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…

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…

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:…

Jewellery Highlights from 2018

The past year has been an exciting and busy one for Biddle & Webb throughout the business and I would say personally I have felt it quite keenly as our jewellery offering has increased month on month. So, I’ve decided what better way to start 2019 than by rounding up the highlights from 2018. There…

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…

July Jewellery, Silver, Watches & Interiors Sale – Highlights!

Lot: 8  – A 1960s Cartier 18ct yellow gold novelty bear brooch, designed as a bear wearing a necker chief, set with a sapphire cabochon eye with surrounding eight-cut diamonds and a ruby cabochon nose, one ear stamped ‘S CARTIER’, the other stamped ‘L86?6’ (rubbed), hallmarked London import for 1964, with makers mark JC, brooch…

The Beauty & The Bear

The Cartier brand is synonymous with luxury and expense, but alongside their classic, timeless and sophisticated designs, they have also made their fair share of novelty jewellery. Biddle & Webb are delighted to be offering a 1960s example of this whimsical side to Cartier. Not only are we auctioning a piece from a top quality…

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…

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…