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Richmond Antiques & Curios

Sitting on the corner of Salisbury road and Queen street Richmond is a store that doubles as a museum and meeting place for collectors and historians alike. Its an interesting and quirky place to visit with friendly staff who have many regular's come for a weekly visit. 

Last month I took my camera and spent a morning with Logan and Maria at Richmond Antiques and Curios

The sky was grey but inside Richmond Antiques & Curios the mood was anything but grey. During my visit a number of towns folk came in with their smiles, charm and yarns to share. 

The sky was grey but inside Richmond Antiques & Curios the mood was anything but grey. During my visit a number of towns folk came in with their smiles, charm and yarns to share. 

Beautiful antiques on display, I wonder what they looked like in their original dining room many years ago...

Beautiful antiques on display, I wonder what they looked like in their original dining room many years ago...

Richmond Antiques and Curios will celebrate its 30yr anniversary this year. 

Richmond Antiques and Curios will celebrate its 30yr anniversary this year. 

Maria Martin tells me that she brought the family business from the original owner, antique enthusist Rob Packer. Rob who still works in the current store three days a week established  Richmond Antiques & Curios in 1987 beside the Arthur Wakefield. Rob works with owner Maria and full timer Logan who says he is "passionate about all things archeological, dug up and broken"

Logan and Maria chat with one of their regular visitors to the store.

Logan and Maria chat with one of their regular visitors to the store.

Every inch of space is filled with trinkets, jewels, art and of course curios. 

Every inch of space is filled with trinkets, jewels, art and of course curios. 

There is something about religious paraphernalia that evokes mystery and emotion but its beauty and soulful presence is hugely contentious. 

There is something about religious paraphernalia that evokes mystery and emotion but its beauty and soulful presence is hugely contentious. 

Everything I look at when I'm browsing this wonderful shop, makes me think about the stories these items could tell. Who were the people that used them? what was the environment and era that they came from like? This gorgeous bed must've looked amazing all dressed in its best with hand embroidered sheets and sewn blankets. 

Everything I look at when I'm browsing this wonderful shop, makes me think about the stories these items could tell. Who were the people that used them? what was the environment and era that they came from like? This gorgeous bed must've looked amazing all dressed in its best with hand embroidered sheets and sewn blankets. 

I could set up a bed and lay in here just looking at the walls all day, the textured and colourful walls reflect a by-gone era where life was very different to what it is now in 2017. 

I could set up a bed and lay in here just looking at the walls all day, the textured and colourful walls reflect a by-gone era where life was very different to what it is now in 2017. 

Richmond Antiques & Curios have a large selection of historic books. I believe no matter how far technology comes you still cant replace the experience of reading a real book, feeling the paper between your fingers and smelling the aroma when you put your nose up to its text. 

Richmond Antiques & Curios have a large selection of historic books. I believe no matter how far technology comes you still cant replace the experience of reading a real book, feeling the paper between your fingers and smelling the aroma when you put your nose up to its text. 

Tabacco tins line a shelf, a reminder of a once booming industry which provided work to many a Nelsonian in the local hop fields. 

Tabacco tins line a shelf, a reminder of a once booming industry which provided work to many a Nelsonian in the local hop fields. 

When I was younger, with my passion for photography blooming I would approach Antique shop owners and ask if they would mind if I took some pictures inside their amazing room filled still-lives. I would feel like a five year old in a toy shop excitedly getting high from the experience of capturing images bathed in Renaissance light. 

When I was younger, with my passion for photography blooming I would approach Antique shop owners and ask if they would mind if I took some pictures inside their amazing room filled still-lives. I would feel like a five year old in a toy shop excitedly getting high from the experience of capturing images bathed in Renaissance light. 

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”    ―   Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

1950s fly screens, colourful and bold, passed over many a Nelsonians ancestors. 

1950s fly screens, colourful and bold, passed over many a Nelsonians ancestors. 

Lets line up the "Boys Centenary Camp 83-84" boys. Lets see them now, if only. 

Lets line up the "Boys Centenary Camp 83-84" boys. Lets see them now, if only. 

Fern, deer, and the world, just many of the bits and pieces you will find in this wonderful store. 

Fern, deer, and the world, just many of the bits and pieces you will find in this wonderful store. 

One thing you would lot want to let loose in here is a bull or a few children! 

One thing you would lot want to let loose in here is a bull or a few children! 

The thing about this store is its a wonderful trip down memory lane or a jog if you will. Do you remember the piano accordions? I have great childhood memories of them at an elderly friends house in the Rai Valley. 

The thing about this store is its a wonderful trip down memory lane or a jog if you will. Do you remember the piano accordions? I have great childhood memories of them at an elderly friends house in the Rai Valley. 

Yup and its a selfie, here I am getting into life!  Amongst two of my favourite passions: history and photography. 

Yup and its a selfie, here I am getting into life!  Amongst two of my favourite passions: history and photography. 

