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Seeing the world!

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August 20th 2020


Dear Friends,

First of all a warm welcome to our new subscribers, and as always thank you all for taking the time to read our fortnightly newsletter.

Once again a great response to our previous newsletter with sales across the board, huge thanks for your support and custom. Another thank you for your comments and feedback, which we always welcome. Several of you have taken advantage of our LAYAWAY payment process; making what would normally be outreach purchases more affordable. For more details, please contact us here

The wonderful Pear Caddy we invited offers on was snapped up almost immediately! The generous buyer was also kind enough to send us some pictures of the caddy happily nestled in with his collection. 
Feedback is always welcome as we are very passionate about the items we sell. (Sometimes Mark is a bit too passionate and needs his arm twisting to let things go!)

Campaign, Military and Travel

There is a particular style of Antique boxes known as Campaign. The difference these have from other antique boxes, is that these items would be adapted for travel.

These would be made more robust with additional brass brackets to ensure they had that added strength for life on the road or the sea. They would usually be the sort of items that would be handy whilst travelling.
Letters were the main communication method whilst on the move, which is why Writing boxes were always important. So a good Writing Box would be essential for long travel – especially overseas.
Many Campaign Writing boxes have turn down screws so you could fix the writing surface to a flat surface. This would help your witing surface stay in place just in case your vessel encountered rough seas! In addition to this, they would often have brass facings with a rebate – which made unwanted access to the box much more difficult!
Now onto The Apothecary Box – another important box for travelling. This box was for the doctors on the move, so they could take the essentials with them. These robust boxes would help to keep the contents safe – which was very important as they would often be full of glass jars containing all manner of potions and poisons!
These boxes were of the utmost importance in allowing doctors to travel to those that needed care. They would also play a huge part in military campaigns which would often see triages moving with the lines of combat.
Which leads us on another variant of Campaign box – The Military Box. These would be much more robust in design; often made of solid wood, however slightly less decorative in style than the others as they were definitely made for function over form. Along with the essentials of Apothecary and Writing boxes, the Military boxes would often contain decanters – for the higher ranks to have a nip of brandy or whiskey whilst surveying the battlefield! 
This idea of being able to take a drink with you wasn’t just confined to the Military. Decanter boxes were hugely popular. These would usually be a solid mahogany dovetailed carcass to ensure the contents would be protected, but being more of a luxury item, they would often be veneered in more exotic and eye catching woods.
So you have your decanter box for the odd snifter whilst on your travels, a writing box to stay in touch and perhaps keep a journal of your adventure, what more could you need? Well, a Vanity Box of course! To be looking your best at all times, and the vanity box would cater to this very need. Fitted with items for hair care, manicures, makeup and perfume. Everything one could want to look their best whilst travelling.
As travel was very much an upper class pursuit, these vanity boxes were the height of luxury. Made with engraved precious metals and the most exotic woods making them the must have luxury travel accessory.
Here is a selection of some of our most recent additions.
We are listening to your feedback and appreciate some items are a little out of reach, so we are now accepting layaway payment methods.
Contact us for more details about the item you’d like to purchase.

+44 (0) 1604 863979     
Walker & Hall Inkwell
Antique Tulipwood Glove Box
Malachite Box
Antique Writing Box
Hexagonal Tea Caddy
Antique iPad Box
Hausburg Jewellery Box
Baccarat Ice Bucket
Shagreen Box
Rosewood Jewellery Box
Hukin & Heath Decanter
Russian Carved Bone Casket
Mulberry Jewellery Box
Apple Tea Caddy
Looking for something specific? Don’t forget to use the search bar on our homepage!
Mark helping with another project was asked by Ronati for an online video produced by them for them and us to use where ever we want. Mark’s first to say he has a face for Radio and hates cameras, so if you want to cringe with Mark please take a peek.

This video comes with an isolation hairstyle warning! ..        


More and more of us are shopping online during these times, which has unfortunately seen a surge in rogues out there keen to prise you of your hard-earned money. Please be careful when buying antiques online, fakers have been extremely busy and making lots of money!

So many flaws hidden by clever photography, added inlays, period caddies re-veneered and turned into what appear to be rare unusual designs – these unscrupulous fraudsters giving us dealers a bad name! 
So please, do your homework thoroughly on the person/dealer and the item you are looking to buy.

I am happy to give my opinion and will not charge you for my time especially if you’re a customer of ours. I do this for many of my collectors, after all, I am as keen as you to help build the best collection money can buy. 


Following government guidelines we can now open our showroom, this is as always by appointment only. All government guidelines have been taken to make sure your visit is safe. However our online services are still the best way of purchasing.

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 for you.        

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


Mark Goodger Antiques
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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 bare 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.

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Telephone: +44 (0) 1604 863979
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