Somerset Stamp Auctions are bringing new business to the area from the world of philately – in what many local people will remember as Wallace’s Farm Shop on the Blackdowns.
The co-proprietors, John Berry and Shirley Grabham, moved their stamp auction business from Ilminster to Hill Farm last August when they a needed larger property to store collections and host auctions which they had held previously in Taunton. “We’re also close to the M5 which suits our needs,” Shirley said. The business is, though, much older, having been started in 1979 by Shirley’s father, a keen philatelist. Shirley is now responsible for managing the business while her partner, John Berry, acts as auctioneer.
The business runs 7 auctions of between 1300 and 1600 lots during the course of the year, each auction raising about £150,000. On average, 150 stamp collectors and investors will be there from around the country. Lots are advertised in the philatelic press and on Somerset Stamp Auctions’ website but interest is also generated by word-of-mouth in the stamp collectors’ community.
Whilst the majority of the lots are stamps, Somerset Stamp Auctions also deals in postcards, cigarette cards, covers, coins, reference books and other philatelic-related items.
The next auction is on 28 September. The catalogue can be viewed online and at Hill Farm.