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Historical & Collectable
Battersea Safestore (suite 1030)
19 Lombard Road
, London
SW11 3RH
United Kingdom
020 7223 3032



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 - General
Catalogue: All descriptions, whether printed, on our website or oral, are statements of opinion not fact. Intending Purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the condition, age and authenticity etc. of all lots.
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 this auction sale shall be governed by English law.
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.
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 where agreed by the Auctioneer in writing. No lot(s) may be removed until cleared funds are to hand except where 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), additionally any Value Added Tax and or Artist's Resale Right on the hammer price where noted in either the printed or web auction catalogue. The Buyer will additionally pay any surcharge arising for the use of a third party’s internet bidding platform.
Important Information
Viewing: By prior appointment with the auctioneers and in accordance with all current Covid-19 guidelines.
Registration: Clients must produce acceptable identification which has to be consistent with current money laundering legislation.
Buyer’s Premium: As a percentage of the hammer price: 24.00% (including vat, equates to 20.00% plus vat).
Absentee Bidding: Commission Bids may be submitted by email or post to the Auctioneer who will acknowledge receipt of emailed bids and execute such bids without obligation.
Live telephone bidding may be undertaken at the sole discretion of the auctioneer.
Live internet bidding at or (additional fees apply).
Internet Live Bidding Surcharge: For Purchasers who bid live on 6.00% (including vat).
For Purchasers who bid live on 3.60% (including vat) unless enrolled for EasyLiveAuction’s ‘flat fee’ option prior to the auction in which case there is no % surcharge.
Value Added Tax: No lots in this auction attract vat on the hammer price.
Imperfections: The condition of pieces is mentioned in the catalogue and is intended as a guide. The word 'good' in a catalogue description may be interpreted as the item being in good original undamaged and unrestored condition. It remains the responsibility of Bidders to satisfy themselves as to condition.
Auction Duration: Lots will be sold in numerical order (unless otherwise stated) at a likely rate of between 60 and 100 lots per hour.
Prices Realised: These may be viewed at: from two days after the auction.
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 credit nor debit cards or PayPal transactions are accepted.
Collection and Shipping: The Auctioneer may pack and send small consignments and whilst every effort will be made to ensure items are properly packed and, where possible, insurance cover arranged by the service provided, no responsibility can be accepted by the Auctioneer or his agents for any loss or damage howsoever arising. Safe transit of purchases by hand, post, courier or shipper is at the sole risk of the Purchaser.
Items may be collected in person from London, by prior arrangement.
For larger or bulky purchases please contact the auctioneers, preferably prior to the auction, to seek advice and guidance on and costs of shipment, collection or delivery of items.

Historical & Collectable’s buyer’s premium: 24.00% including vat (equates to 20.00% plus the vat). live bidding surcharge: 6.00% including vat. live bidding surcharge: 3.60% including vat (0% with their ‘flat fee’ option).
Please note that credit and debit cards are NOT accepted in payment of purchases (see payments above).
The Auctioneer may pack and send small consignments (usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery) and whilst every effort will be made to ensure items are properly packed and, where possible, insurance cover arranged by the service provided, no responsibility can be accepted by the Auctioneer or his agents for any loss or damage howsoever arising. Safe transit of purchases by hand, post, courier or shipper is at the sole risk of the Purchaser.
Items may also be collected, by prior arrangement from London.
Please contact the auctioneer prior to the auction to discuss possible packing and shipment options and obtain an indication of likely cost.