Will take place in 24th January 2018
These postal and live internet auctions give you the collector an opportunity to purchase guaranteed original badges that may have alluded you for many years. Each sale contains 648 lots of badges and insignia which span the Armies of the British Empire. Bosleys are probably the only auction house to produce a sale solely aimed at this specialist area of collecting. If your interest is in British and Colonial cap badges, shoulder titles, collar badges, cloth formation signs, civil defence, police etc., Bosleys can give you the opportunity to add to your collection. Due to Bosleys international reputation we are constantly receiving consignments from all over the world.
Military cap badges are probably the largest section of military collectables that are reproduced, for years restrikes have abounded. It is of paramount importance that you can buy with total confidence. Bosleys ensure this by carefully examing ever item that is submitted. Unlike other salerooms, Bosleys representatives attend most arms / militaria / medal fairs and markets so as to maintain up to date information on the latest reproduction items to enter the collectors market.
As a subscriber you will receive a profusely illustrated catalogue which will arrive several weeks before a sale giving you ample opportunity to read and consider. These catalogues fully describe each lot indicating condition and giving an estimate price range. Should you require further information Bosleys helpful staff will answer your questions. The sales includes a good selection of cloth formation signs, many of which are illustrated and can include those worn by units in the Great War, WW2, Special Forces,etc. including many rarities. These catalogues are now considered by most collectors as a standard reference, many of the badges illustrated have previously not been found in published works. Subscription rates: UK £60 for 4 issues, Rest of World (Airmail) £65.
Bidding is conducted by post and internet, or you can sit in the comfort of your favourite chair and bid live through the online live bidding platform Bosleys have introduced. You will hear the auctioneer selling the lots as though in the room, enabling you to adjust your bidding strategy as the sale progresses The sale operates in the standard way with bids increasing in standard increments. Upon receipt of payment your items will be dispatched by our speedy postal service.
Bosleys buyers premium is 20% on the hammer price; VAT is chargeable on the premium only, not on the hammer price; ie the total cost of a lot which hammers for £40 is £49.60.
With the vast field covered by military badges and insignia and the difficulty of identifying and valuing obscure examples, many collectors choose Bosleys to dispose of surplus items and collections. Bosleys have probably the largest military reference library held by any saleroom and offers a free research service for items once they have been consigned to auction. Your items with be carefully checked for variations and scarcity and where appropriate will be lotted individually commanding the highest price possibly for you; suitable estimates will be placed on them for you in line with current market trends.
Bosleys selling commission is 20% (plus VAT) on the hammer price, negotionable on high value collections. An insurance fee of only £1 per £100 (min £10 per sale) auction will cover your entire consignment from the moment it arrives to the fall of the hammer on saleday. Unlike many other rooms there are no hidden charges. Bosleys do not charge you a lotting fee, a photography fee, an unsold fee, a research fee nor is there a minimum fee per lot. Accounts are settled promptly 14 working days after a sale assuming purchasers accounts are cleared by that day. A complimentary catalogue is supplied to non-subscribing vendors.
Should you require any further information on the services Bosleys provide please do not hesitate to contact the saleroom during office hours.