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salvage surfers keep asking for a comprehensive list of stock on our website.
It is happening: the site already has many images, some with a
description and price too and more are being added as time permits.
If you come to the yard,
like many do, it gives me great pleasure to see people happy with their purchases. In fact, I often take photographs of these "Satisfied Salvagers", and the images below will give you an idea of what we are selling.
- Polished Fleur De Lys
This firegrate is one of a pair that I bought from a builder who was retiring. He had salvaged an assortment of architectural pieces during his building career. I bought the contents of his yard which included a box full of Catholic plaster figures. Goodness knows where he got them from but, because they reminded me of my childhood and that there is an aura that they can give off, I have used them in my own home. They look great standing in front of Art Nouveau glass windows with the sun streaming in from behind them. I am not saying you should convert to Catholicism but that it's worth exploring the use of religious icons and ecclesiastical salvage as powerful decorative features. Maybe I will put some images of them on the site at a later date. Getting back to the firegrate above you will notice it's polished. This is something we actually do on the yard. This one is an original (as most of ours are) and it has now gone into a listed property. I was impressed by the commonsense of their listings officer. I have often hit the brick wall of rights and wrongs about reinstating salvaged materials into a listed property. Should it be new or old? In this case I was told the officer was on the same wavelength as me. He would rather they reused an original than install one of the poorer quality reproductions that are available now. If you are not sure what is the right fireplace for your home, do some research first. A few minutes in a library could save you from making an awful mistake.
- Plank Door Off To Bedfordshire
This couple are restoring their cottage and have bought quite a few essential items from me. If you are missing a plank door it's worth knowing this is my favourite type of door and I always carry quite a lot of these in stock. But, before you rush for a 78inch high one for your new extension, please note most of the old ones are very low. You could try making your own - we have a lot of original timber for you to use, of which a sample is being held here.
You may wonder what bedsteads are doing on a salvage yard. I got the bug for collecting them in the 1980`s and its never left me. I've always liked the solidity of iron so if you visit my yard you will always find plenty of it. I remember selling a good brass and iron bedstead in 1982 for about £45. Not only do they look and feel right in an old property, they are also a good investment, as that same bedstead would be worth over £1000 today. So alongside all my salvage there are over 100 bedsteads in stock. We also sell a range of bases and mattresses to suit these beds and provide a full restoration service for customers' own beds.
This is an image of a 3ft 6in bedstead. He is holding one end and his wife is holding the other in the previous photograph. You will notice she looks a bit happier about the purchase! Not that there is anything wrong with the bed, it's just that he preferred a curly 3ft iron one we have in stock. Funny things bedsteads - you can usually tell which type of bedstead a male or female will choose by the thickness of the post. Females tend to go for the decorative bed with the thinner post (1 inch), males the 2 inch post with a brass rail on top, but these two proved me wrong!
- A Pretty 3ft Iron Bedstead
It was a difficult choice between this bedstead and the one above, but one had to be left behind and it was this one. It is finished in a red oxide primer which is ready to be hand painted.
- A Perfect Fit
This fireplace fitted in perfectly. But it's worth remembering that you need someone at the other end to help you get it out.
- Prized Cistern
In the days when Britain was one of the greatest manufacturers in the world Cast Iron was exported far and wide. The English company that made this cistern sold products in Sydney Australia as well as the home market.
- Is It Fred Dibnah?
Same accent but younger. He is off with a small range which we have fully restored. They are a real delight and unfortunately ignored by some house restorers in favour of something more ornate or a modern woodburning stove. If you have a chimney which has an opening where once a range was fitted the pleasure that can be gained by reinstating one is both visually and physically rewarding. There is nothing quite like warming your bones in front of an open fire.
- Thomas Crapper
No it's not an audition for a remake of the Blues Brothers! It is a colleague in the salvage world who now is the proud owner of Thomas Crapper and is replicating a range of his sanitary ware.
I have sold Simon various wonderful Victorian and Edwardian pieces over the years. If you look closely, he has bought a lovely decorative water closet and a corner sink.
- Toilet Humour
I am not sure what the joke was, but most people seem to leave here delighted with their find.
- Chamber Music
You can tell he is a musician by the way he is holding the water closet. But the real reason he is holding it so tightly is because they had found the perfect birthday present for their daughter who is restoring her outside privy.
