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BALDWINS

Despite the establishment of AH Baldwin & Sons Ltd in 1872, it was not until 1901 that the name was cemented firmly onto the London numismatic scene. The family-run Baldwins, including family member Edward Baldwin, is part of Stanley Gibbons,… Read More

COINCRAFT

The name Coincraft rings globally as a traditional family store with a Dickensian vibe. Founded in 1955 by Richard Lobel, the company has been running for over half a century. Coincraft is a haven for devoted collectors and dealers where… Read More

SPINK & SON

Established in 1666, auction house and collectibles company Spink & Son is nestled in an old post office building in the heart of Bloomsbury. Chairman & CEO Olivier D Stocker says that ‘regardless of what happens in the wider world…… Read More

STANLEY GIBBONS INVESTMENT

Established in 1856, Stanley Gibbons is the world’s longest established rare stamp merchant. It has since moved into premium collectibles, including rare coins and rare books, to become a giant in the collectables’ world. ‘What we don’t know about coins… Read More

WARWICK & WARWICK

Collectibles auctioneer Warwick & Warwick holds 24 auctions a year for stamps, coins, banknotes, postcards, cigarette cards, medals and militaria, die-cast toys and model railways. It offers free valuations and stages ‘valuation days’, which take place across the whole UK,… Read More

DANIEL CROUCH

DANIEL CROUCH RARE BOOKS

‘The story behind a work of art is in many respects as important as the work of art itself,’ says the seasoned dealer Daniel Crouch. A specialist in rare maps and atlases, voyages, globes and scientific instruments, he highlights a… Read More

ED MAGGS

MAGGS BROS LTD

Ed Maggs is the managing director of one of the largest and oldest antiquarian bookshops in the world — Maggs Bros Ltd was established in 1853 by Uriah Maggs, his ancestor. He is also head of its modern department, specialising… Read More

ANTIQUE WATCH CO UK

From its distinctive bright red, two centuries old listed premises on the Clerkenwell Road, Antique Watch Co is a family-run business that has been going successfully for over 35 years, thanks to an enduring love of traditional horology and a… Read More

DAVID DUGGAN WATCHES

David Duggan developed his passion for wristwatches while working for his brother John dealing in rare coins and pocket watches. In 1983, he set up by himself and now leads a team of experts with more than 150 years’ combined… Read More

AUSTIN KAYE

Family jewellers Austin Kaye appreciate, like their customers, that watches are more than just timekeeping devices; they are a link to the past with a story of their own. The firm has been selling, repairing and valuing watches from its… Read More

WATCH GURU

Watch Guru Tom Bolt’s company is split up into three different sections. First, there’s the Bargain Basement where ‘tight arses’ will find watches with 75 per cent or more off their retail price.The second section is the Watch Fiend, where… Read More

WATCHES AND JEWELLERY OF BOND STREET LTD

Founder Raj Jain opened his shop in Mayfair in 1990 after establishing a reputation for himself as the trusted buyer for Asian royalty, thereafter becoming one of the best known vintage and rare watch dealers in Bombay and London. Today… Read More

JULIAN ROTA

BERTRAM ROTA

Bertram Rota, now run by Julian Rota, is a family operation built on expertise built over multiple generations. Founder Bertram Rota, who started selling books on the Charing Cross road in 1923 just before his 20th birthday, learned the trade… Read More

NICKY DUNNE

HEYWOOD HILL

‘The last 12 months have been the busiest in our history,’ says Nicky Dunne. Heywood Hill’s Year in Books subscription service is now delighting readers in over 50 countries worldwide. It has a large number of library commissions this year,… Read More

PAUL FOSTER

PAUL FOSTER BOOKS

A good reference library, expertise and access are paramount for any rare book dealer, says Paul Foster, who has been in the business for 27 years. ‘Knowledge is what I am selling, aside from the book,’ he says. He doesn’t… Read More

DAVID GOLDTHORPE

SOTHEBY’S

Head of Sotheby’s rare books and manuscripts department since 1996, Dr David Goldthorpe is a stalwart of the auction world and a true academic to boot. An experienced generalist, he has expertise in natural history, travel books, maps and atlases,… Read More

DR JÖRN GÜNTHER

DR JÖRN GÜNTHER RARE BOOKS

‘If you buy the right quality, you will never lose’, says Dr Jörn Günther. A specialist in the earliest complete manuscripts from the 8th to the 16th century, Günther has 45 years in the profession: 26 spent running his own… Read More

POM HARRINGTON

PETER HARRINGTON RARE BOOKS

Even after half a century of experience in the rare books trade — Pom Harrington is a second generation owner of the Peter Harrington Mayfair bookshop — a dealer learns new things every day. This can be the most difficult… Read More

ROMA NUMISMATICS

One of Britain’s top auction houses for rare and high-quality ancient coins, Roma Numismatics holds at least two public auctions per year at the historic Cavendish Hotel, in addition to ten annual electronic auctions. It runs modern coinage auctions too:… Read More

CHRIS SAUNDERS

SOTHERAN’S

With a history stretching back to 1761, Sotheran’s is no stranger to market fluctuation. Chris Saunders, who manages the natural history and science departments, says Brexit has brought uncertainty to the market, but has also produced an influx of interest… Read More

BEN SCOTT

B.B. SCOTT – PRIVATE LIBRARIES & FINE BOOKS

‘Building your own private library brings the most wonderful sense of reward,’ says Ben Scott, an experienced book dealer based in central London who worked at several established firms in Mayfair before starting his own business in 2016. Over the… Read More

BERNARD SHAPERO

SHAPERO BOOKS

Mayfair-based Shapero books has come a long way from the small market stall it began as in 1979, when a 16-year-old Shapero started selling books as a schoolboy hobby. These days the generalist rare book shop ‘can do almost anything… Read More

THE VINTAGE WATCH COMPANY

Father-son duo John and David Silverman established the Vintage Watch Company in 1995 to showcase Vintage Rolex wristwatches from 1910 to 1970. ‘Rolex outsold everything else we had on offer, and I mean to a huge degree,’ says Silver, ‘so… Read More

VINCENT ZURZOLO

METROPOLIS

‘It’s an amazing collectible on so many different levels,’ says Vincent Zurzolo, the CEO of Metropolis comics and ComicConnect.com. ‘It taps into escapism, entertainment, great storytelling, folklore — it’s an incredible artform.’ Zurzolo himself owns over 150,000 comic books, making… Read More