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THE RECLAIMERS
Episode 1 - 13th January 2005
This episode featured:
Limestone troughs - John Rawlinson and Andy Hayward from Original Architectural Antiques, Cirencester

English Rose kitchens - Rod and Tom Donaldson at Source, Bath

Radiators and spiral staircase - Nadine Sweetland Ford of Architectural Forum, Islington
Episode 2 - 20th January 2005
This episode featured:
Marble fireplaces - Anthony Reeve of LASSCO with Ferrous Auger and restorer Shaun McDowell in London

Shanks surgeon's fireclay sink - Sam Coster of Mongers near Norwich
Episode 3 - 27th January 2005
This episode featured:
Art Deco panelled room - Steve Tomlin of Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire

Mill - Frank Hanson in Bradford

Pillar box and chandelier - Alan Bitterman of Rarefinder in Manchester
Episode 4 - 3rd February 2005
This episode featured:
Cool maximalism - Anthony Reeve of LASSCO with Hassan Abdullah of Les Trois Garcons in London

Massive stone and iron entrance gates - Steve Tomlin of Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire

Lloyds interiors and stone entrance portico - Drew Pritchard of Drew Pritchard Ltd in North Wales

Reclaimed roof tiles - bought by a salvaging couple from James John Roofing in Hampshire
Episode 5 - 10th February 2005
This episode featured:
St Helens Church stripping - Drew Pritchard Ltd in North Wales

Reclaimed table - from the British Museum Library for Liberty's

Brick fireplace - made cheaply by customer
Episode 6 - 17th February 2005
This episode featured:
Demolished Georgian corset factory Bricks - Richard Parrott from Cawarden Brick Company in Staffordshire

Quick profit - Sam and Steve at Gaze Auctions in Norfolk

Panelled living room secret door - Rarefinder in Manchester
Episode 7 - 24th February 2005
This episode featured:
Leaded light vestibule and doors - Drew Pritchard Ltd and the Salvo Fair at Knebworth

Bookcase from Park Lane - Anthony Reeve of LASSCO

Cotswold limestone - Original Architectural Antiques, Cirencester
Episode 8 - 3th March 2005
This episode featured:
Elizabethan fireplace - at Original in Gloucestershire

Cast iron Sacre Coeur - sold by Rarefinder

Ceramic insulator from an electrical substation - made into a fountain by Lawrence Green of In-Situ Manchester
Episode 9 - 17th March 2005
This episode featured:
Reclaimed oak bridge - by Drew Pritchard from Conwy Castle

Oak beams - from John and Andy at Original

Stolen goods and salvaged fireplaces - Anthony Reeve at LASSCO St Michael

Drain pipes - sold by Mark Richens to customers Patrick and Wendy for their listed farmhouse
Episode 10 - 24th March 2005
This episode featured:
Vitreous bath enamel explained by - Debbie Kedge of Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire

A staircase shock for - Drew Pritchard of Drew Pritchard Ltd in North Wales

Papier mache bull and other paperwork at - Lawrence Green of In-Situ Manchester

Open days at - Retrouvius, London
Episode 11 - 31st March 2005
This episode featured:
Mahogany flooring sold by - Mark Richens in Nottinghamshire

Stained glass at - Drew Pritchard Ltd in North Wales

Fireplaces - Gallop & Rivers in Wales

Plaster ceiling - belonging to Peter Hone, London
Episode 12 - 7th April 2005
This episode featured:
Another buying trip to France - John Rawlinson at Original in Gloucestershire

Four thousand shoe lasts and more - Anthony Reeve at LASSCO St Michael in London

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Antique stone troughs
logo Lichen-covered troughs, handmade from large blocks of stone, stood under hundreds of thousands of village and parish water pumps until the 1920's when mains water was piped directly into homes. Farmers then moved the old troughs to their fields to water cattle, and gardeners started using smaller ones as planters for alpines. Dealing in troughs started in the 1970's. Stone troughs for sale on SalvoWEB.
English Rose kitchens
logo English Rose kitchens, a 1950's offshoot of wartime aluminium aeroplane production, were being dumped with a vengeance until 1997 when Hazel Matravers started running free ads for them on SalvoWEB. BBC Homes & Antiques wrote about them, then Rod Donaldson appeared on BBC Home Front, and now many seek a little retro chic, but probably not the retro chick in this 1956 poem . . .

