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Teamwork is the focus of the Alderfer strategy. Our team is proud of the strong foundation and the history of Alderfer. We have a very dedicated team of employees that have been an integral part of the success to date. Their passion to work as one united team is encouraging and contagious as we look to make our vision into a reality. We believe that it is the individual strengths of each team member that will drive the evolution of our journey here at Alderfer Auction.

Directions

From PA Turnpike
Take Exit 31 “Lansdale” off 476. Left on Rt. 63
(Sumneytown Pike). Left at light (Forty Foot Rd).
3 miles to Clemens Rd. Left on Clemens Rd. Right
on Fairgrounds Rd.

From Philadelphia
Rt. 309 North to Montgomeryville. Left on Rt.
463 (Cowpath Rd). 4 miles to Fairgrounds Rd.
Left on Fairgrounds Rd.

From Allentown
Rt. 309 South to Souderton. Exit (Rt. 113). Right
on Board Street. 3 miles to Cowpath Rd. Left on
Cowpath Rd. approx. 2 miles to Fairgrounds Rd.
Right on Fairgrounds Rd.


 

Bidder’s Choice Café

As you visit our Auction Center on auction days, follow the scents of delicious homemade pies, scones, muffins and cookies.  Grab coffee, breakfast or lunch, and a seat to discuss your found treasures. Free Wi-Fi is available to continue shopping on AlderferAuction.com!

No Truck? No Problem! We Ship & Deliver.

We Ship to Your Location
We will ship purchased items to your home or business. See pricing sheet for packing and handling fees.

We Deliver to Your Home, Door-to-Door
We deliver to your home within a 10 mile radius of Auction site starting at $25. See pricing sheet for handling and delivery fees.

We Provide Same Day Delivery
We deliver your item(s) the same day of auction “pickup date”.

We Hold Your Items
We will hold your item(s) at the Auction Center for one business day. See pricing sheet for handling and storage fees.

We Provide Exceptional Service
How may we help you?

Call Dan Angstadt to make arrangements. We are here to help!
Call 215.393.3000       
Email Dan@AlderferAuction.com

Downsizing Services

Alderfer Auction’s mission is to ethically and creatively guide people through life’s transitions.

  • Moving?
  • Downsizing?
  • Unsure of where to begin?
  • Unclear of where to go for help?
  • What’s your next chapter?

The physical and emotional toll of all the tasks of downsizing, relocating or moving can be a task too large for any one person. After decades of accumulating personal property, the thought of moving can seem daunting and paralyzing.

Alderfer Auction can help! With many services under one umbrella, Alderfer Auction can simplify the downsizing process making it a less overwhelming and a more life-enriching event. We can help your next chapter in life unfold with no mystery involved!

Our Downsizing and Transition Coordinator can help you with:

  • Develop a transition plan and new home floorplan design
  • Orchestrate the transition
  • Coordinate appraisal of personal property
  • Packing, sorting, moving, storage
  • Unpacking and making your new house a home

Transitional services are customizable based on individual’s needs. Gift yourself a positive start.


Contact Alderfer Auction and have peace of mind as they transition to their next chapter in life.

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Appraisal

The team of Appraisers at Alderfer Auction have a unique advantage over most appraisers. Our appraisers are observing the market changes and trends on a daily basis through the ever changing landscape of the auction market. Whether you need to settle an estate, partnership dissolution, equitable distribution or market evaluation, our appraisers will be happy to assist you. 

Each appraisal report is written in compliance to USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). Each of our appraisers have gone through vigorous training and have earned designations in their field. 

Many appraisal needs are for governmental functions. This can include insurance replacement value, charitable contribution, Federal casualty loss, or gift tax. This appraisal valuation is very different than that of Fair Market Value. The IRS has very specific guidelines on what they need and who can do the appraisal. To insure the needs of our client meet the IRS requirements, Alderfer Auction has formed an Alliance with NAC (National Appraisal Consultants), Leon Castner and Brian Kathenes, each having extensive experience and expertise in this field allowing them to better serve the clients and customers of Alderfer Auction.

Alderfer Auction

Alderfer Auction has built a reputation for ethically and creatively helping people through life’s transitions. Whether buying or selling a collection or personal property, furnishing or downsizing a home or business, Alderfer Auction will find solutions that work for you. Alderfer combines the skillful knowledge of experts on antiques, fine art and collectibles, as well as specialty items. With over a half century of experience in promoting auctions, we not only know the marketplace we know how to reach buyers regionally and internationally, to create awareness and ultimately resulting in successful auction sales for our consigners.

Terminology

Abandoned Merchandise
Unpaid items still remaining at our Auction Center 30 calendar days after the auction date will be considered abandoned and will be consigned to a future auction without additional notice to the purchaser.

Absentee Bidding
For those unable to attend the auction, Alderfer’s offers the absentee bid service as a convenience to our patrons.  Alderfer’s will not be held responsible for error or failure to execute the bid(s).  Absentee bids must be in writing and a fifty dollar ($50) minimum bid is required per item.

CLICK HERE for the Absentee Bid Form

Absolute Auction
An auction where the property is sold to the highest qualified bidder with no limiting conditions or amount. The seller may not bid personally or through an agent. Also known as an “auction without reserve.”

Appraisal
The act or process of estimating value.

As Is
Selling the property without warranties as to the current condition with all existing faults and imperfections. Buyers are solely responsible for examining and judging the property for their own protection. Otherwise known as “as is – where is” and “in its present condition.”

Auction
A method of selling property in a public forum through open and competitive bidding. 

Auction with Reserve or Minimum
An auction in which the seller or his agent reserves the right to accept or decline any and all bids. A minimum acceptable price may or may not be disclosed and the seller reserves the right to accept or decline any bid within a specified time.

Bid
A prospective buyer’s indication or offer of a price they are willing to pay to purchase property at auction. Bids are usually in standardized increments established by the auctioneer.

Bidder Number
A buyer must register for a bidding number by giving name, address, phone number and identification acceptable to us. Please show your bidding number to the auctioneer after each purchase you make.

Bidder’s Choice or Buyer’s Choice
A method of sale whereby the successful high bidder wins the right to choose an asset or assets from a grouping of similar or like-kind assets. After the high bidder’s selection, the asset is deleted from the group, and the second round of bidding commences, with the high bidder in round two choosing an asset, which is then deleted from the group and so on, until all assets are sold. 

Buyers Premium

A Buyer’s Premium is a percentage of the “hammer price” and will be added to each purchase to reach the final sale price. Buyers premiums may vary according to the commodity and services provided. The final sale price is subject to applicable sales tax. Payment is required day of auction in cash, approved check, or accepted credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express and PayPal).

Clerk
An individual employed by the auction firm to record what is sold and to whom it is sold and for what price.

Commission
The fee charged to the seller by the auctioneer for providing services, usually a percentage of the gross selling price of the personal property established by contract (the listing agreement) prior to the auction.

Conditions of Sale
The legal terms that govern the conduct of an auction, including acceptable methods of payment, terms, buyer’s premiums, possession, reserves and any other limiting factors of an auction. Usually included in published advertisements or announced by the auctioneer prior to the start of the auction, also known as “Terms & Conditions”.

Condition Report
A description of the imperfections of an object, particularly of the characteristics that might affect value. This is essential information for prospective bidders.

Contract
An agreement between two or more persons or entities which creates or modifies a legal relationship.

Consign
To enter a contract with the auction company to sell assets at public auction or private sale for a fee based on a commission/percentage of the final sale price.

Estimate
Presale estimate of value established to stimulate presale interest.

Fair Market Value
Price established through the competitive bidding process with a willing buyer and seller, in a well-advertised auction.

