Penkridge Auction Rooms
Catalogue available 13th December
Ben is the head of Cuttlestones and oversees all aspects of the business. Ben’s primary focus is to source and catalogue the quarterly fine art sales. His greatest find to date was a Thomas Sidney Cooper oil painting of huge proportions found on its side in a barn passageway, which realised £51000 at auction.
Apart from occasional running stints Ben is keen on reducing his golf handicap.
Rosie has responsibilities in all areas of the business. Her primary role is managing the clients that come through the doors both at Penkridge and Wolverhampton. Based at Penkridge, Rosie also has expert knowledge of antique maps and books, with over 20 years experience in the field. Rosie recently catalogued a rare collection of Charles Dickens books which sold for over £10,000.
Rosie is also a member of the successful Cuttlestones pub quiz team.
Auctioneer Dave loves nothing more than the buzz of a sale day. He has a broad knowledge of antiques & collectables and, although his main area of expertise lies in antique and modern silver and jewellery, he is always trying to satisfy his thirst for knowledge in other specialist areas like sporting memorabilia and his favourite new sale feature - fine wines, ports & cognacs.
In his spare time Dave is a keen triathlete, indulges in his passion for all things Italian and would welcome any tests on his Italian vocabulary.
Debbie was a longstanding client of Cuttlestones before joining the team in 2010. She is often the first point of contact with clients coming through the door at Penkridge and helps keep the office running smoothly.
Debbie has taken on the role of specialist valuer of vintage clothing and textiles at our quarterly Fine Art sales at Penkridge. She has also utilised her interest in dolls and bears at our Specialist Collectors' sales held at Wolverhampton, helping expand these areas of the business with her enthusiasm. Additionally, Debbie has an interest in all items Art Deco and has good knowledge of the period.
Dawn is to be found as the main point of contact for all clients in the Penkridge office.
Dawn is also the older sister of Debbie but she says please do not hold that against her. In her spare time she is a keen walker.
With a background in computing, Stephanie's technical know-how means she's a real asset as the online cataloguing and bidding side of the business continues to expand.
Following the birth of her first child Steph now works on an ad-hoc basis and can still be seen from time to time across the salerooms.
Ollie is a fairly recent addition to the team based in Penkridge. Ollie has a keen interest in antiques and makes a mean cup of tea! In his spare time he is often referred to by his Dungeons and Dragons name of ‘Fargrim’ who we are told is a Cleric Dwarf!
Will is normally found carrying anything that may be heavy!
Will is an avid Wolverhampton Wanderers fan and has high hopes of success for the ‘Wolves’. Will is also a keen fisherman in his spare time.
Brian started off portering at the fortnightly Home, Garden and Collectors’ Sales and has now risen through the ranks to Auctioneer at our Wolverhampton saleroom.
With a farming background, Brian has also developed his own Belted Galloway Pedigree herd and sells the beef - ask for a leaflet!
After a 30-year career in the Staffordshire Police Force, Andy took retirement keen to pursue his other interests. He is a useful addition to the Cuttlestones team, assisting at pre-auction viewings and on sale days. Andy enjoys skiing and is a keen horseman; taking part in local equestrian one day events and competitions.
Covering both our Wolverhampton and Penkridge free valuation days, Adrian has vast knowledge of antiques and specializes in all things Medals, Militaria and Coins, but also enjoys helping out with his other key area of interest - oriental ceramics and works of art.
When not engrossed in antiques Adrian can usually be found in a field with his trusty metal detector searching for the next ‘Staffordshire hoard’.
David Spencer has over 23 years' experience in the jewellery industry. With a family background in the jewellery trade, he spent more than 17 years training, designing and manufacturing in Birmingham's famous jewellery quarter before relocating in 2004 to Eccleshall in Staffordshire and opening his own shop.
David is well known for his role in the community - an active member of the Eccleshall Business Focus Group, he is also governor at Bishop Lonsdale Primary School which his daughters attend.
Geoff Milsom is a leading international supplier of stamp collections and lots to smaller dealers and collectors. As such, he has a worldwide knowledge of stamps from 1840 to 1960. In 1985 he joined the Philatelic Traders Society and has served on Council since 1998. Along with his wife, Gina, he has traded as Geoff Milsom (Stamps) PTS since 1985.
Clive is our fine Art and picture specialist. With over 40 years of experience in the business his focus is on developing our Fine Art sales in Penkridge. In his spare time he is a keen fisherman and quiz enthusiast.
Roy Stokes, who hails from the Black Country, specialises in the identification and valuation of collectables including toys, trains, postcards and other ephemera. A keen collector himself - with interests in diecast toys, slot cars, military badges, medals and old post cards - Roy has worked for several local auction houses over the past 20 years, following a 27 year career in the Wills and Trusts Department at Barclays Bank.