Friday, 29 March 2013

Before and After - French Lock!!

Everybody likes a before and after shot.

The first shot is the before, then the lock needed a lot of working on before it worked again.
Now the lock is fully working with its original key!

Would make absolute fantastic statement piece!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Before and After - Nightlatch

We all like a before and after shot, right?

Well here is a box of goodies as we purchased it a few weeks ago!
See the lock in the bottom corner. Was in a shocking state.

And look at it now! In fully glory and ready for its close up with the proper camera for the upload onto our website!
We cleaned and polished it and fitted a collar round the knob! And had to cut a key for it. Now ready for another hundred years of use!

You will find it finally listed on our website right here!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

From purchasing to polishing to website! Servantsbell

We thought you might like to see the stages our lovely finds go trough.

From when we first buy it, rough stage, to the next stage, polishing! And finally ready for website!

This is what we purchased last Saturday!  You can already find the brass bell pull here ! The lovely Art Nouveau hook sold instantly this image got uploaded onto our Facebook page!
So normally these finds disappear to the cellar workshop for examination. They will be taken apart and if necessary repaired and fixed. This is the rough stage!

Now they are ready for polishing !Telling you polishing is a filthy dirty job!
Husband has special polishing shed (well old outdoor loo, converted) outside the house, as everything will get covered in black dust! So this bell has come back from the polishing! You can see some of the black dust in the box!

And this is it reassembled and ready to for its Photo to be taken for the website!

And here you will find the finished article on our website Servants / Butlers Bell

Thursday, 7 March 2013

SBS Winner!

Hello dear Followers of Silbury Antiques

We did win a retweet from Theo Paphitis this week for our entry into the #SBS (Small Business Sunday) competition. Here is how it goes

Anyone looking for a re‐tweet from Theo should tweet him about their business on Sunday between 5 PM and 7.30 PM and include the hashtag #SBS. Six lucky businesses are re‐ tweeted every Monday at 8 PM and then invited to enter their profile on the new website. This is done free of charge and the new website is sponsored by Ryman Stationery, where Theo is Chairman.

I have been carefully entering every single sunday for weeks and this was my winning tweet:

and for this we got many hundreds of hits on our website and a lot new followers on twitter!
I got this badge, sadly not personalized for my trouble

Plus also an entry onto the Theo Paphitis SBS website

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Doing a bit of Salvage Hunting

We have been out hunting down new locks. We had a bit of a run on them lately, so need to find some more! We only have one large Nightlatch left. A wonderful Chubb Nightlatch !

Sadly none to be found today. Here is a selection of our finds for today.
A lovely complete Servants Bell with all the required bits and bobs
6 pairs of Art Deco Door handles
Big brass recessed handles and some little odd bits and bobs.

How I wish we had space for the warrior or the bell.

Oh well. Was not too bad a trip, maybe next time we find the elusive nightlatches!