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Currently for sale in our Henley shop is this extremely rare gold changing machine, circa 1890, numbered 53, and made by Avery, Snowhill, Birmingham.

A wonderful piece of social history from a day when we did not have to lock our doors.  This was the Victorian forerunner of todays ATM or hole in the wall cash machine.

The gold changer is both aesthetically beautiful and functionally ingenious.  Its highly decorative design on the cast iron casing is equalled by an exceptional quality of casting.

ImageThe interior of the gold changer houses six columns each containing fourteen change pots, three columns giving change for a gold sovereign and three for half sovereigns.  When a gold coin is inserted it dispenses pots of change with an equivalent value, and once emptied the pots can be returned though a small opening in the door.

The total value of its contents was more than sixty pounds when, in 1890, the annual wage for a shopkeeper or clerk was less than fifty pounds, whilst a common laborer would earn three shillings and nine old pence per week, and tradesmen could hope to earn double that amount.  I found it interesting to note that in contrast bank managers were earning in excess of a thousand pounds per year.  A disparity that seems to have changed little.


The Pavilion

Richard and John at Wish List Antiques have constructed a one-off Pavilion incorporating 19th Century components, which is now ready and available for sale.  The Pavilion is currently display built for ease of dismantling. It has cast iron columns supporting a timber roof of traditional rafter construction, and is finished with fish scale pattern slates and lead rollmop flashings.

We offer a full erection service if required, and can provide an additional finial or weathervane for the top, to suit customer’s requirements.

A tongue and groove ceiling can also be added and, following construction, can be finished in a choice of colours.

The overall dimensions are


13’ (3.962m)

Diameter: 17’8” (5.385m)

making the Pavilion a significant and useable garden feature.

This picture shows the internal roof of the Pavilion.  A tongue and groove ceiling can be added for that finishing touch.

We also offer other unique garden structures including bridges, gazebos, arbors and verandas in a variety of sizes suitable to furnish any outside space.

We are very proud of our bespoke range of products. Our work ethic is to create with care, attention and dedication to detail and quality, ensuring the finished product is a beautiful complement to any garden – large or small.

Visit our website to see other items in our current collection – you’ll find a link at the top of this page.

Following on from our success at Newark Antiques Fair in February 2011, we have now made a commitment to show at Ardingly Antiques Fair on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March 2011.

As usual we will have a variety of architectural antiques and fine furniture for sale. You can find us at pitch 23 in the shopping arcade located between the black and yellow gates.

We hope to see you there!




Just a quick note to let all our followers know that we will be at Newark Antiques Fair on 3rd and 4th February.  You will find us in Marquee 8 in the shopping arcade.

Newark is one of the best fairs in the country for dealers and shoppers alike, with plenty of variety, and opportunities to buy great antiques at reasonable prices.

We’ll have a wide range of architectural antiques, antique furniture and collectibles for sale.  A few examples are shown below.

If you require any further information please feel free to mail us at info@wishlistantiques.co.uk.

We hope to see you there!

Special architectural pieces for the home and garden

Architectural garden furniture

Vintage luggage

Miscellaneous architectural pieces

We would like to wish our families, friends and clients a happy and prosperous 2011.

Throughout the winter months when we have seen some of the coldest temperatures for many years, demand for cast iron stoves, fire surrounds, interiors and dog baskets has increased, and we have been particularly busy meeting client’s requirements for antique fire goods for their homes.  There is no doubt about it, you simply cannot beat a real fire on a cold winter’s day.

As we start a New Year we have many plans and commitments over the coming months including exhibitions, fairs and auctions.

Our collection of quality architectural antiques has increased, as we have sourced many more fine and exceptional pieces. Latest additions will shortly be available to view on our website.

We are already preparing for the spring months when we see an increase in demand for architectural garden items.  Our spring collection will include benches and seats, statuary, troughs and planters and water features to name but a few.

Of course those who subscribe to our Newsletter will, as always, receive a preview of new pieces before they are available through our website.

If you would like to be able to preview new pieces as they arrive at our premises, please subscribe to our Newsletter which is sent out every other month.  Simply visit our website, go to ‘contact us’ and email your details.

During the Christmas period when we were enveloped in a blanket of snow, our home and business looked extraordinarily beautiful.  Below are a few pictures to remind you of those cold, snowy, christmas days!

Our home and business looking beautiful in the snow.  The property is a 17th century grade two listed building which we have painstakingly restored over a period of five years, using our knowledge of architectural and industrial antiques and renovation of listed buildings, to give the property back its architectural heritage.


This 18th century cider press with crushing stone eventually became buried in snow drifts!


The Victorian Tree Stump fountain that is part of our collection became an ice sculpture long before the snow arrived!


And as the snow started to fall, much of our collection became enveloped in a white coat that grew steadily larger over a period of three days until the pieces were practically unrecognisable!

Just one of the beautiful pieces in our collection is this carved white marble classical diaphanous maiden, standing in full dress, her hair tied, her right hand to her side and her left hand to her chest.  Her left leg is slightly bent and she stands on a circular form base which is inscribed to the edge ‘T. Nelson Maclean Sculptr.’

She stands at 100 cm high, and can be displayed internally or externally in any fine home or garden.

The finer detail in this beautiful sculpture is remarkable and most certainly in keeping with the work of a gifted sculptor, including the maiden’s feet, the detail on her robe, and her facial features.

This is an exceptional piece perfect for any fine home or garden.  If you would like any further information, please do visit our website, or email us at: info@wishlistantiques.co.uk, or telephone 01564 789183 (UK).

About the Sculptor:

The sculptor, Thomas Nelson Maclean was British.  He was born in Kent in 1845 and spent his early years in Birmingham, where his father was a foreman at a pin makers company.  Thomas’ father recognized his son’s talent and sent him to Paris where he entered the studio of the famous sculptor/goldsmith Carrier-Belleuse.

In Paris Thomas enjoyed the company of some of the greatest artists of the day. During the seige of Paris he almost died of starvation, and was within inches of being shot for being a spy, before he escaped through the French and Prussian lines, and attempted to make his way to London.

Thomas was, however, totally unkown and before he finally secured employment he once again almost died from starvation.  He eventually became able to make his own way, and in 1875 exhibited at the Royal Academy where he received sensational reviews.

In early 1894 Thomas married Katharine Anne Riches – the granddaughter of the artist John Linnell.  Unfortunately not long after their marriage Thomas died.

We source and supply many original antiques for gardens.  From Coalbrookdale seats and benches, to tree stump ware, from cast iron urns to lamp posts, troughs and planters, our collection is extensive with pieces to suit every home and budget.

One of our latest acquisitions is this beautiful cast iron basket urn.  The body is pierced with roundels beneath a scrolling foliate frieze on a circular base.  The basket urn sits on a square cast iron plinth which is pierced with stylised flowerheads.  This piece is illustrated in the book ‘Antiques from the Garden’ by Alistair Morris.  It measures 47 inches in height.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information about this exceptional piece.  Our contact details can be found on our website which you can access by clicking the website tab at the top of this blog.

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