Last-Minute Christmas Gifts From LAPADA’s Antiques Experts

Wicks Antiques globes

It’s not too late to shop for Christmas, and the antiques and collectables experts from LAPADA have a festive line-up of gifts guaranteed to get a good reception whether you’re buying for a loved one or yourself. We’ve picked just ten we would like to see under our Christmas tree – hint, hint.



Russian vodka decanter
A silver gilt and polychrome cloisonné enamel vodka decanter and goblet set. This piece was previously the property of the British Labour politician Harold Wilson (James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx), who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 – 1970 and 1974 – 1976.
Dealer: AC Silver
Price: £3,950



Decanter Stand, Boardman, circa 1850
A middle of the 19th century silver plated decanter stand and matching tray. The stand rests on the silver plated tray that has a manufacturer’s mark for Boardman & Glossop of Sheffield.
Dealer: Graham Smith Antiques
Price: £525.00


Games Table, circa 1870
A fine quality inlaid ebonized folding games table. The table has four games; Chess, Draughts, Backgammon & Gioco dell’Ocha (Game of the Goose).
Dealer: Hatchwell Antiques
Price: £7,600


Vintage Bulgari Citrine Cufflinks, circa 1970
A pair of cufflinks each composed of a cushion shape old mine natural unenhanced citrine in an open back rubover setting. The reverse mounted with a flat curving gold bar leading to hinged links with a smooth rounded torpedo form, approximate length 2.40cm. Marked 18 carat yellow gold, stamped ‘BVLGARI ITALY’, French import marks and Italian.
Dealer: Berganza Ltd
Price: £6,000



Bronze and Cut-Glass Decanter Set, circa 1890
This fine and decorative decanter set has a gilt-bronze box with glass panels and an ‘up and over’ lid enclosing sixteen small glasses and four decanters with stoppers, mounted on a gilt-bronze stand with a mirror base.
Dealer: Adrian Alan
Price: £POA


A Silvered and Gilt Metal Globe Form Astrolabium Table Clock by Hour Lavigne, circa 1848
The square base holding the battery-operated movement with dials to each side for the clock, thermometer, barometer and hygrometer, with central glass column above leading to the globe with orbiting moon and an astrolabium, signed ‘Hour Lavigne / à Paris depuis 1848’ under a glass cloche
Dealer: Mayfair Gallery
Price: £6,500


Pair of Persian Style Jewelled White Overlay Glass Decanters, circa 20th century
These exquisite glass decanters were created in Bohemia (modern-day Czech Republic). Bohemian glass has been prized for centuries for its high-quality craftsmanship and beautiful decoration.
Dealer: Mayfair Gallery
Price: £18,000


Ship’s Binnacle by Kelvin & Hughes, circa 1958
The binnacle is of the type originally designed by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) comprising a wooden pedestal and a brass hood with an aperture and a removable light fitting. With a clinometer to the side of the pedestal and two soft iron spheres on brackets to counteract the effects of the ship’s iron on the compass. Doors in the pedestal give access to the corrector magnets held inside.
Dealer: Hatchwell Antiques
Price: £POR


Duelling Pistols
A pair of flintlock duelling pistols by Twigg of London, with octagonal barrels inlaid with gold, walnut stocks and chequered butts. All in the original fitted mahogany case with a steel bullet mould, oil can and cleaning rod. The cover is mounted with a plaque engraved Captain Coghlan Royal Navy. English, circa 1785.
Dealer: Wick Antiques
Price: £34,500


A Pair of Carys 12inch Library Table Globes In Mahogany Stands
A pair of Carys 12 inch library table globes in mahogany stands, each on a reeded baluster stem with a tripod base and fitted compass, one bezel replaced, retaining the original varnish apart from an area of conservation around the South Pole of terrestrial globe, the celestial globe dated 1800 and the terrestrial with dated papers to 1809.
Dealer: Wick Antiques
Price: £28,500

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