Another year! Our 2018 brochure has finally arrived. Once again, we’re very proud of this year’s stock and there should be something for all tastes (and budgets…). Existing clients will have a copy with them soon, but if you’re new to us (or suspect someone of hiding your copy…) you can view a pdf of the brochure here. Equally, if you’re the old fashioned sort and would like us to post you a hard copy please just get in touch and we’ll happily get one on its way to you.
Seen here in his immensely chic black and gold Humphrey Butler livery is our newest cheerleader, the four year old National Hunt horse 'Rapper'. After a very promising debut at Stratford last May (expertly piloted by Nico de Boinville, who we remain proud to have sponsored during his 2016-2017 season) where he finished third, Rapper ran an excellent comeback race at Worcester on 24th October, keeping himself bang in the firing line until the final 100 yards, finishing fourth beaten less than four lengths. We wish him, his trainer Henry Daly and his owners The Home Farm Partnership (manager: H Butler) the very best of luck and look forward to bringing news of his inevitable triumphs in due course!
May traditionally finds us packing our loupes and heading for the shores of Lake Geneva for the Spring jewellery auctions, but this year we were delighted to take part in the first ever Gem Genève gem and jewellery show as well - another date now firmly engraved in our annual fair calendar. You can see a photo of our stand above but, altogether more exciting, some of the great new pieces we got to come home with here…
And, after Switzerland, Las Vegas! A great chance to catch up with all of our friends in the American trade before heading back out to New York in July. Steering Humphrey away from the tables we have, once again, found one or two little prizes including a glorious Burmese ruby and diamond cluster ring which you can see here.
Happy New Year! We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelmingly positive response to our latest brochure, which you can see here, and which rounds off an exciting 2017 for us. It has been a year of changes, the most significant of which has been the departure of Imogen Orr who has taken off to Florence to pursue her passion for painting. We will miss her enormously, but she has a great talent to nurture and we wish her all the very best with what will doubtless be a glittering artistic career. Taking her place, we welcome the lovely Hetty Stephen who will be in command of our social media and overseeing all repairs and workshop queries with great charm and efficiency.
Over the course of the year, we have had a number of successes in finding new homes for pieces at all levels, including a highly important Kashmir sapphire. 2018 promises to be an interesting year for the jewellery market, but prices for coloured stones and signed jewels remain particularly strong so if you have a piece you are unsure about, we would be delighted to give you a steer. We are always happy to take a look and offer our advice without the slightest obligation. As with the vendor of the sapphire (whose original estimate of value lay at a little less than a fifteenth of what we were finally able to return for it!) you may be pleasantly surprised.
We will be taking off to Miami in February for the great annual gathering of the world’s jewellery dealers. Hopefully we will be returning with one or two exciting new prizes. Keep an eye on our Instagram for updates and maybe one or two amusing shots of out-of-place Englishmen abroad!
We very much look forward to seeing some of you in Pall Mall over the coming year but, in the meantime, you can always get in touch with us here.
Humphrey Butler Ltd is excited to announce we will be sponsoring the renowned Stately Car Boot Sale at Sennowe Park, which takes place in just one month today in aid of the Norfolk Churches Trust.
Bargain hunters will be able to get their hands on a treasure chest of rare antiques and historical artefacts as the county’s grand houses once again clear out their attics for the return of the Stately Car Boot Sale held at Sennowe Park next month. Fine antiques and forgotten bygones will be on offer from around 150 stately sellers which have included Holkham Hall and Houghton Hall in previous years.
As well as buying items, visitors will be able to have their own pieces, and those they have just bought valued by auctioneers Cheffins. A silent auction will also take place throughout the day with top prizes including a drawing by Antony Gormley, a dinner in a stately home hosted by the owners, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Sandringham to name but a few. Bidding will start online well before the event.
Come and find us and our jewels in the VIP Tent, located on the Terrace at Sennowe, where drinks and canapes will be served.
Date: 30th April
Time: 10am - 3.30pm
Entrance: £5 (under 16's free)
Location: Sennowe Park, Norfolk, NR20 5PB
One of the most impressive pieces we have come across in the last year is this natural pearl and diamond tiara. It came to us through a European family who had been disappointed by auction house estimates both here and on the continent and we were more than happy to give it a new home. It was in need of some careful and sympathetic restoration, but the results have been wonderful. Mounted in silver and gold, each pearl-set strawberry-leaf motif is detachable, forming a handsome series of dress-clips. Fashioned by a continental workshop in the mid-19th century, a diamond-set headpiece of this scale is an important survival from a rather more dressy age. Click here for more details.
Our 2016-17 Brochure has landed - just in time for Christmas. A PDF version is available to view online here, but if you would prefer a hard copy do just let us know and we’ll send one out to you right away. We’re particularly proud of our stock this year and the wonderful stormy skies that offset it. As ever, we hope that there’s something to fit every taste and budget as well as a look at our new FUR & CLAW collection, but if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for we’re always happy to search for you, so please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
By far the most exciting news to come from Humphrey Butler HQ this year is the arrival of FUR & CLAW - Our brand new collection of contemporary jewels, produced in collaboration with the magnificent Bear Brooksbank.
We would like to welcome you to the new Humphrey Butler website that will hopefully provide you with a relatively thorough insight into the business that was established in 2000 and has been wholly independent since 2008.
The site provides a full catalogue of all the current stock we have for sale and a library of pieces that have passed through our hands in recent years, together with a synopsis of the other services that we offer, ranging from privately negotiated sales, individual commissions and the repair and re-design of family jewellery through the various valuations that are frequently required: insurance, probate and family division.
The company aims to provide fair, independent and discreet advice to those clients who seek an alternative to the auction rooms with their labyrinthine fee structures. Our Pall Mall offices are open from 9:00am until 6:00pm Monday to Friday and we welcome visitors by appointment. Please do come and see us.