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    • Using Herbarium Botanical Samples as wall hangings to "add soul to an interior"

      At Retrovation we believe that mixing old and new in an interior space adds soul and personality, providing a stamp of individuality. Antique Herbarium Botanical Samples are perfect for this with everything that we love; they are mementos of exploration, they are beautiful and are full of history. So what is a Herbarium (plural Herbaria)? They are a collection of plant specimens with notes about the plant and where it was collected for scientific purposes. It was important to collect and catalogue each part of the plant. The origins of collecting botanical samples go back hundreds of years, becoming increasingly popular in the 19th century with the Victorians obsession with cataloging the natural world. These elaborate pressed flowers have been cherished by the collector, with hand written details and beautiful presentation on original antique paper. At Retrovation, we have sourced a number of these fabulous Herbarium sample pages (the books are increasingly being divided up and sold individually). To incorporate in to a interior space with maximum impact, we have created wall hangings by mounting the samples in stunning original museum exhibition frames. These frames were sourced from Plymouth museum and we believe they are a perfect marriage. Want to learn more about Herbarium, check out this great post from Botanical Art and Artists https://www.botanicalartandartists.com/herbaria-seed-banks-and-fungaria.html

    • A brief history of Apothecary bottles

      Apothecary actually comes from the Latin “apotheca” or storehouse and in medieval times an apothecary could purvey any luxury item. From the 16th century, the apothecary started to resemble the modern idea of a pharmacist or someone who formulates and dispense medicines. The early apothecary jars were for storage but also for display of expensive and valuable items so were decorated to impress. The bottles and jar bear latin inscriptions of their contents. The pharmacist would need to know the meaning of these and use their handbooks of “materia medica” to keep up to speed with contents. Up until the late 19th century, apothecary containers were functional products made by skilled glassblowers along with other products such as windows and drinking vessels. These hand blown glass would normally have a “pontil scar” where the pontil was broken from the blown glass. In these cases the bottles would have been made by skilled glassblowers using techniques that would have been in use from the 18th Century and decorated using cold-painted application where motifs are applied to the glass with paint and protected by a thin layer of varnish. This laborious technique was not suitable for larger scale production that came in to effect in the late 19th/ early 20th Century. In the latter part of the 19th century through the industrial revolution, larger companies such as the York Glass Company would have used more modern techniques to make larger volumes for use in the larger pharmacies associated with larger populations. These would have been in use right through the early part of the 20th Century until post the 2nd world war when modern technologies with plastic and modern dispensaries would have made these apothecary jars and bottles with their beautiful labels redundant LUG (Label under glass) examples in Ceramic and Glass are late 19th century or early 20th Century. Label under glass was a later technique used so that an elaborate and decorative label would be protected by covering in a thin layer of glass. These examples were typically made in factories rather than hand blown and would carry the mark of the factory maker for example the York Glass Company who operated in the latter 19th century/ early 20th century and would have made these bottles on a large scale as demand grew through the industrial revolution).

    • A brief history of Apothecary bottles

      Apothecary actually comes from the Latin “apotheca” or storehouse and in medieval times an apothecary could purvey any luxury item. From the 16th century, the apothecary started to resemble the modern idea of a pharmacist or someone who formulates and dispense medicines. The early apothecary jars were for storage but also for display of expensive and valuable items so were decorated to impress. The bottles and jar bear latin inscriptions of their contents. The pharmacist would need to know the meaning of these and use their handbooks of “materia medica” to keep up to speed with contents. Up until the late 19th century, apothecary containers were functional products made by skilled glassblowers along with other products such as windows and drinking vessels. These hand blown glass would normally have a “pontil scar” where the pontil was broken from the blown glass. In these cases the bottles would have been made by skilled glassblowers using techniques that would have been in use from the 18th Century and decorated using cold-painted application where motifs are applied to the glass with paint and protected by a thin layer of varnish. This laborious technique was not suitable for larger scale production that came in to effect in the late 19th/ early 20th Century. In the latter part of the 19th century through the industrial revolution, larger companies such as the York Glass Company would have used more modern techniques to make larger volumes for use in the larger pharmacies associated with larger populations. These would have been in use right through the early part of the 20th Century until post the 2nd world war when modern technologies with plastic and modern dispensaries would have made these apothecary jars and bottles with their beautiful labels redundant LUG (Label under glass) examples in Ceramic and Glass are late 19th century or early 20th Century. Label under glass was a later technique used so that an elaborate and decorative label would be protected by covering in a thin layer of glass. These examples were typically made in factories rather than hand blown and would carry the mark of the factory maker for example the York Glass Company who operated in the latter 19th century/ early 20th century and would have made these bottles on a large scale as demand grew through the industrial revolution).

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    • Antiques Store | Retrovation | England

      Retrovation Decorative Antiques & Interiors Shop Now DECORATIVE ANTIQUES Shop Collection VINTAGE PROPS Shop Collection UNIQUE INTERIORS Shop Collection About Us We love to handpick the beautiful, rare and unusual. Whether that be from a country estate as a stunning statement, a vintage piece to add character and personality for or items full of history that can be used as in a home or business setting. Follow our hashtags #retrovation #weaddsoultointeriors Decorative Antiques , Unique Interiors Vintage Props ​ Why not have a browse through our on line store, check out our to see what we are up to or visit us at the Retrobarn near St Albans, Hertfordshire. Instagram feed ​ Dawn & Steve ​ C an We Source Something Unique for You? Contact us PLEASE GET IN TOUCH Send Success! Message received.

