Hong Kong’s Gough Street has got itself a new neighbour: Rare by Oulton. Rare features a unique antiques collection procured and collated by Tim Oulton, including many pieces which have inspired his furniture designs over the years. The Timothy Oulton interiors collections find deep roots in Tim’s background, which involved him in his father’s antiques business at an early age, and Tim has been actively collecting antiques ever since.

The Rare by Oulton boutique covers two storeys, and features reclaimed English mahogany parquet floors, and an imposing brass door that has been fitted to what was once the entrance to a printing shop at 19 Gough Street. The collection and the boutique is managed by Mr Lucas Vitale, who has known and worked with Tim for many years, and who was the founding gallery manager when Timothy Oulton opened its first store in Hong Kong.

The Rare collection includes distinctive, unusual and, of course, rare pieces. A continually rotating stock currently includes a pair of 1890’s barber’s chairs, a 1940’s double life-size training model of a Browning M1919 A4 .30 calibre machine gun, as well as a selection of antique custom Louis Vuitton trunks. The store’s carefully curated collection of rarities portrays Tim’s abiding interest in timeless design, unique creativity and truly authentic heritage craftsmanship.

Some details of currently held items include the following:

– ref# 10166 WWII 35 X 150 Japanese Military Surveillance Binoculars. HKD 248,000

Pair of Japanese naval binoculars seated on their original gimbal, a rare feature paired with period tripod. This sleek and precise instrument was once mounted on a Japanese Destroyer. The binoculars boast an exceedingly powerful magnification of 35 x 150, with astounding optical clarity and guaranteed prisms.

– ref# 10165 1880’s Louis Vuitton Top-opening High Ladies Cabin Trunk. HKD 320,000

With chequer board canvas, which appeared in the 1880’s and then the printed version, as here, came in the early 20th century, within which is interwoven the L.Vuitton trademark. Pristine conservation. Lock number 06451, Series number 104366.

– ref# 10023 Dunhill Aquarium Lighters

From HKD 50,000 to HKD 60,000 (3 in stock)

Alfred Dunhill Ltd is a British-based company specialising in men’s luxury leather goods, writing implements, lighters, timepieces, fragrances and clothing. The business was developed in 1923 by Alfred Dunhill after he inherited his father’s saddlery business on London’s Euston Road. In the 1950s Dunhill introduced a brand of lighters called the Aquarium, which is basically a table lighter. These new lighters were manufactured from lucite which has been used to carve the interior of the lighter to produce a decorative scene. The carving ended up being filled in with colour to make a number of motifs, the first being the Aquarium.

Rare by Oulton invites you to visit and experience its eclectic collection. Or to make an appointment contact the gallery on +852 9016 3965 or at [email protected]

Opening hours:

Every day 11am – 8pm
Private and out-of-hours visits available by special appointment

Boutique address:

19 Gough Street
Hong Kong

Learn more: rarebyoulton.com