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Allan Blackburn

Allan Blackburn
Our antiques expert, Allan Blackburn, of GB Antiques Centre, Lancaster, replies to readers’ queries about any antiques and collectables they treasure, and would like to have valued. Please send your letters and photos to or post to Northern Life, 2 Sun Street, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 0JJ
Vinyl revolution

The Vinyl Revolution | Antiques Expert

As The Undertones once sang, “Here Comes The Summer.’ For music lovers it’s the season of festivals. Music plays a huge part in people’s...
Antique cups and saucers

Antiques Expert: Allan values Mrs Skilton’s antique cups and saucers

Dear Allan, I wondered if you could please help to identify my antique cups and saucers, they do not have a maker’s mark and I...

Our antiques expert values an Imperial Model B typewriter

Dear Allan, I wondered if you could tell me more - and value - this old typewriter. I believe it is the Imperial Model B...
Rare Rocking Horse

A rare rocking horse | Antiques Expert

Dear Allan, I am hoping you might be able to help me? I was wondering if you could offer any further information in relation...
Antique dresser

Our antiques expert values an ornate sideboard

Dear Allan, This lovely dresser/sideboard was passed on to us from an elderly relative. As far as I know she was married in 1910 and...
Shelley tea set

Shelley tea service valuation

Dear Allan, Please could you give me a valuation of this 40-piece Shelley tea service? It would be coming up to 100 years old....
Wonderful Wedding Ware-(5)

Ask the Antiques Expert: Wonderful Wedding Ware

Dear Allan, Please can you help me with a valuation of this Carlton Ware set that I’ve had for 60 years. We started collecting this...
GB Antiques

Charity Valuations at GB Antiques

Charity Valuations to Celebrate Landmark Anniversary This month the team at GB Antiques Centre are celebrating their 25th anniversary. To honour such a huge milestone in...
Antique Doll

Ask the Antiques Expert: Dolls

Dear Allan, This doll belonged to my aunt and must be over 90 years old (my aunt is now 88). The doll is 19 inches...

Ask the Antique Expert: Porcelain

Dear Allan, I have enclosed a few photos of crockery items from the family archives and as I am “downsizing”, I would welcome a valuation,...

Two Flourish Bundles To Win

Two Flourish Bundles To Win The collection of five medically led products has been specifically formulated to help women going through the menopause and alleviate...