New Hires in the Age of COVID-19

In August, we announced that despite current circumstances, our business has continued to thrive. This month, we are excited to be taking our growth to a new stage: over the remainder of the year, Biddle & Webb will be taking on four new employees. Our company started out as a family-run business, and we have…

Evolution in the Time of Coronavirus

You don’t need us to tell you that times have changed. For many businesses, our current climate has spelled trouble, but here at Biddle & Webb we’ve changed for the better.   If you’ve used our services in the last couple of months, you’ll already know how crucial our website has become to the way…

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…

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…

L. S. Lowry – A Famous Face

At Biddle & Webb, we can never predict what will come through our doors – no two auctions are ever the same, and we delight in the weird and wonderful items we encounter. Lately, however, one name has cropped repeatedly: across our November and December auctions, we have been privileged to sell three prints by…

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…

Why we never accept cash offers like estate agents

On Saturday 12th October we auctioned two more fantastic properties in Birmingham and we are delighted to say both properties sold! However, it is the story behind the first property that we think is of interest. I came into the process after members of the family had almost agreed to market the property located on…

Q & A with our jewellery specialist, Jennifer Pardoe FGA DGA

We thought it would be fun to ask a few questions to our jewellery specialist, Jennifer Pardoe FGA DGA, about her personal thoughts on jewellery and the industry…  Q: Are you more of a new or pre-loved jewellery girl? A: I like both. Of course it is always nice to be bought something brand new…