Imagine totalling up the combined hours of labour that these tools were used for. It makes me think about the young boy pushing the hand mow up a long driveway on a sunny Nelson day in the 1970s. 

Imagine totalling up the combined hours of labour that these tools were used for. It makes me think about the young boy pushing the hand mow up a long driveway on a sunny Nelson day in the 1970s. 

Ivy, rust & iron. 

Ivy, rust & iron. 

All that remains are the wheels covered in ivy. Where did the vehicles that were attach to them drive? who drove them? so many questions will remain unanswered, a great place to spur the imagination. 

All that remains are the wheels covered in ivy. Where did the vehicles that were attach to them drive? who drove them? so many questions will remain unanswered, a great place to spur the imagination. 

In their prime what was inside these bottles? if anything at all? 

In their prime what was inside these bottles? if anything at all? 

I remember riding a tricycle like this as a little girl at my grandparents orchard, they just don't make things as rough and tough as they used to. This little bike would be well over 30yrs old. 

I remember riding a tricycle like this as a little girl at my grandparents orchard, they just don't make things as rough and tough as they used to. This little bike would be well over 30yrs old. 

Collections and ornaments, line the walls of the store.

Collections and ornaments, line the walls of the store.

This is the wall of the back office, with all the speciality items and the controversial collections. 

This is the wall of the back office, with all the speciality items and the controversial collections. 

An assortment of speciality items.

An assortment of speciality items.

One of those specialty items is, Dr Wansbrough's Nipple Shields.

One of those specialty items is, Dr Wansbrough's Nipple Shields.

Would you like to wear these lead nipple shields? 

Would you like to wear these lead nipple shields? 

1950s ashtray with the words "For your throats sake-smoke Cravena" 

1950s ashtray with the words "For your throats sake-smoke Cravena" 

1836 - English land deed, ink well, sealing wax and dip fountain pen.

1836 - English land deed, ink well, sealing wax and dip fountain pen.

"Nigger Boy" playing cards from the 1940s


"Nigger Boy" playing cards from the 1940s

The most controversial items in store are the taxidermied baby ducklings. 

The most controversial items in store are the taxidermied baby ducklings. 

There is a large selection of wonderful old photographs for sale. Some of them are rather amusing! 

There is a large selection of wonderful old photographs for sale. Some of them are rather amusing! 

Richmond Antiques should be your first stop if you are interested in Nelson history, they have a range of books on the area with amazing photographs. Here is one of Nelson harbour from "The Sands" (Tahuna Beach)

Richmond Antiques should be your first stop if you are interested in Nelson history, they have a range of books on the area with amazing photographs. Here is one of Nelson harbour from "The Sands" (Tahuna Beach)

So much history, and lots of reading for the historian enthusiast. 

So much history, and lots of reading for the historian enthusiast. 

Photographic glass plates were an early photography process which were around before film in the early twentieth century. They were made using silver nitrate printed onto glass in the back of camera.

Photographic glass plates were an early photography process which were around before film in the early twentieth century. They were made using silver nitrate printed onto glass in the back of camera.

Packaging for the photographic glass plates (1910)

Packaging for the photographic glass plates (1910)

There is an assortment of popular vinyl records out the back, hits of the 1950s & Men At Work on display here. 

There is an assortment of popular vinyl records out the back, hits of the 1950s & Men At Work on display here. 

A beautiful birthday card 

A beautiful birthday card 

The inscription of the beautiful birthday card above reads: To dear little Annetta, hoping all are well, with love from Lily xxxxxx

The inscription of the beautiful birthday card above reads: To dear little Annetta, hoping all are well, with love from Lily xxxxxx

Simply beautiful portraiture 

Simply beautiful portraiture 

This page is from a wonderful photo album collection dating back to the late nineteenth century.  Nelson Lighthouse 1892

This page is from a wonderful photo album collection dating back to the late nineteenth century. 
Nelson Lighthouse 1892

Trafalgar Street, Nelson. 1893

Trafalgar Street, Nelson. 1893

"A Nelson Identity" 1893

"A Nelson Identity" 1893

Smurf figurines

Smurf figurines

"The Toast" - "The ladies god bless em" 1914 print.

"The Toast" - "The ladies god bless em" 1914 print.

Victorian toothpaste. 

Victorian toothpaste. 

"Book of etiquette and correct dress" 

"Book of etiquette and correct dress" 

The final items I would like to share with you have a special story behind them. These two old and tattered Indian dolls belonged to a little girl called May.  May lived during the Indain rebellion wars of 1854 between the British and the Sepoys where she was a member of a British Lieutenants family. During a raid where an entire town was massacred the childs nanny hid the girl with her dolls, telling her not to move or make a sound. The nanny sacrificed her own life and saved the little girls.  All that remains today of the girl and the story are these dolls, far away from that time and world, now resting in newspaper at Richmond Antiques.

Thank you Logan and Maria, for sharing your wonderful antique store and stories with me. 

Thank you Logan and Maria, for sharing your wonderful antique store and stories with me.