Hansons is a UK auction house that holds regular auctions at its Derbyshire showroom in Etwall as well as at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire and Normansfield Theatre in Teddington, London. In August 2020, Hansons purchased the assets of two further UK salerooms: Charles Ross Auctioneers in Woburn and Holloway’s in Banbury.

The firm was set up in 2005 by proprietor Charles Hanson who appears on a number of antiques television shows.

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Original contracts up at auction reveal Stanley Matthews £5 a week pay

04 August 2017

The eye-watering sums that footballer Neymar is set to earn as part of his £200m record transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain are put into perspective by another contract from a different era (in so many senses).


Stirrup cup shows horse sense

24 July 2017

Despite their function, stirrup cups in the form of equine heads are a little harder to find than those of dogs and foxes.

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Police 'truncheon' from 1804 coming up at auction is the short arm of the law

18 July 2017

A very early police ‘truncheon’ up at auction on July 25 was more about the short arm of the law than long.

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Rare early photographs at auction reveal a snapshot of the Second Boer War

05 July 2017

Militaria archive material such as documents, letters and log books has been delivering strong results at auction recently, aided by cross-over appeal to photography enthusiasts.


Jewellery auction previews

03 July 2017

A selection of stand-out jewellery lots from regional auctions.


Banjolele once owned by music hall star George Formby comes to auction in Derbyshire

24 June 2017

An auction of a banjolele at Hansons Auctioneers will be music to the ears of George Formby fans later this month.

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Austin pedal cars power to thousands at auctions

09 May 2017

For classic car collectors, a genuine ‘barn find’ to restore is the holy grail: a cobwebbed, dust-covered vehicle which has lain undisturbed for many, many years and is calling out for a restoration project.


Timely ivory pays off at auction

02 May 2017

A fine collection of Meiji and 19th century Chinese ivory works of art sold at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) offered a window onto a turbulent market.


Silver choc pot is sweet success in Derbyshire sale

02 May 2017

Silver was among the success stories of the wide-ranging March 30-April 1 sale at Hansons, in particular a 1705 Britannia standard chocolate pot.


Lebanese view of biblical scene emerges in Derbyshire auction

24 April 2017

A work by one of Lebanon’s most eminent painters, Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928), surfaced at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) of Etwall in Derbyshire.

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A selection of furniture from the contents auction of The Old Castle at Studley

15 April 2017

Hansons’ Spring Fine Art Auction included a collection of contents from The Old Castle at Studley, the Grade II* listed property near Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire. The entire contents from this Tudor manor house was sold over a number of different specialist sales. At the March 30-April 1 Spring sale, 14 lots from Studley were offered by the Derbyshire saleroom, selling for a total of £7000. The manor house itself recently sold for £1.7m.


Commando classic knife sells at Derbyshire auction

10 April 2017

A classic Second World War British Commando 2nd pattern Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife sold with scabbard for £550 at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) on March 21 against an estimate of £100-120.


Getting right to the nib of the matter

01 April 2017

The wide-ranging sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) at Etwall on February 21 included a 20-lot section of fountain pens which offered a brief overview of this largely affordable area of collecting.


Moorcroft connections help commercial fortunes

18 March 2017

This 7 x 4in (18 x 11cm) enamel plaque in a silvered frame (right) by Francis Arthur Edwardes is the work of the Duchess of Sutherland Cripples Guild – the metalware workshop set up to aid and educate the children of the Potteries.

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Boer war tinned emergency rations to be auctioned at Hansons

08 March 2017

The two Boer Wars were real eye-openers to the Brits in many ways. It was a period when colonial campaigns collided with the reality of modern warfare, and supplying a mass army was a big part of this.


“Works of art”: British police truncheons to star in Hansons’ auction

13 January 2017

“Beautifully gilded”, “hand painted”, “much sought after”. Perhaps not words that are commonly applied to police batons, but this is how auctioneer Charles Hanson described the collection of British truncheons coming up for auction this month.

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Hansons Auctioneers launches new coins and antiquities department

15 September 2016

Derbyshire based Hansons Auctioneers are expanding into coins and antiquities with a new department called Historica.

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Archive of Great War nurse brings £11,200 at Derbyshire auction

02 September 2016

An archive telling the poignant story of one of the 300 nurses who lost their lives during the First World War sold for £11,200 at Hansons of Etwall latest sale.

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A prince among potboilers: 366-year-old book found in a box of 20th century paperbacks

08 August 2016

A 366-year-old book on the virtues of Charles I is to go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers after it was discovered in a box among 20th-century paperbacks.

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Top selling lots this week on thesaleroom.com

29 July 2016

With summer holidays upon us and no Antiques Trade Gazette being published this week, we take our regular look here at some of the highest selling items and top selling lots on thesaleroom.com