Important Information



CONDITIONS OF SALE The sale will be held under the conditions of sale which are to be found below

VIEWING Lots can be viewed on Tuesday 26th October from 12.00am to 5.00pm.  There will be some horse-drawn vehicles at Reading, but others will be sold in situ so it will not be possible to view them.  Please check the catalogue.

BIDDING The sale is being conducted as a “live auction”.  Bidding can commence as soon as the catalogue goes 'live'.

DESCRIPTIONS All lots have been described to the best of our ability, and from information supplied.  No liability whatsoever is undertaken in respect of faults, deficiencies or errors of description either oral or printed.   We will provide Condition Reports on request, including additional photographs, and videos where possible.  However please recognise that verbal reports on the condition of any lot can only be offered by the Auctioneers as a statement of opinion, and not fact. The Auctioneers are not liable for any errors or omissions contained therein.  Condition Reports are for guidance only.  The Auctioneers will not be held responsible for any damage or defect that has not been notified to the buyer.  Catalogue illustrations are for guidance only and will not convey full information as to the actual condition of lots. 

Where the term (a/f) is used this refers to a lot being ‘as found’.  It is used for guidance only and indicates that in our opinion there is significant damage or repair to an item. The omission of this term does not indicate there is not significant damage or repair to an item and the Auctioneers are not liable for its omission. 

REGISTRATION Bidders are required to register their details before bidding.

BUYERS’ PREMIUM There will be a Buyers’ Premium of 9% (including VAT) added to the hammer price of all lots.  

There will be an Internet Charge of 5.94% (including VAT) added to the hammer price of all lots purchased via

There will be an Internet Charge of 3.6% (including VAT) added to the hammer price of all lots purchased via Thimbleby & Shorland online platform.

ONLINE BIDDING In completing the bidder registration and providing your card details, and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Thimbleby and Shorland, you:

 1.  Authorise Thimbleby & Shorland, if they so wish, to charge the card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction, and

 2.  Confirm that you are authorised to provide these card details to Thimbleby & Shorland via the registrant and thimbleby & Shorland are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale. 

VALUE ADDED TAX Items consigned by VAT registered vendors who do not operate under the Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme will have VAT at the current rate added to the hammer price.  The words “Carries VAT” will be included in the description of such lots.

INVOICES AND COLLECTION No sale is confirmed to an online bidder until an invoice has been issued.  If the buyer cannot collect in person then please see below under the section Sipping/Removals below. 

All lots are at the risk of the buyer from the fall of the hammer and buyers are strongly advised to effect insurance immediately. All lots must be paid for immediately and removed from site as soon as possible after the auction.  Lots that are not collected 2 weeks after the sale will be subject to storage fees.  

Packing & Shipping services are available via:

Carriage Collections/Delivery only:   Fast 1One LLPtelephone: 01235 511244 or

Sundry items only:

Mailboxes - telephone 0118 951 7980

Part & Parcel – telephone 01252 545 611 

Jentel Packing - telephone 01268 776777


We do not provide packing & shipping service ourselves


PAYMENT Methods of payment are bank transfer or debit card.

The Auctioneers will only accept payment from, and permit removal of goods purchased by, the successful purchaser or their duly appointed agent.  No lots will be transferred to third party invoices after the auction.

For the avoidance of doubt please note that the auction will be conducted in British pounds sterling.


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All goods at the Auction are second-hand, unless otherwise stated & are sold as seen. 




Terms & Conditions


1.At the fall of the hammer, closing of the tender sale or the on-line lot closing time, the highest acceptable bid for each lot shall be the Purchaser and, in the event of any dispute, the Auctioneers shall have absolute discretion to settle such dispute. 

2.No person may advance less at a bid than a sum to be named from time to time by the Auctioneer, nor shall any bidding be retracted. The Auctioneers may, without giving any reason therefore, refuse to accept the bidding of any person or person.

3.All lots are put up for sale subject to any reserve price placed by the Vendors, who may bid for any lot or lots, and may withdraw any lot or lots, either personally or through the Auctioneers or through any other person, as many times as they respectively may think fit.

4.All intending bidders at on-line or tender sales must register with the Auctioneers prior to placing a bid. All intending bidders must make prior arrangements regarding method of payment before attending or participating in a sale. 

5.No lot or lots shall be removed from the premises until paid for, but each and every lot shall immediately at the fall of the hammer be considered as delivered and be and remain in every respect at the absolute risk of the respective Purchaser or Purchasers thereof, and shall be removed at the Purchaser`s expense after the conclusion of the Sale and taken with all faults or errors of description.

6.The Auctioneers act only as agents for the Vendor(s) and are not responsible for any default by either Vendor(s) or Purchaser. In particular, they shall not be liable to pay the Vendor until payment is received from the Purchaser.

7.No undertaking of the Auctioneers or their employees to take charge of any lots after the sale or to forward them to their destination shall be held to impose upon the Auctioneers any legal obligation or vitiate any of the foregoing conditions.

8.In all cases of transfer the original Purchaser shall be held responsible for the purchase money.

9.The Auctioneers reserve the right to withdraw or divide any lot or to combine any two or more lots at their sole discretion and to sell in such order as they may think fit.

10.The Auctioneers have described the lots to the best of their ability and belief, but any statement made either in advertisements, catalogues, on-line description, photograph or other publicity are those of opinion only and are made without responsibility and shall not give rise to any action in law for damages or compensation or rescission of sale by a purchaser against the Vendor, the Auctioneers or their employees. All electrical or mechanical items are sold as un-tested, without warranties or any guarantees as to serviceability, working order or fit for purpose.

11.Many lots offered for sale on-line are by reason of age or nature, not in first class condition. Some descriptions may refer to damage or restoration but the omission of such a statement does not imply that a lot may be free of damage or has been restored. Therefore all purchasers must satisfy themselves by physical inspection prior to making a bid as to the origin, authenticity, quality, quantity, weight, size and general description of each lot as all lots are sold “as seen” with all faults whether declared or not.

12.The Auctioneers accept no responsibility in connection with the commissioning of their staff to bid for any lots. Reserves and commissions given verbally or by telephone are accepted at the sender`s risk and must be confirmed in writing before the Sale.

13.THIRD PARTY LIABILITY. All persons attending the sale whether it be at the Auctioneers’ premises or other place, before, during or after the Sale shall be deemed to be at their own risk and with notice of the condition of the premises and of the method of arranging lots and shall have no claim against the Auctioneers nor their principals in respect of any injury or accident which may occur from any cause whatsoever including postponement or cancellation of the sale.

14.If any Purchaser shall fail to comply with the above conditions or any of them, the Auctioneers shall be at liberty to recover in full the amount of the purchase money of the lot or lots bought by such Purchaser together with all interest, costs, charges and expenses, without reference to any delivery or acceptance of the lot or lots, other than the first delivery by the fall of the hammer, or to resell any lot or lots bought by such Purchasers, either by public or private sale, and the full amount of the purchase money at the present sale, or the deficiency (if any) arising from the second sale, together with all interest, costs, charges and expenses, shall be made good by the defaulter and be recoverable as and for liquidated damages.