Friday, 19 August 2016

Birthstone of August: Peridot

The peridot is a lustrous yellowish-green gem that is not as commonly worn as some other birthstones. For this reason, many people are curious about this underated gemstone when they begin a search for peridot gifts, for those born in August. 

In ancient times, Egypt was the primary source of the peridot, called the ‘Gem of the Sun.' The Egyptians were extremely fascinated with the stone, and they were made into Talisman to ward off evil. Interestingly, the gemstones worn by Queen Cleopatra were not emeralds as it was widely believed, but actually the peridot.

While all peridots are green, it is found in different shades spanning from pale green, olive-green to even bright lime. The most expensive Peridots are sparkling lime-green without brown or yellow hues.  

Below are our top peridot picks at Alfies...

1940s 14k gold ring, available from Pars Jewellery
9kt yellow gold ring, c1960s, available from Pars Jewellery
Peridot & diamond 18kt gold ring, c1920s, offered by Naneen Brooks
Russian 14k gold ring and earring set, with peridot, blue topaz and amethyst, c1960s, available from Pars Jewellery
9kt gold peridot & amethyst pendant, c1920s, available from Naneen Brooks

Thursday, 11 August 2016

‪‎Afternoon Tea Week‬

Did you know that this week is ‪‎afternoon tea week‬? What better excuse for a scone! From 8 - 14 August, people throughout the UK will be celebrating one of the nation's favourite pastimes. Afternoon tea was first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. As the Duchess served dinner late, around 8pm, she would become hungry in the afternoon and began to take tea and a light snack around 4pm, to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. It was when she started to invite friends to join her, that this became a trend in fashionable households.

The Roof Top Kitchen at Alfies serves a fantastic afternoon tea, which consists of a selection of sandwich fingers, cakes, scones, clotted cream and homemade jam, plus a pot of tea of your choice. The roof top terrace couldn't be more pleasant spot to enjoy this in the summer months.

Scones and cakes from the Roof Top Kitchen

The Roof Top Kitchen terrace

To celebrate this week long celebration of tea, we're launching a competition to win a decadent Champagne Afternoon Tea for two at the luxurious Landmark Hotel, London, based just around the corner from Alfies. See our Facebook page for details on how to enter.

Alfies has a whole host of wonderful antique and vintage tea ware, from cups and saucers, to teapots, strainers and cake stands. Here are a few of our favourites:

Antique silver cake stand, c1910. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver serving tongs. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver tea strainer. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver sugar spoon. From Goldsmith & Perris

Hulkin & Heath antique silver teapot, 1890. From Goldsmith & Perris
Conran 'Nature Study' stylecraft saucer, 1950s. From Robinson Antiques

Conran 'Nature Study' stylecraft cup and saucer, 1950s. From Robinson Antiques

Jadeite milk jug and matching cup and saucer, more available. From Robinson Antiques
A selection of teacups available from Beth

Vintage reproduction of  a Wedgewood early Victorian tea set. From W & L Antiques

Friday, 5 August 2016

Summer Olympics: Rio 2016

The games of the XXXI Olympiad were awarded to Rio in 2009, which will be the first South American city to ever host the summer games. The Olympic games kick off today and will run until 21 August. 306 gold medals will be given to athletes competing in more than 40 events.

Keeping the Olympics in mind, we took a look around Alfies and came across a selection of sporty themed items.

Bronze & marble 1940s statue of a basketball player, Commonwealth Games, offered by Good Time Antiques

1960s Sabre by Leon Paul, offered by John Cserny

1960s Slazenger racket, offeed by Paola & Iaia - The Originals

1950s Sports themed jigsaw puzzle, by Waddington, offered by Paola & Iaia - The Originals 

English Sports and Pastimes, 1949, by Christina Hole, offered by Paola & Iaia - The Originals

1930s print "The Volleyers" by H. M. Bateman, from Moe Heidarieh

Victorian cyclist print, offered by Moe Heidarieh

Golf Ball match striker with silver rim and golf sticks, offered by Goldsmith & Perris

Thursday, 28 July 2016

New Dealer: Andy's Antiques & Collectables

This month we welcome Andy Powell to Alfies. Andy has led an illustrious life, in the 1970s he was a radio personality for Radio London and CBS. Soon afterwards he became a photojournalist capturing key international news events in the 1980s, from the wedding of Diana Spencer to the Gulf War, freelancing for top international media organisations.

His true vocation became apparent in the '90s when he focused on what he truly loved - painting. He became a well known artist whose work has been likened to Picasso and Kandinsky. In 1997 he exhibited at the Royal Academy

Examples of Andy Powell's art

You will find an eclectic mix of antiques and collectables in his stand. We asked Andy a few questions...

