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  1. I've been busy in the workshop again this week, its a filthy job but someone has to do it! The satisfaction comes from bringing something that maybe 200 years old, back to life again. It never ceases to amaze me, the sheer variety, design and craftsmanship of our heritage. Its a joy to deal with, and makes it all worthwhile.

    The result is quite a range of freshly restored antique door furniure and associated stock to list over the next few days. It will probably take me as long to photograph, edit and describe the items as it did to restore them, but they say variety is the spice of life.

    The latest stock includes, another Messenger conservatory or greenhouse door latch, you never see one of these for years then two turn up together! A Victorian servants call bell, servants call bell pull (the one typically seen by the side of the fireplace), a Victorian Suffolk type thumb latch (basic things though they are, I love them, and so much better than the modern equivalents), a Victorian lockable rim latch with good makers label, later 1920's lockable rim latch, three Victorian centre door pulls, one by Tonks & Co and quite decorative, ten pairs of Edwardian oval brass door knobs ( unusal to get 10 matching pairs these days), key hole escutcheons, four differing styles of door finger plates, a set of three lovely Victorian brass cockshead hinges, a basic cupboard door lock and key, 11 Victorian cast iron coat hooks, with acorn finials, an octagonal brass rim latch knob set, large decorative pair of Edwardian door knobs, 1920's electric door bell press, an octagonal pair of Victorian cast iron door knobs, and last but not least a pair of brass curtain rod brackets with drive-in spikes by Tonks.

    I'd better get on with it!

  2. Genuine antique air vents.

    Practical as well as decorative, there are two main types. The more common being the "Hit & Miss" variety. These have pierced vents, the air flow controlled by a turning or sliding non-vented disc or plate. Often of brass but also many in cast iron. The other type, usually highly decorative, and of cast iron, are controlled by louvre type shutters. The latter with their superb casting detail, are a credit to the pattern makers and iron founders of the past.