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- Is everything you sell an 'antique'?
- Do you sell any new items?
- How do I care for my brass?
- Do you lacquer your brass?
- How do I care for my cast iron?
- Why don't you paint cast iron?
- Can I paint my cast iron?
- Do you do restoration work for anyone else?
Is everything you sell an 'antique'?
No, but everything we sell has been used before. If we think something is an antique we will usually say so. The words 'Georgian', 'Victorian' and 'Edwardian' are used by us to indicate that the item concerned has been made or designed in that period. If it is obviously not an antique we will say so. It is not always possible to date items exactly so if we are unsure we will not use the word antique in the title or description. This doesn't mean it isn't an antique, it just means that we can't be sure. All descriptions are written by us using our opinions and experience.
Do you sell any new items?
No, everything we sell is reclaimed, restored and recycled in our own workshops.
How do I care for my brass?
The best way to keep your brass clean and shiny is to use Brasso, a soft cloth and a bit of elbow grease. We know of no short cuts, sorry :-)
Do you lacquer your brass?
We don't lacquer our brass. Lacquered brass in our opinion never looks 'natural' and the lacquer will eventually fail. We always remove any lacquer prior to listing the item.
How do I care for my cast iron?
Our cast iron is stripped of any paint and rust and then maintained in rust free condition with a coat or two of wax polish. Maintainance is simply a case of periodic application of a suitable wax, Briwax for example ... or you can always just leave it to rust.
Why don't you paint cast iron?
Not everyone likes painted cast iron. We restore our cast iron and use the minimum of surface protection so that you are free to choose your own solution. It is surprising how much protection is afforded by simple wax furniture polish. We have a cast iron potato weight in our garden that has been there for nearly a year without any protection other than two coats of furniture wax and it shows very few signs of corrosion.
Can I paint my cast iron?
Yes you can. All protective finishes we use are soluble in simple white spirit. Wash of the wax, allow to dry and apply a metal primer. You can them use a special metal paint like Hammerite or undercoat and gloss to match or contrast with your paintwork.
Do you do restoration work for anyone else?
Occasionally. We are always interesting in old locks from the Georgian and Victorian periods and will do our best to find the time for an interesting project. To make an enquiry please check out the contact details. pages.