Gallery Auction / Estate Auction
Auction of property or properties owned by multiple sellers (living or deceased), offered through a common promotional campaign and auctioned in a single event. Takes place on the premises of Alderfer Auction or specified location. 

Hammer Price 
The highest bid accepted/the winning bid for a lot at auction/the price at which the auctioneer’s “hammer” falls. Note that this does not include the buyer's premium.

High Bidder
The highest bidder shall be the buyer. If any dispute arises between two or more bidders, the auctioneer shall decide the highest bidder or the item will immediately put up for sale again. In the event of a tie between an online bidder and the floor bidder, the floor bidder will take precedence. The auctioneer’s decision will be binding and final.

Live Auction
A way to bid in real time at auctions conducted in the auction center. Absentee bids and phone bids are accepted as well.

Live Bidding
Live bidding is the traditional method of bidding at our auction center.  Prior to bidding, all bidders must register to receive a bidder number. To bid in the auction, simply raise your bidder number for the auctioneer to see. Successful bidders will collect and pay for their items as full payment is required on auction day.

No-Sale Fee
A marketing/handling fee paid by the seller of property offered at a reserve auction when the property does not sell. (See “Withdraw/Pass”)

Online Only Auctions 
Online only auctions are powered by a third-party service provider branded as “Live Auctioneers” these auctions can be viewed at www.AlderferAuction.com along with photos and descriptions. Items for these auctions are posted for 5-10 days prior to the date of the auction. From the comfort of your home you may view and monitor your bids 24/7.  For your convenience, these Auctions can be viewed at the facilities of Alderfer Auction during advertised preview times.

Online Only Timed Auction (Identified as “Alderfer Online”)
An online only timed auction is an online auction run largely by the computer. Items are posted on www.AlderferAuction.com along with photos and descriptions. The items are posted for 5-10 days prior to the close of the auction. From the comfort of your home you may view and monitor your bids 24/7. For your convenience, these items are also available to be viewed at the facilities of Alderfer Auction during advertised preview times. The computer bids on behalf of the bidder against any competition from the lowest possible bid to the maximum bid specified. Bidders are notified by email if they have been outbid. This provides the option for the bidder to increase their bids should they so choose. 

Online Only “Onsite” Auction (Identified as “Alderfer Online”)
An online only “onsite” timed auction is run the same way as an online-only timed auction except the items are located at a specified advertised site. An online only timed auction is an online auction run largely by the computer. Items are posted on www.AlderferAuction.com along with photos and descriptions. The items are posted for 5-10 days prior to the close of the auction. From the comfort of your home you may view and monitor your bids 24/7. Preview times and the location for pick up is advertised according to the terms of each of these events.

Preview
Specified date, time and location that personal property is available for prospective buyers to view.

Reserve or Reserve Price
The confidential minimum price that a seller is willing to accept for a personal property item to be sold at auction.

Results
Soon after every auction, the selling prices, known as the results, are posted online. The results include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, as this is the full amount the buyer has agreed to pay.

Seller
Entity that has legal possession (ownership) of any interests, benefits or rights inherent to the personal property.

Simulcast Auctions
Simulcast Auctions are conducted in front of a live audience. During these events each item presented in the auction is also available for bidding in an online venue hosted by a third party provider such as www.liveauctioneers.com, www.invaluable.com, www.proxybid.com. While the auctioneer is receiving bids from an assembled audience, the auctioneer is also taking bids from bidders who are bidding through the third-party providers in real time or by advance bidding. Following the auction the successful bidders are notified and payment arrangements are made; applicable buyer’s premium applies.

Storage Fees
Effective February 13, 2017, any items left at the Auction Center for more than two weeks following the auction date will incur storage fees at a rate of $10.00 per lot, per week, regardless of the size or value of the lot. Storage fees will begin on the 15th day regardless of payment status.

Telephone Bidding
Phone bids must be in writing. All phone bids are required to start at $250 or half of the published estimate.  We suggest that phone and absentee bids be made 24 hours in advance to allow time for processing.  

Terms and Conditions
The rules of the auction and certain aspects of the Purchase & Sale Agreement that are published, read and agreed upon by potential bidders prior to an auction sale.

Timed Auction
A timed auction is an online only sale run largely by computer. Lots are placed for sale online for a defined period of time, allowing bidders to register and then place maximum bids on items. The computer bids on behalf of the bidder against any competition, from the lowest possible bid to the maximum bid specified. Bidders are notified if they have been outbid. This provides the option to increase their bid should they so choose. When the pre-set time is up, the auction ends and the highest bidder on each lot is notified that he has won.

Withdraw / Pass (No Sale)
Failure to reach the reserve price or insufficient bidding.

FAQ

Question: Can anyone go to an auction?

Answer:
At Alderfer, all auctions are public events and everyone is welcome.


Question: What kinds of items are sold at auction?

Answer:
Quite simply, if something can be sold, it has probably been sold at auction. Alderfer Auction & Appraisal sells antiques, fine art, firearms, automobiles, furniture, vintage items, dolls, coins, stamps, jewelry, books, toys, business equipment and other various collections.


Question: Are auctioneers licensed and bonded?

Answer:
In Pennsylvania all auctioneers are required to be licensed and bonded by the state. In addition, Alderfer auctioneers are involved in continuing education classes and have been awarded several certifications. Our auctioneers are also members of the National Auctioneers Association, Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, and the Lehigh Valley Society of Auctioneers.


Question: What is a Buyer’s Premium?

Answer:
A Buyer’s Premium is a percentage of the high bid that is added to the high bid to establish the final sale price.


Question: What is an “absolute” auction?

Answer:
An absolute auction is an auction where all property is sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price. If an item isn’t selling it is grouped with the next item for sale so all items sell.


Question: What is a “reserve”?

Answer:
A reserve is a confidential minimum price that the seller is willing to accept for an item. In an auction, the auctioneer is only obligated to sell the item once the bid amount meets or exceeds the reserve price. 


Question: Do I have to register when I come to an auction?

Answer:
You only have to register if you would like to bid in the auction.


Question: What must I do to bid at an auction?

Answer:
When you arrive at the auction site, look for the registration area where you must provide adequate identification to receive a bidder’s number, terms and conditions, listing of the items (if applicable) and a schedule. Your bidding number must be shown to the auctioneer each time you bid.


Question: How do I know how much to bid?

Answer:
It is important to arrive at the auction early enough so you can inspect the items you are interested in. Since many items are sold “as is – where is,” it is critical that you examine items for condition, size, color, etc. Based on your examination, establish a value you are comfortable with. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. With online auctions the next possible bid will be shown on the screen.


Question: Can I preview the items before the auction?

Answer:
Yes. Generally you may preview the items the days before the auction. This information is available on the website.


Question: How do I bid?

Answer:
In order to bid at an auction, you need to make the auctioneer aware of you. To do this, hold up your bidder card or raise your hand. If the auctioneer does not immediately see you, shout “Yes.” The auctioneer will then take your bid and turn to seek another bid. If another bid is received, the auctioneer will return to you to ask if you want to bid again. Simply continue to say “Yes” to stay in the bidding.


Question: How do I stop bidding?

Answer:
To remove yourself from the bidding process, simply shake your head “No” when the auctioneer makes eye contact with you.


Question: Will I be able to understand the auctioneer?

Answer:
The “chant” of a good auctioneer is easily understood. The chant is merely a series of numbers connected by “filler” words to create a rhythm and make it pleasing to listen to. A basic chant tells the audience the current bid and the next bid being asked.


Question: How and when do I pay for the items I purchased?

Answer:
At Alderfer, bidders pay for their items when they are ready to leave. Payment may be made in cash, credit card, debit card, and personal checks (with approval). Credit cards are automatically charged for items purchased on Alderfer Online Only Auctions.


Question: What about removal of items from the auction?

