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Country House Auctions

Following World War II, the vast workforce needed to run and maintain a stately or country home was depleted due to the fact of soldiers either continuing their duties or finding better paid jobs in towns. The final nail in the coffin came after World War II left many buildings in a poor state of repair, agricultural supplies declined and higher taxes were levied. Therefore, the only solution, in order to raise funds was to hold contents auctions in the grounds. This led to a period of fantastic finds for the educated and knowledgeable antique dealer. Sales were hastily advertised in the local press and encouraged dealers to travel to all parts of the country seeking out the catalogued treasures. More...