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Bosleys

The Old Royal Military College

Remnantz

Marlow , Buckinghamshire

United Kingdom   SL7 2BS


Telephone : +44 (0)1628 488188

Fax : +44 (0)1628 488111

Website : http://www.bosleys.co.uk

Email : sales@bosleys.co.uk

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  • The company, formed by the partnership of Steven Bosley and Sally Bosley, has long established itself as one of the leading international specialist auction houses dealing with every aspect of military antiques, be it a humble soldier's uniform, a group of medals or a fine piece of Georgian campaign furniture. From its onset it has been their aim to provide both the buyer and seller with the best possible confidential service. To vendors, who often send unidentified and unresearched items, they are provided with a free service that often rectifies this; on a recent occasion a quantity of swords with long forgotten histories arrived on the doorstep. One of them, which was estimated at £300 before any research, was to prove a real gem. After painstaking work in the saleroom's extensive reference library the identity of the original owner of the sword was discovered and that he had carried this sword through the Campaigns of 1812 in the Peninsular and later when wounded at the ill fated Battle of New Orleans in the Americas. This research service gave the delighted vendor a surprise when the hammer fell at £1,600! The added attraction of a fixed commission rate with no hidden lotting, photographic or unsold charges attracts a wonderful selection of items which arrive from all over the world.

    The purchaser can also reap the benefits by knowing that all items are vetted for authenticity and are accurately described in the large format colour illustrated catalogues. Great lengths go into ensuring that photographs are of the finest clarity and a true representation of each individual item. Should more information about a particular lot be required, then all it takes is a telephone call to receive more information from a person familiar with the subject. There can be no single expert on all the extensive fields of military collectables but Bosleys are most fortunate to be able to call on its army of consultants, many considered to be the leading authority in their particular specialist field.

    The four regular sales each year are held in a fine Georgian country house on the Thames and attract buyers from all over the world; often overseas clients incorporate a sale date within their business trip or holiday. It is in these fine settings that lots can be viewed at their best, uniforms fitted onto mannequins, headdress on hat stands, each carefully handled with respect by a team of knowledgeable porters. A bonus for their clients is the ability to actually view during the sale; this service, believed to be unique, enables one to view, buy and clear in the least possible time.

    In addition to these public auctions, Bosleys hold quarterly postal auctions of military badges, shoulder titles, collar badges, formation signs etc.

    The last twelve years have provided a number of surprises, one following a telephone call from a gentleman who had found in a chest what he described as an old red hunt jacket with sequins on the collar, in due course a rather battered parcel arrived containing an important scarlet coatee worn by an Officer of the Life Guards circa 1820, the hammer was to fall at £5,600 ! It has also shown the dark side of collecting, the partners told me that often after a death a family are confronted by a mass of badges, helmets, uniforms, swords etc, their values unknown and often thought worthless, they are disposed off at a fraction of their true value in a local auction or to so called friends. It was after one such case that Bosleys introduced a service where by details could be lodged with solicitors and family on what to do after a collector's demise to provide the best return for the family. This service resulted in the saleroom acquiring a mass of cloth insignia from an elderly widow who was approached by a local friend and collector of the deceased and offered £200 for the collection; he should be ashamed as the final price achieved by careful lotting in Bosleys postal auctions was in the region of £10,000.

    What of the next few years? Who can tell, it is the partners aim to continue giving the best possible service to their clients, be they vendors or buyers and to continue to uncover previously forgotten military splendours. The Partners continue to help and advise museums, film and television companies, collectors, deceased collectors' families and widows as well as the General Public through the medium of radio. In recent years, they have undertaken regular "phone-in" valuations and advice programmes on LBC, BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Three Counties. Bosleys has also assisted the BBC's television series "Cash in the Attic" and several of the programs featuring Bosleys are regularly shown both here and abroad.

    Should you feel you have something you would like to place in auction, please contact Auctioneer and General Manager, Bernard Pass. Our telephone lines are open

    10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
    Please note, visitors are by appointment only.

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