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Travis Elborough charts the rise and fall of the antique, examining how, ultimately, the present always dictates which bits of yesteryear we deem worthy of collecting.

Travis Elborough charts the rise and fall of the antique, examining how, ultimately, the present always dictates which bits of yesteryear we deem worthy of collecting.
In the first episode, he looks back at the origins of the antiques trade and traces how it developed in Britain during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. He discovers the fashion for buying suits of armour and unearths the significance of "Wardour Street English".

Producer: Sheila Cook.

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10 top tips for getting yourself an antique bargain

10 top tips for getting yourself an antique bargain

From bid limits to checking the dimensions, here are some very important tips.