Superb scrimshaw from Curious Antiques

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"Curiosity about the world and all its corners is a beautiful thing."

Stephen Fry, comedian, actor, author and polymath

Welcome to Curious Antiques' news, discounts and special offers page. After 30 years of buying and selling in antique centres, fairs and on eBay, this website has been launched to provide customers with another route to the 'Curious' experience.
   We are committed to tracking down fine, rare and intriguing antiques and curiosities. Sometimes these are found on our doorstep... but often they are sourced from much further afield.
   Our recent buying trips have taken in Mozambique, Zaire, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam, and we are about to embark upon visits to Singapore and Lombok (Indonesia). In future I will report back here on these trips, as well as on some of the best new items acquired.
   We routinely hold over 1000 quality items in stock, and are always adding new curiosities. Here is a selection of items that should intrigue and excite...

Impressive Anglo-Burmese hardwood cupboard/sideboard, c1830 – profusely decorated with carvings of deities, animals and mythical creatures. It is impossible to over-emphasise the quality of the carving on this large cupboard, as well as its overall impact.

Fine African Benin tribal bronze plaque from Nigeria, c1930.

Three of four vintage sawfish rostrum/blades in good condition and ranging in length from 56 to an impressive 102cm.

A pair of good quality, highly decorated 19th Century Chinese bronze and enamel vases, c1880.

Discounts and special offers

Curious Antiques exists for the delight of its customers, and with this in mind we are pleased to offer the following permanent discounts:
  • 10% off any single purchase worth a total of £500 or more
  • 15% off any purchase of two items or more in a single transaction
  • 20% off any purchase of two items or more valued at a total of at least £1000
Our discounts are applied at the Checkout – just place the items you want in your shopping cart and press the Checkout button. The appropriate discount will then be deducted automatically from the total. Please note that only the maximum available single discount can be applied to each purchase.
   Other discounts and attractive special offers will be made announced here from time to time. So please bookmark this page and return frequently.

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A large cow horn scrimshaw piece depicting Lord and Lady Falmouth, c1800 (see also top image). The decoration is lovely and comprises two good portraits and an inscription.

Stunning and rare 17th Century fruitwood three-drawer chest of drawers, 1680.

Large West African hand-carved tribal Ju Ju medicine jar, c1920.

We are constantly sourcing new stock. Coming here soon…
  • Shark vertebrae walking stick with silver metal handle, dated 1880.
  • Primus one-armed bandit. A nice 1950s German-made amusement machine.
  • Rare African Senufo tribal ceremonial bronze and snakeskin pipe.
  • Aireon model 400 ('Canned Ham') jukebox, 1948. This was the first jukebox to use neon lighting, and looks absolutely fabulous when lit.

Curiouser and curiouser...