About BBR

About us - BBR Staff TrioFor Specialist Collectors of Antique Packaging: Antique Bottles, Pot Lids, Ginger Beers, Enamel Signs, Breweriana, Salt glaze pottery, 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 in the collecting world, run BY collectors FOR collectors. BBR’s reputation & enormous output continue to satisfy dedicated worldwide collectors.

An enthusiastic, fledgling, collector Alan Blakeman started a small A5 newsletter in 1979 for likeminded folk, and the 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 & much more! Small enough to care, big enough to cope.

BBR opened at Elsecar Heritage Centre, S. Yorks., in 1991 & since the large brown road signs leading off jct 36 (M1) have led thousands of visitors into the idyllic village,& the Heritage Centre – now housing a major Antiques Centre, Craft Shops & cafes, a full size steam railway, the only Newcomen beam engine in the world still in its original housing (refurbished/ restored) and BBR now in a specialist salesroom near 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 AuctionsPremier Auctions of Antique packaging, ‘fresh to market’ material, alongside BIG Fairs.

BBR WEEK-END EVENTS – FOUR quarterly w/e events – 3 with a Saturday 500+ lot auction then a major Sunday cat’d auction (LIVE ONLINE) beside a 120 to 150 stall Specialist Fair. 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 are sent prior with LIVE bidding in the salesroom, LIVE on the internet, plus absentee & telephone bids. BBR also provides a low cost, efficient, post (@ cost) & packing service.

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

Where & when to find usBBR is at Elsecar Heritage Centre, an enormously significant & important focal point for collectors from around the globe. A warm welcome always awaits from Alan, Katie, & regular army of BBR’s helpers at their highly famed quarterly 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.