Answer:
When you buy an item at the auction you are responsible for it. All items need to be removed the day of the auction. If you purchase large items and need assistance in moving, please inquire about our delivery service. If you need assistance to load large items into your own vehicle, simply ask one of the Alderfer personnel.


Question: How do I register or bid for Online auctions?

Answer: 
Please view tutorial…Click HERE to go to our How to Bid and Buy page, or Click HERE for printable tutorial.

Terms & Conditions of Sale

Alderfer Auction, 501 Fairgrounds Road, Hatfield, PA 19440. 215.393.3000.

By bidding at Alderfer Auction whether it be live, online, onsite, absentee or phone bid, you agree to be bound by Alderfer Auction’s Terms & Conditions stated here forth.
The validity and interpretation of any of the terms and provisions of this agreement or of the rights and duties of the parties under this agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and venue of all proceedings shall occur in Montgomery County, PA.

Addendum statements made day of auction take precedence over previously printed materials.


1. Bidding Qualifications
Live Bidding

Buyers must register for a bidding number by giving name, address, phone number, and identification acceptable to us. Please show your bidding number to the auctioneer after each purchase you make.

The highest bidder shall be the buyer, and if any dispute arises between two or more bidders, the auctioneer shall decide the buyer or immediately put the item up for sale again. In the event of a tie between an online bidder and the floor bidder, the successful bidder will be at the Auctioneer’s discretion. The auctioneer’s decision will be binding and final.

Some lots are offered subject to a reserve, which is a confidential minimum price below which such a lot will not be sold. The record of sale, kept by the auctioneer and clerk, will be taken as absolute and final in all disputes.

Simulcast Bidding

Simulcast Auctions are conducted in front of a live audience. During these events each item presented in the auction is also available for bidding in an online venue hosted by a third party provider such as www.liveauctioneers.com, www.invaluable.com, www.proxibid.com. While the auctioneer is receiving bids from an assembled audience, phone and absentee bidders, the auctioneer is also taking bids from bidders who are bidding through the third-party providers in real time or by advance bidding. Following the auction the successful bidders are notified and payment arrangements are made; applicable buyer’s premium applies.

At its discretion, Alderfer Auction may also accept bids from approved internet bidders. Alderfer Auction or any of its staff shall not be held responsible or liable for any human or technical bidding errors, or internet bidding system shutdowns that may occur.

Alderfer Online Bidding

Alderfer Auction sometimes uses the services of a third party auction platform for online bidding. Please refer to third party website for how to register and bid online. Buyer is responsible for all online bidding. Alderfer Auction cannot place bids for the buyer as the buyer must properly register and bid through the third party platform.

At its discretion, Alderfer Auction may also accept bids from approved internet bidders. Alderfer Auction or any of its staff shall not be held responsible or liable for any human or technical bidding errors, or internet bidding system shutdowns that may occur.

Absentee Bidding

For those unable to attend the auction, Alderfer Auction offers the absentee bid service as a convenience to our patrons. Alderfer Auction will not be held responsible for error or failure to execute the bid(s). Absentee bids must be in writing and a fifty dollar ($50) minimum bid is required per item.

Phone Bidding

Phone bids must be in writing. All phone bids are required to open at $250 or half of the published estimate (no less than $50). We suggest that phone and absentee bids be made 24 hours in advance to allow time for processing. 

  • Everyone leaving an absentee/phone bid must be willing to leave their credit card number to assure payment of a successful bid(s) is received by the end of the next day following an auction.
  • Illegible bid(s) will be disregarded.
  • Applicable sales tax will be added to the sales total unless a tax-exempt number is on file in our office by the day of the auction.
  • Applicable Buyer’s Premium will be added to each purchase.
  • All successful bid(s) requested to be shipped to the buyer will be sent by an in-house or third party shipper and billed by the shipper.
  • Buyer is responsible to make shipping arrangements.
  • Bids are executed in competition with the audience on an alternate basis. Due to uncertainties of bidding, a lot may sell to the audience for the same amount authorized by the absentee bid. To avoid this possibility, the absentee bidder may authorize Alderfer Auction to increase their bid by one increment by placing a (+) sign beside the bid price.
  • Merchandise is to be removed from the Auction Center within two weeks following the auction.
  • Storage fees: Any items left at the auction center for more than two weeks following the auction date will incur storage fees at a rate of $10.00 per lot, per week regardless of the size or value of the lot. Storage fees will begin on the 15th day regardless of payment status
  • Alderfer Auction offers the absentee/phone bid service as a convenience to our patrons who are unable to attend the auction.
  • Alderfer Auction will not be held responsible for error or failure to execute the bid.
  • All items are sold as is without warranty or guarantee.

Alderfer Auction shall have the right to accept absentee and phone bids for any items consigned for any particular auction. Alderfer Auction reserves the right not to execute any absentee bid at its discretion and to have no liability for any inadvertent failure to execute any such bids.

Bidding Increments for Live & Phone Bidding

Generally, bidding increments are made as follows although Auctioneer has the discretion and authority to change. Online bidding increments may vary, see each auction for details.

$5 until $49 is reached
$10 until $199 is reached
$25 until $499 is reached
$50 until 999 is reached
$100 until $1,999 is reached
$250 until $4,999 is reached
$500 until $9,999 is reached
$1,000 until $19,999 is reached
$2,500 until $49,999 is reached
$5,000 until $49,999 is reached
$10,000 until $99,999 is reached


2. Buyer's Premium, Sales Tax & Payment

Applicable buyer’s premium is applied per auction. The hammer price, buyer’s premium and sales tax shall be added together to reach the total purchase price for an item. PA residents pay 6% sales tax unless a Tax Exempt Form is on file.

Acceptable forms of payments are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal (with the exception of Firearms, Militaria & Sporting Auctions), wire transfer, money order, cash and check.

Payments are due immediately upon purchase and before exiting the facility. Returned checks will be assessed a $35 charge for insufficient funds.

Successful online bidders, who bid through a third party online bidding platform, will be assessed a 5% surcharge. This charge offsets the fee collected by the third party platform. For more information regarding this charge please see third party website for terms.e over printed, electronic and verbal communication.


3. Pick-Up, Shipping & Storage Fees

Customer Responsibility Check List:

  • Payment
  • Pickup or Shipping Scheduling/Arrangements
  • Vehicle, Helpers, Packing Supplies
  • Review Terms

Alderfer Auction offers onsite shipping subject to limitations. Shipping, handling and insurance fees are additional to the total purchase price. Fees must be paid in advance by credit card. If you choose to ship your item, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (even for third party shipper).

All lots must be removed from the premises of Alderfer Auction no later than 14 days after an auction.

If you choose to pick-up your lots at the Auction Center, our regular hours are Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Please call 24 hours in advance to schedule a pick-up time. Packing materials are the responsibility of the purchaser.

Any items left at the auction center for more than two weeks following the auction date will incur storage fees at a rate of $10.00 per lot, per week regardless of the size or value of the lot. Storage fees will begin on the 15th day regardless of payment status.  

Unpaid items still remaining at our auction center 30 calendar days after the auction date will be considered abandoned and will be consigned to a future auction without additional notice to the purchaser.

Call or email to make shipping arrangements with the recommended shippers below or select your own:

For Fine & Decorative Arts, Collector's and Nostalgic Treasure Auctions please contact third shipper, Alderfer Auction does not ship extremely fragile items.

Alderfer Auction
Shipping Department
Shipping@AlderferAuction.com
215.393.3000

Recommended third party shipping is available through:

The UPS Store
The Hatfield Crossing Center
1250 Bethlehem Pike
Suite S
Hatfield, PA  19440
www.hatfield-pa-5007.theupsstorelocal.com
Store5007@theupsstore.com
215.997.2212

For oversized items:

Craters and Freighters of Philadelphia  
Phone: 215.234.8090  
Toll Free: 866.397.0488  
http://www.cratersandfreightersphilly.com/

Vintage Transport
888.882.4442

Alderfer Auction is not responsible for any damage or loss that occurs via a third party shipper.

