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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.
THANK YOU, ADRIAN & GAIL
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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
Enfield Crusader receiving a new clutch Call for a quote
of a range of classic products available for your Classic Car or Motor
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.
Love this Georgian Dresser Base. Buy it before I take it home!
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
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 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
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
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.
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