Nov 20, 2013

Finishing Touches For Furnishing An Edwardian House

When it comes to spotting top quality Edwardian antiques, it's not always easy to get things right. We all know that the littlest of details can make the biggest of differences, so it's important that they're handled correctly. In the antiques world, it's fair to say that there's no such thing as a minor detail. In fact, the antiques world is founded on minor details, says journalist Pamela Wiggins.

It's the minor details that make the difference between a genuine and a counterfeit. It's the minor details that can tell you whether or not the piece you want is worth your admiration. I cannot emphasize enough that there's no such thing as a minor detail. If you're trying to put together a period house, everything has to fit. It's even more important, when it comes to Edwardian pieces.

If you're looking for some finishing touches that can furnish an Edwardian house, you're in luck at MP Levene. They've got an extensive collection of Edwardian silverware - everything from mugs, to dish rings and candelabras. They're all genuine pieces, restored and returned to their former glory. What could be better than a true Edwardian antique, a one off destined for the bosom of your very carefully designed home and sanctuary?

Right now, they have a magnificent Edwardian centrepiece on sale. It is a superb piece of silver, with an oblong base and a reed and ribbon border. It's centre is decorated with four intricate lion heads - they sit on a square pedestal that supports a large, round bowl. It is thought that the centre bowl, and the two smaller detachable bowls were once used to display fruit. The front of the pedestal is engraved with the crest and motto of the Crompton family of Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Another fine example is a rather charming Edwardian tea set. Made up of three separate pieces of silver-ware, and produced in 1904 by Carrington & Co of London. This would be an ideal addition to an Edwardian house, so why not think about investing in this or a similar piece? There's a teapot, a milk jug and a sugar bowl - all embossed with a frieze of scrolls, leaves and flowers. Each pieces stands on three feet, giving the whole set an obviously antiquated look, says journalist Myre Audet.

If you're looking for something a little bit more unusual, try looking for a quirky Edwardian mug. Made in 1907, and very delicately engraved to look like it is draped in ferns, these pieces are delightful. It has a gilded, gold washed interior and a strong loop handle. It would make a superb present for a christening, but it would also look just as splendid on a mantelpiece, or in a display cabinet. This style mug would be suited to the type of buyer who doesn't like to go for the obvious pieces – they are quirky, fun antiques.

For those buyers still not satisfied with a quirky Edwardian mug, there's the even quirkier Edwardian scissor set. Which includes a beautifully maintained pair of grape scissors, sold in their original leather case. Whilst they are completely plain on the back, they do have an attractive looped engraving on their front - it more commonly referred to as 'bright cut engraving.' These scissors are surprisingly heavy, which gives them that very solid and antiquated feel.

Author Bio:  Arnold Smith is a Edwardian antique collector and is always looking Edwardian furniture at auctions.  He recommends MP Levene if you are looking for beautiful Edwardian pieces. Arnold can be found online blogging about how to tell the difference between a genuine antique and a fake.
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