Alderfer Auction may refuse shipping an item due to the size, weight, and fragile nature of certain items. We do not offer in-house shipping for: framed canvas paintings, glassware, statues/figurines made of glass, porcelain, or other breakable materials. We understand for some items there may be exceptions, however it is at the discretion of the shipping department to determine which items can be shipped and which items will require third-party shipping. Please inquire about international shipments.


4. Warranty & Condition Reports

All announcements made on auction day shall take precedence over previously distributed information, print or electronic media.

All items are sold "AS-IS, where-is" with no warranty expressed or implied. Descriptions are believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Please bid accordingly if you are uncertain of the condition or use of an item. Statements by Alderfer Auction regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation or assumption of liability by Alderfer Auction.

While every effort is made to determine provenance, authenticity and condition, it is the responsibility of the Bidder to arrive at their own conclusion prior to bidding. Provenance and authenticity including attributions are guaranteed by neither the consignor nor Alderfer Auction.

Alderfer Auction strongly encourages bidders to personally inspect all lots. The Bidder should also review online descriptions, listings and/or catalogs to obtain necessary information. Bidders may contact Alderfer Auction for a condition report at ConditionReport@AlderferAuction.com. Alderfer Auction will attempt to furnish one, but shall not be liable for failing to do so. All auction inquiries must be received a minimum of 48 hours prior to the start of the auction.


5. Estimates

Item estimates provided in print or electronic media are not a representation or a prediction of the hammer price that will be realized at auction, which may be substantially different from our original estimates. We shall not be liable for any discrepancies between our estimates and a price realized.

Any appraisal, estimate or opinion expressed by any principal or employee of Alderfer Auction, consultant to Alderfer Auction, or other person with respect to the anticipated auction price of any item or merchandise is a statement of opinion only and Alderfer Auction makes no guarantee, warranty or agreement with respect to the sale price of any item.


6. Artwork, Authorship & Authenticity
General

  1. If we say "c." for circa, a certain date, then it was made within 25 years of that date. 
  2. Measurements are given within 1" of actual size. 
  3. Measurements are given height before width.
  4. WAF means With All Faults
  5. Alderfer Auction is not responsible for color variations in print and electronic media.
  6. Alderfer Auction is not responsible for typos in print and electronic media.
  7. Terms & Conditions may change frequently and without notice. Latest version of Terms & Conditions will always supersede any previous printed or online statements.

Authorship

  1. Name of Artist- Indicates that the work, in our best judgment, is by the named artist.
  2. Attributed to- In our best judgment, the work may be by the artist. 
  3. Circle of- In our best judgment, a work of the period of the artist and closely related to the artist's style. 
  4. School of- In our best judgment, a work by a pupil or follower of the artist. 
  5. After- In our best judgment, a copy of the known work of the artist.
  6. In the Manner of- This painting represents the style of the named artist but was painted at a later date; the authorship is unknown.  

Authenticity

Signature- The signature, inscriptions and dates are transcribed in print as they appear and are located as follows:

SLL: Signed Lower Left
SLR: Signed Lower Right
SUL: Signed Upper Left
SUR: Signed Upper Right
SLC: Signed Lower Center
SUC: Signed Upper Center. 

If we state "signed" in our opinion, the signature is of the named artist. 

If we state "bears signature" in our opinion, the signature might be that of the artist, but we make no guarantee that the work is by the named artist. 


7. Clocks and Watches

Due to the sensitive and mechanical nature of clocks and watches, we do not guarantee them to be in running or working condition.


8. Furniture

If we say "Chippendale Mahogany Chest of Drawers," we represent that the piece was made during that period. 

If we say "Chippendale Style Mahogany Chest of Drawers," we represent that the piece looks like the period mentioned, but it was crafted at a later date.


9. Firearms

Alderfer Auction is a Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL) located in southeastern Pennsylvania. Whether you are buying or selling firearms at Alderfer Auction you will be assured that your firearms have been processed according to the rigorous regulations established by the Federal Government.

Registration Fees

A $9 per gun transaction fee will be assessed for gun registration; $7 per gun transaction fee thereafter which is in addition to the total purchase price.

Firearm Laws

All firearms are sold in accordance with Federal and Pennsylvania State Laws. All post 1898 (Modern) firearms must be registered in compliance with Federal and State Law. Purchasers of Modern firearms who are Pennsylvania residents must complete state and federal registration forms at Alderfer Auction, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440, or provide a signed copy of a Federal Firearms License from a dealer that your purchase can be shipped to. FFL Dealers and out-of-state buyers must have in their possession on the day of sale, signed copies of their Federal Firearms License in order to accept same-day delivery of modern firearms. Buyers who act as agents for FFL dealers must have a letter of agency as well as a signed copy of the dealers Federal Firearms License (FFL). Internet bidders who are out-of-state buyers and FFL dealers must fax a current FFL license within 24 hours of the close of the sale to Alderfer Auction at 215-368-9055. Curio & Relic FFL licenses will be accepted on auction lots indicated in the description "(C&R)”.

Specific State Restrictions

Auctions may contain many firearms and items that are non-compliant (not allowed) in certain States. Alderfer Auction WILL NOT ship or SELL any of these items that are prohibited in any State. We are aware of these Sates and their Laws and it is the duty of each potential bidder to make sure they are allowed to own this legally in their respective States. Alderfer Auction WILL NOT convert or make any firearm compliant to meet a certain State's requirements. Listed here are state laws restricting the sale of certain high-capacity magazines. These are STATE laws, sometimes there are COUNTY or CITY laws with stricter restrictions. It is your responsibility to be or become familiar with local gun laws.

California: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in California or anyone using a billing address in the state of California.

Hawaii: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds that may fit a handgun to anyone in Hawaii or anyone using a billing address in the state of Hawaii.

Illinois: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 12 rounds to anyone in Chicago, IL or anyone using a billing address in Chicago, IL. We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 15 rounds to anyone in Aurora, IL or anyone using a billing address in Aurora, IL.

Maryland: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 20 rounds to anyone in Maryland or anyone using a billing address in the state of Maryland.

Massachusetts: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in Massachusetts or anyone using a billing address in the state of Massachusetts.

New Jersey: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 15 rounds to anyone in New Jersey or anyone using a billing address in the state of New Jersey.

New York: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in New York or anyone using a billing address in the state of New York.

Ohio: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 30 rounds to anyone in Ohio or anyone using a billing address in the state of Ohio.

Any firearms sold containing prohibited magazines as mentioned above will be shipped less the banned magazine, no refunds will be offered.

Purchasers may inspect the merchandise and are urged to do so. The Auctioneer makes no warranty as to condition and shall not be responsible for any defects in any Lot. Any used firearm should be inspected by a competent gunsmith for safety, function, and proper ammunition type/size before attempting to fire. Any description of mechanical function or condition does NOT mean the gun has been inspected or tested for firing capabilities. All goods are exposed for Public Exhibition and for Internet buyer's, condition is described in the listings.

