Established in 1876, Fellows & Sons Ltd is one of the United Kingdom's oldest and most respected firms of Auctioneers and Valuers.
The company’s origin can be traced back to the collapse of an order for bicycles. When William Henry Fellows, was left with the unwanted order he decided to sell the bicycles by auction. Louisa Fellows, William’s wife was also a Pawnbroker, they used auctions to sell uncollected pledges.
William Henry Fellows was followed by his son Francis Henry Fellows in 1920. It was during the 1920’s that the business grew, with Francis selling items belonging to refuges escaping the ravages of the Russian revolution. They ran their auctions from premises in Loveday Street.
Francis was in turn followed into the business by his two sons William and Albert Fellows, who ran the business from Greenfield Crescent in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The brother also saw a wide variety of goods from refugees from the Nazi persecution who were able to smuggle out some of their wealth. Sales in this era also included lost property from the Royal Mail, also building up Jewellery sales.
William and Albert were following into their business by Anthony Fellows in 1972, the son of Albert. The company moved to larger premises in 1976 on the Hagley Road, Birmingham, Antony (“Tony”) ran the company with his wife Muriel. The company had already built up a reputation specialising in Jewellery, with the move to larger premises they were able to setup up a Fine Art and Furniture Department. In 1986 they were joined by their daughter Jayne. In 1987 Stephen Whittaker joined the firm and he and his wife Jayne ran the Fine Art department.
Fellows & Sons moved in 1990 to Augusta House in the Jewellery Quarter, the firm’s current home where the company has excelled. Tony Fellows sadly died in 1997. The company was still run by the three partners until Muriel’s retirement, when it was taken over by Jayne and her husband Stephen Whittaker who is Managing Director.
The couple has seen the company expand from five to over seventy. Fellows now hold over 100 sales per year, more than half of which are for jewellery. This growth has been helped by the firm specialising in other niche markets such as watches, coins, medals, vintage jewellery, furniture, silver and toys.
In 2016, Fellows celebrated 140 years and continued to expand its London office by moving to new premises on Hill Street. The Fellows family presence also expanded with Jayne and Stephen welcoming their daughters and the sixth generation into the firm. Alexandra and Nicola Whittaker work from the Hill St premises in London.