Selling On Commission With West Street Antiques

We are always seeking to acquire quality items of Antique Arms  & Armour, particularly British Military Firearms and Swords. This we do primarily by selling on commission (please see below), although in some situations we may consider purchase or part exchange.


Selling on Commission

Should you decide that you wish to part with an item this is a very attractive method of realising a good price whilst retaining more control than selling at auction.

We have been selling items on commission for over twenty years and have established an excellent reputation for the sale of entire collections, such as the Roger Evans collection of plug bayonets (over 160 items), as well as single items, such as the Presentation Prosser Duelling Pistols (sold for over £30,000). In essence the system works like this:-

When you contact us with an item (s) that you are considering selling we will discuss with you the price that you would achieve upon us selling the item. We may need to ask you to send us photographs, or perhaps the item itself (West Street Antiques would arrange for collection and insurance at no cost - UK Only, for overseas please contact us for a quote). Should you decide not to let us sell the item for you we would return it (again at no cost within the UK). We are able to offer such terms as we are confident in the service that we offer.

Once we have been instructed we will use the many methods at our disposal to sell the item, inclusion on our website, advertising, notifying the customers on our extensive database of collectors, showing at specialist fairs, etc.

Once the item sells we will, of course, arrange delivery and complete  the necessary paperwork, currency exchange ,etc. At no time will there be any charge made to the seller.

Our 'Commission' is the price that we are able to achieve over and above the one agreed with the seller.

We make payment to the seller as soon as the item has been sold and paid for in full. The seller retains the right to the return of their item at any time if it remains unsold. Again, this would not attract any costs, and has only happened very rarely in the past.

We feel certain that this method is mutually beneficial. It excludes for the seller the vagaries of auction, the long wait for payment after the sale and the extensive charges that the auctioneer will have made, regardless of whether the item sells. The benefit to West Street Antiques is no capital outlay and satisfied customers, as we rely heavily on repeat custom.