Located as we are, bordering three counties with strong rural identities and a fascinating agricultural heritage, our annual auction of Rural Bygones, Architectural Salvage & Garden Statuary attracts great interest.

It really is a case of being prepared for items that are out-of-the-ordinary. You could find anything from fancy fountains and stag statues to great urns, vintage tools and butter churns. A rare Oliver wooden plough could be alongside horse brasses, oil lamps, vintage hand tools and other dairy collectables. It’s truly the Aladdin's cave of the auction world.

We feel privileged to be invited to see what lurks in the farm buildings, outhouses, sheds and gardens around our area. Often, we find items that families have used and passed down through many generations. Sometimes they can make a whole auction in their own right, like the 600 lots amassed by a Lancashire farmer over six decades.

That collection represented one person’s passion for farming machinery and rural implements from a bygone era. It has been amassed during a lifetime of sourcing across the north of England.

We know from prices achieved that there's a real appetite for heritage items from private collectors and enthusiasts, dealers and architectural salvage specialists.

All of our Rural Bygones, Architectural Salvage & Garden Statuary auctions are live online at www.the-saleroom.com offering real-time bidding to a world-wide audience.


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Meet the expert

Garth Drinkall

Trainee Valuer

Garth is an enthusiastic cataloguer and trainee valuer with a passion to learn. He, sporting his sharp tweed suit, has quickly become a firm favourite with clients. Garth loves music and sells with Kev during our specialist music auctions. But his interests span many areas, particularly things covered in rust.

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Meet the expert

Bill Nelson

Saleroom Manager. FLAA, FIA (Scot), FNAVA

Bill joined 1818 Auctioneers in late 2016 and took up the role of Salesroom Manager around that time. An experienced auctioneer, he says he’s still enjoying learning something new every day. Known as Grandad throughout the building, he and his team are working hard to implement his development plan for the 200-year old business.

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Recent Highlights

Lot 462, a taxidermy study of a white crow in excellent condition made £170 on the day following strong pre-sale interest
It’s little surprise that lot 483, an attractive Coalbrookdale style stick stand designed as a dog holding a horse’s whip sold for £180
Lot 702, a carpenter’s tool box and contents attracted strong interest, selling for £220
Lot 715, a vintage model of Nipper the HMV dog in cast iron sold for £220
Lot 750A, A traditional sandstone trough, achieved top hammer price on the day, selling at £800
Lot 753, a piece of rural and agricultural history, the Oliver R140 single-furrow plough, sold well on the day at £200
Lot 860, a traditional Blacksmith’s anvil attracted bids in room and online, reaching a hammer price of £185