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THIS PAGE LAST UPDATED -  28th November 2015




We would like to invite you to take a run out on a Saturday to have a coffee/tea, soft drinks and cake at Spinning Wheel. Get a bit of a Bike/Car Meet thing going! Bring your friends out for a run, somewhere to go, plenty of parking off road. Look at my classic bikes and cars.

Coffee and Tea from £1.50 - Open 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.  

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Spinning Wheel is pleased to now offer a range of services for your Classic Car and Motor Cycle.
From service work, component fittings and MOTs.
Call us for quotes and appointments on: 01246 451772.
Collection and Delivery can be arranged if required.




Recent Rear chassis section put into MGB Roadster - Call for quote


Bike Workshop Enfield Crusader receiving a new clutch Call for a quote

We stock of a range of classic products available for your Classic Car or Motor Cycle.
Oils, cleaning products, covers. tyres, etc.

Recent work undertaken on Aston Martin DB7, MGB Roadster, Triumph Spitfire, Rolls Royce Silver Spirit and Triumph TR6. 

We are delighted to say Phil is settling in well as he works his way through your classic vehicles left for service and repair.
Don't hesitate to book in for service/fitting and MOT work in advance.
Call for an estimate.
Thank You

Love this Georgian Dresser Base. Buy it before I take it home!   
Great to see the bikes starting to arrive on Saturdays! Like old times. Please we need more of you, especially in period gear. Get three or four of you up and out for a run. Oil leaks, noise and fusty leathers welcome  Over the coming months we will be featuring a number of short light hearted articles on areas of antiques. They are not, by any means, meant to be totally comprehensive but are reflections on what it might be like to collect different areas of antiques. All antique collecting is fun and sometimes it can be very rewarding in terms of value and knowledge. You never know it might inspire you to start collecting an area of antiques you never even thought of. Our varied range of quality antiques are always shown on our website .Top Tip- Keep an eye on the site as we are continually updating items as we buy and sell our wonderful antiques- happy hunting!
Thank you to the Rotary Club for putting on a great show at the Ashover Classic Car and Motor Cycle show 27th of July. Our stand was a great success. Well visited by customers old and new. Thank You! Nice to see faces old and new visit our stand at Donnington Park Motor Cycle Festival, 8th and 10th of August. Nice to see Kevin Schwanztz astride our "Cal Rayborn" Harley Davidson Race Replica. Good Show VJMC. Thank You!
Gail and myself would like to thank our visitors on Saturday the 16th of August who turned up in an excellent selection of big bore classics! Tea, Cake and coffee appeared to go down well. Cheers and once again thank you for your support. Lovely cars you have!


Its A Classic Time!
Some Vintage Wrist Watches We Have

Went to see this, who would like it?

Last Week In the Shop  What do you think?


TAXIDERMY (or Get Stuffed!)

In this second article on antiques we choose the area of taxidermy. It’s very much a “Marmite “area of antique collecting – you either love it or hate it. Nevertheless over recent years it has become very fashionable to collect taxidermy. Attracting celebrity status, it is very much in vogue at the moment. Darren Brown, the illusionist, has a vast collection and at fine art antique fairs you increasingly find stands dedicated entirely to taxidermy with some very bizarre examples for sale. Good quality taxidermy by recognised makers attracts serious money and if it is of a rare extinct animal then the sky’s the limit. Sometimes taxidermy is our only chance of seeing an animal that is long gone. Wollaton Hall in Nottingham is home to some amazing taxidermy and they even have a Dodo so it’s well worth a visit. It’s extremely important to note that any taxidermy prior to 1947 is ok to sell and own but “modern” taxidermy i.e. after 1947 has to be licensed. To purchase any without a license is definitely breaking the law. You run the very real risk of being heavily fined and having your entire collection (new and old) confiscated. The same rules apply to ivory by the way - Caveat Emptor!

