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The Antique Bread Board Museum The world's first Bread Board Museum, featuring exquisitely carved antique bread boards and bread knives, dating from Victorian times. Located in London.

The world’s first Antique Breadboard Museum showcases a stunning collection of breadboards and bread knives, butter dishes, butter knives, cheese boards and related items dating from the 1840s. The bread boards display an astonishing variety of carving techniques, motifs and mottos, some mass-produced, others unique. Decorative bread boards were hugely popular in Victorian times, firstly among the

The world’s first Antique Breadboard Museum showcases a stunning collection of breadboards and bread knives, butter dishes, butter knives, cheese boards and related items dating from the 1840s. The bread boards display an astonishing variety of carving techniques, motifs and mottos, some mass-produced, others unique. Decorative bread boards were hugely popular in Victorian times, firstly among the

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Street party preps. Rory up a tree manfully hanging our bunting with good mates Mike and Cattyman. Only issue: it was to...
31/05/2022

Street party preps. Rory up a tree manfully hanging our bunting with good mates Mike and Cattyman. Only issue: it was too low for the rubbish truck so there we were, 6 of us in pajamas at 7am, running everyone’s bin bags up the street before the bin men swung back round.

Everyone and everything coming to life again! Even our museum has had a flurry of tour bookings. Our next candidate on e...
20/04/2022

Everyone and everything coming to life again! Even our museum has had a flurry of tour bookings. Our next candidate on eBay, after quite a gap: a George Wing number, with acorns! See bio for the link

Merry Christmas to our fellowship of the breadboard, which is averaging 2.7k blog visitors p/a! JTLYK, we will be releas...
14/12/2021

Merry Christmas to our fellowship of the breadboard, which is averaging 2.7k blog visitors p/a! JTLYK, we will be releasing more on eBay in the new year, including beautiful Wing boards from the back collection. Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Hello there to our followers! The latest is that we are planning to release some more pieces thru Sworders Auctioneers, ...
25/11/2021

Hello there to our followers! The latest is that we are planning to release some more pieces thru Sworders Auctioneers, the first three with accompanying knives on 7 December.

Kempton again! Selling boards, Wade, China, chimneys…
26/10/2021

Kempton again! Selling boards, Wade, China, chimneys…

After quite a gap, I’m releasing more choice items on eBay and these two are first up. A little rosey number and a weddi...
11/09/2021

After quite a gap, I’m releasing more choice items on eBay and these two are first up. A little rosey number and a wedding board. For our eBay gallery: ebay.co.uk/usr/antiquebreadboards.

Selling at Kempton tomorrow! Kitchenalia, pictures, agricultural, horticultural, glass, ceramic, brass, boards, furnitur...
28/06/2021

Selling at Kempton tomorrow! Kitchenalia, pictures, agricultural, horticultural, glass, ceramic, brass, boards, furniture, curios. Unusual, hand-picked pieces collected by Ross the Breadboard Lady over 40 years.

Proud to be exhibiting the breadboard sculptures of Carole Griffiths, the contemporary boards of Tom Samuel, all washed ...
26/06/2021

Proud to be exhibiting the breadboard sculptures of Carole Griffiths, the contemporary boards of Tom Samuel, all washed down with a cuppa and a slice of breadnjam.

News burst: The museum is now open for visits of 5 guests; more of Tom’s new boards are coming up on our eBay gallery fo...
10/06/2021

News burst: The museum is now open for visits of 5 guests; more of Tom’s new boards are coming up on our eBay gallery for your delectation; and just had to share this magical pathway in the Surrey Hills.

Tom’s gone and done it again. Two more never before never again boards. See our eBay gallery for a closer look and some ...
21/05/2021

Tom’s gone and done it again. Two more never before never again boards. See our eBay gallery for a closer look and some vintage / Victorian examples from the collection.

Great news! We have made contact with the gg-son of George Wing, a retired Judge in Sheffield. Also, Tom Samuel’s beauti...
20/03/2021

Great news! We have made contact with the gg-son of George Wing, a retired Judge in Sheffield. Also, Tom Samuel’s beautiful boards are finding favour among our collectors and he is just finishing a new creation. Finally we are wanting to create a memorial to the breadboard makers of Sheffield using all the trade catalogues in the ABM archives. If you have any inspired suggestions about how to make this happen, please get in touch.

