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

Purveyors of quality original antique 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Century oak and country furniture, fine art and decorative period items

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04/01/21 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) - 4th January 2021

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) and now a 3rd National Tier 5 Lockdown.

We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

With two prior lockdowns in 2020 and non-essential businesses again forced to close from 26th December 2020 into 2021, we have made the difficult decision for our premises to remain CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Our website remains open for trade with worldwide shipping available on all items so please, do not hesitate to contact us via this medium.

13/12/20 - We sell more than just furniture!

We are specialists in antique items from the 15thC through to the 19thC, offering an array of period oak and country furniture, portraiture, delftware, treen, wood carvings, sculpture and early metal ware.

We are trading solely from our website at the current time due to the virus outbreak.

Worldwide shipping is available on all items!

Late 18th Century English Antique Iron Whaling Harpoon


A rare late 18thC English antique iron whaling harpoon head. Whilst we are not an advocate of modern day whaling, it must remembered that this dates to a previous age when whaling was deemed acceptable.

Sourced from a collection of maritime sailor art and related items and understood to originate from Hull, East Yorkshire, England. 

Whaling from Hull - A Brief History:

Whaling started from Hull in 1598 with the discovery of Greenland by navigator Sir Hugh Willoughby. 

The seventeenth century saw a sharp decline in the industry, but it was soon revived in the mid-1700s, thanks to Sir Samuel Standidge. He organised a small and highly successful fleet of Hull whalers during the 1750s and 1760s.

It wasn’t until the early nineteenth century, however, that the city’s whaling industry began to thrive. From 1815-1825, it is estimated that 2,000 men were employed in the trade, with over 60 whaling vessels. This made Hull’s whaling fleet the largest in Britain.

By the mid-nineteenth century, there was only a handful of whalers left working in/from Hull. The industry had started to decline back in the 1830s, but the situation got worse with the introduction of steam-powered whalers in Dundee and Peterhead.

The Diana disaster in 1867 was the final nail in the coffin of the city’s whaling industry. The unfortunate incident resulted in 13 men dying, including the ship’s captain.

The ship washed up two years later on the Lincolnshire coast, where she was broken up. This marked the end of Hull’s prominent role in the whaling industry.

Condition - as per the images. Some surface pitting. The shaft has been long since lost. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE IMAGES HAVE BEEN LIGHTENED FOR DISPLAY ON THIS WEBSITE. 


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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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