About BBR

About us - BBR Staff TrioFor Specialist Collectors of Antique Packaging: Antique Bottles, Pot Lids, Ginger Beers, Enamel Signs, Breweriana, Salt glaze pottery (hunting jugs to utilitarian wares), Cream Pots, Quack Cures, Clay pipes, Antique Advertising, Early glass (sealed & unsealed), Baby feeders, Doulton Lambeth, Guinness, Inks, Pharmacy, Poisons, Eye baths, Mineral waters – & so much more.

Over 40 yrs BBR has built a unique niche within the collecting world, run BY collectors FOR collectors. BBR’s reputation & enormous output continue to meet every need of keen & eager dedicated worldwide collectors.

As an enthusiastic, fledgling, collector Alan Blakeman started a small A5 newsletter in 1979 for likeminded folk, and the rapidly expanded family firm has today become a world leader in all its specialist fields, priding itself on old fashioned friendly & honest values – regular catalogued auctions, the UK’s FOUR, quarterly, BIGGEST specialist Fairs, ongoing specialist book publishing – and so much more! Small enough to care, big enough to cope.

BBR opened at Elsecar Heritage Centre, S. Yorkshire, in 1991. Since then the large brown road signs leading off jct 36 (M1) have led many many thousands of visitors down into the idyllic village, & the Heritage Centre housing a major Antiques Centre, various Craft Shops & cafes, a full size steam railway, plus the only Newcomen beam engine in the world still in its original housing (recently refurbished/ restored). Also on site, of course, is BBR itself in a specialist salesroom – down by the red phone box.

BBR Magazine: The world’s longest running, first ever, full colour, specialist collectors magazine for bottle related collectables. Established by Alan Blakeman, now refreshingly edited by Guy Burch, celebrating 40 yrs of in-depth coverage, to be found nowhere else, revered by collectors in every corner of the globe.

BBR Fairs: Europe’s 4 largest quarterly Bottle, Pot Lid & Advertising Fairs inside the massive Blg 21, regularly 120 to 150 varied stalls from all over the UK, & often worldwide. The spread of material is unique in the British Isles – quality & quantity in abundance! The SummerNational week-end boasts approx 40,000 sq ft of stalls inside & outside – the Sunday auction remaining BBR’s annual highlight offering – drawing collectors from worldwide.

BBR AuctionsWe hold the premier major Auctions of Antique packaging, much ‘fresh to market’ material, both alongside the Fairs themselves PLUS conduct a number of ‘On the Road’ auctions around the country. Our rates & services to sellers & buyers are unbeatable (see Auctions).

FOUR quarterly w/e events at Elsecar – 3 such with a Saturday Unreserved 500+ lot auction then a major Sunday catalogued auction (BOTH LIVE ONLINE). The July SummerNational week-end boasts approx 40,000 sq ft of stalls inside & out both days whilst the Sunday auction remains BBR’s annual highlight offering of top class lots.

Fully illustrated auction catalogues available by subscription (join any time of year for a 12 month run of 4), usually posted out one month prior. Bidding  takes place ‘LIVE‘ on the day, by absentee, & for selected items by telephone. BBR also provide a low cost, efficient, post & packing service.

BBR ‘On the Road’ AuctionsWe strongly support ALL other Fairs around the UK, resulting in invites to conduct ‘On the Road Auctions’, with enormous success. For these BBR makes available a FREE pdf catalogue, uploaded 2 weeks prior – FREE to download, & absentee bids taken. Absentee bids accepted for these too.

BooksBBR publish authoritative titles & stock a complete brand range found nowhere else in the world?

BBR’s repute & output content continue to meet needs of keen, eager, & dedicated worldwide collectors – standing for high quality regular specialist catalogued auctions alongside the UK’s largest & busiest specialist Fairs, & book publishing just another important facet to this family friendly business.

Where & when to find usBBR is based at Elsecar Heritage Centre, an enormously significant & important focal point for collectors from around the globe. A warm welcome always awaits from Alan, Clare, Katie, & a regular army of BBR’s helpers at their highly famed quarterly held week-end Fairs & Auctions (BBR’s WinterNational, Spring Extravaganza, the breathtaking UK SummerNational, & the Autumn Extravaganza).

BBR office open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, or by appointment… & regularly well beyond those hours. Alan Blakeman attends every UK specialist Bottle Fair.