8 of Tom Samuel’s magnificent creations were snapped up and sent to Yorkshire. But fear not, 6 more are already turned a...
23/02/2021

8 of Tom Samuel’s magnificent creations were snapped up and sent to Yorkshire. But fear not, 6 more are already turned and resting so the wood settles before the carving can begin.

A milestone today as the 15th bb heads off to it’s new home, this time in Yorkshire. Enjoying researching them one by on...
05/02/2021

A milestone today as the 15th bb heads off to it’s new home, this time in Yorkshire. Enjoying researching them one by one, packaging them up lovingly and providing a CV of what the bb is telling me about its Carver, Turner, life experiences and wood. My thanks to our loyal supporters!

As the boards go to new homes, one DC (delighted customer), Deborah Lloyd, took this lovely shot presenting her fresh so...
28/12/2020

As the boards go to new homes, one DC (delighted customer), Deborah Lloyd, took this lovely shot presenting her fresh sourdough. Another proud moment was spotting the first broccoli floret of the season, amongst a forest of shoulder-high plants. Our Boxing Day walk was a jolly hike across the wilds of Wimbledon and past its Windmill where you can have a go at hand milling a cupful of wheat to take home.

Making the best of it with Nikoo. Note to self: place figures AFTER the icing has set, to avoid sinking feeling. Bisque ...
22/12/2020

Making the best of it with Nikoo. Note to self: place figures AFTER the icing has set, to avoid sinking feeling. Bisque and plastic figures on a bisque Royal Worcester platter in the 1862 International Exhibition catalogue p257. Stay safe everyone.

Taste testing Hovis Granary flour. At first sight it looked a bit too white for my taste. And it’s full of dietary suppl...
13/12/2020

Taste testing Hovis Granary flour. At first sight it looked a bit too white for my taste. And it’s full of dietary supplements which is vaguely insulting. But give the girl a medal for baking the thing. Conclusion: not tasty enough for me. Recommendation: I’m sorry to disappoint this famous British institution but they need more whole meal in a ‘Granary’ product and no chemically aftertaste.

While hoping this beauty soon finds a good  home, I am pondering how on earth to eat all these squash; and gave a sad ol...
12/12/2020

While hoping this beauty soon finds a good home, I am pondering how on earth to eat all these squash; and gave a sad old Hungarian dough trough some TLC. Don’t think I’ll be getting any Hovis prizes for my loaf though!

Celebrating the UK, on offer this week on eBay.co.uk/usr/antiquebreadboards   And thank you to all our watchers, bidders...
02/12/2020

Celebrating the UK, on offer this week on eBay.co.uk/usr/antiquebreadboards And thank you to all our watchers, bidders and winners who are making the letting go process so much easier.

With all the patriotic rhetoric recently, I was intrigued by Uncle Sam and his loaf on this US bb. In hot pursuit is ano...
16/11/2020

With all the patriotic rhetoric recently, I was intrigued by Uncle Sam and his loaf on this US bb. In hot pursuit is another board up for grabs this week. And finally a piece in the Times which begs the question: would you ignore the mouse droppings???

Oak, Rose, Ivy & Wheat Reloaded: sans knife due to eBay policy regarding dangerous objects. https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/a...
06/11/2020

Oak, Rose, Ivy & Wheat Reloaded: sans knife due to eBay policy regarding dangerous objects. https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/antiquebreadboards

Henceforth hand-picked knives which pair up beautifully will be available from our website shop separately. Also could I persuade you to tune into Riverside Radio’s ArtsWatch online at 6:50 tonight. Rachel Evans has put together a piece recorded during Open House weekend, including bits of tour and visitor feedback over bread and jam in the garden!

Halloween again! We are pairing up boards with rather lovely knives this time which complement each other. The blades ca...
31/10/2020

Halloween again! We are pairing up boards with rather lovely knives this time which complement each other. The blades can be sharpened like any kitchen knife.

Our next offerings on eBay are quite a contrast: sycamore vs oak, Renaissance vs Gothic, scrubbed vs oiled.
28/10/2020

Our next offerings on eBay are quite a contrast: sycamore vs oak, Renaissance vs Gothic, scrubbed vs oiled.

