<![CDATA[Thomas Watson Latest News]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:22:31 GMT Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:22:31 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[WE ARE OPEN]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postwe-are-open https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postwe-are-open Mon, 15 Jun 2020 00:00:00 GMT We are now back open and look forward to seeing you all (although slightly different from how it was).
As you are all aware we are restricted with social distancing to keep our staff and clients as safe as possible and we have to limit the number of people who attend the saleroom, therefore please see our buying and selling at auction pages for further details on how to bring items to us and how to view and attend the auction.
As we are in a constantly changing environment please keep checking our website for further updates.

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<![CDATA[REOPENING UPDATE]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postreopening-update https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postreopening-update Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 GMT Due to the latest Government Guidelines, we are having to delay reopening the saleroom until Monday, 15th June.


Our next auction will now be on Tuesday 23rd June.


Viewing arrangements and instructions regarding delivery of consignments will be posted on our website/social media in due course.

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<![CDATA[Update]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postupdate https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postupdate Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT In the meantime we are taking our responsibilites to staff and clients seriously and will hopefully welcome people back to our Auction Hall soon.

 

Any queries please send to: enquiries@thomaswatson.com

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<![CDATA[Auction Postponed and Office Now Closed]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postauction-postponed-and-office-now-closed https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postauction-postponed-and-office-now-closed Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT The auction has been postponed until Tuesday, 12th May (subject to confirmation).

Absentee bids left for the auction on 24th March will be cancelled and only carried out at our future sale with your future confirmation.

Solicitors: In the case of an urgent enquiry please email: heather@thomaswatson.com.

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<![CDATA[CORONAVIRUS UPDATE]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcoronavirus-update https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcoronavirus-update Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT Our auction is going ahead tomorrow (Tuesday, 24th March) but we urge customers to leave absentee bids or bid via the internet.  If you feel you have to come to the saleroom please comply with the social distancing Government Guidelines.

Payment at the saleroom will only be taken via debit or credit card.  No cash payments will be accepted.

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<![CDATA[CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcoronavirus-covid-19 https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcoronavirus-covid-19 Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMT We would like to reassure you that at present our Saleroom will remain open as usual for accepting lots etc.  Our sale on Tuesday, 24th March will go ahead as planned but we will amend our viewing times as follows:

Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm, Sunday 10am to 1pm and Monday 9am to 4pm, this will hopefully enable clients to try to use the Friday and Monday more so that the number of people attending the saleroom will be more staggered.

 

Clients may continue to participate in the auctions either in person, or taking part from a distance either online, by absentee bid, or by telephone (booked in advance).

Condition reports and additional images of lots can be requested and these are supplied via email.

 

Whilst Covid-19 presents many challenges we will take every step to offer a full service to help you at any stage of the buying and selling processes, however in order for us to keep open to the public and to optimise the safety of our staff, we do request that if you are showing any signs of the virus please do not come to the Saleroom.

 

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<![CDATA[Charity Shopping Bags]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcharity-shopping-bags https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcharity-shopping-bags Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT As part of our 180th Year of trading celebrations we have commissioned some Limited Edition reusable shopping bags, great for packing up your lots!

All profits from the sale of the bags will go to our nominated charity for the year, St. Teresa's Hospice in Darlington, which is a registered charity providing palliative and end of life care and support to residents of South Durham & North Yorkshire.

 

Only £5 each and available from the office.

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<![CDATA[Welcome 2020!]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postwelcome-2020 https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postwelcome-2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Our nominated charity for the year is St. Teresa's Hospice in Darlington.  St Teresa’s Hospice is a registered charity (no: 518394) providing palliative and end of life care and support to residents of South Durham & North Yorkshire, and their carers.

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<![CDATA[ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP TRANSMISSION DATE]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postantiques-road-trip-transmission-date https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postantiques-road-trip-transmission-date Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT An episode of the popular BBC One programme Antiques Road Trip filmed at our saleroom on 14th May is scheduled to be aired on Friday, 4th October at 3:45pm.

The show which pits two antique experts, Phillip Serrell and Stephanie Connell, against each other over a five day period, during which they visit antique shops and fairs to each buy items which are later auctioned off, the winner determined by who makes the most profit from the sale.

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<![CDATA[NORTH YORKSHIRE POSTCARDS SOAR AT AUCTION]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postnorth-yorkshire-postcards-soar-at-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postnorth-yorkshire-postcards-soar-at-auction Wed, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT The postcards from a local collector were offered in sixteen lots with each lot exceeding the estimate and a total hammer price of just over £7,000.

If you have similar items, our valuer Alex Harper, is available most Friday's between 10am-4pm to appraise your items.

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<![CDATA[BARGAIN HUNT TRANSMISSION DATE]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbargain-hunt-transmission-date https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbargain-hunt-transmission-date Mon, 20 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT An episode of Bargain Hunt filmed with us in March is scheduled to be transmitted on Friday, 16th August at 12:15 on BBC1.