    • Decorative Antiques | Hertfordshire | Retrovation

      Decorative Antiques We handpick beautiful timeworn antiques that get better with age, last a lifetime, and are wonderful investment pieces. They will add character and soul to any home interior. < Shop All Filter by Collection All Apothecary & Pharmacy Country House Decorative Salvage Fine Art Haberdashery & Shop Display Natural History Travel & Leatherware Price £25.00 £1,850.00 Sort by Quick View Antique Vintage Canary Taxidermy Glass Glazed Case Price £125.00 Quick View Antique 1878 Cast Iron Andiron Thomas Jekyll Aesthetic Movement Single Fireiron Price £125.00 Quick View Antique 1886 Thonet Chairs Catalogue No 36 Bentwood Bistro Chair Set of Four Price £340.00 Quick View Antique Victorian Willcox and Gibbs Hand Cranked Sewing Machine A495395 Price £185.00 Quick View Antique 20th Century Optometrist Set Lenses Opticians Raynor London England Price £195.00 Quick View Antique 19th Century Optometrist Set Lenses Opticians F. Davidson & Co London Price £295.00 Quick View Antique 19th Century Oriental Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquered Sewing Craft Box Price £195.00 Quick View Antique Shop Glazed Display Cabinet Haberdashery Glass Shelves Domed Sections Price £1,265.00 Quick View Antique Georgian Oak Plank Topped Side Table Breakfast Occasional Small Table Out of stock Quick View Antique Victorian Leather Wagstaff & Sons Trunk Suitcase Steamer Travel Case Out of stock Quick View Antique Regency Mahogany Hall Chair Statement Chair Carved Legs Price £175.00 Quick View Antique Victorian Tan Leather Hat Box Silk Top Hat Travel Bucket Case Luggage Price £195.00 Quick View Antique Mahogany Chiffonier Sideboard Cupboard Buffet Cabinet Storage Drawers Price £395.00 Quick View Antique Tramp Art Table Hand Carved Wooden Stand Interior Side Table Price £365.00 Quick View Antique Victorian Pressed Flowers Art Original Gilt Frame Interior Design Piece Price £45.00 Quick View Antique Tambour Fronted Filing Cabinet Oak Pine Victorian Home Office Storage Price £245.00 Quick View Antique Brown Leather Leg of Mutton Gun Travel Case with Monogram Price £175.00 Quick View Antique Tawny Owl Glass Dome Cloche Taxidermy Ebonised Base Display Ornithology Price £225.00 Load More

    • Vintage Offfice | Hertfordshire | Retrovation

      < Shop All Vintage Office Furrniture Beautifully crafted office furniture from the Victorian, Edwardian and Early 20th Century Period are just fabulous in any home office. Quick View Antique Shop Glazed Display Cabinet Haberdashery Glass Shelves Domed Sections Price £1,265.00 Quick View Antique Oak Filing Two Drawer Cabinet Crusader Home Office Storage English Price £295.00 Quick View Antique Mahogany Chiffonier Sideboard Cupboard Buffet Cabinet Storage Drawers Price £395.00 Quick View Vintage Mini Inlaid Box Marquetry Box Trinket Jewellery Tiny Bank of Drawers Price £38.00 Quick View Antique Amberg Filing Drawers Bank of Drawers Home Office Storage Cabinet Out of stock Quick View Antique Oak Filing Cabinet Pre-Eminent Bank of Drawers Home Office Storage Price £475.00 Quick View Antique Tambour Fronted Filing Cabinet Oak Pine Victorian Home Office Storage Price £245.00 Quick View Vintage Bildon Filing Drawer Stacking Office Hunts of Oxford Home 4 available Price £22.00 Quick View Antique Vintage Dentists Medical Cabinet Bank of Drawers With Contents Price £295.00 Quick View Antique Bank of Drawers Collectors Cabinet Storage Canteen Campaign Handles Out of stock Quick View Antique Bank of Drawers Cabinet Cigars Humidor Storage Collectors Out of stock Quick View Antique 19th Century Mahogany Chest of Drawers Victorian Inlaid English Storage Price £295.00 Quick View Antique Oak Bank of Drawers Index Filing Cabinet Haberdashery Shop Cabinet Price £325.00 UP TO £100 OFF Quick View Antique Victorian 19th Century Mahogany Chest of Drawers Storage Bank of Drawers Regular Price £245.00 Sale Price £225.00 UP TO £100 OFF Quick View Antique Rare 19th Century Writing Desk Secretaire Home Office Storage Cabinet Regular Price £495.00 Sale Price £395.00 Quick View Antique Oak Filing Cabinet English Kenrick Jefferson Office Bank of Drawers Price £395.00 Quick View Antique Apothecary Drawers Bank of Drawers Cabinet 19th Century Pharmacy Price £345.00 UP TO £100 OFF Quick View Antique Edwardian Mahogany Filing Cabinet Bank of Drawers Home Office Storage Out of stock Load More

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