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7 Antique Shops for Treasure Hunters

To source a great antique is an art. Period pieces are investments that can be passed on to and appreciated by many generations to come. It's important to consider quality, condition, rarity and provenance when choosing one. Paul Mrkusic, the CEO of SAADA (the South African Antique, Art & Design Association), let us in on a number of great local antique stores that will satisfy your treasure hunt.

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Con Amore Charles Kerr at Con Amore has a wealth of knowledge in a variety of fields within the realm of antiques and is your number one expert to deal with in the KZN area. His store is a treasure trove of furniture, jewellery, silver and porcelain – traditional, but with an up-to-date twist.


Bancroft Antiques Bancroft specialises in dazzling vintage jewellery as well as a range of quirky curiosities. If you are looking to buy or sell something unusual or interesting, speak to Paul. Riaan Bolt Antiques Riaan has in-depth knowledge of South African history – of the period, the timbers available from the era and how all these factors influenced the furniture of the time. He also deals in South African art and pottery. Jeremy Stephen Antiques Jeremy Du Mughn is a specialist dealer in 20th century design and art. He goes to great lengths to research the items that he comes across. He is passionate about his subject and enthralling to listen to as he relates the stories behind his pieces.

Cape Town

Burr&Muir Geoff and Graham run a very focused business specialising in Art Nouveau, Art Deco and 20th century design glass and sculptures. They are well known internationally and highly regarded. The Old Corkscrew The Old Corkscrew, based in Franschhoek, is run by Jeremy Astfalck, an internationally active dealer who annually exhibits at a number of top international fairs in the UK. Jeremy specialises in silver but The Old Corkscrew also sells a range of other items, including the country’s largest selection of antique corkscrews and wine accessories. City Coins City Coins is owned and run by the dynamic Natalie Jaffe. Next year marks 50 years since City Coins first opened its doors in Tulbagh Square, Cape Town. With the wealth of knowledge she has, Natalie has built up a quality and reputable business. She is the expert to deal with when it comes to coins.

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