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Before you scroll down for our list of services, here is a reminder of the object types of which we have vast experience:

Cylinder and Disc Musical Boxes, Pneumatica including Organettes, Serenettes and other self-playing instruments, Singing Bird Boxes and Cages, Fine Musical Vertu boxes, all types of Automata, Phonographs and Gramophones, Early Records, Early Wireless and Television Sets, Jukeboxes, Vintage Amusement Machines, Fairground items and Signage.   

    Our services include:

Restoration and Conservation

  • We specialise in antique and later automata, singing birds and other related items. 

  • Repair and maintenance.

  • Bellows, valves, cam cutting, plates and all other individual components specially made.

  • Correcting failed restoration attempts.

  • Conservation of material and movements.

  • Invisible repair and polishing of tortoiseshell cases and panels.

  • All jobs priced and quoted prior to starting with all work guaranteed.

  • General to complete overhauls and rebuilds - large or small projects always welcome.

  • Bespoke commissions undertaken.

Private Treaty

  • Time-agreed sales suited to your convenience.

  • Sales direct to our large international network.

  • Very competitive commission terms with no minimum fee.

  • Single items to whole collections.

  • Member of various associated societies.

  • Very discreet client policy.

  • VIP service for clients working through their PA.

  • Buying service with regular updates.

Probate, Private and Insurance Valuations

  • Fully comprehensive service covering all ratio valuations - 50% half-share, 100% full probate, auction band and insurance band.

  • Contracts with solicitors always welcome.

  • Museum/private body contracts.

  • Pre-auction valuations as the third party - did your local house overlook anything?

  • Statements of descriptions and vetting.

  • Litigator statement work.

  • Replacement search service.

  • Conservation work to repair damaged items by order of insurance companies.


  • Regular specialist auctions covering Mechanical Music, Automata and Curios.

  • Free no-obligation inspections with valuation quotes.

  • Pre-auction storage service.

  • Fast and friendly service.

  • Very discreet at all times.

  • Travel and international shipping.

  • Over two decades of specialist auction work with full auction portfolio available.

Advice and Research

  • Second opinions available and regularly welcomed.

  • Research service using our comprehensive and historical library.

  • Pre-auction provenance service.

  • Associated society networking.

  • Incomplete items inspected, reverse-engineered and reported.

  • Vetting of pre-purchase and post-purchased items.

  • Full pictorial and written reports prepared and published.

  • Market-changing patterns identified and explained.

Lectures and Talks

  • For large and small groups.

  • Local historical societies a speciality.

  • Rare and unusual museum-grade items shown and handled.

  • Reasonable rates.

  • Repeat bookings always welcome.

  • Large range of subjects covered with passion and expertise.

  • Noted film, television and radio work.

  • From layman-magic to connoisseur-technical, a script which fits your audience.

Our fees - all jobs are specific. 

Our charges are competitive, so please ring or drop us a line for a quote.

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