English Salvage Ltd
This vintage 1970’s bus seat, made by Bristol, would make a unique double bench seat in a kitchen, restaurant or café. The seat is well preserved and the wooden runners are easily fixable to the floor to provide stability. Ideal for someone looking for a one off, individual feature item.
Highly unusual late Victorian cast iron curved railings, thought to have originally formed part of a balcony in a Welsh Chapel. The striking palm fronds detailing, surrounded by classical scrolls and arches, would make an impressive feature reused as balcony sections or railings. During the Victorian period manufacturers took the time to make quality, long lasting items, and these balcony sections are no exception.
Contrary to our understanding of the name today, Gothic design originally aimed to lighten the feel of a space by increasing window sizes and using arches more effectively to reduce column diameters. We are fortunate to have salvaged so many gorgeous Gothic pieces over the years. Recently we saved some beautiful Gothic architectural elements from the Derby Boys Grammar School Chapel, built in 1863, now demolished. Including several windows, each with slightly different tracery detailing, a niche and a pair of arched double doors, with stone surround.
Simply one of the coolest retro lights we’ve had in our showroom! Originally a German operating theatre light, we haven’t seen a similar one yet. It is full of character, and with some restoration, would make a unique feature floor lamp.
We have several of these charming botanical prints available. Grouped in multiples they’ll make a great wall display, or framed individually they’ll stand alone and hold their own quite happily. They all have ‘Callewaert Freres Bruxelles’ stamped onto their bottom right hand corners, translated as ‘Callewaert Brothers Bruxelles’ we can surmise they were produced in Brussels by the Callewaert Brothers, but little else is known about these charming prints.
Warm autumnal colours are brought to life in this stained glass portrait of the mighty Titian. When Titian was 10 years old he arrived in Venice, then one of the most prosperous cities in the World, and joined the workshop of Gentile Bellini to study painting. In 1511 Titian painted his famous frescoes in Padua and his portraits became sought after among the elite of Venice. Over the following years he received many more large commissions for religious paintings and frescos in public buildings, eventually becoming the most in demand painter in 16th Century Europe.
These iconic mid-century modern style stackable chairs were designed in the 1960s by Adam Stegner for Flötotto. Using the innovative material Pagholz for the single piece back support and seat, with strong metal legs. Pagholz is a durable and strong high density laminate perfect for precision and stability, making it ideal for chairs in high use environments such as restaurants, cafes or even at a busy kitchen table!
These beautifully intricate moulded composite relief plaques would make a lovely, textural display when hung individually, or alternatively, hung in multiples to create a full feature wall. The plaques are moulded from panels in Chatsworth House, which stands on the bank of the River Derwent in Derbyshire. The house is well renowned for its important collections of art work which spans the last 4000 years.
Every time these Indian themed paintings catch our eye in the showroom they always make us smile! So much life and character has been captured in these images, they’ll add interest and life to any space, and the bright colours are exactly what’s needed on cold winter days.
We love this utilitarian style metal work bench, it’s a great example of industrial furniture! Originally a post office sorting table, this could be upcycled into a fantastic work bench for a jewellery designer or model maker, or even just for a spot of paper work. The multiple shelves, as well as being useful storage, are a great way to display beautiful objects too.
Many recognise Royal Doulton for their highly detailed and intricate fine porcelain. Did you know it was Sir Henry Doulton’s innovations in sanitary ware that earned him a knighthood? Sir Henry Doulton invented a new glazed sewage system which reduced the spread of fatal diseases, especially in densely packed urban areas.
Charming antique French limestone fireplace surround with a central palm frond pattern which traditionally symbolises victory, peace and eternal life. This surround has some fascinating 'ancient graffiti'…. including several dates, such as 28th August 1821, and words including 'belle' carved into the mantle and jambs.
Having just arrived in the yard, this cast iron Edwardian fire basket and ash pan has a prominent crest with a scythe and rake; both symbols which have been easily recognisable from the Middle Ages. Their meaning could be taken literally, or (we think more likely) it could refer to a 'fruitful harvest of things hoped for'; a symbol of hope for future prosperity.
This very rare original enamel advertising sign for Millennium Flour would make a great display piece. The former flour mill building, located on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, is an iconic part of the London Docklands landscape. Re-built in 1930 in the art deco style, it has made its way into pop culture with appearances in many films and television shows.
This delicately carved stone statue has been catching our eye ever since it arrived in the yard! The intricate detailing, all carved from a single piece of stone, shows a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Purportedly the female figure is the Hindu goddess Parvati; the goddess of love, devotion and divine strength / power, and looks to be holding the chakram (a form of discus) which is associated with the goddess, as are the flowers and trees in the arched backdrop. The cow licking her feet demonstrates the ultimate sign of respect and admiration. Parvati is usually represented as fair and benevolent, a fine example to us all!
This room interior set is a first class example of the extraordinary detailed, and extravagant, carvings created in Portugal by top notch craftsmen during the late 17th / 18th Century Baroque period. A Portuguese historian suggested the panelling was created in the 17th Century for a merchant's house in Porto, Portugal, with further pieces being added over the following century. Figures of sailors are depicted on the jambs of the fire surround with over mantle, and it is reputed these figures were sailing on a Portuguese ship in the 17th Century. This would tie in with the dates and other information given by the historian, if only we knew the name of the ship!
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