Mid-Year Update

What a year so far. Its difficult to know where to start. I could talk about our commercial success and about the steady increase in our weekly sales. I could also talk about the success of our property sales and the rise in jewellery and watches from our new valuation office in the Jewellery Quarter. However…

Probates: Where do you Start?

Organising the deceased estate of a loved one is often a stressful and distressing time. The probate process can seem quite a daunting prospect; where do you start, how do you effectively administer an estate and its contents? As a probate and asset valuer I am used to visiting households across the midlands, assisting executors…

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….

I’ve lived ‘ere all me loif and I day know yow was ‘ere!

Biddle & Webb are teaming up with Sandwell Museums to offer summer valuation events Sandwell; if you know where it is in the first place (it’s the part of the Black Country made up of West Bromwich, Wednesbury, Smethwick, Oldbury, Rowley Regis and Tipton by the way) for many is a really unlikely place to…

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,…

International Stamp Treasures!

The word ‘Serendipity’ was coined by Horace Walpole in ‘The three Princes of Serendip’ and means, amongst other things, stumbling upon interesting discoveries in a casual manner. Now, when looking through the estate of a deceased person one never knows what will be found and such was the case recently when a 150 volume stamp…

April 8th Interiors Sale

Auction catalogue: April 8th Interiors Sale, 10am Lot: 94  Estimate: £400 to £600 An 18ct yellow gold ruby and diamond line bracelet, set alternately with round cut rubies and round brilliant cut diamonds aeach set in an articulated link, hallmarked with a Sheffield import mark for 1997, length approx. 18.5cm, weight approx. 13.9g. Lot: 82…

Treasure Quest

Are there treasures in your living room? Antiquities in the attic? Gem stones, jewels or just your grans old tea set? So often we seem oblivious to the true value of our ‘clutter.’ To solve this everyday mystery, Biddle & Webb Auctioneers and Valuers are encouraging households across the country to rummage amongst the forgotten…