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  • 8 February 2007

    BARGAIN OFFER!

    33% OFF RECLAIMED OAK PARQUET For a limited period only, LASSCO Flooring is offering 33% off 1000m² of reclaimed Oak Parquet. WAS £35 per m²; NOW £23.45 per m² (VAT not inc.) Salvaged from the former Home Office building, Horseferry House, in London, this oak parquet not only scrubs up wonderfully but it has an...

  • 5 February 2007

    The Death of the Duke of Brunswick

    The above image depicts the death of the Duke of Brunswick at the battle of Quatra Bras on June 15th, 1815.  An excerpt taken from Wellington's Dispatches, dated June 19th, 1815, reads as follows, "…His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange, the Duke of Brunswick, and Lieut. General Sir Thomas Picton (), who were engaged from the commencement of the...

  • 25 January 2007

    Robert Burns – A celebration!

    Amid his many works we came across this ballad on our very own Duke of Brunswick, and well, as its Burns Day today, we thought we'd paste it on our news page! On the Duke of Brunswick’s Breaking up his Camp and the defeat of the Austrian, by Dumourier, November 1792 A Tippling Ballad When Princes and...

  • 23 January 2007

    The Mad Duke

    History is littered with mad eccentrics but few more so than Charles Frederick August, Duke of Brunswick.  Indeed, if an award for eccentricity had ever existed, he would most certainly have been short-listed.   A ‘painted, bewigged Lothario, whose follies, eccentricities and diamonds made him the talk of Europe’ was how this mad Duke of...

  • 17 January 2007

    Burmese Teak Parquet from Basil Street Hotel, Knightsbridge

    ‘There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea’.  ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady   Alas this ‘ceremony’ is fast becoming a thing of the past with the once elegant Basil Street Hotel in Knightsbridge – that urbane reminder of our Edwardian past ...

  • 19 December 2006

    Explosive News!

    This somewhat unassuming plaque was once the ship badge of HMS Plym, vaporized in 1952 in Britain’s first atomic test.   A River-class anti-submarine frigate, HMS Plym (F271) was commissioned by the Royal Navy on 4th Feb 1943 and launched on May 16th of the same year. However, having survived the II World War, on 3rd October 1952,...

  • 8 December 2006

    Meet the Directors at Brunswick!

    Tom Bayliss has been appointed a Director of LASSCO.  Tom has been with LASSCO for 3 years and brings management skills honed by many years at sea, latterly as First Mate of the Super Yacht Cielo.  Years spent attending to the needs of the Rich and Famous, often under arduous conditions in an extreme maritime...

  • 6 December 2006

    The HEAT is on!

    With the original central heating system having long since given-up-the-ghost, we spent last winter (and it was a cold one) working in what felt like sub-zero temperatures. We were, for a while, a company of multi-coloured Michelin men (and women). And yes, the irony, for a company selling radiators, didn’t go unnoticed! However, with a spanking...

  • 21 November 2006

    What Might Have Been…?!

    John Simpson's proposed scheme for London Bridge City, reviewed in Country Life Magazine, 1989.

  • 15 November 2006

    Gift Ideas for Christmas

      These beautiful 18th Century, hand-tinted, engravings (just four of fifteen available) represent, in small part, that age of Enlightenment in which scientific exploration and discovery exploded. Of particular interest is the early depiction seen here of a ‘Kanguroo’ – first recorded by James Cook in 1770. The enormous single claw to each foot also reminds us of...

  • 7 November 2006

    ‘Paradise Reclaimed’ – The Observer Magazine 5/11/06

  • 6 November 2006

    Why not shop this Christmas at LASSCO

      With the season to be jolly fast approaching, our thoughts, once again, turn to that perennial hunt for the perfect gift.   However, your search could be over! Our new ‘interiors’ showroom at Brunswick House holds a delightful array of small and unique stocking fillers.  So this year, instead of trudging the usual path, why...