Antique Shops to visit

There are plenty of places of interest in where you can look at, bid and buy Antiques in Essex. But do we know what an Antique is? Where the name comes from?

The normal explanation of antique is a collectible thing like a piece of furniture or painting that has a high value due to its age, although it does go up and down depending on where it was made, type of product, and when it was made. Cars are exempt to a ‘un official’ one hundred year rule. The additional definition of an antique needs an item be at least 100 years old. The value will fall depending on its condition

An alternative term, antiquities, always looks at to the last pieces of ancient art and daily items from antiquity, which are often archaeological arti-facts. An antiquarian is a someone who collects and reads and writes about antiquities or things from the distant era.

Antique furniture is always what people first think when you say the word, this area of antiques, furniture has real practical purposes as well as collectable cash value. Lots of people who collect use them in their houses, and look after them with the wish that they hold their value or go up. This is the opposite to buying brand new items of furniture, which normally the value goes down immediately its bought. You will recognise that trend from the car market – as soon as you drive a brand new car off the forecourt it losing at least 10% of its value straight away.

You will find many Antiques in Essex including furniture, dining tables, chairs, bureauxs, chests etc. mahogany is common, as well as oak, pine, walnut, and rosewood. Chinese antique furniture although mostly made with Elm, a wood found to all across Asia. Every wood has a positive grain and texture. Many up to date pieces will use laminate or wood veneer to try and look the same. There are a lots of different types of antiques depending on how old and where in the world it originated.

Antiques in Essex are common place and the famous BBC Television Programme, Lovejoy was filmed on location near Halstead, in Essex, it also travelled around Essex to places such as Clacton and Chelmsford.

If you are looking to learn more about Antiques, then Libraries have a wealth of information and if in doubt contact your local Antique dealer or buyer in Essex.

Here are some of the antique shops that we recommend to our guests… happy shopping

Battlesbridge Antiques Centre

  • Tel: 01268 769000

Old Granary, Hawk Hill, Battlesbridge, Wickford,SS11 7RE

Parkes & Co

  • Tel: 07771 738737

57 London Rd, Little Clacton, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, CO16 9RB

Antiques Clacton

  • Tel: 07024 086265

10 Castle Hill Park, London Rd, Clacton-On-Sea,Essex, CO16 9QP

Lovejoy Antiques (East Anglia)

  • Tel: 01206 303030

20 Cinque Port Rd, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex,CO7 0PX