These first two beauties are up for grabs tomorrow 11 October 16:11:40 BST and 18:13.04BST. Sorry to the guys in Oz... I...
10/10/2020

These first two beauties are up for grabs tomorrow 11 October 16:11:40 BST and 18:13.04BST. Sorry to the guys in Oz... Is there a BST which works out civilised for both LA and Sydney? The third is ‘Octopus III’ from Tom Samuel, a lockdown project. To bid on eBay: antiquebreadboards

The Wing board is in its new home and we are offering these two contrasting boards up next on eBay, antiquebreadboards. ...
01/10/2020

The Wing board is in its new home and we are offering these two contrasting boards up next on eBay, antiquebreadboards.

Thank you for your bids. The hammer falls tomorrow 27 September at 14:14:51 BST on eBay, antiquebreadboards.
26/09/2020

Thank you for your bids. The hammer falls tomorrow 27 September at 14:14:51 BST on eBay, antiquebreadboards.

Why do I do this to myself? I know. I love it. As preparations gather pace a song bubbled up, to be sung multo franticos...
18/09/2020

Why do I do this to myself? I know. I love it. As preparations gather pace a song bubbled up, to be sung multo franticoso to ‘12 days of Christmas ‘: On the day before OH my list appears to be; 12 towels washing, 11 jams a-cooling, 10 emails waiting, 9 cold coffees, 8 shrubs for pruning, 7 neighbours asking, 6 paths need sweeping, 5 ! proving ! loaves! , 4 volunteers, 3 tele calls, 2 hungry cats.......And... hoovering ... all ... the... breadboards! We are fully booked for this year. I’m sorry to disappoint.

We are officially a foodie trend! So says Ellie Tennant in the current issue of Home and Antiques Magazine. To mark the ...
17/09/2020

We are officially a foodie trend! So says Ellie Tennant in the current issue of Home and Antiques Magazine. To mark the occasion we are opening our eBay gallery today at 3pm BST with our first rehoming candidate.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/antiquebreadboards

All proceeds to the ABM.

You know, I think I probably would have swapped the cow too. Delicate white beans thanks to plot chum Julia, topped with...
05/09/2020

You know, I think I probably would have swapped the cow too. Delicate white beans thanks to plot chum Julia, topped with Martin’s - a cultivar dating from 1920. His parents bought the seed and the family has propagated it ever since.

Not just a bunch of Breadboards! Hurrah to the National Trust for having the courage to think outside the “outdated mans...
01/09/2020

Not just a bunch of Breadboards! Hurrah to the National Trust for having the courage to think outside the “outdated mansion experience “ box. And a case in point, Archery at Hever Castle this summer which engaged both my children.

One of Nic’s many boards which inspired his vivacious still life on the left, adorned with garden-grown cucs. Nic kindly...
24/08/2020

One of Nic’s many boards which inspired his vivacious still life on the left, adorned with garden-grown cucs. Nic kindly wrote the forward to ‘Vintage BBs’. After leaving Christie’s as Chairman, he has become a successful painter and dealer in old wooden household objects. See his link below.

This time-freeze has been useful. The museum now mirrors the book, so you can come and handle your favourite pieces. And...
18/08/2020

This time-freeze has been useful. The museum now mirrors the book, so you can come and handle your favourite pieces. And the much- needed inventory is in progress. In the process, we have identified pieces which need rehoming and are preparing a gallery on eBay. More details soon. Needless to say, all proceeds will go towards upkeep.

From binge baking to Prof Taylor’s 12 week weight loss programme. 😢 Protein and veg he says. Decided I had to focus on w...
16/08/2020

From binge baking to Prof Taylor’s 12 week weight loss programme. 😢 Protein and veg he says. Decided I had to focus on what I CAN eat. Day one relatively tolerable; just plucked these garden toms to brighten up the prospect of day two. On an Art Deco Swiss bread dish by M. Schwalb of Brienz. Anyone else out there facing the same journey, let’s share ideas to keep motivated!

Feasting on allotment chum Julia’s home made jam using her plot-nurtured straws. The Good Life! Atop my bread from the B...
26/07/2020

Feasting on allotment chum Julia’s home made jam using her plot-nurtured straws. The Good Life! Atop my bread from the Bacheldre Watermill recipe off the pack (one tweak), which I now make regularly. Who buys bread?! Both creative responses to lockdown. And an ever- hopeful butter addict, Sweetie.

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Hi Madeline Thanks for a great visit to you on Tuesday. What a fascinating place you have. Thoroughly recommended.