More rare and unusual finds from Finch & Co

From a weather charm with supernatural powers to a life-size Buddha hand, the Finch catalogue is a cornucopia of antique rarities

A lifesize, Ming period, richly gilded bronze left hand of a Buddha has an estimate of €6,750

The arrival of the summer issue of Finch & Co’s bi-annual catalogue is indeed a red letter day. No one I know quite has the knack of bringing history alive as do antique dealers Jan and Craig Finch who source items you might come across no more than once in a lifetime. Here are a handful that speak volumes.

A late 18th/early 19th-century set of five Ottoman sherbet spoons with tortoiseshell bowls, ivory stems and ...