If you have a downstairs lavatory, S-traps are perfect to use. You can avoid some of the plastic fittings and generally they are less in price than a P-trap.
- The Finishing Touch
This Victorian fireplace was the last missing architectural piece to be reinstated in the restoration of their home in Wolverton. It was a welcome surprise and present for his wife who thought they were just out for a drive in the country when he took a detour and ended up at my yard.
If you look closely you may see the fire bars are not attached, that is because they have been removed whilst the fireplace is being transported.
- Unrestored Bedroom Fire Grates
Both of these fireplaces were sold "as is". Some salvagers are perfectly happy to have a go at restoring fireplaces themselves.
These gargoyles are a repeat item and are great fun. The original was sculpted in clay and then a pattern was taken from him. I have used him in a rather unique way and I have encouraged other salvagers to adapt him. So watch out for more images later on.
This decorative screen is part of a set and was salvaged from an old shop in Buckinghamshire. Even though it looks as though it has been painted on a solid panel it is in fact on a fine mesh.
I have been told that my storerooms are one of the best kept secrets in the salvage trade. They are situated a short drive from the yard and cottage and are generally open by appointment.
But be warned if you go into my warehouse looking for one item you may go away with something unexpected and completely different as this couple did.
- Real Style
This huge fanlight is going to be built into a new build, which is being made of straw (which reminds me I must go and see how he's getting along). It is wider than he imagined so, rather than give up on the project, he is just going to make the building bigger. If you look for a problem you will find one. I like people who look for solutions.
- The Tardis
Good old baling twine - you cannot beat it for tying down those awkward little objects!
- Period Living Show
This reader was more than delighted with this brass lock. It was one of the best we have had. Unfortunately we did not have the key but a well known lock restorer who we use is going to make her one. He is based in Scotland but if you are having difficulty restoring locks we will gladly put you in touch.
- Period Living Show 2
- Dolly Tub
If you have ever wondered what these are, if you ask somebody who is reasonably mature they will have possibly used one. They were used to wash clothes in and I suppose children as well. Our family was a bit more modern - we had a gas fired copper on washday. After the clothes were washed my mother lined up myself and my two brothers and then dipped us in the water. We smelt of Dreft for a week. Ah those were the days!
- More Than Just A Basin
- Confident Challenge
We do sell fire grates incomplete. This tiled example is missing fire/front bars, grate, fireback, and the tiles. Restoring one like this is not for the fainthearted but, as there are quite a few replica parts available, it makes the job a little easier. It is worth asking for expert advice before you purchase one like this - they can be difficult and costly.
- Tight Fit
Somebody ought to patent a design into which reclaimed doors can happily slip. It would need to stop the driver getting neck ache, protect the lining of the roof, avoid damaging the headrest and repulse any carbon monoxide fumes that seep in, due to the fact that the tailgate is tied down with bailing twine, as the doors are hanging out the back. I can only think of one thing - a van - but doesn't that already exist?!
- Junk To Funk Or Funky Junk
Watch this space. These doors are destined for stardom. They will be featured in a new TV series, being transformed. Most of these doors were damaged and falling apart - they are what's known in the trade as "breakers".
They are often used by pine dealers who construct furniture from them so, before you burn an old door, Re-invent it.
Interestingly the production company that is making this series is the same one that made the 1900 and 1940's
House. At the moment I believe the company is filming in America - a recreated 19th Century prairie family?
- Classical Hopper
This cast rainwater head, which they are going to use as a planter, was sold to them for a very low price. Initially they chose an arts and craft one. But I realised how much I liked it so I encouraged them to choose this one by making the price really attractive. They really wanted one with decoration on it - I even had a solution for that which is a trade secret between them and me at the moment. Perhaps I will do what is known in TV land as a make-y do-ey feature and put some "how to" images on the site at a later date.
- Kitchen Sink
Still as popular as ever, the Belfast sink. Some mistakenly describe it as a butlers sink - I think they do it on purpose to make it seem a bit grander so they can ask more money for it. As you can see this one has timber fitted into the front of it, less chance of breaking those delicate wine glasses or could it be sluice bottles?