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your company?
I have been an artist, painter, antique collector and dealer for many years. I have been buying, selling, collecting and dealing since I was 7 years old.

How would your describe your stock?
Antique to historical items from 80 years old and collectables to antiquities over 1000 years old.

What is the most highly sought after item you have in at the moment?
Thomas Toft slipwear charger plates and pottery jugs.

Do you have any personal favourites in your collection?
Slipware and first edition books.

First Editions

A display featuring 17th century slipware plus a few Thomas Toft pieces

What piece would you love to find?
Thomas Toft Smoke Your Nose plate.

Do you have a favourite gallery to visit in London?
Have many but Tate Modern & Tate Britain.

What antiques, besides those you already deal in, would you be interested in collecting?
American historical items.

Vintage cameras

A selection of trinkets

A variety of antiquities and vintage items

Pewter mugs and tankards from the 1800s, jugs from the 1700s

Russian doll set circa 1930s

17th century original hand carved novelty stopper with moving figures

Frederick Remmington original Indian head buckle 1880s 

Andy's Antiques & Collectables | Stand G031-32 | Tel: +44 7806 667 950 | Email:

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Summer Catering: Antique Partyware from Alfies

Summer has finally arrived! Temperatures have been soaring this week and with that has come the clinking of Pimms glasses and the smell of the barbecue. If you're planning a picnic, barbecue or summer party this weekend - or want to be prepared for the next mini-heatwave (after all, it's impossible to predict) - then Alfies is a great place to stock up on vintage and antique drinkware and picnicware. A vintage dinner set or water set adds interest and a touch of class to a garden table, so get rid of that plastic atrocity you've had in the cupboard for years, and take a look at what Alfies has on offer.

We have found a great selection of glasses, pitchers and more from some of our dealers here at Alfies, here are our favourites:

1920s/30s American Art Deco Chrome plated cocktail shaker with engraved recipes. From Andy's Antiques & Collectables.

As above.

1920s 1930s Art Deco Whitefriars sapphire blue glass jug and glass set with silver plate drink stirrers. From Robinson Antiques.

1920s/30s English Art Deco green alabaster glass water set. From Robinson Antiques.

1930s silverplate and Bakelite cherry pot with cherry cocktail sticks. From Beth.

1940s red and cream Bakelite ice bucket. From Beth.

1950s Whitefriars ruby glass mixer jug. From Robinson Antiques.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst was born on this day, July 14, 1858. In 1903, she founded the Women's Social and Political Union, which used militant tactics to agitate for women's suffrage.

As the leader of the British Suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst was highly controversial both in the establishment and the movement itself. Pankhurst was imprisoned many times, but supported the war effort after World War I broke out.

Green, white and violet became the rec­og­nised colours of the Women's Social and Political Union. Since the suff­ragette movement slogan was "Give Women the Vote," Emmeline adopted the three colours: Green = Give, White = Women and Violet = Vote. The WSPU ex­orted women to "wear the colours" and show support for the mo­vement.

Suffragette jewellery flourished until 1918, the year in which British women first obtained the right to vote. Pankhurst died in 1928, sadly shortly before women were given full voting rights.

In celebration of Emmeline Pankhurst, we take a look at the Suffragette jewellery and items in Suffragette colours available at Alfies.

Silver and paste necklace, 1900s, offered by Zeeba Jewels

9ct gold, peridot, amethyst and split pearls, offered by Zeeba Jewels

Suffragette style vintage ring, offered by Gareth Brooks
Deco green frost glass 1930s bowl. Two part piece, from Renato

Set of 3 White Glass Celing Lights with Brass details, Danish 1950s, from Thirteen Interiors

Curved sofa, Italy 1950s, from Matt Mitchell London

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Flower shows are the ultimate quintessential British Summer events and - as the largest flower show in the World - The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the show to visit. There are a number of events taking place throughout the six days, including a variety of show gardens, demonstrations and talks.

Founded by The Royal Horticultural Society, along with The Chelsea Flower Show, in 1990, this is one of the society's most popular events. However, whilst having all the hallmarks of a traditional flower show, this is one with a slight twist. The Hampton Court edition puts more of a focus on environmental issues, sustainability and food growing.

Taking place until Sunday 10th July, this is definitely an event that will appeal to all of Alfies' friends with 'Green Fingers' - as will all of these floral inspired designs we have found in store.
A floral Chanel necklace. Offered by April Antiques

A floral Chanel necklace. Offered by April Antiques
A selection of brooches. Offered by April Antiques
A pottery leaf  dish. Offered by Renato

A floral painted urn. Offered by W & L Antiques

A selection of botanical illustrations. Offered by Moe Heidarieh

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