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<![CDATA[BBC's Antiques Road Trip to film with us]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbbcs-antiques-road-trip-to-film-with-us https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbbcs-antiques-road-trip-to-film-with-us Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT Scheduled experts are Phil Serrell and Stephanie Connell.

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<![CDATA[Rare images go under the hammer]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postrare-images-go-under-the-hammer https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postrare-images-go-under-the-hammer Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT We had a collection of ephemera and goods consigned to us from a local house clearance which went under the hammer on Tuesday, 26th February.

 Amongst the goods were a collection of memorabilia including stamps, postcards, comics, old newspapers including 1940’s Teesdale Mercury, and war ephemera.  New valuer Alexandra Harper who specialises in this field grouped the collection into seven lots, the highlight being a postcard album and two boxes of loose postcards depicting rare unseen images of Middleton-in-Teesdale taken by photographer D. Sinclair.

 In 1906, as the Edwardian craze for postcards gained momentum, David Sinclair opened a photographic business in Middleton-in-Teesdale, specialising in the publication of postcards depicting the locality. For the next ten years or so Mr Sinclair photographed the local scenery and the life of the people of Teesdale and its immediate surroundings. As a result, he created a unique historical record of life in a rural North Pennine community in the years immediately before the Great War.

 After fierce competition in the saleroom the lot, which showed images of High Cup Nick, The Old Washing Shop Eggleshope, Foggarthwaite, Lead Mine at Wire Gill to name but a few, eventually sold to a local bidder for £3,000 plus commission.

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<![CDATA[Football Medals Score Highly at Auction]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postfootball-medals-score-highly-at-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postfootball-medals-score-highly-at-auction Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT A 9 carat gold bracelet containing three 9 carat gold medals presented to Owen Williams including 'The Football League Champions Division 2 1926-27' medal with Middlesbrough F.C., 'London Football Association Professional Charity Fund' medal and 'English Schools Football Association' Winners Medal 1909-10' sold for £2,000 in our auction on 29th January 2019.

Owen Williams (23 September 1896 – 9 December 1960) was an English football player most notable for his career with Clapton Orient and Middlesbrough. He also played twice for the England national football team.

At the end of World War I, an interest was shown in him by Clapton Orient, beginning a successful league career. Williams spent five years at Orient, making over 160 appearances. At Orient, he also earned two England international caps, in games against Northern Ireland and Wales.

In February 1924 he signed for Middlesbrough, making his debut three days later against West Bromwich Albion. At the end of that season, Middlesbrough were relegated, but Williams stayed. In Williams' first full season at Boro' he joint top scored with Ian Dickson with seven goals each.

Owen Williams became a member of the famous forward line that won the Second Division championship in 1926-27: Billy Birrell, Billy Pease, George Camsell, Jacky Carr and Williams.


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<![CDATA[BBC's BARGAIN HUNT TO FILM WITH US AGAIN]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbbcs-bargain-hunt-to-film-with-us-again https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postbbcs-bargain-hunt-to-film-with-us-again Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Popular BBC antiques programme Bargain Hunt will be filming with us again at our Spring Sale on Tuesday, 26th March.  Entries for this and any other sale are invited, from single items to collections.

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<![CDATA[Specialist Valuation Days]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postspecialist-valuation-days https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postspecialist-valuation-days Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT We hold specialist valuation days every Friday between 10am-4pm for stamps, postcards, medals, ephemera, etc.

Bring along your items for a free pre sale appraisal from our expert.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate the new season with a dazzling piece of jewellery]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcelebrate-the-new-season-with-a-dazzling-piece-of-jewellery https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcelebrate-the-new-season-with-a-dazzling-piece-of-jewellery Sat, 29 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Autumn is definitely on its way. The leaves are starting to fall and the trees are turning all sorts of beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red, creating a rich tapestry of colour across the countryside.  

This beautiful 18 carat gold, sapphire and diamond leaf brooch (pictured) perfectly reflects the new season and is offered in our Antiques and Collectables Sale on Tuesday 2 October with a price estimate of £1,400 - £1,800. There are several other pieces of fine jewellery in the sale, including lot 194, a sparkling diamond tennis bracelet valued between £3,000 - £4,000, and some very pretty 18 carat white gold diamond stud earrings are also presented as lot 197, carrying a £1,800 - £2,500 guide price. 

If rings are your thing, then we have some lovely examples to choose from. Lot 186 is a stunning 18 carat yellow gold oval ruby and diamond cluster ring with a price estimate of £500 - £700; and there is a very classy platinum and diamond half eternity ring valued between £400 - £600.  

Antique and fine jewellery is certainly very popular at the moment and making good prices at our sales, so if you have any pieces that you may wish to sell then why not have it valued by our experts? This is a free service and there is no obligation attached but if you do choose to take an item forward to sale then we can help you achieve the best price at auction. Remember you can also stipulate a reserve price so there is no risk to you as a seller. For more details, please call 01325 462559 or email: enquiries@thomaswatson.com

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<![CDATA[Models romp home with high price tags]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postmodels-romp-home-with-high-price-tags https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postmodels-romp-home-with-high-price-tags Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT Hundreds of models and figurines from some of the world’s leading porcelain manufacturers achieved high prices at our Antiques and Collectables sale on Tuesday 18 September. 

