Why We Love Birmingham

I’m Sybilla Rose one of the Directors of Arkade Property. Arkade Property originally set up its business in Solihull but transferred to the Jewellery Quarter in 2005 when the founders Andrew Kay and Beatriz Rose fell in love with the charming peculiarities of the area, and what an interesting place it is. The Jewellery Quarter…

Transparent & Fair Property Auctions

Here’s a thought. If you consign a property to Biddle & Webb we will charge you a fee. You might think this is hardly the most earth shattering statement and therefore this blog is going to a rather short read. However the more I have looked at the property auction world, the more I see…

Auction Intrigue at Biddle & Webb

Biddle and Webb’s Interiors auction is nothing short of eclectic. As auctioneers we are used to seeing and selling a vast array of desirable items ranging from Moorcroft jugs to mahogany cheese coasters, witches’ balls to Rolex watches. Unusual, unconventional and at times – frankly bizarre, the ever expanding antiques industry never fails to surprise…

Personal Accountability at Ruxton

Many properties in the Solihull area are as unique and distinctive as the people who buy them. So when selling yours, it is most important that your estate agent has a thorough understanding not only of your property, but also of the needs and preferences of every buyer who views it. It is simply not…

ERNIE BIDDLE (1919-1996)

I was born in 1919 in back to back house in Winson Green half way between the prison and Dudley Rd Hospital. One of my earliest memories is the euphoria of the community when water was piped into the house having previously used communal stand pipe in the yard.  There was a wonderful community spirit…

DEEDS NOT WORDS

Biddle & Webb’s May Interiors Auction has a variety of interesting and unusual finds – topping the list is Lot 335: An early 20th Century Suffragettes movement tricolour fabric sash with the slogan ‘votes for women.’ The sash, passed down through generations of the vendor’s family, belonged to Ms Dora Webster of Birmingham. Ms Webster,…

International Stamp Treasures!

The word ‘Serendipity’ was coined by Horace Walpole in ‘The three Princes of Serendip’ and means, amongst other things, stumbling upon interesting discoveries in a casual manner. Now, when looking through the estate of a deceased person one never knows what will be found and such was the case recently when a 150 volume stamp…

Wine Al Fresco!

It’s somewhat surprising that in 2017 people still worry about how the wine they choose will be perceived by their friends. Shouldn’t it simply be a matter of choosing a grape, style or region you really like and enjoying it? Introduce food into the equation and it can get even more complicated. On the continent…

Announcing Biddle & Webb’s qualified Gemmologist, Jennifer Pardoe

I should have known from my penchant for everything sparkly that I was always destined to work in the world of jewellery. I am extremely grateful to Biddle & Webb for giving me the opportunity and support to study my Gemmology qualifications with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Now as a qualified Gemmologist it…

April 8th Interiors Sale

Auction catalogue: April 8th Interiors Sale, 10am Lot: 94  Estimate: £400 to £600 An 18ct yellow gold ruby and diamond line bracelet, set alternately with round cut rubies and round brilliant cut diamonds aeach set in an articulated link, hallmarked with a Sheffield import mark for 1997, length approx. 18.5cm, weight approx. 13.9g. Lot: 82…

A Glider in a Garden?

Here at Biddle & Webb, we often come across the most remarkable stories in the most unassuming places. However, Mr Bob Arnold’s MK 2 Goevier is an exceptional example. It is not every day that we are called to an original Schemp-Hirth WW2 glider in the back garden of a house in a cul-de-sac. Mr…

Biddle & Webb teams up with Winterbourne House & Garden

Edwardian Splendour in the heart of Birmingham. The tarmac driveway leading to Winterbourne may not be familiar to the family who lived here, but the wonky roof line (an intentional design feature) and the crunch of gravel underfoot in the walled garden would make them feel much more at home. Winterbourne was built in 1903…