When the Weather Outside is Frightful - You Need a Barometer

Thursday 12 Feb

As 2015 gets well and truly underway, the UK has seemingly been battered by storm after storm from the Atlantic - wind, rain, and snow in Scotland. Mother nature hasn't really made up her mind what sort of winter we are going to have.One night London will have snow, rain and wind, but the next morning bright sunshine and then rain again. What are you to do when the weather can't make up its mind? Raffety have the perfect solution - invest in an antique barometer. Barometers became a popular item in the British home from the early 18th century, and they have never gone out of fashion in a l...

A buyer's guide to an antique chest of drawers.

Wednesday 21 Jan

When studying a chest of drawers it is important to be ordered in your thought processes. One of the first questions to ask yourself is what wood is the chest made from? If it is early 18th Century it may well be in walnut and if it is Georgian or later it is probably made out of mahogany. Then have a look at the drawer linings. If they are made in pine the chest is probably of secondary quality whereas if they are of oak or mahogany it is of superior quality. Also look at the way the grain of the bottom board runs, if it is from front to back the chest is probably of early 18th Century c...