Youngs Auctions


Young’s Auctions of Farnham have established themselves as the towns’ favourite auction house for antiques and collectables. The success of the saleroom has meant a recent move to larger premises, their first fine sale will be on Saturday April 24th  

A good collection of silver has already been consigned and the auction house is keen to see more. Silver has been valued for centuries, its beauty, reflection of light and intrinsic value have meant that it graced the tables of the wealthy and the fashionable. Silver as a precious metal is at an eight-year high but antique silver is still admired for the craftsmanship that went into its making.

A silver basket made in the last decade of the 18th century, dated London 1793 is in a boat form, often referred to as sweetmeat baskets, in the year of George III it would have been piled high with candied fruits, quince jellies, and cakes, Youngs has put a price guide of £500-800 on this rare piece.

A pair of silver candlesticks were made by William Café of London in 1763, they are engraved with a mystery family crest, which features a hound and a cornet, Youngs are expecting them to make in the region of £1000-1500.

The sale will also feature an Irish silver tray produced by the Dublin maker William Cummins, Irish and Scottish silver is sought after, on the grounds of its relative rarity. Auctioneer Christopher Young predicts that International online bidding may well take this piece to beyond its £800-£1200 estimate.

Whether you have a collection of antique of silver or a single silver heirloom no longer wanted, Christopher Young would be delighted to hear from you, please call….01252 716082 or email 


LATEST NEWS - February 2021

While opportunities for buyers of antiques are limited at present, Young’s Auctions of Farnham reports brisk bidding in their ‘Attic and Cellar Sale’ on January 30th. It seems that lockdown has allowed many more people to evaluate the contents of their attics, with some interesting finds among the cobwebs.

A group of vintage recorders was one such lot, the instrument is normally associated with the early efforts of school children to produce music, but in this case a rare Kung base recorder drew plenty of interest, bringing a final price of £700.

Two lots of stamps in albums sold for £390 and £420, with other groups making between £50 and £100.

An attic find of tribal fish spears, drew interest from bidders overseas, selling for £260 and £220 was achieved for a pair of daggers of Eastern origin.

A carpenter’s old pine chest with vintage woodworking tools, that had been in storage for some years, went to £440 against an estimate of £150-£250, a pleasant surprise for the owner!

From the cellar a bottle Hennessey Cognac in a library case sold for £430, while groups of wines and spirits took between £100-200 each. 

Jewellery proved popular with a vintage ruby ring doubling top estimate at £330 and the same for a gold gem set bracelet.

Online bidding allows interested buyers to view the lots online; with plenty of clear resolution images it is easy to assess the Lots that catch your eye. If you are a successful bidder collection is by appointment only.  

Young's Auctions are now accepting items for the next auction date on March 20th and their ‘Spring Fine Sale’ on April 24th, when it is hoped that visitors can be welcomed to their new larger saleroom.  Collection from your home is possible but with auction premises situated in the centre of Farnham and adjacent parking, this allows clients to drop off items in a COVID secure manner .  



A Minton majolica dancing bear, sold for £2400 at Young’s last auction, with numerous bidders on the internet and telephone vying for ownership of the rare but ‘injured’ bear. The ceramics section also saw other excellent results, including a Daisy Makeig-Jones, Fairyland lustre vase with a hammer price of £900 and a small 19th C. Chinese crocus vase selling to an international bidder for £480.

The auction in Farnham town centre attracts a varied assortment of lots and the last sale was no exception. Silver and jewellery proved particularly popular with a 90% sale rate. Kings pattern silver cutlery sold for a very respectable £850 and an unusual Scottish silver coffee pot is heading home to Scotland after bidding took it to £480; also heading home a small Chinese silver ingot that made a surprising £220.

In jewellery, a fine platinum ruby and diamond ring, sold for £900 and two unusual Art Nouveau silver pieces took £430.

Christopher Young, who moved his auction business to Farnham two years ago, has specialist knowledge in books, which has served him well on a number of occasions; although he stresses that sadly most books have little re-sale value. Some including rare antique and 20th century first editions attract huge interest from collectors. ‘The Bell Jar’, written by Sylvia Plath under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, sold at Youngs auction for £3000  a world record auction price for this edition. During the same house visit, Christopher spotted a ‘tired’ looking table lamp with an interesting ceramic vase base. In spite of the chipped condition this Persian copy of a Chinese vase, converted into a lamp stand, sold for £3200.