Buying and Selling

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Our sales and the viewing days are advertised in the press and on this website. Our sales are traditionally held commencing on a Sunday.

Viewing for an antique sale is traditionally on the Sunday morning prior (9am to 11 ) and the week prior (9am to 4pm) and for a general sale the Tuesday prior (9am to 4pm). Viewing out of these normal hours can be arranged by appointment. All are welcome to come and view a sale whether you are a regular or have decided to come and have a look for the first time. Potential bidders can inspect items in detail and the auctioneers will give further information and advice where they are able. We recommend that if you intend to bid on a lot then you inspect IN PERSON.

Condition reports can be supplied on higher value lots (we do not provide condition reports on lower value / run of the mill lots), however, you are still advised to inspect in person for your own satisfaction.


To bid using our website, simply click the 'Register to Bid' button on any sale and you will be guided through the process.

If you want to bid in person - this is an easy, straightforward process and can be done in person, over the phone or via an email. You can register on a viewing day or any other time at the sale room or in the general office. When you have registered you will be assigned a PADDLE NUMBER. The actual paddle is collected from the auction office on the day of the sale. Please give your name, etc.

You can register on the morning of the sale but this is a busy time for us and therefore, if possible, please register prior. When you have finished bidding, please return your paddle number to the auction office. Do not give out your paddle number to someone else unless you are absolutely sure you want them to bid as your agent on your behalf. We keep a record of our bidders so we can notify you of upcoming sales and other information on services that our business and our related businesses offer.

We aim to get a flyer notification out to all our registered buyers of a forthcoming sale preferably by email. PLEASE LET US HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS. WE DO NOT make our database of contacts available to any 3rd party business.


The privacy policy for our website is available here. The privacy notice for the rest of our business activities is available upon request from our offices. This sets out in detail how we deal with personal information we collect in the course of operating the business and contracting with Clients and customers. Any person who submits a Bidding Registration Form with us whether they make a purchase or not confirms that they have read, understood and agree to our Privacy Notice.


When you attend the auction please register at the office and you will be given your paddle number card.

When you want to bid raise the paddle so the auctioneer can see you. If you are successful and the lot is knocked down to you, the auctioneer will make a note of your number, and this will be entered at the auction office on arrival of the sheet from the auctioneers sale book. You can then go and pay. If you are going to bid for other items then you can pay for everything at the end of the sale.


This website offers live, online bidding for bidders unable to make the sale - view our Upcoming Auctions page to see our latest sale dates. We also offer online bidding service via


We have remote bidding options for those unable to attend the sale. All bids are only accepted on the condition that the potential bidder has satisfied themselves as to what they are bidding on. If you are the successful bidder then payment is effectively due at the fall of the hammer and you will need to make arrangements to pay and remove the goods as per our standard terms.


By Telephone – 01733 973044

We can take telephone bids on a first come first served basis, on higher value items only. You will need to have left your contact details in good time with the auction office. We will phone you shortly before the lot comes up and then take your instructions to bid as the auctioneer progresses with the lot. You must register with us as a Buyer prior to the sale.


Remote and Written Commission Bids

We welcome absentee or commission bids. If you cannot attend the sale day then having viewed you can leave written bids at the auction office or fax / email a form. Any absentee bids should reach us in good time. (If bids are left on the morning of the sale there is no guarantee they will be entered into the auctioneer’s sale book) You must register to leave absentee bids. 


You will need to budget for paying the buyers premium on top of the hammer price for any lots you successfully bid on.




After the Auction


You will be given an invoice made out to the name and address on your registration form, which may not be subsequently altered. The invoice gives a breakdown of the various costs. Full details of charges, etc. are given in the catalogue for the particular sale. Methods of Payment Cash – payments can be made at the auction office during or at the end of the sale.

Debit Cards

There is no additional charge for purchases made with these cards (no overseas debit cards, UK only).

Credit Cards

Not accepted (unless arrangements are made directly with the Auctioneers prior to the sale).



Items can be removed once payment has been made in accordance with our standard Terms and Conditions. It is possible to remove one or two small items during the sale but we do ask that any packing waits until the midday break or the end of the sale. Items need to be removed within the timescales set out in the Terms and Conditions of sale.