Here’s to 2018!

It’s always worrying to tempt fate, but this is the most excited the team and I have been about Biddle and Webb’s future since my dad died twenty years ago. We have always been a very diverse operation and sometimes we’ve found it difficult to juggle all the moving parts. However now our ability to sell anything…

ARE YOU A PRIVATE EXECUTOR?

It is a fact of life the we are all going to die eventually and while not a pleasant topic of conversation it is my experience that those that talk and then plan for this inevitable moment reduce the difficulties that their surviving family will have to face. Arguably, a will is the most important…

My Childhood Memories

I was born in 1962 four years after Biddle and Webb was started by my Dad Ernie Biddle and his business partner the mysterious Mr Webb. Mum used to say I was their lucky charm. Up until 1962 life was tough but following the thaw of that biblical winter the business started to leap forward….

A History of Harborne

Biddle & Webb Auctioneers are proud of our Brummie heritage; based in the heart of the city for the past 60 years, we are keen advocates of the area – as well as the accent. We regularly enjoy hosting a number of free valuation events across the West Midlands – meeting local people, valuing local…

Do we need The History of Art?

As a History of Art graduate I have always had an interest in art’s relationship with social history. It is easy to mistake the History of Art as a discipline which favours the academic study of painting above and beyond other modes of artistic output, but this is simply not the case. The knick-knacks in…

Charity Auction at Martineau Gardens

Last month, Biddle and Webb threw their support behind an outdoor auction, for charity, which, to the backdrop of hedgerow, trees and bird song, saw Jeremy Thornton, announcing the auction lots from the deck of a pirate shipwreck. This is the fourth year running that Jeremy has stepped up to support Martineau Gardens, a community…

Auction Intrigue at Biddle & Webb

Biddle and Webb’s Interiors auction is nothing short of eclectic. As auctioneers we are used to seeing and selling a vast array of desirable items ranging from Moorcroft jugs to mahogany cheese coasters, witches’ balls to Rolex watches. Unusual, unconventional and at times – frankly bizarre, the ever expanding antiques industry never fails to surprise…

ERNIE BIDDLE (1919-1996)

I was born in 1919 in back to back house in Winson Green half way between the prison and Dudley Rd Hospital. One of my earliest memories is the euphoria of the community when water was piped into the house having previously used communal stand pipe in the yard.  There was a wonderful community spirit…

DEEDS NOT WORDS

Biddle & Webb’s May Interiors Auction has a variety of interesting and unusual finds – topping the list is Lot 335: An early 20th Century Suffragettes movement tricolour fabric sash with the slogan ‘votes for women.’ The sash, passed down through generations of the vendor’s family, belonged to Ms Dora Webster of Birmingham. Ms Webster,…