Antiquities & Collectibles

Spears 2020

MARTIN ARNOLD

AUSTIN KAYE

Austin Kaye appreciates, like its 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 shop on… Read More

RICHARD BEALE

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 10 annual electronic auctions. It runs modern coinage auctions too:… Read More

TOM BOLT

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,… Read More

MARTIN CLIST

CHARLES EDE

Opened by the late Charles Ede in 1971, this eponymous London gallery has produced more than 300 catalogues, selling to several of the world’s leading collectors and museums. Managing director Martin Clist has worked in the art world for over… 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, atlases, voyages, globes and scientific instruments, he highlights a favourite… Read More

OLIVIER D STOCKER

SPINK & SON

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

GIADA D’ORTONA

SILVER SERVICES

Giada D’Ortona set up Silver Services as a consequence of the current trend for using services rather than owning products. The company is designed to let clients rent sumptuous silver objects on a membership basis. ‘Constant global changes are making… Read More

LAETITIA DELALOYE

CHRISTIE’S

A childhood visit to grandparents in Egypt can be pinpointed as the moment that ignited Laetitia Delaloye’s love for the ancient world. The Swiss born Egyptology graduate joined Christie’s in 2007 as an intern rising to become its head of… Read More

GREGORY AND JAMES DEMIRJIAN

ARIADNE GALLERIES

The sons of gallery founder and veteran antiquarian Torkom, the co-presidents of Ariadne Galleries, Gregory and James Demirjian, are well-positioned to helm the New York and London based dealership. The brothers source the best in Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Byzantine… Read More

DAVID DUGGAN

DAVID DUGGAN WATCHES

David Duggan gained 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

NICKY DUNNE

HEYWOOD HILL

Since 2011, Nicky Dunne has been running Heywood Hill, covering two floors of a Georgian townhouse on London’s Curzon Street. It has a large number of library commissions this year, including subject-specific libraries in private homes, hotels and businesses worldwide…. 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 29 years. ‘Knowledge is what I am selling, aside from the book,’ he says. Foster doesn’t… Read More

DAVID GOLDTHORPE

SOTHEBY’S

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

JONATHAN GRIFFITHS

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 a love of traditional horology and a belief… Read More

DR JöRN GüNTHER

DR JöRN GüNTHER RARE BOOKS

‘If you buy the right quality, you’ll never lose’, says Dr Jörn Günther. A specialist in the earliest complete manuscripts from the 8th to the 16th century, Günther has over 45 years in the profession: 28 spent running his own… Read More

PETER HARRIES

BOZ BOOKS

Quietly charismatic Welshman Peter Harries of Boz Books (named after Charles Dickens’ early nom de plume) has been a stalwart of book town Hay-on-Wye for more than three decades, and remains a go-to individual for collectors of Victorian editions. He… Read More

POM HARRINGTON

PETER HARRINGTON RARE BOOKS

Even after half a century 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. And this can be the most difficult aspect… Read More

DR FLORENT HEINTZ

SOTHEBY’S

A former keeper of ancient coins at Fogg Art Museum, London-based Florent Heintz boasts a classical archaeology PhD from Harvard and has written for several academic publications, including the Journal of Roman Archaeology. Joining Sotheby’s antiquities department in 2001, he… Read More

FRANCESCA HICKIN

BONHAMS

Francesca Hickin made the move to Bonhams in 2017 to head up its antiquities department, after a four-year stint at Christie’s. Geographically, the range of artefacts on offer spans Egypt, the Near East and Europe, with objects in a variety… Read More

RAJ JAIN

WATCHES& JEWELLERYOFBONDSTREET

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

SARAH HORNSBY AND JUDITH NUGéE

HORNSBY NUGéE

Based in London, Hornsby and Nugée specialise in ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern and European art from roughly 5000 BC to 1200 AD. With over 60 years’ experience between them, Hornsby and Nugée work as independent consultants after respective… Read More

DANIEL KATZ

DANIEL KATZ LTD

With over 50 years of dealing old master sculptures under his belt, Daniel Katz runs his eponymous 6,000 square foot gallery in Mayfair, where he displays works spanning from antiquity and right the way through to the 20th century. A… Read More

RICHARD LOBEL

COINCRAFT

The name Coincraft rings globally with collectors as a traditional family store with Dickensian vibe. Founded back in 1955 by Richard Lobel, the family-run company is a haven for devoted collectors and dealers where they can peruse British, ancient and… 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

NEIL PAISLEY

A H BALDWIN & SONS

A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd has a history dating back to 1872, and is one of the largest and longest established numismatic dealers and auction houses in the world. Led by MD Neil Paisley, its team of world-class specialists… Read More

MADELEINE PERRIDGE

KALLOS GALLERY

‘One of the nicest things about the world of antiquities is that most people who collect are very passionate… and very committed to furthering the study of the ancient world and its artefacts,’ says Madeleine Perridge, who joined Kallos as… Read More

CHRIS SAUNDERS

SOTHERAN’S

With a lengthy history (founded in York in 1761, and established in London in 1815), Sotheran’s is no stranger to market fluctuation. Chris Saunders, who manages the natural history and science departments, says that the Brexit referendum has brought uncertainty… Read More

BEN SCOTT

BB SCOTT

‘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 two established firms in Mayfair before starting his own business. Over the years he… Read More

BERNARD SHAPERO

SHAPERO RARE BOOKS

Mayfair-based Shapero Rare Books is an internationally renowned dealer in antiquarian books and works on paper. Led by Bernard Shapero – who started dealing in rare books in 1979 as a schoolboy hobby aged only 16 – the company’s experts… Read More

JOHN SILVERMAN

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 soon outsold everything else we had on offer, and I mean to a huge degree,’ says John… Read More

COLIN SUCH

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 stages valuation days which take place across the whole UK, and will arrange home… Read More

RUPERT WACE

RUPERT WACE GALLERY

As a valued board member of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, and vice chairman of the Antiquities Dealers Association in the UK, few dealers come more qualified than Rupert Wace. His eponymous Mayfair gallery has been in… Read More

HENRY GEORGE WILSON

STANLEY GIBBONS

Established in 1856, Stanley Gibbons is the world’s longest established rare stamp merchant, with experts travelling the world to find stamps of extremely high quality, which are ‘often of extreme rarity and value’. Now run by Henry George Wilson, the… Read More

VINCENT ZURZOLO

METROPOLIS

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