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Easter Time

A few days of sunshine have already been in evidence this year. Spring is in the air. And certainly it is a busy time at Bourbon Hanby Arcade opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall in King’s Road London.

Particularly there is plenty of time to browse – and buy – Easter gifts from the new Spring collection of jewellery specialist Ian Towning’s glittering stock.    

Usually open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, the Arcade closes all over the festive season Good Friday to Bank Holiday Monday reopening Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Happy Easter!

Fair Trade

One of London’s top shopping  streets, King’s Road, Chelsea, has been busier than usual recently as antiques collectors and dealers attended two of the city’s leading annual art and antiques fairs held annually in mid-March.

The BADA Fair (British Antique  Dealers’ Fair) at The Duke of York Yard near Sloane Square founded in the 1930s and towards the other end of King’s Road the Chelsea Antiques Fair held at the same venue, Chelsea Old Town Hall..

Immediately opposite the town hall, on the corner of Sidney Street is Bourbon Hanby Arcade – open all year Monday to Sunday –  free admission – offers more antiques, jewellery and decorative arts at prices to meet all pockets. Always worth a visit.

Ian in New Zealand

The internet brings people together all over the world, not least, through television programmes. Ian Towning of Bourbon Hanby Arcade in London has made regular appearances over the years on David Dickinson’s Real Deal and Posh Pawn and is now an international antiques and jewellery expert.

This extends to about as far away as one can get from the UK, to thousands of viewers in New Zealand. On a recent visit there, he appeared on some local television shows as ever to talk about his speciality. A highlight was a fifteen minute interview on prime time Face TV (Sky channel 83 NZ). Following on Face TV asked him to return to make a four-part series, interviewing well-known antique dealers in Aukland.

There are more shows planned for the future. Watch this space!

Safe as Houses?

According to a recent survey the value of some jewellery by leading 20th century craftsmen jewellers has outperformed the housing market in England over the past decade.
According to international auction house, Bonham’s, rare and sought-after pieces have soared in value by as much as 80%, whilst the property increased by 47% since 2006. Belle Epoque (1890-1915) pieces head the list showing an 88% rise with later 20th century pieces following.
“Many people fail to realise the value of the contents of their jewellery boxes handed down in a family due to failure to recognise the hallmarks, signatures and initials of master craftsmen from the past. This emphasises the importance of consulting a specialist dealer, “says Chelsea jewellery expert, Ian Towning, who offers valuations at Bourbon Hanby Arcade.” I am always pleased to see the smile on the face of a client, who whilst appreciating the beauty of a piece, had not realised it had appreciated in value.

Posh Pawn Party

After Chelsea jewellery specialist Ian Towning’s regular spot examining a very interesting piece  during the exciting Christmas special edition  of Posh Pawn on Channel 4,  he popped up again at the end of the show to judge an ice sculpture competition at the staff party. Much fun was had as the teams  from all branches of Prestige Pawnbrokers broke the ice. To cap the proceedings Ian and proprietor James Constantinou selected the worthy winners from Weybridge.

Festive Greetings

Happy Christmas and New Year to all readers of our Blog.

Make a New Year Resolution to call in and say “hello” in 2017 if you are near us at Bourbon Hanby Arcade, opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, west London..

You can be sure of a warm welcome as always.

Posh Party

Make a special note in your festive season calendar on Wednesday 27 December 2016 to enjoy the party spirit at Posh Pawn on Channel Four television. Kings Road, Chelsea specialist jeweller and television personality, Ian Towning who regularly appears on the show when a very special piece of jewellery comes through the doors of Prestige Pawnbrokers’ proprietor, James Constantinou.

This Channel 4 television show is irresistible, not least because this is not fiction – it’s all part of the exciting day to day activity of  a real pawnbroker with a walk-in to the world-famous London jewellery quarter in Hatton Garden, London, Deansgate, Manchester, Richmond, Surrey and Weybridge, Surrey. And this party is the real thing!


Festive Season Opening at Bourbon Hanby Arcade

A warm welcome awaits everyone coming through the doors of Bourbon Hanby Arcade, especially during the coming run up to the festive season. Well situated just off the famous  West London fashionable shopping street, King’s Road, Chelsea, opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall at 151 Sydney Street, you will be in good company. New stock arriving daily right up to till 4pm on Saturday 24th December, reopening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.  Telephone 0207 352 2106.



Party Time

Autumn is over. Winter is on the way. Now is the time for candles in pumpkins at Halloween and bonfires and fireworks on Guy Fawkes night. Well known specialist jeweller Ian Towning has exciting new stock  at prices to suit all pockets in his showroom at Bourbon Hanby Arcade opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall, London. This is party time. Treat yourself – or someone else! – and add sparkle to each occasion.

Buyer Beware

When reading saleroom catalogues it is important to remember that the estimated price shown against each item does not include the buyers’ premium, usually around 20 per cent of the hammer price. The Sunday Telegraph recently reported that the Advertising Standards Authority watchdog warned that the public is at risk of hidden charges when buying antiques and works of art which includes jewellery at auction. The newspaper understands the ASA will examine whether the system meets the requirements of the code for advertising that states any quoted prices “must include non-optional taxes, duties, fees and charges”. 
Retail antiques and jewellery dealers have to sell at a shown total price which can be negotiable. Buyers beware when buying at auction where the price can only go one way – up!