Our Next Sale  - 22 July 2020

Important changes during the COVID 19 Pandemic

The Summer Sewing Sale 

Wednesday 22 July 2020 Timed Online Auction
Starting at 10am


After much consideration we are pleased to announce that our Summer Sale will be taking place on 22 July and while, in the light of the COVID 19 pandemic, there will be more emphasis placed on online viewing and bidding we are also providing opportunities for clients, who are less familiar with technology, to view by appointment and place commission bids directly with us.

This year’s Summer Sale will include a wonderfully eclectic array of sewing tools, boxes and other related collectables alongside several carefully curated individual collections:

  • Part 1 (of 2) – Treasures from a Connoisseur’s Collection
  • Part 2 -The button collection of the Late Claire Gilchrist
  • An additional button collection from the estate of the late Mary Whitehouse
  • Knitting gauges and related items from the collection of Sheila Williams
    (author of The History of Knitting Pin Gauges).

The Summer Sewing Sale and View will, as I am sure you will understand, work differently on this occasion to ensure that we keep you and our team at Bleasdales Ltd as safe as possible.
How will our Summer Sewing Sale Work this Year?
Sale Entries and Consignments July 2020

We will close our sale entries earlier than usual on Friday 29 May 2020
For those wishing to consign lots to the sale, small items can be posted to us now at:
Bleasdales Ltd.,
The Stables,
15 Imogen Gardens,
Warwick CV34 6FB

Please use a signed for service to ensure their safe arrival with us. For larger consignments, we can arrange collection subject to social distancing.
NB: Due to the current situation the UK Government has not enacted the Ivory Bill. This is likely to be the last sale in which we can include any ivory items produced before 1947.

Our printed catalogue will be issued alongside our on-line catalogue on or around 22 June 2020 and can be ordered by email or phone.

t +44 (0)7983 304880  

Printed Catalogue Costs
£10 and £12 (incl. UK P&P)
£15 (incl. Worldwide P&P)
When you order a catalogue please include your full name and address, telephone number and email address if you have one.

One to One Viewing Appointments
While there will be no public viewing or sale we wanted to ensure that anyone wishing to view items in person will be able to do so safely, so we will be providing one to one viewing appointments for clients booking in advance.  
All one to one viewings will be conducted in strict accordance with UK Government regulations/recommendations in place at the time.
New Venue for Viewing
Viewing will take place at our Leamington Spa premises (not the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick). We will provide location details when your appointment is confirmed.

Booking a Viewing Appointment
We will open bookings for appointments as soon as our catalogue is released 
You will be able to book an individual appointment on working days (Monday- Friday) until the 20 July 2020. 

You can book your appointment by email at rvb@bleasdalesltd.co.uk or by calling us on t +44 (0)7983 304880.  

When you book your appointment please provide a list of the lots you wish to view so we can prepare them for your arrival. 
Condition Reports

All items will be illustrated in our online catalogue and many in our printed catalogue but we understand that because of restricted viewing there will be an increased demand for condition reports. We are, as always, very happy to provide additional information and images for any items in our sale.

The Sale

The sale will take place via the online service the-saleroom.com as a timed on-line sale starting on July 22 at 10am.
Click on this link if you want to learn more about the differences are between timed sales and live sales.
You may place bids up to two weeks before the sale date until the auction ends
on 22 July 2020.  Click on this link for tips on bidding at a timed auction.

Commission Bids and Telephone Bids

During this sale we will not be able to accept any telephone bids but for those who find technology daunting we will offer a commission bidding facility via Bleasdales Ltd.  If you would like to leave commission bids our closing deadline is 21 July 2020 at 12 noon.

To leave commission bids please email or call us:
t +44 (0)7983 304880  

Buyers Premium and Commission Charges
The-saleroom.com charges an additional 4.95% commission direct to buyers for using their auction service.  We are pleased to tell you that on this occasion we have made the decision to absorb this additional cost ourselves and buyers will only pay our usual buyers’ premium of 20%.
If you want to familiarise yourself with timed on-line sales then please visit the-saleroom.com and look at their frequently asked questions page and perhaps view an on-line sale already in progress

How do I collect any lots I have bought?
As always, we will offer an at cost worldwide postal delivery service.  There will also be opportunities to collect your purchases from us directly but this will need to be organised by prior appointment observing UK Government regulations/recommendations at the time.
We hope you will enjoy our sale from the safety of your own home and please do get in touch if you have any questions.


