English Salvage Ltd
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.
These hand drawn technical drawings, thought to date from the 1920's, would make unique wall coverings. They were reclaimed from the Avery factory in Smethwick, Birmingham, which specialised in weighing machinery. The factory was originally known as the Soho Foundry, built in 1795, and is of great historical significance due to the sophisticated mass production techniques utilised at the time. It has been reported that "Neither Taylor, Ford nor any other modern experts devised anything in the way of plan that cannot be discovered at Soho before 1805".
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.
These antique oak panelled double doors have such detailed countryside scenes depicted on a vivid purple background and framed in yellow, they will come to life backlit by a sunny day! They also have a claim to fame.... reputedly appearing in the BBC drama 'Our Zoo'! Starring Lee Ingleby, Anne Reid, Liz White and Ralf Little, the series was about George Mottershead and his dreams of creating the first cage free zoo!
Beautiful reclaimed plaster ceiling tiles, totalling roughly 27 sq m. Each has a cream background and gilt central quatrefoil relief, framed with a circular rope and double plain square mouldings. When fitted together they will create a grand ceiling, fit for any country house, restaurant or bar.
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!
A great display cabinet, with practical storage to boot! We think this would make a brilliant (and useful!) room divider in an open plan kitchen diner. Just imagine the drawers facing the kitchen, each drawer filled and labelled with herbs, spices, cutlery etc. The mirrored back glass display side (with lights) would face the dining room; displaying beautiful objet d'art.
A fascinating selection of original Picture Post photojournalistic magazines, published between 1938 and 1957. Picture Post was a popular, liberal, anti-Fascist publication which from its inception campaigned against persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany. In a time before television, the magazine focused the British public’s attention to what was happening in the World. Selling nearly two million copies per week and read by an estimated 80% of British people during WW2. In early 1941 Picture Post published their ‘Plan for Britain’ which included child allowances, a minimum wage, a National Health Service and reform in education. This publication led to discussions about post-war Britain, and influenced William Beveridge’s 1942 Social Insurance & Allied Services Report (known as the Beveridge report) which became the basis of the welfare state created by the Labour government elected in 1945.
Lights, camera, action!!! Reportedly from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in Covent Garden, this very impressive and imposing theatre spot light is a fantastic feature floor lamp. Having a G.E.C wheeled tripod base allows the large 1950's industrial theatre spotlight lamp to be easy moved, and the light itself is adjustable to allow for maximum flexibility.
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!
A truly arresting piece of painted stained glass depicting Sir Francis Drake in his armour. With the date 1928 and initials CBH painted onto the medallion designs, either side of the central panel, this piece contains plenty of history. Not to mention that Sir Francis Drake was the first English person to circumnavigate the globe in the 16th Century!
An impressive pair of Neoclassical tall fluted wooden columns with ornate scroll and foliate capitals. These columns, both originally painted and gilded, are each just over three metres tall and would look stupendous in a grand portico or hallway. With a fresh coat of paint and gilt work, they would look even more exceptional!
Amazing shepherd's hut / portable shed made from reclaimed materials. Ideal for those of us who need a little space of our own! With electric sockets, lighting and windows on three elevations. This hut would make a lovely garden office, bird hide, or hideaway in which to relax, and get away from it all.
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