The way to a man's heart
So we've always been told
Is a good working knowledge
Of pot, pan, and mold

The talented gal
Who can whip up a pie
Rates a well deserved rave
From her favorite guy

A juicy red steak
Or a tender, fish fillet
Done to a turn
In a bright copper skillet

Will soothe the rough edges
Of tempers, no fooling!!!
And leave the man happy
Contented and drooling

Fireclay sinks
belfastOld fireclay sinks were made to conform to local water bylaws, the Edinburgh and London sink for example, or for utility use in the big house - like the butlers and gamekeepers sinks.

Belfast's plentiful and pure Victorian water supply lent itself to the name for the uibiquitous white porcelain enamelled fireclay scullery sink with the luxury of a built-in overflow, banned in areas of limited water supply.

While old Belfasts usually show chips and worn patches, deemed unhygenic in a modern kitchen, these can be repaired by bath resurfacers, so the sink may be reused as a kitchen sink. They are often now used as planters too.

Interestingly, the only place where a Belfast sink is not a Belfast sink is in Belfast where everyone calls them a jawbox. Why? No-one really knows, but the theory is that Belfast women gathered round the jawbox and jawed or gossiped.
Art deco
Art deco evolved from Walter Gropius and the German Bauhaus, amended by the Dutch de Stijl movement, in a period known as the machine age when hand wrought craft skills were rejected and industrialised methods of production encouraged. Art Deco was the first truly international style. It used modern or exotic materials, with elegant line, plain or mottled colours, simple mass and even simpler form. Curves were all parts of a circle, often concentric, mouldings all stepped and flat, surfaces bound by lines, reliefs flat not deep, lighting washed not spot.

Anything made between 1920 and 1955 could be and is called art deco. Take a look at architectural art deco for sale on SalvoWEB or decorative items on eBay and more usefully perhaps at Lattimore's

A search for art deco on Google produces over 3 million pages. So happy hunting!
Antique Georgian marble fireplaces
During the flat conversion boom of the 1970's, carved white marble fireplaces worth tens of thousands in today's money, were smashed out of Georgian interiors, the cast iron grates sledgehammered into small pieces which were then run down to the local scrappy at the end of the week for a few extra quid to be shared out among the building labourers.

This destruction was not halted by conservationists. But a small disparate band of people, now known as architectural salvage dealers, went round in old vans pleading with builders not to smash them up but offering decent money to buy them. There was no market for Georgian fireplaces then, so they set about making a market by restoring them and offering them for sale in run-down yards. They had to train craftspeople, as marble restorers did not exist in those days, capable of restoring the, mainly damaged, pieces of rescued Georgian marble and turning them back into fine fireplaces again.

fpHow things have changed. Nowadays many of the same disparate band have up-market fireplace showrooms stocked with antique marble chimneypieces worth thousands.

Here are some old-established reputable fireplace dealers: Architectural Heritage, Glos
Olliffs, Bristol
Drummonds, Surrey
Architectural Antiques, London
Westland & Co, London
LASSCO, London
Nicholas Gifford-Mead, London
Chapel House Fireplaces, W Yorks
Nostalgia, Cheshire

Where do antique Georgian fireplaces come from these days? These days there are not many genuine ones on the market, but they can still be found by the trade - from stately home clear-outs, for example, where old marble fireplaces which were removed a hundred years ago and have been in store ever since, are sold off. And there are other similar sources which the trade keep secret. But there is also a market for stolen fireplaces, so always ask about the provenance of a fireplace before making a decision to buy.

 

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