We also hope to return to our normal sale format and venue at the Lord Leycester Hospital for the Winter Sewing Sale on 18 November 2020.


Winter Sewing Sale
Wednesday 18 November 2020
with viewing
Monday 17 November 2020
Tuesday 18 November 2020



Winter Sewing Sale  2019 Results

Top Ten Bleasdales Winter Sewing Sale 20[...]
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Bleasdales Winter Sewing Sale 2019 Full Results
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Summer Sewing Sale 2018 Results

Full Summer Sewing Sale Results
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Top Ten Results - Winter Sewing Sale 2017
Top Ten Bleasdales Ltd - Winter Sewing S[...]
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Bleasdales Summer Sewing Sale 2017- Top Ten

Top Ten Bleasdales Summer Sewing Sale 19 July 2017
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Winter Sewing Sale 2016

Winter Sewing Sale 2016

Wednesday 30 November 10am


A collection of 43 thimbles depicting the American presidents in coloured emamels and designed by the late Peter Swingler made £4000 hammer on the day. A portrait of Obama had been the last commission in this series and now with the arrival of Donald Trump, as president elect, it remains to be seen whether the new owner will a commission a new addition by a different maker.


Enamel was certainly the flavour of the day with two pretty Staffordshire pieces a thimble holder and needlcase (bodkin), emamelled with flowers and decorative designs making just under £1000 each.


It will come as no surprise to those who have been following the sewing sales in recent years that a Tunbridge Ware Sewing Companion in the form of a Brighton Pavillion turret made £1800 hammer, while a Tunbridge Ware nutmeg grater designed as a very pretty but humble cottage made not so humble £800. 


Viewing took place on

Monday 28 November  10am - 5pm
Tuesday 29 November 10am - 5pm

Wednesday 30 November restricted viewing from 9am 





Staying in Warwick

Warwick is a historic town in the heart of England. The picturesque town is a very popular tourist destination because of the beautifully preserved ancient castle of Warwick which dates back to the 11th century. There are a number of hotels and pubs as well as privately owned houses which provide Bed and Breakfast. For futher information please contact:


Warwick Tourist Board
+44(0)1926 492212


The Lord Leycester Hospital Warwick

Our Winter Sewing Sale 2015, incorporating Tunbridge Ware, took place on 2 December at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. Appropriately it was a Tunbridge Ware piece which produced one of the top prices of the day - a beautifully detailed sewing table dating from the 1840s with geometric design sold for £3,500 hammer. Palais Royal perfomed extremely well again as did a collection of very desirable visiting cards, in a variety of materials, which belonged to collector Dr Ian McFeeters.


Our next sale will take place at the Great Hall, Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, England in the Summer of 2016    

Bleasdales Winter Sewing Sale Catalogue 2015
Bleasdales Winter Sale 2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.9 MB]

The Summer Sewing Sale including Mauchline Ware and the collection of the late Phyllis Savage 
Wednesday 22 July 2015


Bleasdales Summer Sewing sale included the collection of the late Phyllis Savage, one of the earliest members of the Dorset thimble society - a passionate and popular collector who went on to collect not just unusual thimbles but a wide vaiety of interesting sewing tools and boxes. 


Her stunning collection of enamelled Norwegian thimbles proved to be particularly desirable amongst collectors.

Bleasdales Summer Sewing Sale 2015
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Click on the PDF below to print Winter Sewing Sale Results

Winter Sewing Sales 2014 Results.pdf
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Summer 2014 Catalogue
A pdf of our Summer 2014 Catalogue
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Summer 2014 Results
Sale Results Summer Sewing Sale 2014.pdf
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Sewing Sale Results 2013

Sale held on Wednesday 24 July 2013


We had some great results for our first Summer Sewing sale held on the 24 July. As most collectors would expect antique sewing boxes made some of the best prices - a beautifully detailed regency penwork box made £2000 hammer while a Victorian papier mache work table made £1500. We had two small sections devoted to treen and antique textiles and both proved popular with one group of world textiles selling for over £3000.


Click on the PDF below to download or view our Summer Sewing Sale Results.

Summer Sale Results 2013
Sewing Sale Results Summer 2013.pdf
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Winter 2014 Catalogue
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Sale Results 2012

Tunbridge, Mauchline and Related Souvenir Ware 4 December 2012
Tunbridge Mauchline Results 2012.pdf
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The Sewing Sale 5 December
Sewing Sale Results 2012.pdf
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A Mauchline Ware Sewing Etui

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