Category: Collectables

Catch Up With Posh Pawn

Channel 4’s popular show, Posh Pawn  is back! The 5th series  goes live from 25th August 2015. Chelsea jewellery expert Ian Towning appears in the first two  programmes of the new series – more later. Watch it on Channel 4 television on Wednesday evenings at 8pm (and on catch-up). Ian also appears in the on-screen […]

Ian Towning On Camera

When not at Bourbon Hanby Antiques Arcade in the heart of Chelsea, owner Ian Towning is out and about often at television studios. That is when the cameras do not come to him!   Increasingly Ian appears in his Arcade showroom amongst his fabulous stock  giving advice on investment and offering valuations. Ian Towning  is the guest expert talking about the value […]


August is traditionally the holiday month.  Commercial life in London  can be quieter than usual, but the gap is filled by  visitors.   In King’s Road, Chelsea it is business as usual.  Never more so than here. at Bourbon Hanby  Arcade opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall.  Regular customers may be on holiday but new faces take their place.  Looking […]

Chelsea Fair Cancelled

The annual autumn Chelsea Antiques Fair scheduled for 17-20 September 2015 has sadly been cancelled. This important date in the international antiques fair calendar has been held at Chelsea Old Town, Kings Road, London since 1950. It has attracted collectors and dealers not only from throughout this country but overseas. It will be much missed.   Hopefully […]

Forgotten Jewellery

Sentimental attraction is the reason that many pieces of inherited jewellery that have been passed on in the family are safely put away and then forgotten for years. One day they are rediscovered and increasingly its reappearance comes as  a welcome surprise. It is back in fashion! Or maybe it has simply  appreciated in value whilst it was not being appreciated   tucked […]

London Fairs and Much More

June is the traditional month for the premier showcase of UK art and antiques in London.   The old established International Art and Antiques Fair at Hammersmith Road. Olympia, west London (19-25 June 2015) coincides with Masterpiece in the grounds of  The Royal Hospital, entrance on the Chelsea Embankment, (25 June – 1 July)  Art, Antiques London is the early […]

Eye-Catching and Colourful

“Suddenly  everyone is seeking colourful brooches” says Chelsea jewellery expert Ian Towning at Bourbon Hanby Arcade in London.  Diamonds are being overtaken  by emeralds, rubies and sapphires as a girl’s best friend.  These brooches are the latest “must-have” accessory of the year.   It is not just that they are being worn, but how they are worn.  From […]

Another Season, Another Series

As viewers of the recent series of Channel 4’s prime time television programmes, Posh Pawn, have discovered,  it is amazing the things that people bring into Prestige Pawnbrokers at Weybridge, Surrey and Hatton Garden, London.   Featured pawnbroker,  James Constantinou, has  seen everything from Old Master paintings to a mini-submarine! What brings a real sparkle to the shows has been the sight […]

Special Occasions

Festive seasons are not the only time for celebrating.  There are so many other personal occasions.  It is at those times something special is called for. Very often  our thoughts turn to jewellery.  Maybe something with a sparkle or a favourite style. There is something for every age and taste.  Nothing is more exciting than creating a […]

Cool in Chelsea

According to The Times newspaper, “Chelsea is the home of Cool Antiques”.  It is also the home of Cool Jewellery at Ian Towning’s boutique in  Bourbon Hanby Arcade opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall at the heart of King’s Road –the coolest shopping street west of the centre of London.   King’s Road leads  off  Sloane Square which makes it easy to reach on the Circle and District […]