Buying at Chilcotts

Auction Sales

Our Auctions are held on Saturdays, commencing at 10:00am*, at The Dolphin Salerooms, High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1HT. We hold ten Auctions a year, each Sale-day commences with a ‘Specialist’ themed Auction followed by a Sale of ‘Good Antiques & Home Interiors’. Live online bidding is available at all of our auctions, in addition to the traditional methods of viewing and bidding. Following the sale, we offer in-house P&P, if required.

Please see the Auction Calendar for sale dates. *Note: please check dates and times before setting out.

Specialist Auctions:

We hold three types of Specialist Auctions -

  • Jewellery, Watches, Silver & Coins
  • Pictures, Ceramics, Works of Art & Clocks
  • Collectors Items, Transport, Toys & Models, Medals, Militaria, Stamps & Postcards 

The ‘Jewellery, Watches, Silver & Coins,’ and ‘Pictures, Ceramics, Works of Art & Clocks,’ specialist sales are each held quarterly, while auctions of ‘Collectors Items, Transport, Toys & Models, Medals, Militaria, Stamps & Postcards’ take place every six months. The last date for entering items into these auctions is four weeks before sale day.

The on-line Auction Catalogue with images, is uploaded a week before the Sale; live online bidding is available here.

The auctions are open for Public Viewing: *Note: please check dates and times before setting out.

  • Wednesday (three days before) 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday (two days before) 9:30am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:30am to 4;30pm
  • Sale-day -viewing from 8:30am

Good Antiques & Home Interiors Sales:

These include -

  • Fine Period and Antique Furniture, 20thC Design; High quality modern furniture, Retro & Vintage; Clocks and Objects
  • Decorative Pictures, Ceramics & Glass, Lighting, Textiles & Rugs, Garden Statuary, etc.,

These sales are held ten times a year and take place after the 'Specialist Sale' has been sold. The last date for entering items is two weeks before the sale.

The on-line Auction Catalogue with images, is uploaded a week before the Sale; live online bidding is available here.

The sales are open for Public Viewing: *Note: please check dates and times before setting out.

  • Saturday (1 week before) 10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Wednesday (three days before) 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday (two days before) 9:30am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Sale-day - viewing from 8:30am

Parking

There is limited short-stay customer parking at the rear of the Dolphin Saleroom, however we are less than one minute's walk from The Silver Street Carpark, EX14 1QL, and three minute's walk from Lace Walk Carpark, EX14 1LT.

Bidding

If you wish to bid for anything at one of our auctions you can do so in several ways:

In Person:

You will need to register at the Saleroom Reception for a Bidding Number: two proofs of identity will be required.

Absentee bid (known as a Commission bid):

Complete a 'Commission Bidding Form' in the sale-room and hand it in at Reception, dictate your bid(s) to one of our team by telephone (01404 47783 option 2) or send your bids by email; include your address and contact details, tell us the lot number(s) and the highest hammer price that you are prepared to bid up to for each lot. We will email you with a confirmation of your bids, and aim to buy on your behalf for the lowest available price.

Telephone bid:

For higher value or speculative lots, you can be on the phone to one of our staff members who will relay the bidding between you and the auctioneer; please ring by the evening before sale-day to book a telephone line.

Live online bidding:

All of our auctions offer live online bidding. This is available direct through our website; you will need to register to bid. We also offer live bidding through www.the-saleroom.com . These options also enable you to leave 'Autobids' which are hidden from the auctioneer; if you are leaving Autobids, please click the 'plus one' option.

Buyer's Premium

Each lot is subject to a Buyer's Premium of 21% plus VAT (total of approximately 25.2% payable on top of the Hammer Price).

Payment

We accept payment by:

  • Debit and Credit cards (unlimited amount if by Chip and Pin, but only up to £500 if paying remotely)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Cheques (if you are unknown to us we will wait for it to clear before releasing the items)
  • Cash (up to a limit of £5,000)

Clearing

Purchases must be cleared by the Thursday following Saturday's auction; we have portering staff available Monday - Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm, lunch break 1:00pm-1:30pm. There is short-stay parking and a loading bay at the rear of The Dolphin Salerooms, postcode EX14 1HT or ///accent.marked.silk NOTE: NO CLEARING AVAILABLE ON FRIDAYS - this is a day when vendors bring in items for sale, so all our team and parking/loading facilities are otherwise occupied.

Postage and Delivery

Chilcotts are able to pack and post most items (chargeable at £20 per hour plus VAT, plus packing materials, plus Postage);  we can give contact details of several antiques couriers who can help transport bigger or more complicated items around the UK. International P&P, including EU Countries: we are happy to pack items ready for collection but, following the imposition of new regulations and export/import charges, buyers are responsible for arranging collection from the saleroom, transport and export, including paying any duties and charges due. Before bidding, please check the laws in your country. We are happy to work with our clients to help in any way, e.g. posting to a friend or relative in the UK.

Mailing List

Chilcotts operates a Free Auction Alert email service which will notify you of each forthcoming Sale and link you directly to the online Catalogue. Please contact us to request inclusion onto our e-mailing list.