Divided into almost fifty separate lots, the individual objects represented top household names such as Royal Dux, Beswick, Royal Worcester, Royal Doulton, Winstanley and Royal Crown Derby, with many selling way above their price estimates. 

The highest selling lot was a large pair of Royal Dux figurines (pictured), which went under the hammer for £340. Standing over half a metre high, the male and female figures were in pastoral dress with a goat and lamb surrounded by flowers. The Royal Dux factory, a porcelain brand from Bohemia founded in 1853, is famous for its figurines and genuine articles can be identified by the distinctive pink triangle – a raised piece of pink clay fused onto the white clay bodies during firing. 

Other show-stoppers were a set of Highland Cattle by Beswick, one of the most renowned English manufacturers, established in 1894 at Stoke-on-Trent. This particular lot comprised a bull, cow and three calves and sold comfortably above their estimate of £100-£200 for £220. Other animal and bird models by Beswick also achieved excellent results at the auction, including a mallard duck that doubled its price at £100.

Examples from the early 19th century pottery giant Royal Doulton also featured heavily at the sale, representing around a third of the lots. Nearly all exceeded or sold well within their price guides, including a figurine of a drummer boy taking off his boot that more than doubled its estimate with a final selling price of £85. 

These fantastic results are an indication of the buoyancy of this particular market and their appeal is very easy to see. They are relatively inexpensive to collect and, on the whole, their size means that they can be incorporated into most homes. There is also such a huge variety of styles that are represented by the designs and characteristics of the individual manufacturers that most tastes are catered for.

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<![CDATA[CARS FROM YESTERYEAR TAKE STAR BILLING AT SUMMER AUCTION]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcars-from-yesteryear-take-star-billing-at-summer-auction https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/postcars-from-yesteryear-take-star-billing-at-summer-auction Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT The 1929 Daimler 20/70 Type M Saloon has a pedigree associated with engineering excellence and was the Royal car to King George V in the year of its launch. With a price estimate of £15,000 to £20,000, this particular model would grace any small or large classic car collection and comes with a recent history file and photographs of its recent restoration. 

 
Also offered for sale is a 1950 Jowett Javelin, a car that caused a sensation in the motoring world when it was launched in 1947. The Javelin won various international rallies in its day and its fame has been consolidated over the years by several well-known media appearances, for instance as the heroine's car in the film Vera Drake and Father Clifford's inheritance in Ballykissangel. The Javelin presented in this month's sale is a saloon version and has been valued between £4,000 to £8000. It would certainly constitute a good, low cost entry to classic car ownership and would be a welcome addition to classic car events and rallies around the country.

 

The two cars come from the estate of the late Harry Clark, a classic car enthusiast from Barnard Castle in Co. Durham, and are complete with their original handbooks and current V5C registration forms.

 

For more information on the vehicles, please see the current online sale catalogue (viewed on this website), call us on 01325 462559 or email: enquiries@thomaswatson.com

 

The Sale starts at 10am and viewing takes place on Saturday 18 August 10am-1pm, Sunday 19 August 10am-1pm and Monday 20 August 9am-4pm

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<![CDATA[TV DATE SET FOR BARGAIN HUNT]]> https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/posttv-date-set-for-bargain-hunt https://www.thomaswatson.com/latest-news/posttv-date-set-for-bargain-hunt Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have just heard that the BBC1 television show, Bargain Hunt that was filmed at the saleroom earlier this year will be screened on Friday 10 August at 12.15

This popular staple of daytime television features two pairs of contestants who have an hour at an antiques shop or fair in which to acquire the best bargains possible with a budget of £300. They then have to sell the items at auction for a profit. 

After the contestants have completed their purchases and presented them to the antiques expert host presenter (in this case Charlie Ross), home viewers are shown a ‘what the auctioneer thinks’ segment, in which the auctioneer appraises the buys and gives the auction estimate. At the auction, as each item is sold, the host compares the auction sale price to the price originally paid by the team, with the difference being either subtracted from or added to the team's total. The team making the largest profit wins. 

We were delighted to have been chosen as the host auction house for the region and the busy day filming at our Antiques and Collectibles Sale on 17 April was attended by many of our regular clients. The show includes footage of the host presenter visiting nearby places of historical interest and talking about the items housed there, so we should also get to see plenty of shots of the region. 

We hope you can tune in to see how the teams fared but don’t forget you can always catch it on iPlayer for 30 days after its transmission date if you miss it or just want to watch it again! 

Footage for four programmes (featuring eight teams) was filmed on the day and we will keep you up-dated with any future transmission dates.

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