Antique Victorian Gothic Minton Encaustic Floor Border Tile 6" x 3" RARE 1 of 36

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Seller: vintagetransportmodelsandbooks (292) 100%, Location: Boston, Ships to: GB, Item: 143303085467 One of 36 matching antique Victorian Gothic Revival two-colour (brown & buff) unglazed encaustic floor tiles measuring 6" x 3" (15cm x 7.5cm) and 1" (2.5cm) thick. Made by Minton & Co., all the rears well-marked with the company name & patent info. A rare design which I was lucky enough to buy in quantity some years ago. The tiles are all in fabulous original antique condition with expected signs of age/wear to the unglazed surface (ie. some light scratching or very minor blemishes/dirt to clean). No chips, cracks or other problems to any of the tiles bar some minor edge nibbles to the minority. There are isolated specks and patches of cement on the otherwise very clean rears as shown (Victorian cement is very easy to soak off or chip off as it is very sandy in composition). They are shown wet and dry for comparison (the wet showing every little blemish up and also indicating what the tiles would look like if sealed). They were intended decorative border tiles and they would make excellent tiled hearths or perhaps tiled table tops. I also have listed 18 matching 3"x3" single motif tiles. I have 9 broken 6"x3" tiles which would easily cut down to make around 7 additional 'singles'. I will include these for anyone wishing to buy a quantity of either type or I will list them as a batch for restoration.These tiles are part of a massive sort out of my own private collection, gathered over the last two decades. Please see my other eBay listings for more Victorian, Arts & Crafts & Art Nouveau tiles and antiques! POSTAGE DISCOUNTS:These tiles weigh around 650g-700g each. It should be possible to send up to 2 together as an economical 'up to 2kg small parcel' even once lavishly bubblewrapped, padded and strongly boxed. Do bear in mind the insurance limitations (£50 max. on some of the cheapest services) per parcel however.Tiles will be thickly bubblewrapped, padded and strongly boxed for posting for optimum safety in transit. If purchasing more than one item, please do not pay straight away, but wait for my manually corrected invoice which will accurately reflect the available combined postage discounts and adequate levels of insurance (all my listings are set to cater for this, but the eBay system fails to properly calculate it for its automated invoices). If you have paid straight away, using the eBay automated invoice, and have been overcharged by the system for postage, I will refund by paypal any overpayment by paypal, less the fees that eBay will have already taken for the inflated postage element (which they do not currently refund to the seller!).UK POSTAGE & INSURANCE: 2nd Class (delivery 3-5 days) has £20 insurance included. 2nd Class Signed For increases cover to £50,has tracking and a signature on delivery. 1st Class (1-3 days) has £20 insurance included. 1st Class Signed For increases cover to £50, has tracking and a signature on delivery. Guaranteed (Next Day) Delivery (Next Day, day before 1pm) has £500 cover, full tracking and a signature on delivery. Other options are available but these are the best of the most economical and tried & tested options. Please be aware that ONLY Guaranteed (Next Day) Delivery will pay out for damage or loss to antique, ceramic or glass items. My parcels are virtually bomb-proof and have never been damaged. Condition: In fabulous original antique condition with expected signs of age/wear to the unglazed surface (ie. some light scratching or very minor blemishes/dirt to clean). No chips, cracks or other problems to any of the tiles. A few just have some very minor nibbles to the extreme edges (please see the images which show ALL the tiles). Rears clean, very well-marked - with some specks and patches of cement (which is easily soaked or chipped off as Victorian cement is of a very sandy composition)., Original or Reproduction: Original, Style: Gothic, Material: Terracotta, Type: Floor Tile, Age: 1860-1890, Maker: Minton & Co.

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