Fellows & Sons (Auctioneer and Valuer)

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Fellows & Sons is an auction house based in the West Midlands, specializing in jewellery along with a range of other antiques and collectibles such as watches, costume jewellery, toys, silver and furniture.

Located in Birmingham, the firm conducts over 50 sales per year, more than half of which are for jewellery. In addition, they provide a comprehensive valuation service for the purposes of insurance, probate, post-loss and family division along with providing detailed authentication reports.

 

Departments

Jewellery

The jewellery department holds three types of auction which are:

Antique & Modern Jewellery

The Antique & Modern Jewellery auctions take place approximately every six weeks. These auctions consist of around 700-900 lots of contemporary, antique and period jewellery. These auctions also feature pieces by designers such as Bvlgari, Cartier, Kutchinsky & Tiffany & Co.

Second-hand Jewellery

The Secondhand Jewellery auctions are headed up by Bryony Meredith and Leah Harvey and occur fortnightly. They consist of diamond and gem set jewellery, gold chains, bracelets and pendants

These auctions also include leading brand name watches such as Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Longines & Cartier.

Costume Jewellery

The Costume, Silver Jewellery & Novelties auctions take place four times a year, and include a variety of items such as 18th & 19th century paste jewellery, sentimental & memorial jewellery, silver, marcasite and enamel, and novelties such as compacts, buckles, purses and pens.

Wrist & Pocket Watches

The department’s three types of auction are:

Fine, Rare & Collectable Wrist Watches

The specialist Wrist & Pocket Watch auctions take place four times a year and normally contains between 400-600 lots. The wrist watch section of the auction includes contemporary and modern watches, 20th century & later watches, military watches and cocktail watches.

Antique & Rare Pocket Watches

The pocket watches section of the auction usually consists of Georgian & early continental watches, Victorian & period continental watches, Edwardian watches, 20th Century watches, small groups & repairers lots, Albert chains, fobs and watch keys.

Second-hand Watches

The company conducts fortnightly auctions of second-hand watches from manufacturers such as These auctions include leading brand name watches such as Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Longines, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tag Heuer, Patek Philippe, Zenith and Vacheron Constantin.

Silver, Plated Ware, Coins & Medals**

These auctions take place four times per year and consist of two sections, which are:

Silver and Plated Ware

This section includes antique & modern silver, Hollowware, plate and continental silver, cutlery, flatware, novelties such as pin cushions, snuff boxes and trinket boxes.

Coins & Medals

This section includes Gold coins, base metal coinage, Roman Coins, Commemorative coins, Krugerrands, War medals, Commemorative medals and service medals.

Furniture & Collectibles

This department handles two types of auction, which are:

Toys, Dolls & Juvenalia

Fellows' Toys & Dolls auctions can include up to 300 lots of die cast models, teddy bears, trains, collectables, rocking horses, and other miscellanea; toys and dolls from Victorian times through to more modern examples that many will remember from childhood.

Antique & Later Furniture

Fellows' Furniture Department offers expert advice and appraisals on furniture from the 17th century through to the present day.

Auction catalogues

2012

  • June 14, 2012 - Watches
  • June 14, 2012 - ewellery
  • June 18, 2102 - Silver Plated ware
  • June 21, 2012 - Antique & Modern Jewellery
  • June 28, 2012 - Jewellery
  • June 28, 2012 - Watches
  • July 9, 2012 - Coins and medals
  • July 12, 2012 - Jewellery
  • July 12, 2012 - Watches
  • July 16, 2012 - Sale 1223 - Jewellery & Watches (Suttons & Robertsons)
  • July 19, 2012 - Sale 1224 - Antique & Modern Jewellery
  • July 23, 2012 - Sale 1225 - Vintage & Modern Watches
  • July 26, 2012 - Sale 1226 - Jewellery
  • July 26, 2012 - Sale 1227 - Watches
  • August 13th, 2012 - Sale 1230 - Pocket Watches
  • September 6, 2012 - Sale 1237 - Watches
  • September 6, 2012 - Sale 1238 - Jewellery
  • September 10, 2012 - Sale 1239 - Vintage Jewellery & Accessories
  • September 13, 2012 - Sale 1240 - Antique & Modern jewellery

2013

  • May 13, 2013 - Watches & Watch Parts
  • May 13, 2013 - Pocket Watches & Accessories
  • May 16, 2013 - Antique & Modern Jewellery
  • May 23, 2013 - Jewellery
  • May 23, 2013 - watches
  • June 3, 2013 - Antiques & Fine Art
  • June 6, 2013 - Jewellery
  • June 10, 2013 - Vintage Jewellery & Accessories
  • June 17, 2013 - Silver & Plated Ware
  • June 20, 2013 - Jewellery
  • June 20, 2013 - Watches
  • July 4, 2013 - Watches
  • July 4, 2013 - Jewellery
  • July 8, 2013 - Coins & Medals
  • July 11, 2013 - Antique & Modern Jewellery
  • July 15, 2013 - Vintage & Modern Wrist Watches
  • July 18, 2013 - Jewellery
  • July 29, 2013 - Antiques & Fine Art
  • August 5, 2013 - Vintage Jewellery & Accessories
  • August 8, 2013 - Jewellery
  • August 8, 2013 - [[[fellows-sons-watches-080813 | Watches]]
  • August 12, 2013 - Pocket Watches & Accessories
  • August 12, 2013 - Watches & Watch parts
  • August 15, 2013 - Antique & Modern Jewellery
  • August 22, 2013 - Jewellery
  • August 22, 2013 - Watches
  • September 5, 2013 - Jewellery
  • September 5, 2013 - watches
  • September 12, 2013 - Antique & Modern Jewellery
  • September 16, 2013 - Silver & Plated Ware
  • October 7, 2013 - Vintage Jewellery & Accessories

History

The company’s origin can be traced back to the collapse of an order for bicycles in 1876. When William Henry Fellows, was left with the unwanted order he decided to sell the bicycles by auction. The family, who were also pawnbrokers, used auctions to sell uncollected pledges.

William Henry Fellows was followed by his son Francis Henry Fellows. It was during the 1920s that the business grew, with Francis selling items belonging to refugees escaping from the ravages of the Russian revolution.

Francis was in turn followed into the business by his two sons William and Albert Fellows, who ran the business from Greenfield Crescent in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The brothers also saw a wide variety of goods from refugees from the Nazi persecution who were able to smuggle out some of their wealth. Sales in this era also included lost property from the Royal Mail.

William and Albert were followed into the business by Antony Fellows, the son of Albert, who based the company in Hagley Road, Birmingham. Fellows & Sons moved in 1990 to Augusta House in the Jewellery Quarter, the firm’s current home. His daughter Jayne Fellows has taken over the running of the business with her husband Stephen Whittaker, who is the Managing Director.

Notable sales

  • A rare Rolex Submariner 5513 watch, sold in January 2009 for £35,000.
  • A Rolex platinum and diamond set DayDate wristwatch, sold for £37,000.
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