Firearm Shipping

Shipping, handling, registration and insurance fees are additional to the total purchase price. Fees must be paid in advance by credit card before items are shipped. Because Alderfer Auction is FFL approved, all shipping, packing and insurance are handled by Alderfer Auction. Costs are as follows:

Packing fee of $25 for the first long gun
$10 for each additional long gun
$11 for the first handgun
$6 fee for each additional handgun

UPS shipping and insurance fees will then be applied to each item. To economize we will pack multiple items of similar size and type together if possible. All items will be shipped UPS-ground or required overnight parcel for handguns. Insurance is an additional fee of 1% of hammer price plus buyer’s premium. We ONLY ship to the continental U.S. Questions regarding shipping, handling and insurance costs or tracking of your package, please contact our shipping department at:

Alderfer Auction
Shipping Department
Shipping@AlderferAuction.com
215.393.3000 office

Please allow 2 weeks for shipping from receipt of payment.


10. Endangered Species

Each threatened and endangered species will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as mandated by State and Federal laws. If you have questions please call 215.393.3000.


11. Onsite Auctions

Alderfer Auction conducts auctions at various different onsite locations through online only timed auctions. The terms and conditions mentioned herein apply to these auctions along with the requirements below regarding merchandise pick-up.

Designated pick-up times are established for customers to remove their purchased items. Schedule a pick-up time via www.Appointy.com or call 215.393.3000. www.Appointy.com instructions will be included in your invoice.

NO REFUNDS will be given on purchased items that are not picked up during the designated pick-up time.

Delivery

Delivery fees are additional to the total purchase price. Please call or email for delivery fees for your particular lot(s). Fees must be paid in advance by credit card. If you choose to have your item(s) delivered, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS. Items brought back to the auction center will be held, at no charge, for 1 business day following the pick-up day. For each day thereafter that the item(s) are not picked up a $5.00 per day storage fee will be assessed. Please call us to arrange these services no later than 24 hours prior to the auction pick-up time.

If you are in need of your purchase being brought back to Alderfer Auction for pick-up at our facility or would like the item(s) to be delivered to your home, call or email to make delivery arrangements:

Alderfer Auction
Delivery Department
Dan Angstadt
215.393.3000 office
267.638.1063 direct
Dan@AlderferAuction.com


12. Limitations of Liability

Alderfer Auction is not liable for any breach or default by the consignor of a Lot. Alderfer Auction may withdraw any item before the sale if there is doubt as to the authenticity, title, or laws restricting the sale of the item or the accuracy of the Consignor’s representations.


13. Governing Law

Pennsylvania State Law prohibits any owner from bidding on their own merchandise to enhance the value. “Bidding in” or bidding on behalf of the Consignor shall be grounds for discontinuation of the auction and a claim for any resulting damages including, but not limited to, a reasonable amount for lost commissions.

Alderfer Auction logo(s), content and photography are copyright materials that may not be copied, used or duplicated without the written consent of Alderfer Auction, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440.

Sell at Auction

Our auction method provides sellers with professional expertise, competitive bidding, attractive displays, and a secure facility.

All consignments are evaluated to determine how to best market the merchandise. Our marketing experts will create a fully customized program consisting of direct mail, print media, internet advertising and targeted emails to maximize the exposure and visibility of the consigned items. Our buyers are reached locally and internationally through our strategic marketing approach.


Ready to Sell?

Start by requesting a free evaluation. Preliminary review is free & confidential. You may visit our office, schedule a house call, e-mail or mail photos for review. 

After the initial review, our specialists will be able to set up a plan to get the best results for your items.

We offer competitive rates for our Sellers. Our rates include consignor’s commission, insurance, photography & advertising. Packing fees & transportation fees are additional. Exact terms may be discussed with your specialist.

Contact us today so we can compassionately help you through the process:

Call for Appointment: 215.393.3000 
Email Photos: info@AlderferAuction.com
Stop By: 501 Fairgrounds Road, Hatfield, PA 19440
Free Valuation Days: Check website for monthly dates
Snail Mail Photos: 501 Fairgrounds Road, Hatfield, PA, 19440

How to Bid & Buy

Become a Bidder – Buyer Information

Buyers must register for a bidding number by giving name, address, phone number, and identification acceptable to us. Please show your bidding number to the auctioneer after each purchase you make.

The highest bidder shall be the buyer, and if any dispute arises between two or more bidders, the auctioneer shall decide the buyer or immediately put the item up for sale again.  In the event of a tie between an online bidder and the floor bidder, the floor bidder will take precedence.  The auctioneer’s decision will be binding and final.

Some lots are offered subject to a reserve, which is a confidential minimum price below which such a lot will not be sold. The record of sale, kept by the auctioneer and clerk, will be taken as absolute and final in all disputes.

1. Live Bidding
Live bidding is the traditional method of bidding at our auction center.  Prior to bidding, all bidders must register to receive a bidder number. To bid in the auction, simply raise your bidder number for the auctioneer to see. Successful bidders will collect and pay for their items as full payment is required on auction day.

2. Online Bidding
Online bidding allows you to bid via the internet from the comfort of your home. An Online Only Auction takes place over an extended period of time versus a Simulcast Live and Online Auction which allows you to bid in select live auctions via the internet.

REGISTRATION NOTE: Due to new website and app software, PLEASE RE-REGISTER TO BID on all ‘Alderfer Online’ auctions.  This does not affect third-party platform bidding as registrations will remain the same (i.e. Live Auctioneers, Proxibid or Invaluable auctions) 

We understand computers can be confusing and frustrating. Below are a few steps that will help you to navigate the bidding process.


Step 1. Use a Qualified Browser

The browser is the door that connects your computer or device to the world-wide web.

  • We have found that using Internet Explorer (see the icon below) is NOT the optimal browser. This browser is prone to viruses and will not allow you to access certain parts of the bidding experience.
  • Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (see the icons below) are excellent choices for a browser. Our system has been optimized to function on all three of these.

Step 2. Find the Auction Action

The mobile experience may differ slightly from the desktop or PC experience. In either case, click on the "View Catalog and Bid" link to enter the auction

a. How to register and bid on Alderfer Online Only Timed Auctions

  • Computer - Bid Wrangler 
  • Mobile – Bid Wrangler 
  • For both Computer and Mobile users, click HERE for Printable Tutorial, Click Below For You Tube Video Tutorial

b. How to register and bid on Live Auctioneers

c. How to register and bid on Invaluable

d. How to register and bid on Proxibid


3. Simulcast Auctions

Simulcast Auctions are conducted in front of a live audience. During these events each item presented in the auction is also available for bidding in an online venue hosted by a third party provider such as:

  • www.liveauctioneers.com
  • www.invaluable.com
  • www.proxibid.com

While the auctioneer is receiving bids from an assembled audience, the auctioneer is also taking bids from bidders who are bidding through the third-party providers in real time or by advance bidding. Following the auction the successful bidders are notified and payment arrangements are made; applicable buyer’s premium applies.


4. Absentee Bidding

For those unable to attend the auction, Alderfer’s offers the absentee bid service as a convenience to our patrons.  Alderfer’s will not be held responsible for error or failure to execute the bid(s).  Absentee bids must be in writing and a fifty dollar ($50) minimum bid is required per item.

CLICK HERE for the Absentee and Phone Bid Form


5. Phone Bidding

Phone bids must be in writing. All phone bids are required to start at $250 or half of the published estimate.  We suggest that phone and absentee bids be made 24 hours in advance to allow time for processing. 

CLICK HERE for the Absentee and Phone Bid Form

Auction Center

We invite you to come experience the excitement of a live Auction and the thrill of the chant! It’s easy to register, bid and win! We are conveniently located in the suburbs of Philadelphia between New York and Baltimore.

As you pull into 501 Fairgrounds road, we have ample parking for our customers. You are greeted with our friendly staff in our beautiful, clean, comfortable and well-lit facility. Our spacious, state-of-the-art gallery offers the creature comforts of auditorium seating, temperature controlled rooms and HDTV screens. This safe and secure 8,500 square-foot building draws bidders regionally and from across state lines. As you meander and preview the mosaic of history, stop-by our Bidder’s Choice Café for wonderfully prepared homemade food. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Services

The Alderfer Auction team has the expertise in the areas of:

Our goal is focused on exceptional service, truly unique Auction customization and a positive, compassionate experience for each customer. Whether you are buying or selling a collection, liquidating an estate or business, or furnishing or downsizing a home or business, Alderfer will help find the best solution for you.

