Timeline

Timeline Auctions specialise in antiquities and coins, holding regular sales a year in this field.

Having moved from Brentwood, TimeLine are now located in Harwich, Essex, while their auctions take place in the Swedenborg Hall in London’s Bloomsbury district.


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English Civil War siege relics race away to hammer for 25 times the low estimate

22 January 2024

This 19th century glazed wooden case containing musket balls, ceramic fragments and three complete clay pipes was eagerly contested at auction.

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Protection using the elements

13 November 2023

Pictured here are the plates from a 12th or 13th century klivanion (Byzantine armour).

Mottisfont seal matrix

Rare medieval seal matrix bought by the National Trust at auction returns to its original home after 500 years

01 August 2023

A rare medieval seal matrix that was found by a metal detectorist in a field and offered at auction will now go on display at its original home.

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Signet rings receive seal of approval

13 March 2023

For many years signet rings served a very practical as well as a decorative and symbolic function.

Babylon brick

Not just another brick in the wall: a Babylonian memento emerges at Essex auction

27 February 2023

This 13 x 13in (33 x 33cm) brick is from the walls of Babylon and dates from 604-562BC.

Momento mori signet ring

Stuart period signet ring stars in our pick of five auction highlights

24 February 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a 17th century gold signet ring that more than doubled its estimate in Essex.

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Eadberht rarity sold at Timeline Auctions

13 February 2023

The corpus of Anglo-Saxon coins lists only 20 coins for the Kentish king Eadberht.

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Five pieces of jewellery coming up at UK auctions

14 November 2022

A look at upcoming jewellery auction lots

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On the zigzag trail

22 August 2022

TimeLine Auctions’ Antiquities sale includes a dozen good examples of Roman glass including this 3rd-5th century unguentarium with zigzag trail decoration.

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A Byzantine ring from Guilhou’s huge collection on offer in West Sussex

07 March 2022

Marriage or betrothal rings of the Byzantine period depict the bride and groom with Christ who performs the marriage rite.

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Bristol rose ryal sold at Timeline

14 February 2022

In response to a decline in the wool trade, a shortage of bullion and the impact of the Wars of the Roses, English coinage was devalued on August 13, 1464.

Bacchus bronze

Essex auction house helps in return of stolen Roman statue

09 February 2022

Essex saleroom TimeLine Auctions and a Dutch detective have worked together to return a stolen Roman statue to France after it was missing for 50 years.

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Prehistoric art with curve appeal

10 January 2022

‘Venus’ figurines from the Upper Paleolithic are recognised as some of the earliest works of prehistoric art.

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Gold ring fitting for a de Vere

15 March 2021

Metal detectorist’s discovery linked to flamboyant earl who was a favourite of Elizabeth I

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Coin from the reign of Catuvellauni leader Agr sold at Timeline

15 February 2021

The numismatic department of TimeLine is a small but important part of the auction house’s activities in the related disciplines of antiquities and medieval works of art.

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Hawking a silver vervel at £18,500

07 December 2020

This early 17th century silver vervel or hawking ring includes in italic script Kyng James and the quartered arms of the Stuart kings.

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Making moves for Anglo-Saxon ‘chess piece’

30 November 2020

Estimated at £6000-8000, an Anglo-Saxon bronze gaming piece – a metal-detecting find for the consignor – sold for £95,000 (plus premium) at the latest auction at TimeLine in Harwich, Essex.

Silver vervel

‘Kyng James’ hawking ring found by a metal detectorist stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

27 November 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an early 17th century silver hawking ring found by a metal detectorist in West Sussex that sold for over three-times estimate.

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Antiquities: The impressive body of bidders at ancient art auctions

14 September 2020

Not just whole figures but parts such as feet and hands are sought after by collectors in the antiquities market, as evident at a vast six-day auction in Essex

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Pick of the week: Bronze reflecting blossoming of Buddhism in China makes at £50,000 at TimeLine

07 September 2020

The Northern Wei dynasty (386-534 AD), founded by the nomadic Tuoba clan, was the most long-lived and most powerful of the northern dynasties prior to the reunification of China under the Sui. Most importantly for Chinese art history, the ruling royal family were converts to Buddhism.

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