- A Plain Radiator
This is one of those weighty rads. These are usually rescued from industrial buildings and are quite often referred to as hospital rads. They are sturdy things and very functional and are not difficult to install. If you are buying them in an unrestored condition I would recommend that you test them for leaks first. Some people worry about the compatibility of old rads into new systems and are concerned about the size of the connecting water pipes. All they need is reducing which is not difficult especially now that some companies are producing good components. We stock a range of brass fittings which are copied from originals. They are made by a company who is proud of the fact that they manufacture them in this country, (see stock page).
The radiator in the previous image was sold and loaded into their car. As you know radiators are heavy and it was a bit of a squeeze getting it into the car. But we do have a suspension testing service here which, on examination, it passed and they quite happily drove it home on two wheels!
- Have Salvage Will Travel
This image was taken at one of the many shows we have exhibited at.
After looking for a couple of years for the right lavatory seat we happened to have one with the right dimensions.
- Salvage On The Road
I really like ventilation grating. The various types - airbricks in the wall, heating grating in the floors in churches, the venting panels in conservatories. The quality and intricacy of these designs are wonderful. Re-interpretation is quite often the key element in their re-use.
- Salvage Roadshow
Above is a new basin, which is a copy of one of the old models in the classic Thirties style. These lost some popularity in the sixties and seventies
but they returned with a vengeance and are still one of the most popular styles, being reintroduced into bathrooms. Perhaps it is because the angled/canted/chopped off corners sanitaryware was the first type to be fitted into bathrooms in most properties as, prior to that, the masses had outside privies and tin baths.
- In The Warehouse
I am afraid I am a bit of hoarder so be prepared to find something you were not looking for. In this instance an old pine cupboard.
A delighted salvager about to leave with his purchase. He spotted the wheelbarrow at one
of our salvage on tour shows. He was not sure if he would be able to get it across London on the underground and home by train so he opted for collecting it with his son.
- Window Shopping
This is a fantastic light. I sold this in the trade and it is now being fully restored by a well-known dealer who will bring it back to life. This is a wonderful piece and I am quite happy it has gone to a good home.
- Over The Water
Colin (Aubrey) and Tina are regular customers of mine. I bought something off them first, then they bought from me and it has carried on from there. Tina bought Colin an old dustbin from me as a Christmas present. In this instance, I had sold them part of a wooden pavilion which will be perfect as a decorative balustrade across their stream. Unfortunately I did not take an image before delivering it - what you see is Colin, his son and one of my chaps manhandling a heavy iron framed window I had acquired from him.
- Betwixt And Between
- Finding The Strength 2
- Tea Time
One of the areas where we are different to a lot of salvage yards is that I still deal in antique furniture (its all salvage to me). If I go out to look at the contents of a cottage I might buy everything, right down to the kitchen sink even the draining board. Alongside some Period furniture I came away with some kettles. They are great as decoration either inside sitting on an old range or outside planted "up" with flowers
- Stained Class
- Delighted with his find
You will see at a later date why he is so pleased with his purchase?
- A Sign Of The Times
This is a piece of my local history. It belonged to a pub in Lower Weedon affectionately known to the locals as "the blood tub" apparently fisticuffs was a favourite and regular pastime. The pub was pulled down when I was a child but the old place is still talked about. It is one of those many pieces that I come across that has a story to tell. The sign was proudly displayed in its heyday when the army was stationed in the village. Everywhere was thriving the cobbler, the butchers the ironmonger and there were twenty something establishments where ale could be acquired (every time its spoken about the number grows) Sadly when the army left a way of life
went with it and some businesses died, but memories always linger and this old tin sign is one of those time-sparks where images of the past can fly by in seconds. One minute the pub was standing the next its gone but one of the villagers rescued the sign and kept it along with a few other relics on his allotment, such as the old gate from the cemetery as time passed and he died. A chap from another village was asked to clear his patch, and that's how I ended up with it (and the gate which now hangs in a cottage garden in Warwickshire) The Phipps sign has now been given pride of place in a pub called Steaming Billy in Leicestershire
- Shall We Or Shall We Not?
- Yes We Shall!
- Ironing Board
This salvager unearthed this old ironing board in the back of my old railway goods carriage.
- Ironing Board 2
Look at the workmanship of an ironing board of yesteryear, with its built in sleeve ironing device (?).
- Ironing Board 3
Even her husband was excited at the prospect of adding to their personal museum!
A more imaginative approach for the purist and the romantic