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 Mahogany is not brown, it's the way it's polished

Antique Furniture

Antique furniture at affordable prices in Fleet

A & B Antiques supplies antique furniture to customers in Fleet and across Hampshire. Get in touch today.
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High-quality mahogany furniture

My job as a French polisher is to bring colour and vibrancy to your furniture. A lot of polishers, particularly from 1870s to present date, use colour polish in abundance to colour wood. Good polishers carefully stain wood and polish with lightly tinted polishes such as Button Polish, a slightly orange or garnet polish brownish in colour. When hand polished, wood is often a gamut of colour. At my online store, I offer the best quality mahogany furniture available.
Mahogany furniture

Mahogany tea table

 Brief guide to buying antique furniture

It is hard to find a 200-year old piece in perfect condition but there are still good examples that can be found.
  • Basic check list
  • Structural condition and originality
  • Original handles, feet and locks
  • Oak/mahogany linings
  • Quality and choice of figured wood and patination
  • Quality of workmanship
  • Check for live woodworm - this is not generally a problem if treated
  • Check for repairs - pull out drawers and look at drawer bottoms for groves
  • Push drawers in and out carefully
Buying antique furniture from me means you don't have to worry about any of the above mentioned issues. Have a look at my online gallery to see some images of the restored furniture I have for sale.

Expert advice

As a sole trader and collector, I deal with my customers directly. All polishing is carried out by me in person. I am a second generation French polisher and fine furniture dealer. I have polished many types of antique and quality furniture, dating from early Georgian antique furniture to present day quality new builds, including interiors. Whether it is a dining table, staircase or other wood surface that you are considering for renovation or conservation, please contact me for free advice. My 3 decades of experience can help you make the right decision and get the best results. Send me an image or call on 07525 494 275.
Mahogany stool

Mahogany drawer

Furniture polishing and painting

I have been polishing furniture and interiors for more than 30 years. When I started polishing, a lot of furniture, mainly Georgian and Victorian pine, was being stripped of paint and waxed to show the beauty of natural wood. Today’s fashion for painting furniture has seen many good mahogany and other hardwood period pieces ruined as paint might go easily. It can be very difficult and time consuming to remove as the paint goes into the grain and can be extremely difficult to remove, especially on veneered surfaces which can only be lightly sanded.

The colour is perhaps the most important consideration when buying antique furniture and this affects the value greatly. Repairs can be carried out to bring a new lease of life but good colour/patina is very difficult to achieve.
Would you like to become the keeper of a slice of British heritage? Call A & B Antiques in Fleet, Hampshire on 
07525 494 275
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