The auction experience

Buying or Selling at Alderfer Auction is a thrill!

Whether you buy or consign with Alderfer Auction you will enjoy:

  • Friendly Staff
  • Professional Expertise
  • Fun Exciting Atmosphere
  • Competitive Bidding
  • Real Market Value
  • Proper and Accurate Accounting
  • Record of Sale Using State-of-the-Art Auction Software/Platforms
  • Proper Marketing & Advertising

If you are a seasoned collector or a novice at Auction, we will help walk you through the entire buying or selling process. Alderfer Auction is defining the Auction experience!

Toy and Doll Auctions

Toy collections are amongst the most nostalgic auctions we host. Toys connect us to our childhood and evoke many fond memories. Toy collecting is an ever-changing market as each demographic collects per their past. The strength of Alderfer is the ability to adapt and change with market trends. Alderfer frequently sells collections of cast iron toys and banks, tin litho wind ups, early battery ops, trains and early plastic to injection molded action figures of the 20th century.

Dolls

Dolls come in many forms from G.I. Joe, Barbie and American Girl, Lenci to Madame Alexander, Armand Marseille and Jumeau. Much like the toy market, every segment of the demographic and corner of the world, collects according to their memories of the past, quality, maker and scarcity. 

In addition Vintage Holiday decorations and figures are a frequent complement to our doll and toy auctions. Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Valentines are ever increasing in popularity and demand.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Stamps

Our stamp auctions cover the whole range of philatelic items, from postal history to modern issues. We have an active following of collectors and dealers looking for early US stamps, modern sheet accumulations, worldwide stamps, 19th century stock certificates, covers of all kinds, especially flight covers and interesting postal history.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Books & Ephemera

Alderfer Auction specializes in selling rare important books and ephemera. Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, we have developed a strong, thriving market for all areas of interest in the rare book and ephemera buying community. Alderfer has cultivated an expansive network of active buyers that span the globe. We host three or four book and ephemera auctions annually. Auctions typically have 400 to 600 lots, including ephemera and postcards dating from the 17th to the 20th century. They encompass a large variety of rare books relating to all subjects including first and limited editions, early leather bounds, atlases, manuscripts, autographs, advertising, Americana, Pennsylvania German and more.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Coin Auctions

Coin collecting is among the earliest forms of collecting dating back to Ancient Rome; it is only fitting that it be paired with one of the earliest forms of selling goods and services. Today coins are among the top grossing items sold at public auction in the U.S. and around the world. 

Alderfer Auction sells a variety of coins and currency from collections and estates. The collector/investor market places worth on the numismatic value of the coins or currency in addition to the gold or silver value. The value of coins and currency is based on its condition, minting, production limits and survivorship. Alderfer Auction carefully reviews each coin to determine its market value at auction.  Frequently, coins are sold as individual items while others may be lotted to appeal to the particular market. These are some of the many benefits of selling coins at auction including quality of merchandise, exposure through mass media marketing, diversity of buyers through simulcast auctions and reputation. Alderfer Auction offers buyers a pre-auction preview for discriminating collectors to evaluate and discern the purchases.


Considering selling? Contact Alderfer Auction for a confidential consultation by emailing, info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000.

Vehicles

As televised classic auto auctions have become mainstream in today’s media, the market awareness has become greater for not only classic autos, but equally for estate and fleet vehicles. From Classic to Contemporary, Alderfer Auction can assist in marketing your vehicles.  Alderfer Auction has a unique market of collectors and clients who choose to purchase through the auction method of marketing. The method brings buyers and sellers together to establish a fair and current market value of an automobile. Alderfer’s ability to showcase your vehicle through a national advertising campaign gives you the confidence that the highest price will be achieved. 


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Sportsman Auctions

One of our many popular auctions consists of all types of fishing equipment including freshwater, saltwater, and fly fishing equipment. We also handle camping items, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, cars, trucks, trailers and campers. 


Taxidermy Auctions

Taxidermy, once prized as “Trophies” has become the quest of more than the hunters that have collected them. The increasing popularity has extended far beyond the outdoorsman community. Trophies have taken center stage in the theatre and movie industry in supporting roles. Decorators have added nature and diversity to showcase fashion, home décor and world cultures. We are able to enjoy these majestic animals, in all their beauty, through the preservation of taxidermy. These auctions have become the favorite of many through the life-like presentations of “Life in the Wild” and “Wildlife Art”. 


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Military

Alderfer Military Auctions, feature weapons and paraphernalia including military combat weapons, military collectibles, swords, bayonets, knives, as well as accessories including helmets, uniforms, belts, medals, awards, citations and related materials.

Our military auctions generally include items from the American Civil War, World War I, World War II as well as international arms from England, Japan and Germany and others. We offer edged weapons, dress swords, daggers, rifle bayonets, and knuckle-gripped fighting/trench knives. We also include uniforms, tunics, flight jackets, helmets, parkas, flags, banners, propaganda flyers and decorations.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Firearms

Alderfer Auction is a Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL) located in south eastern Pennsylvania. Whether you are buying or selling firearms at Alderfer you will be assured that your firearms have been processed according to the rigorous regulations established by the Federal Government. Alderfer experts have handled the sale of over 25,000 firearms, our experts identify, describe, catalog and photograph each lot.  Alderfer frequently sells a wide variety of firearms including military, antique, collectible, modern, sporting and field, in all types from long guns, pistols and revolvers.

Over the past 25 years, many Alderfer Auction customers have found comfort in naming Alderfer Auction in their estate plans to assure the proper handling and placement of their collection. Clients have peace in knowing there will be reduced stress on their loved ones and the return on their investment will be maximized for their estate.

Alderfer has had the privilege and ability of handling bankruptcy liquidations and single owner collections as large as 1600 firearms, down to a single firearm. Each Alderfer Firearm Auction has an online auction component to maximize the exposure of each item. This allows collectors, seeking to add to their collections, the ability to bid from the comfort of their home. This online component assures the consignor maximum exposure for maximum results. 

Along with the sale of firearms at Alderfer Auction we feature the sale of accessories associated with hunting and shooting sports including reloading equipment, ammo, optics, knives, clothing, etc. 

Alderfer Auction now has a Class 3 License for Firearms.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Musical Instruments

Interests in a music genre is as diverse as an individual’s personality. Whether your interest is classic rock or classical, jazz, blue grass or hip hop, the instruments that create the music are the same. In many collector categories, the demographics of buyers play a strong influence in collecting trends. We have found this to be minimized in each category of musical Instruments, as the instruments and the craftsmen that have created them, have become the collected.

Alderfer Auction frequently hosts auctions of musical instruments with a range from strings to percussion, wood winds, brass and electronics. Located just 30 miles south of the Martin guitar factory, Alderfer has established a reputation for record prices in sales for these fine works of art. Artist-signed guitars are the quest of many guitar collectors due to the added value and artistry of many famous makers such as Martin, Gibson and Fender. If Classical instruments are your interest, Alderfer also frequently finds quality violins, violas, cellos and harps.  If you beat to a different drum, no problem. Whether you are an accomplished drummer or a beginner, we frequently sell sets that will appeal to a variety of interests.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Nostalgic Collectibles Auctions

Alderfer Auction hosts a monthly online only auction of Nostalgic Collectibles. This auction is an online only, timed auction that closes the third Tuesday of each month. Nostalgic Collectible Auctions include a wide variety of items ranging from Furniture, Carpets, Decorations, Advertising items and Collectibles. These items can be viewed in person at Alderfer Auction during advertised preview times or online at www.AlderferAuction.com, 24/7. Each item is described and photographed. Condition reports are available upon request.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Collectors Auction

Offering an eclectic mix of:

  • decorations
  • art
  • jewelry
  • furniture
  • carpets

with a broad appeal to the emerging and seasoned collector. These events will be sold ONLINE ONLY, all items will be sold without reserve. 


