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…

Marketing Unusual Items

At Biddle & Webb, you never know what will enter the auction doors, at any time! I have come across many unusual items that I have never heard of, let alone seen. During December a variety of stationary engines and a JB Type Morris Postal Van entered our salerooms. My first initial thought was, who…

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…

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….

December Interiors Realised Prices

Here are some beautiful lots sold at our December 10th Interiors Sale. Come along to our next Interiors Sale on January 14th 2017! Lot: 13 A ruby and diamond line bracelet, featuring a line of approx. 56 graduated rectangular cut rubies, flanked to either side with a line of approx. 71 graduated round brilliant cut…

RBSA Next Wave 2016

Next Wave is a biennial exhibition held at the RBSA gallery in Birmingham. It specifically exhibits recently graduated and emerging artists practicing in the Fine Arts. I was delighted to be accepted to co-curate the exhibition and include my own art work. ”It is hoped that Next Wave will foster critical engagement, lively debate and…

October Art Highlights

There is a lot to be excited about at the beginning of autumn here at Biddle and Webb. In the wake of our most successful wine and spirits sale to date last week, with a 96% sold rate, we are fast approaching our October Interiors auction, which includes the contents of a recently sold Grade…

Our Brass Band Heritage

Of all the musical instruments that appear in our various auctions, the ones with the closest affinity to our industrial heartland are undoubtedly the brass instruments. The brass band movement began in northern England in the 19th century and many of these bands were attached to heavy industry such as coal mining and shipbuilding. The…

Where it all began…

Occasionally as I am sat outside a client’s house, in my van (well Biddle & Webb’s but it feels like mine and I do wash it) I do think back to the time when I started at BW. The day is still clear in my mind and I can even remember the date 12th Feb…

ALAN: Q’s & A’s

Q1. When did you start working at Biddle & Webb and what was your job role? Ans. ”I started working at Biddle & Webb 47 years ago (1969) on an Easter Tuesday. When walked through the door I was given a pen, pad and chalk and started cataloguing! The first thing I catalogued was a…