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Tag: silver

February 2, 2018

Five of the Best – Bonhams’ Gentleman’s Library Sale

by Matthew Steeples

Harry Houdini’s escape prop sack to be sold alongside all manner of other unusual items on Valentine’s Day   On 14th February, Bonhams will hold their ‘Gentleman’s Library Sale’ in Knightsbridge, London. Amongst the circa five hundred items to be offered are all manner of unusual items and here we choose five of the best: … Continue reading “Five of the Best – Bonhams’ Gentleman’s Library Sale”

November 27, 2016

Sugaring a Price

by Matthew Steeples

1957 Bentley S1 Continental sports saloon that has been owned by both Sir Elton John and Lord Sugar for sale for a 243% higher sum than it achieved in 2007   Owned by the temper tantrum prone Sir Elton John – a character known for his fondness for visits to the land of olive oil … Continue reading “Sugaring a Price”

August 22, 2015

The Bentley of Taste

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback originally owned by the son of the founder of clothing giant Burton heads to auction at the Salon Privé sale

January 11, 2015

Plated X

by Matthew Steeples

Plated X: 15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

December 24, 2013

Errol Douglas MBE: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with hair stylist to the stars Errol Douglas   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Graft and graft some more.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Stop looking for the short cut. It’s not there.  

October 12, 2013

Five of the Best: Gifts for a barfly

by Matthew Steeples

Items that will delight those who like to drink at home   Many readers of The Steeple Times are well known drinking aficionados. As a result, we thought it time to share five of the best items that will further improve your tippling pleasures

September 7, 2013

An evening at Theo Fennell

by David Kerr

David Kerr captures an evening showcasing the craftsmanship of Theo Fennell   It was not only the silver in Theo Fennell’s Fulham Road showroom that glistened on Thursday 5th September.

August 17, 2013

Oliver Newton

by Matthew Steeples

This London based antiques expert has a captivating enthusiasm for silver and fine craftmanship.

April 22, 2013

Cromwell triumphs

by Matthew Steeples

Aldi’s £9.65 a bottle gin sees off premium spirits in a taste test   Gin, in its simplest form is effectively a neutral spirit plus juniper berries. Other botanicals, such as cassisa bark, saffron and grapefruit peel, are added and create the taste difference that distinguish Bombay Sapphire from Plymouth and Sipsmith from Martin Miller’s. … Continue reading “Cromwell triumphs”

April 16, 2013

Jersey Budd: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks singer-songwriter Jersey Budd: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Music, love and happiness.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Learn your lines and turn up”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable … Continue reading “Jersey Budd: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 30, 2013

Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks thrice Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Sir Winston Churchill and all he stood for and to win an Oscar for the best “song” as a songwriter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 24, 2013

Andreas Panayiotou

by Matthew Steeples

A self-made mogul and former champion boxer who cannot read or write fluently. He thinks “differently” and built a £400 million fortune by creating and then selling a buy-to-let empire of almost 6,000 rental properties. Panayiotou takes the view that it is “moral[ly]” right to pay taxes in Britain and of those who call Heath … Continue reading “Andreas Panayiotou”

March 12, 2013

BT phone home

by Matthew Steeples

The future for red telephone boxes   The red telephone box is something that tourists often cite as being symbolic of Britain. Just like the red London bus and the red pillar box, though, these Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed kiosks are sadly disappearing from our streets.     Killed by the mobile phone revolution, … Continue reading “BT phone home”

November 12, 2012

John Gaze (1947 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

A gent who operated by routine, whisky and 40 cigarettes a day. This clubman’s knowledge of London history was phenomenal and he was dedicated to his role as parish clerk at St. Michael’s Cornhill. Gaze, a Russian icon dealer with a shop in the Piccadilly Arcade, lived a life full of dramas that included being … Continue reading “John Gaze (1947 – 2011)”

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

October 22, 2012

Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the right-wing businessman and owner of Maunsel House and Woodlands Castle, Sir Benjamin Slade: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Money, power, sex, success, land, trees, books and fine wine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 12, 2012

Céline Dion CC OQ

by Matthew Steeples

Dion met her husband and manager, René Angélil, when she was 12. Her rise has been meteoric and she’s now one of the richest women in showbiz. Whether she’s “Falling into You” or “Taking Chances,” however, there’s just something utterly irritating about her demeanour. Please could someone send in an iceberg? This Titanic of a … Continue reading “Céline Dion CC OQ”

April 27, 2012

Alexander Mavros

by Matthew Steeples

The eldest of four brothers, Alex is a scion of the oldest family in Zimbabwe. His family’s business creates masterpieces in silver, gold and leather and brings the mystique of Africa to the West. Their patrons include HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Denzel Washington and J. K. Rowling.

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