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Historic and Ephemera

For over 30 years Alderfer Auction has had the honor and prestige to offer numerous significant historical estates, collections and items and will continue to do so into the future.  Our experts and consultants dutifully research, present, photograph and market historic materials and ephemera to enable the consignor to reap the full monetary benefits when choosing Alderfer Auction.   In recent years Alderfer Auction has successfully offered the Smillie Family Estate (world famous engravers), the General George Meade collection (victorious commanding general at the battle of Gettysburg), the General Lyman Lemnitzer collection (famous American general and ex-Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and NATO), and the Jim Mountain collection (World War II collection including General Eisenhower jacket and D-Day flag).  Our company has offered single items with direct associations to George and Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Brigham Young, the American Civil War, the Revolutionary War, Napoleon, Waterloo and many others.   

When consigning a single item, large collection, or a complete estate of historical importance the staff and consultants at Alderfer Auction will insure that your items are offered to the world the right way.  This will include extensive research in necessary, proper marketing (including press releases with photographs) and the use of internet sales venues to insure that the materials offered realize the best price.  If you as a consignor wish that your materials should be offered to an institution or museum you can meet with our staff and consultants to discuss your path forward.  We at Alderfer Auction have helped in private treaty sales to institutions to enable a family/consignor with a significant legacy to be rewarded and an institution to obtain items that they can proudly display/utilize.

Alderfer Auction is privileged to have a 30 year relationship with Robert Lucas, consultant to Alderfer Auction. Mr. Lucas is a noted authority and collector in the fields of Historical Autographs, Photographs, Military, and ancient artifacts. Mr. Lucas has shared his knowledge nationally by lecturing to collectors groups, Auctioneers associations and written publications.

Highlights and examples of past auctions include:

  • General Eisenhower’s “Ike” jacket from Jim Mountain collection
  • General Lemnitzers Dress uniform jackets
  • Brigham Young Last Will and Testament
  • Sewing Machine Dagureotype
  • Philadelphia Outdoor Daguereotpes
  • Fire Hat
  • Martha Washington veils
  • General Meades Brigadier General Commission
  • General Meades Sashes
  • 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry Flag
  • D-day flag
  • John Hancock Autograph
  • Colonial Copy Book
  • Soviet Medals
  • Night Before Christmas 1st ed.
  • Reading Church Dagureotype 2009
  • Benjamin Rush autograph
  • Boston Tea Party Carrier Address

If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Furniture

Alderfer Auction works for many sellers in a broad demographic and geographic location providing a large variety and selection of furniture to the market. Whether your interest is mid-century modern, period antiques, stylized furniture and quality reproductions, we have a wide variety of offerings to help you decorate your business, home, garden college apartment or vacation home.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Jewelry & Luxury Gifts

Alderfer Auction offers a large variety of jewelry and luxury gifts.

The Fine & Decorative Arts Auctions, held three times a year, frequently hosts fine jewelry with high carat weights and precious metals. In addition, “high end” creations by notable designers, vintage pieces and collectible crafted jewelry are held in esteem and cataloged. Alderfer Auction offers live and online, simulcast bidding for its Fine Art Auctions. As a convenience, shipping is available for our out-of-area customers.

Online Only Jewelry Auctions help buyers find those unique pieces of jewelry to complement their look for any special occasion. These auctions are easy and convenient for buyers to find that special gift. Alderfer Auction offers shipping as an added benefit to our buyers.

Gallery Auctions, held every other week, host a variety of silver, gold, designer and costume jewelry from local estates and collections.

Luxury Gifts

Designer handbags and fashions, pens, watches and smoking accessories are among some of the finds you may see included in Alderfer Auction’s Luxury Gifts & Accessories Auctions.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Artwork

Alderfer Auction is in a community rich in art, conveniently located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. This has presented many opportunities for Alderfer to fill the needs of collectors locally and around the globe in search of pieces to fill their collections.

Alderfer Auction holds many records in their specialty of Pennsylvania Impressionists. Located just miles from New Hope, Bucks County and the Delaware River, this rich and diverse landscape provided popular subject matter for many of the Pennsylvania Impressionist painters and the New Hope School of Art. Alderfer Auction has established many records of sales including George Sotter’s “Village at Night” for $264,500, and “Snowbound Hills” for $247,250. Walter E. Baum, a native of Sellersville, PA, was an artist, teacher and journalist who also favored the rich landscape of his subjects. His “The Mill Sellersville, Winter” sold for a record $97,750. Additionally, “Snowbound Hills” by Arthur Meltzer still remains in the top two sales at $126,500.

Art has many forms, fashion and markets. Alderfer Auction has recognized the need in the marketplace to create appropriate venues for sale for both buyers and sellers. Alderfer helps clients discern which market is best suited for the sale of their works.

Fine Art Auctions are held three times a year. It encompasses original works of art by established, “listed” artists, in good condition.

Discovery Art Auctions are held six times per year. Discovery art handles oils, watercolors and prints of lesser known artists, unknown artists of exceptional quality, works subject to condition issues and works with uncertain authorship.

Gallery Auctions are held bi-weekly and features decorative works of art, giclee and prints.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Fine and Decorative Arts Catalog Auctions

For over 25 years, Alderfer Auction has had a tradition of hosting “Fine and Decorative Arts” catalog auctions.  For these events, a color illustrated printed catalog is produced featuring items vetted from collections, institutions and estates from around the US. Alderfer Auction has developed a long-standing reputation for bringing some of the finest works of art of the Pennsylvania Impressionists to the market. These works of art, along with American and European works, are common findings in this venue. Also, inclusive to this event, are Decorative works including fine porcelain, art glass, pottery and Americana Fine Period and quality stylized furniture of the 18, 19 and 20c, Persian carpets, sculpture and bronzes often complement the findings. 

Special features often added to the “Fine and Decorative Arts” catalog auctions, due to high interest and value, are Historical signatures, maps, 19c photography and ephemera.  Jewelry and Luxury Gift auctions are popular features during these events. Alderfer Auction has brought some of the finest jewelry from private collections and estates to the market. 

These special events are “Simulcast” auctions. A simulcast auction is conducted In front of a live audience. During these events, each item presented in the auction, is also available for bidding in an online venue hosted by a third party provider such as www.liveauctioneers.com, www.invaluable.com, www.proxybid.com. While the auctioneer is receiving bids from an assembled audience, the auctioneer is also taking bids from bidders who are bidding online through the third-party provider(s) in real time or by advance bidding. 


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

Specialties

Alderfer Auction draws from decades of experience in handling collections and specialty items.

The Specialty Collections we have auctioned, but are not limited to are:

  • Fine Jewelry & Gems
  • Fine Art, Paintings, Sculpture
  • Antique & Period Furniture 
  • Asian Artifacts & Artworks
  • Glass, China, Pottery Decorative Arts
  • Silver
  • Oriental Rugs & Textiles
  • Historical Documents
  • Historical Autographs Historical Manuscripts
  • Paper Ephemera
  • Photography & Photos
  • Books Rare & Collectible
  • Sports Cards & Memorabilia
  • Movie Star Collectibles & Memorabilia
  • Outdoor Sportsman Equipment & Gear
  • Firearms
  • Military Memorabilia 
  • Coins & Currency
  • Stamps
  • Dolls, Toys, Trains & Collectibles 
  • Equipment - Electronic, Commercial & Industrial
  • Vehicles, Motorcycles, Boats, RVs, SUVs

Over the years, we have auctioned hundreds of specialty collections for serious collectors and individuals. Alderfer Auction matches buyers to their desired specialty through local and worldwide marketing. In turn, we provide our consignors a viable platform to achieve the highest sale results for their belongings.


