Sale Venue
The Courtyard Hotel
Holiday Inn Reading West
Padworth, Berkshire


Historical & Collectable, the only auction house in the world to regularly hold specialist auctions of Commemoratives and Staffordshire Pot Lids, is owned and run by Andrew Hilton who personally has over forty-five years experience of these popular Collectables.

Commencing his career in 1973 with international auction house Phillips Son & Neale Andrew Hilton, already responsible for the auctions of Staffordshire Pot Lids, identified the growing popularity for Collectors Items in the late 1970s. The world-famous Collectors Department was established in London’s Mayfair in 1980 catering for auctions as diverse as toys and dolls, rock and pop memorabilia, cars and traditional river craft also proved hugely popular and all appealing to a worldwide audience. He was appointed a Director of Phillips in 1983.

In 1991 Andrew Hilton set up his own auction house Special Auction Services and under his leadership the variety and success of the sales flourished. Driven by his passion for and historical interest in Commeratives, Staffordshire Pot Lids, Fairings and Baxter Prints he choose to concentrate solely on these ever-popular subjects. In passing ownership of his auction company to the staff he continued to trade as Historical and Collectable.

Regarded as the leading authority Historical & Collectable continues to host regular auctions of Commemoratives and Pot Lids. Notable collections sold by Andrew Hilton include those of both the authors of the works of reference on Pot Lids: Abe Ball and more recently Keith Mortimer as well as the collection of the entertainment celebrity Leslie Crowther. Andrew Hilton also held the auctions of the Shnayerson Collection of British Political Commemoratives, the Wood and the Colbert Collections of Commemoratives. Currently he is working on the disposal of the celebrated Simpson collection of Commemoratives which is to be sold in 2021.

Terms and Conditions of Business

Andrew Hilton trading as Historical & Collectable hereinafter referred to as the Auctioneer and to include any person acting upon his authority.

Conditions of sale - Vendors

Indemnity: The Vendor indemnifies the Auctioneer and his staff who act solely as agent for the Vendor.

Title: The Vendor warrants to the Auctioneer and the Purchaser that they are the absolute owner of any lot and is authorised to sell the same and pass marketable title free of any encumbrance or claim.

Instructions: Lots are sold at the Auctioneer’s discretion unless written instructions to the contrary are received and acknowledged by the Auctioneer more than 24 hours prior to the auction.

Proceeds: The Vendor authorises the Auctioneer to deduct all monies due to him from the auction proceeds. The Auctioneer shall not be liable for settlement of any lot(s) for which he is not in possession of cleared funds.

Conditions of sale - Purchasers

Acknowledgment: In making a bid for any lot, whether in person or otherwise, all bidders acknowledge they have read, understand and abide by all these Conditions of Sale.

Auction: The Auctioneer reserves the right to accept or refuse any bid(s), regulate the bidding and amounts of any bid(s), rearrange, consolidate or withdraw any lot(s) or part of any lot without reason or notice. In the event of a dispute the Auctioneer has absolute discretion to settle such dispute. All transactions associated with our auction sales shall be governed by English law.

Catalogue: All descriptions, whether printed, digital or oral, are statements of opinion not fact. Intending Purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the condition, age and authenticity etc. of all lots.

Title: Responsibility for a purchased lot shall pass at the fall of the hammer, however legal title shall not pass until the Auctioneer is in possession of cleared funds in payment for that lot.

Payment and Clearance: All lots must be paid for in full within 7 days following the conclusion of the auction except were agreed by the Auctioneer in writing. No lot(s) may be removed until cleared funds are to hand except were agreed by the Auctioneer. Any lot(s) not paid for will incur storage charges calculated at the sole discretion of the Auctioneer and interest at 3% over Lloyds Bank Base Rate.

Purchase Price: The Buyer will pay to the Auctioneer the hammer price together with a Buyer’s Premium calculated at a rate of 24.00% (including VAT), together with any Value Added Tax and or Artist's Resale Right on the hammer price as noted in either the printed or internet auction catalogue; additionally, the Buyer will pay any surcharge arising for the use of a third party’s internet bidding platform.

Payment: Accounts may be settled by Sterling cash (maximum equivalent of 10,000 Euros), Sterling cheque (only clients known to Historical & Collectable) or bank transfer to Lloyds Bank, sort code: 30-99-09 account number: 07158347 in the name of Historical & Collectable (payments received form non-UK banks will incur a surcharge of £7.00). Neither debit nor credit cards or PayPal transactions are accepted.
Collection and Shipping:
The Auctioneer may pack and send small consignments by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
Whilst every effort will be made to ensure lots are properly packed no responsibility can be accepted by the Auctioneer or his agents for any loss or damage sustained in transit by Royal Mail with whom insurance cover will be arranged.

As a guide, packages weighing no more than two kilos will cost £18 to £28 for inland post or £38 to £58 for the rest of the world.

For larger and or bulky purchases please contact the auctioneer, preferably prior to the auction, for guidance on the costs of shipment, collection and or delivery.
Items may also be collected from a venue in London by prior arrangement.