5 Great Places To Find One Of A Kind Antiques

Whether one wants to acquire an exclusive relic at auction, or a period furniture piece to complement a beloved historic home, expert dealers of antiquities offer curated collections to satisfy any old soul. In no particular order, here are a few shops and markets around the globe dedicated to giving coveted items from the past a new home.

Kicking off the list at #1, Clover Market offers quality handmade products, as well as selected antiques. The popup market maintains events throughout the greater Philadelphia area and specializes in a wide range of pieces, from furniture to collectibles. Meanwhile, the company's crafted offerings feature the work of several local small businesses and artisans.

Vendors at Clover Market popup events showcase a variety of unique items. One may find handmade sterling silver jewelry, including pieces crafted from recycled scrap silver that has been melted and reformed. Elsewhere, dealers offer up shabby chic furniture or charming ceramic kitchen vessels.

Coming in at #2 is the Antique Jewellery Company. The London-based family business boasts over 50 years of experience in the trade. Claiming to provide a sustainable alternative to mass-produced jewelry, the company's offerings feature a timeless quality and style. The AJC offers a vast selection of period pieces, from Georgian and Victorian heirlooms, through striking Art Deco rings, and on to mid-century and modern items.

Every item at the AJC is authentic and verifiable. Each is in very good condition, free of alterations or enhancements. Antique jewelry experts, such as founder Olly Gerrish, are ready to assist customers with selection, identification, and other services. The company's collection includes earrings, necklaces, lockets, brooches, men's tie pins, curiosities, and more. Customers may also select from an array of one-of-a-kind antique engagement rings.

Next at #3 is Case Antiques. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, it conducts cataloged auctions of investment-quality art and antiques, under the stewardship of knowledgeable professionals, including two accredited appraisers on staff. Individuals may bid in person, absentee, by phone, or online. Typical catalogs feature fine art, jewelry, and other period pieces and heirlooms.

Case Antiques accepts consignments of valuable objects, from single items to large estates, or collections deaccessioned by museums, colleges, and other institutions. The company has auctioned off several unique pieces since 2005, including luxury pens and Victorian silver-plated tableware.

Entering the list at #4, Robert Kime is an interior design company in London that sources antiques, rugs, textiles, and art that complement the seller's collection of fabrics, wallpapers, furniture, and lighting. Offering a broad range for designers and enthusiasts alike, Robert Kime claims to deliver an environment that reflects the interests and tastes of the client, as well as a buyer's desire for a comfortable living space.

Flowers, leaves, and the outdoors are common motifs throughout all Robert Kime pieces. Fabrics, for example, feature blooms, while wallpaper patterns display classic garden images. Clients may browse the company's Ebury Street showroom for many antique offerings, from candlesticks and clocks to anthropological artifacts and artwork. Items are sourced both locally and abroad.

Lastly, at #5 is International Antiques & Collectors Fairs. With forty antique showcasing events across seven convenient locations throughout England, I.A.C.F. offers a vast quantity of pieces for both historic and modern homes. The company specializes in everything from period furniture to vintage kitchenware. Events have attracted thousands of dealers and buyers from all over the globe.

Gatherings at the Peterborough event in Cambridgeshire provide visitors with several indoor stalls within four permanent buildings, as well as a wide variety of outdoor tents. The Newark Antiques Market in Nottinghamshire, meanwhile, is purported to be Europe's largest event of its kind. Spanning across 84 acres, it features over 2,000 stands boasting furniture, woodwork, memorabilia, and more.