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May 1st Newsletter

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May 1st 2020
Dear Friends,

Firstly I would like thank those of you who have been in touch, checking in to see how we are doing, its alwasy nice to hear from you be it a phone call or email. Also a specials thanks and never taken for granted is your continued support in purchasing from us, especialy as all our exhibitions currently are on hold or cancelled. THANKS AGAIN.        

Well two weeks flash by since our last newsletter and here we find ourselves writing another informing you of our goings on. We have been lucky enjoying lots of Sun, but April showers are forecast so a few heavy down pours are now upon us. Living in the countryside we get to see more nature and the lovely goings on and with the lockdown here in full force, being able to walk in the fields that surround us we get the pleasure of seeing the newly born Lambs & Calves joyfully playing in the fields, lots of wild life and birds gathering twigs and grass for nesting. A indication of summer not being to far away, the arrival of the migrating Swallow, Swifts and House Martins returning from their long flights from sub-Saharan Africa to nest and bring up their young. Another beautiful sight is all the blossom on the trees, changing face of the countryside, dull brown fields that lay dormant and spring to life with lush green shoots. With that our gardens coming to life although great if you green fingered, something I have a go at but fail miserably, I like to think I’m good with a mower..!  

What’s in a Box?

The fascination of the box and its history on seeing one we can’t help but want to peek inside, when opening it we then want to see if it holds any other secrets and what stories could it tell.

Boxes come in all shapes & sizes and made from all manner of materials from exotic timbers to Horn, Ivory & Tortoiseshell, our fascination with them is immense due to their sheer complexity and links with history and fashion. Many boxes were made by highly skilled cabinet makers for their practical uses, some depict fashion and a time in history others for practical and everyday uses.

Some boxes were commissioned for Kings & Queens and were made by cabinet maker firms who held royal warrants for their skilled craftsmanship. And now these beautiful time capsules are admired by us all and still used by many of us today, some have been altered for more practical uses to suit our modern world such as Jewellery Boxes or to keep that Tablet / Phone / Ipad as the quality of them will out last any modern equivalent today, most importantly the timbers & materials used 100 & 200 years ago are not available or can be used today. So next time you’re thinking of a practical gift think boxes.

We hope you are all in good health and staying safe in these trying times.
Closely following government guidelines we are no longer taking appointments at our showroom. Our online services are still operating but there are certain postal restrictions in place due to the coronavirus. Prior to purchasing if you are uncertain of any postal restrictions where you live please get in contact and we will look into it.        

Tel +44 (0) 1604 863 979
Mob. +44 (0) 7779 654 879


This fabulous item we are putting up for sale to the highest bidder, all 100% of the proceeds will go to the fabulous NHS.. As a father with a daughter “Mia” (who some of you have met and seen at fairs) working on the front line of a private nursing home, being told some heart aching stories as she breaks down, is really hard in itself. All I want to do is give her a huge hug but social distancing does not allow me to do this, although we live under the same roof. She loves her job despite these new challenges and caring for others is what she’s good at. She said to me the other day when supplies of PPE were low and I suggested she not go back to work until its in place for your protection, “Dad our residents need care and love more than any other time, if all us carers thought like that then poor residents / patients would suffer even more, its especially hard as it is as they can’t see their loved ones”. Thats my Angel Mia and our little story.

This auction is for all the wonderful carers on the front line, from us to you all. xxx

Email us your bid or click on the item and send us your bid through our website using the blue inquiry button. After we receive your bid you will be given a paddle number. Your bid and paddle number will be added to the items page. This auction will run from Friday 1st until Friday 15th. The winning bidder will be notified and be sent details of how to donate or pay us soon after the auction.  
We will keep you updated as best we can via these newsletters, but if you have the means to follow our social media accounts please do and don’t forget to say hello.

Mark Goodger Antiques
Don’t forget to check in to the website regularly so you don’t miss out on our new stock!
We can reached by phone:
01604 863979 (Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm) 
or by email:

Every two days, we will be listing two heavily discounted items on the website for a limited amount of time. We will list these items between 16:00 and 17:00 GMT. After 48 hours, these items will go back up to their original listed prices.

Please be aware, once the items are listed, they will be available to everyone via my website. However I am giving you, our subscribers a first-look at these items.

Don’t miss out on your chance to purchase some specially handpicked items lower than trade prices!
Below are the items that will be randomly chosen coming up in the flash sale over the next 2 weeks.

Our newsletters will now be available to read on our website, click this red CATALOGUE and it will take you to our catalogue page, alterantively it can be found under our main banner. This way you can monitor our flash sale much easier and keep an eye on your latest bids. 

Our previous Newsletters can now be viewed in the “Catalogue” category on our website.
Some new items added to our inventory!
  Bronze Gilded Inkstand
  Tahan Jewellery Box
  Antique Sewing Basket
  Coromandel Sewing Box
  Miniature Sewing Compedium
  Tunbridge Ware Sewing
  Unusual Spa Work Basket
  Scale Vickers Wellington
Alternatively, if you are looking for something specific don’t forget to use the search bar on our new homepage.
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Want to keep up with our latest news and gossip?  We feature on all the platforms listed below, so connect with us!  

Mark Goodger Antiques

Please don’t hesitate to let us know of any glitches on our website, or how we can help improve your online experience.   

Visits are by appointment only but currently closed due to the current crisis. If you have any questions relating to future appointments or an item you are considering purchasing please get in touch.

We are listening to your feedback and appreciaite some items are a little out of reach, so we are now accpeting layaway payment methods. Contact us for more details about the item you’d like to purchase.     

Email Address:

Telephone:         +44 (0) 1604 863 979
Mobile:               +44 (0) 7779 654 879

Our 2019 brochure can be viewed by clicking on the image below. A complimentary copy will be sent with all purchases. Please contact us if anything is of interest.
We now accept payments for items online! So if you see something you like please go ahead and purchase the item before it gets snapped up!! 
This can be done by clicking on the “Add to Cart” button on the item you would like to purchase.
Then click on the shopping cart icon at the top of the page and click on “proceed to checkout” button on the dropdown menu.
Payments can also be made by bank transfer, paypal, or by credit/debit card through a telephone call to our office on +44 (0) 1604 863979. Please bear in mind that the facility to deliver an item to an address other than that of the registered card-holder is only available for existing customers.

Send us an email with as much information as possible and we’ll get straight on the case for you. We may even have that coveted piece in our ‘special reserve’! Click the link to get in touch:

And finally…. thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Please forward it on to friends & colleagues who may be interested.

Mark Goodger
& all the team.

Email Address:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1604 863979
Mobile:       +44 (0) 7779 654879