Portraits of the Past: Leonard Parker Gamgee

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction,…

Portraits of the Past: John Hall-Edwards

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction, we would…

Portraits of the Past: William Withering

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction, we would…

Diamonds in the Rough – Two Surprising Finds

Biddle & Webb valuers always have plenty of work on their hands – from handling probate clearances to evaluating items for our Interiors auctions, there is always something going on. Though each job is unique, some items make for especially interesting finds, and in the wake of our February auction, it’s safe to say that…

How our House Clearances Unearth Hidden Treasures

At Biddle & Webb, much of what we do concerns deceased estates – our probate services are a great source of pride for us, but they are also the source of some of our most incredible items. A crucial part of our work with probate cases is our house clearing service: before every clearance, our…

JOHN VERNAL (1914-2002) ‘Multi-talented and humble’

Jim Vernal, 2019 (Artist’s son) John Vernal, a religious Christian and devoted member of the Scripture Union.  He was a lover of poetry, mythology and folklore.  A conscientious objector, he won his appeal and did not fight in the war on the grounds of conscience. Last week I was honoured to meet with the family…

Devotion and Daring: The Ladies of Llangollen

A mahogany chest of seemingly royal lineage has found its way to Biddle & Webb Auctioneers, Birmingham. Relatively unassuming at first glance, the box appears to be a typical example of a Georgian brass bound campaign chest. However, upon further inspection a fascinating history is revealed. Engraved into the corner plaques are four time-worn inscriptions:…

A GREAT FIND!

Trevor is one of our most experienced valuers at Biddle & Webb Auctioneers. He conducts house visits on a weekly basis, providing a free verbal valuation. He has over 25 years valuing experience. During one of Trevor’s house visits at Mrs. Barlow’s house, he viewed a fantastic selection of jewellery, silverware, watches and furniture; such…

Poppy Appeal

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November in 2018, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. With Remembrance Day coming up, we would like to support The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal by donating our vendor commission on the upcoming…