in our gallery. Please take a few moments to check this out for yourself. See more bronzes like this on this link. Viewing This Bronze Garden Water Feature Fountain Personally We think it's worthwhile to check items personally. Being mindful of this please try to travel to our North London showroom to view this bronze garden water feature fountain, together with the large assortment of other bronze fountains, statues and sculptures we have in stock. If you are going to make a special excursion to view it, please contact us first to confirm that this bronze garden water feature fountain is still available. Be sure you make a note of the unique item reference number whenever you speak to us so we can determine which precise piece you would like to talk about. Regent Antiques - Showroom Opening Hours Our London salesroom is open Mon to Fri 10am – 5pm for you to view this bronze garden water feature fountain. We also open sometimes on Saturdays – but remember to call in advance prior to you come on a Saturday to make certain we will be here. You can check our Saturday opening days on our homepage here. Finding Out More Help To ascertain more about this bronze garden water feature fountain and to get further information about any requests you might have, please don't hesitate to contact our in house antiques experts using the contact details above. When contacting us please mention the item number, so we can identify which piece you are considering choosing. Our internal specialists are always delighted to share their understanding of antiques and collectibles with you, and not just about the things you are thinking of selecting such as this bronze garden water feature fountain. They are additionally happy to comment on aspects of antiques and collectibles generally and will try to answer any wider points you might have. Finding and caring for antiques and treasures is a worthwhile subject, and we're always ready to enable you to take advantage of your investment in special objects such as this bronze garden water feature fountain. Shipping, Delivery and Returns This is a superb item that calls for experienced packing and transport to make sure it arrives at your destination in pristine condition. We can transport this bronze garden water feature fountain to almost any destination around the globe and we will be glad to look after the packing for you, but kindly do call or email for the shipping quotation first, before selecting this bronze garden water feature fountain so we can fulfill your shipping wishes. We ship free of charge to any mainland UK destination. If you are not satisfied with the article, we offer a 14-day money back promise in conformity with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be liable for the return shipping costs for this bronze garden water feature fountain, unless we have wrongly outlined the object in some crucial way and you do not receive the item as explained. You must return the article in its original packaging and condition. You are also accountable for any customs duties or local levies that fall due outside the European Union for the shipment of this bronze garden water feature fountain.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 250 x Width 148 x Depth 148

Dimensions in inches:

Height 8 feet, 2 inches x Width 4 feet, 10 inches x Depth 4 feet, 10 inches

£13,950.00
Ref: 09028
Antique Oil Painting Venetian Scene of The Grand Canal J.Vivian 19th C

Antique Oil Painting Venetian Scene of The Grand Canal J.Vivian 19th C

This beautiful oil on canvas painting by Jane Vivian (Active 1869-1890) beautifully captures a Venetian Scene of The Grand Canal. This is a stunning  painting of the most painted city in the  history of art - Venice. It is housed in it's original and  beautiful gilt gallery frame and signed lower left. The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century, and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos; this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon. Amongst the many are the Palazzi Barbaro, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The churches along the canal include the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Centuries-old traditions, such as the Historical Regatta,  are perpetuated every year along the Canal. Because most of the city's traffic goes along the Canal rather than across it, only one bridge crossed the canal until the 19th century, the Rialto Bridge.  The painting delightfully presents the Grand Canal with its beautiful buildings on water,  gondolas and sailboats.  The artist used very delicate pastel colours and has succeeded in adding some mystery to the scenery Provenance: Purchased in 1983 from Galerie George  in George Street,  London. Auctions: Jane Vivian is a British painter. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'On the Grand Canal, looking towards the Ca' labia, Venice' sold at Christie's South Kensington 'British and Victorian Pictures' in 2006 for $20,945.   Condition: In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 97 x Width 61 x Depth 6 - Frame

Height 82 x Width 46 - Canvas

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 2 inches x Width 2 feet, 0 inches x Depth 2 inches - Frame

Height 2 feet, 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 6 inches - Canvas

£11,500.00

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