Category: Collectables

Delighted Seller

Back on prime-time television during autumn 2014 Posh Pawn  attracts  a growing following of viewers.   Chelsea Jewellery expert Ian Towning  of Bourbon Hanby regularly advises the pawnbroker on the value of items brought in to pawn or for sale. In the first of the second series, a client asked  James Constantinou, owner of the well-known Surrey firm of pawnbrokers to value and make an offer […]

Buy Early For The Festive Season

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas presents!  Some of the most exciting things will be in the shops very soon now. There is always renewed interest  in the antiques and jewellery world at this time of year with new stock coming onto the market for the autumn season. Specialist dealer Ian Towning at Bourbon Hanby Arcade in Chelsea, London […]

Favorite ITV Show

Dickinson’s Real Deal is off-air for a summer break during August and the first two weeks of September This popular ITV show will resume broadcasting with the first of the 10th series on Monday 15th September 2014.

Welsh Borders Charity Antiques Event

The Hope House Children’s Hospices in the Welsh Borders  are holding a  “Value and View” fund raising event at Trevor Hall near Llangollen on Tuesday 2nd September 2014. Ian Towning, Chelsea jewellery and antiques expert on ITV’s popular show Dickinson’s Real Deal, will be conducting two valuation sessions at this Welsh stately home. This is a ticket-only occasion in aid […]

Coming To Corby with Dickinson’s Real Deal

Chelsea antiques expert Ian Towning will be back in the Midlands in Corby on Saturday 19 July 2014 taking part in  the filming of another programme in  ITV’s successful shows Dickinson’s Real Deal. He says “I am coming to Corby  really looking forward to meeting local people who I am sure will be bringing along interesting items for sale. […]

Coming to the Fair Antiques

Fair Antiques is coming back once again in mid-June in London and it’s time when collectors and dealers come from all around the world. The International Fine Art and Fair Antiques opens at Olympia, Hammersmith Road (,  from 5th to 15th June and Art  and Antiques London at the Marquee, Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall from 11th […]

You Want More?

Alfreton in Amber Valley, Derbyshire, just off the A38, is hosting ITV’s  Dickinson’s Real Deal  on Saturday 17  May 2014. Filming will take place at  the town’s Leisure Centre in Church Street (DE55 7DB).  Admission is free from 9am. Presenter David Dickinson is hoping there will be some real ” Bobby Dazzlers” amongst the interesting things that local people will bring […]

A Nice Surprise

“I am always happy to give someone a nice surprise” , says Ian Towning. Chelsea jewellery expert and regular valuer on the popular television programme  Posh Pawn made it possible to advise the owner of a fine diamond necklance and ring that they were worth far more than they expected when the pieces were taken into […]

Posh Pawn Is Back!

Following on from last year’s successful one-off Channel 4 documentary,  Posh Pawn, a complete series  about high-end  pawnbroking  comes back on our television screens  for 2014.   In the first episode at 8pm  on Thursday 17 April  asset experts including Chelsea antiques and fine art specialist Ian Towning  go behind the scenes when two diamond necklaces are brought in to  Surrey-based  Prestige pawnbrokers. […]

Good Egg

Easter eggs are not all edible! There is a long tradition of giving eggs as presents at Easter made of precious metals.   These novelty eggs have become extremely collectable .  A good egg  example is a 13cm tall  silver mushroom with an Easter egg inside made by silversmith Christopher Nigel Lawrence,  hall-marked  London, 1981.  At the time of writing this is […]