Although the earliest known pieces of taxidermy date from the beginning of the sixteenth century, the development and perfection of taxidermy techniques are linked to Western Europe’s fascination with the natural world through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From the late seventeenth century onwards, the improvement of taxidermy practices ran alongside their scientific investigation of the natural world. Remember that they didn’t have David Attenborough to show people how animals looked.



Funnily enough there are not many books around on collecting walking sticks. One of the best around, and the cheapest, is “Fascinating Walking Sticks” – by AE Boothroyd. This has been reprinted in recent years so it’s available at Antique fairs and book sites on the internet. It’s a great insight into the collecting world of walking sticks and fully explains its history and different areas of stick collecting. If you are already a collector you are an “Ambulist” by the way.

The sheer range of collectible sticks is enormous. This is a good thing as it allows you to concentrate on areas of style. At the moment gadget sticks are very popular and that means the stick either contains something or does something. They are sometimes called system sticks but whatever you can think of you can bet someone has put it into a stick! Here’s a few to be going on with. Umbrellas, knives and forks, gaming dice, swords, musical instruments, pipes, whistles, measures, needles and thread, shaving brushes, torches, cigars, guns, fishing rods, compasses, drinking flasks, and even dog leads.

Although stick prices have gone up over the years they are appealing to all budgets and readily available if you look for them. You can also display them and keep them quite easily so a decent collection won’t take too long to amass or take up too much room. You can even take them out for a walk (not the swordsticks though!).

The irony of course is many “walking” sticks were not used for walking. They were often seen as status symbols and how and where you took your stick was very important. As a fashion accessory they were as important in their day as sporting an expensive watch is today. For this reason you get many sticks made from gold, silver, mother of pearl, ivory, whalebone, tortoiseshell, horn and expensive woods. When Aluminium was first invented and used in sticks it was more costly than gold. In fact a recent episode of “FLOG IT” saw a walking stick sold which was made from a bull’s penis! I kid you not!

To help identify sticks they are generally identified by their tops rather than their shafts which are obviously always straight and long and end up in some sort of ferrule. The longer the ferrule the older the cane (usually) for the simple reason it kept the wooden stem of the cane out the mud associated with the 16th,17th and 18th centuries roads and streets. It’s always nice to find a cane with its original ferrule as you can easily see the wear the cane has had in its lifetime. The ferrule often slopes on one side indicating the jaunt of the walker.

So you get

1. Round tops or “knop (knob)” tops
2. Square or shaped tops (hexagonal, triangular etc)
3. Crook handles
4. Inverted L tops or crop handles
5. T shaped tops or “Tau”
6. Figured tops (birds people, any animal you can think of).

One of the most popular materials for the shaft is Malacca. This is in fact a type of cane. Other “canes” include Bamboo, Whangee (umbrella shafts are often made of this) Partridge, and Congo. But almost any wood could be used. Over 70 types of wood existed in Britain alone. It was during the period of Henry VIII that the term cane became popular rather than stick, and Henry loved his canes. You had to be careful not to have one better than his though as that could be career limiting. Eminent stick maker names on a stick can certainly add considerably to its value. Here are a couple of London makers to look for

· Asprey of London
· Swaine Adeney Brigg

Like all areas of antique collecting we recommend you talk to enthusiasts, antique dealers and collectors when it comes to deciding the area of stick collection you would prefer. There are specialist stick dealers out there very keen to encourage you and share their stories and knowledge. You can collect according to material e.g. silver or ivory topped or think about age e.g. pre 1850 or genre e.g. gadget canes referred to earlier. How about just collecting ladies or gentlemen’s canes or folk art canes?

Finally, as with all collecting, try and avoid sticks with damage and crucial bits missing. Ferrules can drop off so don’t worry too much about them but chips to porcelain heads and damaged silver can seriously affect the look and value of a stick. Remember you have plenty to look at so go for the best and buy from reputable dealers to avoid, badly restored sticks, “made up” sticks and new sticks made to look old.

“I carry a cane because it makes me look like an independent gentleman” Anonymous author 19th Century.

Written By P Hayes, COLLECTOR


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