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Lockdown. Lets hope we can all stay safe and get through this. My thoughts are with all those frontline staff fighting this virus head on.

If you have any enquiries then please do give me a call.

James Gilbraith

July Stock

I currently have some very special stock. I was lucky to find some superb large antique armchairs and took the plunge to do something daring using fabric by Glasgow design studio Timorous Beasties. I chose Storm Blotch velvet to create a one-off chair that really has the wow factor. You won’t find another chair of this quality and craftmanship – marry that with hand made velvet and you have a statement piece that can’t be ignored.

Something you don’t see everyday is a reclaimed French Methodist Alter. This former alter would make a fantastic console/hall/lounge or serving table – it’s a lovely solid piece that would look wonderful with the right mirror above it.

I also have a few nice kitchen pieces in stock including a large welsh dresser and a Belgium Cheese dresser – both are available to view at Preston Antiques Centre 7 days a week

One of my favourite purchases has been a pair of inlaid Victorian smokers’ chairs – possibly Italian – their style and shape are extremely beautiful and elegant. The fabric was tired, so we refurbished and reupholstered using Fibre Naturelle velvet creating a pair of chairs that are hard to beat and even harder to find.

If you have any questions then please do call me on 07756211120

James Gilbraith


New stock for May


All these new items and more are available to view at Preston Antique Centre

For all enquiries please phone James – 07756211120


Stock Hunt- We need your vintage goods


I’m currently on a stock hunt – I want to buy antique upholstery in any condition – all I need is the frame to be sound. I’m also looking for cool mid-century furniture, seating and lighting.

If you have any items that you feel I could be interested in – then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

& if you are after that little bit of different for your home then please come and have a look at our shop inside Preston Antique Centre – PR1 5NQ – We stock original art and furniture that has charisma charm and soul

All Enquiries contact James 0n 07756211120

The Impossible dream !

Keen observers of our shop in Clitheroe may have noticed that it is now empty. Well the decision to flee came slowly then gathered pace as I weighed up the pros and cons of shop life. While the shop was a necessity at first, acting as photo studio, storage space and retail outlet it quietly began to lose its lustre as footfall fell off a cliff.  Talk about a DRAG ! I’m not the guy to sit there and wait for customers while sitting on my hands.  Life’s far to short..& my feet are far to itchy. I crave movement – I want to stay fluid not static. My forte is being out and about sourcing great stock, eating bacon butties, camping folk, walking the dog and fishing on the river Ribble for Salmon.

I had a dilemma ….. how to trade, keep the fun stuff rolling and earn just enough to enable me to maintain my self employed status….. If only I could have a shop that was a popular destination for public and trade for antiques, collectables, art, furniture and other class acts. A large space populated by other discerning dealers, well presented pitches, with quick links to the mighty M6 and open the preverbal seven days a week……..That was run by a knowledgeable band of friendly staff. Preferably the drive to it would take me parallel to the river Ribble, allowing me to fish yet not be too far from work ………..A Nirvana – surely I wanted to much….It was just an impossible dream…

Step forward Preston Antiques Centre…….A quick chat and a tour was all it took – I had seen the light & I didn’t need telling twice. Open 7 days and the best bit is I don’t need to be there ! Rejoice & Floss your arse off…..

All our stock is now on display on the 1st floor at Preston Antiques Centre, The Mill, New Hall Ln, Preston PR1 5NQ – OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.  20 plus dealers under one roof – lovely large well kept pitches curated by discerning dealers – its a superb space for anybody looking to enhance their home.

All enquires contact me – James on 07756211120

The Bright Stuff


Lots of class acts in the shop that give our customers the chance to own some unique items – one off paintings – bespoke reupholstered design classics – the secrets in the source ! For all enquiries please call James on 07756211120

Herbert Terry – Examination Lamp

Pat tested and ready to go – brilliant functional design – all original and working perfectly. Great piece that will always be collectable and is sure to increase in value. Its marked and stamped by the Herbert Terry factory and is all original. A superb light for the home that will sit behind your favourite chair. The robust design allows the lamp to extend and yet remain completely stable.

£399 ono

We have some other lamps from 1950 made by photex for photography but now rewired for household use – I will be adding new images later tonight.

If in doubt phone me 07756211120

School Holidays ! Tension beckons

Opening times are fluid at the moment as my children are off school. I have had to become a constant performer for their MANY needs. However  I am available, so if you find yourself peering through our showroom window and wish to view our stock – please phone me on 07756211120 – and I will be happy to let you into the shop ( I live just across the road ) or I can arrange to open on appointment day or night.

You never know what’s behind a closed door

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I was lucky enough to recently find a late Victorian period funeral hand bier, in oak and cast iron, the lift-off flat frame, designed to bear the coffin, with hinged sides, retractable carrying handles and rollers, the main body with hand pulling handle, sitting on large spoke cart wheels with rubber tyres, able to move on an axis

Lovely decorative unusual piece – un- restored and all intact.

£600 ono