Posts by Harry Ball

Charity Auction In Aid of Wickwood Campsite for Girlguiding in Windsor Great Park

Back in 2016 the Division Commissioner of Windsor Girl Guiding asked us to help at their charity auction to raise money to support the redevelopment of the Wickwood campsite in Windsor Great Park.   A great night was had by many at Cumberland Lodge and guests including the Countess of Wessex and the Rt Hon Theresa May, raised a substantial contribution towards the costs of the project. However they find themselves with a shortfall so we have been asked to help again with another auction. So here is what we need, we don’t need your money we do need your antiques, collectables and other items suitable for Auction as a donation. All the proceeds from the live auction held on Saturday 12th May at our Auction House in Windsor will go towards the fund, so we are not asking for your money just those heirlooms or collections that can go towards this great cause. The Auction will be taking place Saturday 12th May at our Auction House and there is also a special valuation day to raise more funds on Saturday 7th April at New Windsor Community Association (Small Hall) in Hanover Way, off Vale Road, Windsor SL4 5NW. For further to information or to arrange an appointment to consign items for this particular sale please email us sales@windsorauctions.co.uk or call 01753 868076  ...

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View From The Rostrum January Auction A Great Start To 2018

It feels like far too long since we took to the rostrum but the atmosphere was the usual balance of good humour and business as Saturday’s auction got under way. The busy sale room welcomed a room full of regulars and plenty of people new to the joys of buying at auction. As ever we started with a great range of silver and some great prices were achieved for our customers. One interesting lot a silver Russian cigarette case from World War One sold for £600 and is heading back to Russia. We then moved on to jewellery and as ever great prices were achieved for plenty of items including charm bracelets and some lovely rings.                   Toys, coins, bank notes all went well, and even more encouraging was the sale of furniture that improved on last year, quality and interesting items sell. We always like the odd items to our pigeon lamp attracted support and the fair ground sign was a popular item with many wanting it as a House sign. So what does February have in store for us, a timed only auction will be up for the middle of the month, along with an appraisal day on Saturday 10th from 10 am until 4 pm. We are starting to take consignments for our ‘All things Windsor’ auction in April so why not have a dig around for items with a Windsor feel. If you do have items that you would like to consign to one of our sales please give us a call on 01753 868076 or email us at sales@windsorauctions.co.uk and our team will look after you. We look forward to seeing during the month...

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December 2017 and into 2018

The end of the year finished with a successful and as ever enjoyable auction with buyers and sellers benefiting from the Festive Spirit, with mulled wine on hand for those that wanted along with an impromptu visit from Radio Berkshire, as we were  a clue in a Treasure Hunt, it was not a regular start to the day. As ever silver was a popular seller, we were delighted that our comic lots achieved great prices and it would appear that plenty of people got lovely jewellery for Christmas. As ever it was great to welcome new buyers to our sale and very encouraging that month on month not only does the internet auction continue to grow but we are seeing new faces in the crowd. Both dealers and those after items to add to their collections or people doing up their houses. So what about 2018? Our online only sales are set to start in January, supplementing our end of month Antiques and Collectables sale. Our doors are open Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm to the general public for valuations and appraisals, and we are also more than happy to send a valuer to your home, free of charge, to appraise items that you might be thinking of selling. April will see a specialist sale of all things Windsor based, prior to the Royal Wedding on the 19th May and other specialist sales will be announced shortly. If you have anything that you might like to sell please do not hesitate to contact us on either 01753 868076 or via email at sales@windsorauctions.co.uk The team at Windsor Auctions would like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New...

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October 2017 View From The Rostrum

Saturday saw Harry and Simon take to the rostrum for one of our busiest sales, with a large amount of silver, plenty of Antiques, furniture and a great consignment of Asprey items. As usual silver was hotly contested at the beginning of the sale with bids from the room, phone, internet and commission. An ornate silver bowl by Paul Storr, hallmarked 1811-12 (660g) made £1050 much to the seller’s delight. and a fantastic Chinese silver tea set made £1900. But it is not just silver that sold well, furniture more modern and classic than antique and brown unfortunately led the way, with a lovely dining table making £800 and some industrial style items making great money.    All present have decided that they will check their drinks cabinets after a Bottle of Vintage L Garnier Chartreuse liqueur 96 proof made £630. and a selection of china quickly got to in excess of £700 which had all the dealers in the building rushing to the lot to see what they had missed. As usual post sale requests for deals have rocketed with people making offers they were not keen on calling out on the day, we actively encourage you to make an offer during the sale even if the Auctioneer has not offered that price as he can only say no. Although this week Harry met his match when being described as ‘mean’ to all and sundry by a possible buyer whose first offer was declined. He will recover eventually! So next we head to our sale on the 25th November and are actively looking for the next star lots, are you thinking of downsizing or having a clear out in preparation for Christmas? Give us a call to arrange an appraisal or email us with images, sales@windsorauctions.co.uk.    ...

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September 2017 View from The Rostrum

It is always a pleasure to start an Auction to a packed room and a loads of online bidders and so it was this month and there was as we always try to do in our catalogues something for everyone. We were delighted to welcome many self proclaimed novices to the Auction world who realised that the choice of items available at a sale from furniture to collectables, via port, stamps and silver were a one stop shop for doing up a house or kitting out the garden. Serious collectors were also looked after with Classic silverware by Archibald Knox for Liberty, some Charlotte Rhead pieces and some fine paintings.   We always do well with medal groups and this month our customers were delighted with the prices achieved and we are looking for customers who would like to consign similar items.                       Our sales continue to rise in popularity with not just UK buyers and those local to Windsor, this month we are shipping Remy Martin to Amsterdam, Porcelain to China, Toys to Canada, to name just a few. Off the Rostrum we made our first foray onto TV with the Auction House featuring in Wednesday 27th’s Auction Road Trip, filmed in April, and both Auctioneers, Harry and Simon have not mentioned it at all this week!! Remy Martin (£1550 for one bottle), Chinese Brush Pot (£360), Archibald Knox silver vase (£1950), Antique Buddha £340 all went well this month but what are we looking for our sale on October 28th? We are always looking for silver items, jewellery, stamps, coins. But we are now looking for the interesting and the extraordinary if you think you have something that fits the bill, give us a call on 01753 868076. We are also looking for signage whether it be enamel, wooden or neon for a forthcoming sale. If you have any such items please do not hesitate to email us at sales@windsorauctions.co.uk                                                            ...

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