The best antique is one you can use. Though some purchases are best kept behind locked cabinets and others hang proudly on display adding colour to empty walls, there is nothing like being the next in a long line of owners enjoying a piece of history for its intended purpose. Starting a long day with coffee or ending one with tea is as timeless an activity as the accompanying paraphernalia. Over the years The Antique Guild has seen its share of wild and wondrous items from some of the best artists and designers in the world but sometimes its the simple additions to daily life that add the most luxury.

Set of four .850 silver spoons with green stone sculptural ends, Mexico, Mid 20th Century – $85

Flight & Barr porcelain coffee can and saucer decorated in ‘Barr’ orange, circa 1792-1804 – $120

Georgian era porcelain cup and saucer with bat printed scenes – $220

Three piece Art Deco sterling silver tea set by J. Gloster LTD – $2750

Set of eight gold gilt bone china cups and saucers by Minton for Tiffany and Co -$650

Set of twelve Tiffany and Co demitasse cups and saucers in sterling silver with Lenox bone china liners, circa 1925. $5800