Van Leest Antiques is tucked into a somewhat non-descript shopping street at the edge of the center in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Owned and operated by Toon Van Leest, this store boasts to stock the most diverse range of antique products in the Netherlands. The speciality of the owner is in scientific and medical instruments, though these are by no means the only items to be found here. Though the storefront is small, the quality of the items within is exceptional. Those planning a trip to Utrecht should definitely schedule a stop at this location.
The owner of Van Leest Antiques has a life-long passion for his trade. As well as owning the store, he is very much still a dedicator collector of antiques himself, so his knowledge of the market, both past and current, is enviable. Van Leest regularly attends trade fairs, auctions, and dealers across Europe to collect new products for the store. This means that customers can be sure of both the quality and the authenticity of the goods within. Prices do tend to reflect this quality and it may not be possible to find an absolute bargain here, but the right price can always be negotiated for these special pieces!
Within Van Leest Antiques, there are so many unique and intriguing treasures to be seen. The focus is on antique scientific instruments; technical equipment can be found here, as well as antique medical instruments (which can sometimes be a little horrifying, especially once you learn their use from the owner!), items and tools of nautical heritage, globes, planetariums, mercury barometers, anatomical models, pharmacy items, and more.
Although the range of items available at Van Leest Antiques will appeal to enthusiastic collectors of antique scientific instruments, those searching for a fascinating conversation starter to decorate their home will also find plenty to choose from here.