1) ENTRIES FOR SALE. Entries can be accepted at any time. The closing date for any particular sale is the Saturday morning following the preceding sale. All items submitted should have tickets or labels attached, bearing name of owner and numbered, complete with corresponding list. Entry forms can be had on request.
(2) CATALOGUE ILLUSTRATIONS. Selection is made at the time of cataloguing. Should any vendor object to an illustration please state so when submitting lots for auction. We do not charge for having a lot professionally photographed, although a nominal charge is made for inserting it in the catalogue. Minimum charge £6.00, maximum £100.00 (whole page coverage).
(3) RESERVES. Reserves should be given when entering items for auction. We will be pleased to offer advice if reserves are required. If reserves have not been placed when entering items, please remember that late reserves must not exceed our lower estimate printed in the catalogue.
(4) UNSOLD LOTS. When items remain unsold for a client, they are re-offered two sales later. Will vendors kindly note that RESERVE PRICES ARE NOT CARRIED FORWARD. If reserves are desired, notification is necessary, in writing. Should any client not wish to have his lots re-offered, immediate notification must be made to the auctioneer IN WRITING upon receipt of the ‘‘Owners Prices Realised List’’ which is sent out after the sale. Reoffered lots remaining unsold will incur storage charges at £2.00 per £100 on the reserve value per month (minimum charge £10.00 per lot) plus VAT.
(5) INSURANCE. A charge is made to cover clients’ goods in our custody, the premium being 50p per £100 (minimum charge 50p), estimated on the price realised, or if unsold, the reserve price plus VAT.
(6) POSTAL DESPATCHES. All purchased lots are handled by Global Services, 9 West Street, Lewes, Sussex,unless other instructions are received on the Bidding Form.
(7) STORAGE. Charges for storage are made by Global Services, £5.00 plus VAT per lot per week or part thereof, which commences three weeks after the sale (UK), four weeks (overseas). Insurance whilst in storage: 50p per £100 per month or part thereof.
(8) SATURDAY CLOSING. Will clients kindly note that we are now closed on all Saturdays.
(9) CHEQUES. Cheques will not be accepted in payment for lots purchased by those attending the sale (see note 9 in Conditions of Sale).
(11) VISA, MASTERCARD AND JCB CARDS. For your convenience we have adopted the VISA and MASTERCARD card payment systems. Should any buyers by post or in the room wish to avail themselves of this facility, please refer to the bidding form. We DO NOT make an additional charge for buyers wishing to use their DEBIT CARD. As a point of interest (as informed by Barclaycard services), Wallis & Wallis were the first auctioneers in Great Britain to adopt the Visa payment system on a regular basis. We appreciate the tremendous asset this method of payment is for over-seas buyers. Lots purchased by postal bidders using their debit or credit card must be dispatched by Global Services. A charge of 2% is made for the use of credit cards.
(12) CATALOGUE BACK NUMBERS. Back numbers of many of our catalogues can still be made available, £4.00 post free, overseas £5.00 (some 10 to 20 sales are completely out of print). If you have any missing numbers, please send us a list and we will help you all we can. Back numbers Connoisseur Catalogues £5.00, overseas £6.00.
(13) PAYMENT OF PROCEEDS TO OVERSEAS VENDORS. Clients resident outside the United Kingdom may be paid in any currency of their choice. Alternatively proceeds can be paid into a bank account in the U.K. , if this facility is available. We can help to arrange this if required. It may be well to remember, no taxes are required to be paid by overseas owners on antique articles imported and sold through our sales in England.
(14) PAYMENT FOR SUCCESSFUL LOTS BY OVERSEAS BUYERS. May be effected through your bank by STERLING MAIL TRANSFER or STERLING TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER. Clearance of your national currency cheques can delay despatch. Our bankers, Barclays Bank Ltd., Lewes, account number 30913162. To avoid extra expense in these days of high bank charges, payments to Wallis & Wallis and Global Services can be combined in one payment.
(15) THIRD REICH GERMAN ITEMS. Owing to the large number of Third Reich uniforms and accoutrements being used for films, television and plays, it becomes increasingly difficult to ascertain the autheticity of certain pieces. We catalogue all Third Reich items as seen, and offer no guarantee as to their authenticity. They are therefore not subject to our ‘‘Conditions of Sale’’ paragraph 6, therefore all Third Reich items purchased are sold and not returnable. The terms ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ refer to the grades in which medals, badges, etc., were awarded and not to their composition.
(16) VALUE ADDED TAX. All items subject to VAT are sold on a tax inclusive basis in this sale. Vendors registered for VAT must include the tax when considering reserve price Vatable items. Our VAT number is 192-3556-49.
(17) BUYING PREMIUM. = 20 per cent + VAT at the current rate. See note 16 in our Conditions of Sale.
(18) IMPORTED LOTS FROM NON-EEC COUNTRIES are prefixed with a dagger in the catalogue. Legislation introduced in 1999 requires an additional 5% VAT on the hammer and combined premium price for these lots.
(19) IMPORT INFORMATION. Our Brokers at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are:
Monock Freight Ltd., 12
Maple Industrial Estate, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 7AW.
Tel +44 (0)20 8867 0457 Fax +44 (0)20 8890 8387
(20) LICENSED FIREARMS. Lots marked ** require a Part 1 Firearm Licence. Lots marked * require a Shotgun Licence.
(21) UNPROVED FIREARMS. Will clients kindly note that we cannot offer unproved modern firearms in our sale. We will be pleased to lodge for proof suitable weapons submitted to us. A charge is made for this service.
(22) ‘‘UNPROVABILITY CERTIFICATES.’’ For certain obsolete firearms for which cartridges are no longer available we can obtain from the Proof House, a ‘Certificate of Unprovability”. These can still be offered as ‘‘Collectors items only,’’ but must be sold to buyers possessing a firearms certificate.
(23) EARLY BREECH LOADING WEAPONS, PINFIRE, NEEDLEFIRE AND RIMFIRE. Due to a change in policy by the Home Office, Wallis and Wallis can now offer certain types of breech-loading antique firearms as collectors pieces without registration as Part I firearms. This applies to pinfire and needlefire weapons also rimfire with cartridges exceeding .23in. calibre (or its metric equvalent). Such weapons taking 9mm ammunition are excluded and continue to be classed as Part I Firearms. However, it must be realised that if the above mentioned weapons were required for firing purposes, they would need to be registered with the Police as with other Part I weapons.
(24) AMMUNITION. We have found that it is not practicable to sell modern ammunition, however, we do accept ammunition, for sale over 100 years old. The buyer must collect and be in possession of a collector’s certificate.
(25) JAPANESE SWORDS, ETC.A nominal charge of £5.00 (plus VAT) is made to translate the inscription on Japanese weapons. Translations of signatures do not imply warranty of autograph, authorship or authenticity.
(26) ACCEPTANCE OF BIDS. Bids cannot be accepted from persons under the age of 18, for any lots in this Auction.
(27) BIDS BY EMAIL. Please note we cannot guarantee bids sent in by email. Preferably bids should be sent by POST or FAX and all bids must include full address, telephone and card details.
(28) ESTIMATES. for the Auction are available from the reception Clerk, ring +44 (0)1273 480208.
(29) CHARITIES. No commission is charged for lots entered on behalf of charities. Cheques for proceeds must be made payable to organisations stated.