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Historic Antique Windows from Tate Britain Up-cycled into Mirrors

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Historic Antique Windows from Tate Britain Up-cycled into Mirrors

Some of our most popular pieces in the showroom are our reclaimed antique window mirrors. We’ve recently salvaged striking cast iron window frames from various locations that, when re-purposed as mirrors, make fantastic focal points with a little bit of history included. Last year Jason removed several of the original cast iron windows from the Tate Britain as part of the gallery’s modernisation. These wonderful Victorian window frames were originally the basement windows in the oldest part of the Tate Britain building, which was designed by Sidney R J Smith and built in 1897. You can spot the frames in their original setting in...

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Large 1920s Architectural Clocks from Leicester Square

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Large 1920s Architectural Clocks from Leicester Square

One of our most notable recent acquisitions is a pair of spectacular exterior clock-faces that were removed from the former Automobile Association (AA) headquarters in Leicester Square, Central London. The large 155cm diameter clocks would make outstanding decoration with fantastic provenance. The extraordinary clocks were originally positioned on each corner of Fanum House, which flanks the West side of Leciester Square. Fanum House was purpose built in 1923 as the AA’s central hub and headquarters. The building was designed by architect Andrew Mather, who also designed a large number of cinemas throughout the period, including the Odeon just across the square. The clocks were in...

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Victorian Ornately Carved Mahogany Panelled Room on Display

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Victorian Ornately Carved Mahogany Panelled Room on Display

A complete Victorian mahogany panelled room, one of our most spectacular current salvaged items, is now on display in all its magnificence at our sister site in Hertford. The outstanding panelling was originally made for a Victorian Gentlemen’s Club in the West End of London and dates from 1873. It is an excellent and extraordinary example of Aesthetic design, featuring elaborate and detailed carvings including regal-looking masks, reeded columns, scrolls and acanthus leaf decoration. There is also a grand mantel and a stunning portico featuring ornate stained glass. You can view the panelling in full in the video below, although I’d...

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Antique Portland Stone Cartouches from St James' Market, London

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Antique Portland Stone Cartouches from St James' Market, London

We recently salvaged some stunning Portland stone pieces from the facade of a building in St James’s Market in Central London. The Portland stone cartouches decorated the top of the building, giving a refined, classical look. As this plaque on the side of the building states, the building itself was erected in 1907 by Treadwell & Martin architects, who worked together from 1890 to 1910 and designed several relatively small-scale buildings in Central and West London. The building was originally the offices and workshops of J Styles & Sons Builders. More recently it housed the Tibet Foundation, but is now sadly...

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Stained Glass Windows from St Ninian's Church, Finchley Road

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Stained Glass Windows from St Ninian's Church, Finchley Road

One of our favourite recent acquisitions is a collection of original antique stained glass windows which we carefully removed from the former St Ninian’s Church on Finchley Road, Central London. The church was built in 1911 for the Golders Green Presbyterian congregation. It was designed by the architect T. Phillip Figgis, who also designed some Northern Line London Underground stations. The church was a redbrick building designed in the Perpendicular style, with traditional Gothic touches. There are some great original photographs of the exterior and interior of the church on the English Heritage Archives website: Exterior in 1911: http://www.englishheritagearchives.org.uk/SingleResult/Default.aspx?id=995119&t=Quick&cr=bedford+lemere&io=True&l=all&page=1075Interior in 1911: http://www.englishheritagearchives.org.uk/SingleResult/Default.aspx?id=1733918&t=Quick&cr=bedford+lemere&io=True&l=all&page=1077 Before removing...

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