From the middle ages, ships have left its rivers laden with coal, wool, timber, millstone, coal, dairy, fish, salt and animal hides around the coast of Britain and to Germany, Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and much farther afield.
At the start of the 20th Century, half of the world’s ships were being made in the North East.
Along the four rivers of the Blyth, Tyne, Wear and Tees, many families have relied on shipbuilding and river trade for their livelihood. As a result, the region is a treasure trove of Maritime antiques and collectables.
Over the years we’ve sold a huge range of items. Sale highlights are many and too numerous to list individually, but highlights include:
A chance discovery, near Berwick, of panelling, removed from the SS Olympic, Titanic’s sister ship. During the depression, it was dismantled of its fittings at Jarrow-on-Tyne in 1936, where a dockside auction was held. Our vendors father, purchased items in this sale, to fit out a new house, yet to be built. Sadly, the house never materialised and the items sat in a barn for 70 years, until his daughter contacted us. Our auction generated worldwide interest and items sold to bidders around the world.
The Pallister Leslie collection of nautical antiques was the massive accumulation of a former dealer, from Cleadon in Sunderland. It included a magnificent collection of ships figureheads, sextants, ships models and maritime pictures.
Our specialist’s welcome enquiries from vendors of all types of Maritime antiques and Collectables, for inclusion in our dedicated Collectors’ auctions, held three times a year. Items of interest include: Vintage cruise liner and steamship memorabilia; Ship models; Sextants & Octants; Ships telegraphs; Vintage diving apparatus; Anchors; Clocks & Barometers; Ships lighting; Ships bells; Ships logs; Telescopes and Binoculars; Cannons; Ships Logs; Portholes; Pulley blocks; Binnacles & Compasses; Figureheads; and much other nautical miscellanea.
Live bidding, targeted mailing lists and Internet marketing, ensure that collectors, enthusiasts and dealers come from across the world to buy at our sales.
We offer free pre-sale valuations for auction at our offices in Newcastle between Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and selected Saturday mornings. Please call us on 0191 430 3000 to arrange a valuation appointment. Alternatively, please fill out our online valuation form with details and photographs of your advertising signs and antiques and we will get back to you with an estimate. Free home visits are available throughout the UK for larger collections.
We hold regularCollectors auctions at our saleroom in Newcastle, North East of England.
We offer free pre-sale valuations at our offices each weekday from 9am-5pm and also provide a free online valuation service. Free home visits are also available across the UK for large collections. To book and appointment with a specialist, please conatct us today.