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Philip H Scott set up Hutchinson Scott in 1976 but retired two years ago. During the last six months he has provided support as his son, restorer Michael Scott, has started the business up again with the help of Lancashire dealer Paul Hodson.

“Let’s put it this way, Philip's come out of retirement,” says Hodson, discussing the older Scott’s involvement with the project. “He has been full on.”

It is the younger Scott and Hodson who are responsible for moving the business forward, however.

Now, they are anticipating their first sale while they work out plans for the relaunched auction house.  

Hodson reflects that getting consignments through for the first sale was a lot easier than he’d expected: “A lot of people knew the name Hutchinson Scott in this area. We’ve got some really nice items and there’s no rubbish.”

He adds that the most difficult part has been the logistics of picking up and transporting almost 700 lots to their saleroom, including a collection of 200 clocks from Beverley.

Scott and Hodson, both of whom are specialists in horology, plan to hold three to four auctions a year with two of them incorporating specialist clock sales.  

Also in their plans for the auction house is the use of more advanced technology and a new website.

In the meantime they are focused on their first Country House sale which takes place on September 16-17.