If you would like to consult with an Alderfer specialist about selling a single item or a collection, or be added to our Enewsletter, email us at info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000

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Simulcast Auctions

LIVE AND ONLINE

Simulcast Auctions are conducted in front of a live audience. During these events each item presented in the auction is also available for bidding in an online venue hosted by a third party provider such as:

While the auctioneer is receiving bids from an assembled audience, the auctioneer is also taking bids from bidders who are bidding through the third-party providers in real time or by advance bidding. Following the auction the successful bidders are notified and payment arrangements are made; applicable buyer’s premium applies.

Alderfer Auction has Several Types of Online Auctions Available to meet the needs of our clients and customers. Each venue has unique qualities, please read the definitions below.

ONLINE ONLY TIMED AUCTIONS
IDENTIFIED AS “ALDERFER ONLINE”

An online only timed auction is an online auction run largely by the computer. Items are posted on www.AlderferAuction.com along with photos and descriptions. The items are posted for 5-10 days prior to the close of the auction. From the comfort of your home you may view and monitor your bids 24/7. For your convenience, these items are also available to be viewed at the facilities of Alderfer Auction during advertised preview times. The computer bids on behalf of the bidder against any competition from the lowest possible bid to the maximum bid specified. Bidders are notified by email if they have been outbid. This provides the option for the bidder to increase their bids should they so choose. 

Another unique feature in our timed auction is extended bidding. Alderfer Auction does not allow sniping. It's a bid placed within the last 3 minutes of a lot’s scheduled end time, we extend the sale by 3 minutes from the last bid. This way other bidders have a chance to place a bid. Extending bidding continues until 2 hours after the last lot scheduled and time. All purchases are billed to the high bidder’s credit card at time of purchase; applicable buyer’s premium applies.


ONLINE ONLY “ONSITE” TIMED AUCTIONS
ALSO IDENTIFIED AS “ALDERFER ONLINE”

An online only “onsite” timed auction is run the same way as an online-only timed auction except the items are located at a specified advertised site. 

An online only timed auction is an online auction run largely by the computer. Items are posted on www.AlderferAuction.com along with photos and descriptions. The items are posted for 5-10 days prior to the close of the auction. From the comfort of your home you may view and monitor your bids 24/7. Preview times and the location for pick up is advertised according to the terms of each of these events.

The computer bids on behalf of the bidder against any competition from the lowest possible bid to the maximum bid specified. Bidders are notified if they have been outbid. This provides the option for the bidder to increase their bids should they so choose. Another unique feature in our timed auction is extended bidding. Alderfer Auction does not allow sniping. It's a bid placed within the last 3 minutes of a lot’s scheduled end time, we extend the sale by 3 minutes from the last bid. This way other bidders have a chance to place a bid. Extending bidding continues until 2 hours after the last lot scheduled and time.

All purchases are billed to the high bidder’s credit card at time of purchase; applicable buyer’s premium applies.


ONLINE ONLY AUCTIONS

Online only auctions are powered by a third-party service provider branded as “Live Auctioneers” these auctions can be viewed at www.AlderferAuction.com along with photos and descriptions. Items for these auctions are posted for 5-10 days prior to the date of the auction. From the comfort of your home you may view and monitor your bids 24/7.  For your convenience, these Auctions can be viewed at the facilities of Alderfer Auction during advertised preview times.

At the advertised starting time of the auction the bidder has the option to allow the computer to bid on their items by leaving a high bid price. Bidders may also choose to log onto “Live Auctioneers” to bid live on each item as it sells. Following the auction the successful bidders are notified and payment arrangements are made; applicable buyer’s premium applies.

REGISTRATION NOTE: Due to new website and app software, PLEASE RE-REGISTER TO BID on all ‘Alderfer Online’ auctions.  This does not affect third-party platform bidding as registrations will remain the same (i.e. Live Auctioneers, Proxibid or Invaluable auctions) 

Gallery/Estate Auctions

Alderfer Auction hosts Gallery/Estate Auctions bi-weekly.

Our bi-weekly Gallery/Estate Auctions are live, public auctions which are comprised of multiple estates, collections and cosigners. These auctions showcase a large variety of commodities including antiques, quality furniture, primitives, fine china, porcelain, glassware, pottery, collectibles, silver, jewelry, artwork, furniture and carpets..

These events often feature two or three auction rings selling simultaneously in the auditorium, gallery, and hallway areas. Each auction features a specific commodity such as china and glass sold in the auditorium, jewelry and silver sold in the gallery, and furniture, home décor and accessories are sold in the hallway. Items are available for preview on our website or at our Auction Center, Tuesday and Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and on the day of auction at 8:00 AM.

Non-Catalog lot photos are posted the Friday before the sale. For additional information please email info@AlderferAuction.com or call 215.393.3000.

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REGISTRATION NOTE: Due to new website and app software, PLEASE RE-REGISTER TO BID on all ‘Alderfer Online’ auctions.  This does not affect third-party platform bidding as registrations will remain the same (i.e. Live Auctioneers, Proxibid or Invaluable auctions)

Bookmark this page - we add auctions frequently. Don't see an auction you saw on our former website? We are working to re-add auction listings for June and beyond.


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The Alderfer Auction team has professionalism and expertise in the areas of:

  • Auction
  • Appraisal
  • Downsizing Services

Our goal is focused on exceptional service, truly unique Auction customization and a positive, compassionate experience for each customer. Whether you are buying or selling a collection, liquidating an estate or furnishing or downsizing a home or business, Alderfer will help find solutions that work for you.

Alderfer has been built on impeccable personal, professional and community ethics. Our professionals have knowledge of fine art including Pennsylvania impressionists, decorative accessories, period furniture, jewelry, antiques, firearms, militaria, coins, stamps, dolls, books & ephemera, collector automobiles and many various collections. Bridging the past with today’s technological world, Alderfer offers online bidding and worldwide marketing while maintaining its unrivaled local customer service.

Please review our upcoming auctions and the list of details for specific items and lots listed. Due to the nature of auctions; not all items are available all the time. Call us today to buy or consign!

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Alderfer Auction

501 Fairgrounds Rd.
Hatfield, PA 19440

215.393.3000
info@AlderferAuction.com

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00AM – 5:00PM

Welcome to Alderfer Auction

Alderfer Auction offers Auction, Appraisal and Downsizing services. Our goal is focused on exceptional service, truly unique Auction customization and a positive, compassionate experience for each customer. Whether you are buying or selling a collection, liquidating an estate or furnishing or downsizing a home or business, Alderfer will help find solutions that work for you.

Alderfer has been built on impeccable personal, professional and community ethics. Our professionals have knowledge of fine art including Pennsylvania impressionists, decorative accessories, period furniture, jewelry, antiques, firearms, militaria, coins, stamps, dolls, books & ephemera, collector automobiles and many various collections. Bridging the past with today’s technological world, Alderfer offers online bidding and worldwide marketing while maintaining its unrivaled local customer service.

REGISTRATION NOTE: Due to new website and app software, PLEASE RE-REGISTER TO BID on all ‘Alderfer Online’ auctions.  This does not affect third-party platform bidding as registrations will remain the same (i.e. Live Auctioneers, Proxibid or Invaluable auctions)

Bookmark this page - we add auctions frequently. 


Current Listings

Check back soon! Until then, browse all our current auctions.

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Kulpsville, PA 18443
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