Holt Antiques at
Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

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04/10/20 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th October 2020

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dear Customers...

As you are probably aware, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented turmoil to the retail shop / High Street sector since 23rd March 2020 with all non-essential shops being forced to close. The UK Government took the decision to allow this sector which, includes Antiques Stores, to re-open from 15th June 2020, but only if we are able to meet specified criteria set out in the "COVID 19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES". 
We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

With the above in mind, we have had to make the difficult decision to keep our store at Walsingham closed for the time being to the general public until further notice

MUCH OF OUR STOCK IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE VIA OUR WEBSITE (WITH NEW STOCK ADDED WEEKLY) where we are committed to maintaining our outstanding level of service. Please see:


The Management Team at Holt Antiques would like to thank every one of you for your continued support during this time.

Robin Dunkley

Managing Director, Holt Antique Furniture Ltd

Barn Found 19th Century English Antique Agateware / Slipware Cradle Attributed to the Kitson Family of Halifax, England

  • Reference : 5347
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : Length 11" x Max Height (hood) 8 1/2" x Width 7 1/4"
  • Price : £475


A 19th Century English antique earthenware agateware cradle decorated in slip.

Barn-found in North Norfolk and complete with dust too!

Arributed to the Kitson Family of potters, who potted at the Ainley Top and Woodman House potteries near Halifax, Yorkshire.

These ceramic cradles were often given as wedding presents to newly weds as a sign of good fortune and fertility.

These cradles were handmade using slabs of clay for the main cradle and rockers. The hood was wheel-thrown and then cut before adding it to the slab body. The body has applied wheel-thrown clay finials/knops on the hood, sides and front corners together with hand made and applied stylised, if not slightly naive, birds.

The outer back edge of the hood and cradle rim are incised with a deep straight notch pattern, the front edge of the hood is ‘scalloped’. The agateware body is a mixture of white clay and red clay, glazed with a yellowish iron-stained clear lead glaze. The underside is un-glazed.

Condition - this is in original untouched and unrestored condition and offered as it was found! There are a number of minor losses, specifically to one of the birds and knops - please refer to the images. The date of 1880 has also worn with glaze losses apparent.

This remains a charming item and would enhance anyone's collection of agateware or slipware originating from the Northern region of England.

We ship worldwide & buy with confidence too!

We are a member of the following 3 Professional Institutions:

1. LAPADA (London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association) -  LAPADA is the UK’s largest trade association for professional art & antique dealers (representing approximately 500 UK dealer members). All items are backed by our LAPADA guarantee.


2. CINOA - CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations (representing 5000 dealers from 32 associations in 22 countries).


3. The Norfolk & Suffolk Antique Dealers Association.

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