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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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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I’ll get my sandals – a big welcome for Roman bronze

08 June 2020

Among the best-performing lots at the latest mammoth sale held by TimeLine in Harwich, Essex was this 1st-2nd century hollow-formed bronze foot.

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Tudor merchant’s ring found in a garden by metal detectorist sells for £36,000

02 March 2020

An early 16th century ring found by a metal detectorist in East Yorkshire has sold at auction for £36,000.

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Coin with double image of Irene of Athens sold at TimeLine Auctions

10 February 2020

This gold solidus struck in Constantinople features the double portrait of Irene of Athens (c.752-803) who from 797-802 became the first empress regnant of the Byzantine empire.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a taxidermy display, ancient Roman pottery and a Sèvres cup and saucer

25 November 2019

With estimates from £180-4000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Jewellery: How the circles of life affect values at auction

30 September 2019

A poignant background story or strong suggestion of original ownership greatly adds to the appeal of early jewellery finds often unearthed by metal detectors

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Roman mask leads antiquities parade

26 August 2019

This copper-alloy Roman mask will be offered for sale on September 3 by TimeLine Auctions in London, estimated at £80,000-100,000.

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Mask ‘matches Crosby Garrett find’

26 August 2019

Roman relic up for auction is believed to be from same workshop as famous helmet.

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