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Adams Antiques

Buy With Confidence

These days people are increasingly comfortable shopping for antiques online without physically seeing the piece. So now, more than ever, you want to buy with confidence knowing that the piece is genuine and has been accurately described and dated.

One way to do this is to know the credentials of the person you are buying from. We suggest you look for a member of the BADA (the British Antique Dealers' Association) or LAPADA  (the Association of Art and Antique Dealers). The BADA is the UK’s oldest and most prestigious association.

Establishing a relationship with a knowledgeable dealer is a positive way for you to learn about what you are buying. Their personal service and expertise is something you can’t get from an auction house or antique centre.

Sandy Summers

Your assurance of quality and authenticity when you buy from Adams Antiques comes from the knowledge, experience and reputation of Sandy Summers, the owner. Sandy has almost 40 years experience in the antiques business, specialising in Oak and Country furniture.

Sandy is a member of BADA, LAPADA, and CINOA.

Adams Antiques participated at all the major antique fairs in the UK for over 20 years. Sandy was on the vetting committee for Oak and Country Furniture at many of the UK’s largest and most prestigious fairs.

There is no substitute for the knowledge and experience gained from having examined thousands of pieces of furniture in vetting, and over the course of a lifetime career in the trade.

Sandy is recognised within the industry as one of the top experts in early oak and country furniture, with a reputation for being able to spot clever restoration work and alterations.

She has made appearances on the BBC Television antiques programme "Going For a Song" alongside Eric Knowles.

In 2010 Adams Antiques was voted one of the 50 Best Antique Shops in the UK (The Independent, 20th March). And we won the prestigious BACA National Award for the Best Specialist Dealer (Furniture) in the UK in 2003.

Sandy is pictured here at the BACA awards ceremony, receiving her award from Eric Knowles

It is always nice if you can visit a shop and see the antique you are considering before purchasing. We are fortunate to have our showrooms located in the...

Grade I Listed Elizabethan Churches Mansion

Churches Mansion (built 1577) is well worth a visit, with its unusual Tudor carvings on the outside of the timber frame structure, combined with interior oak panelling, carving and many other original features. The rich history of the building is a perfect backdrop for our extensive range of quality antique Oak and Country furniture. With our pieces all displayed in individual room settings it is easy for you to image how they might look in your own home. In summer you can also stroll in the tranquil walled garden. And relax by the warmth of a welcoming open fire on a winter’s day.