Thimbleby & Shorland

Thimbleby & Shorland are an auction house based in Reading.

Founded in 1901, they continue to specialise in agricultural sales but also now hold industrial and commercial auctions as well as general and vintage sales.


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Making mechanical music play and pay off at auction

25 June 2018

A sophisticated disc-playing music box brought one of the highest recent prices for mechanical music at Thimbleby & Shorland (12% buyer’s premium) in Reading.

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Your carriage awaits at auction

21 May 2018

Whatever the collective noun is for carriage-driving enthusiasts is – a whip-round? – they were gathered from across Europe for the dispersal of the collection of the UK’s doyenne of the carriage trade.

Chariot cancellation

02 September 2006

The formal state carriage from the family of the Marquess of Londonderry scheduled to be sold by Thimbleby & Shorland on September 6 has been withdrawn from sale by the vendor.

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It will be a stylish marriage

22 August 2006

In the family of the Marquess of Londonderry since it was built sometime in the latter quarter of the 19th century, this formal state carriage is deemed the finest to appear at auction for a generation.

Gypsy heritage heads home at £24,000

03 October 2002

Internationally recognised specialist carriage auctioneers Thimbleby & Shoreland (6% buyer’s premium) rated their quarterly outing on September 4 outing in Reading as one of their best yet. “We were lucky to have quite a few pieces in the sale which were a bit different,” said specialist Sarah Needham.

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