|Dick Withington has been having auctions in
Hillsborough Center for nearly 60 years. Thirteen colonial buildings
make up the original settlement of the land granted to Reverend Barns,
Dick’s Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, (etc.) Grandfather. Gazing out
our window at the idyllic village below, it’s easy to forget that we are
working in the 21st century.In the peace and tranquility of the
surround-ings it’s easy to disregard the outside world. But, we are
connected to civilization by the internet; we use the computers and
digital imaging for cataloguing the collections and are able to stay
abreast of all the current trends in the auction business. Since 1949, Withington’s
auction company has been able to maintain an unblemished reputation
throughout its long history.
Dick, who turns 90 in 2008, has
worked tirelessly promoting the business he so loved. In an effort to
preserve his legacy, Dick has chosen Larry and Marcia Leizure to take
over the company and assure that the future of the business is strong.
Together with Doll Specialist, Dolores Smith, we continue to run the
company adhering to the highest standards for which Withington’s is
known. Officially, in May of 2005, Withington Auction, Inc. was
established to separate the auction portion of Richard W. Withington,
Inc., with the provision that Dick would sell … “as long as he was able
to stand up and talk!” We have been fortunate to be able to learn from
the master – New Hampshire Auctioneer’s License #1, and make the subtle
transition with his guidance.
Larry Leizure has managed the auction company since 1999 and most of the
innovations to the business operations have been orchestrated by him. It
has been a challenge to try to achieve a balance between the past and
the future. Withington was always content to produce “Country Auctions”
and not compete with the cosmopolitan auction galleries. In this world
of internet auctions, phone bids, and minimum reserves, it’s hard to
maintain an old-fashioned auction experience and still stay competitive
in the real world. Of course, the company has a modern WEB-site and
color catalogues and mailings are produced with our in-house publishing
capabilities. And last year, a slight concession to modernism, an
Absentee Bidding policy was initiated to enable customers from far-a-way
places to participate in the auctions.
Yet, when you’re under the tents at a Withington Auction, it is easy to
leave today’s world behind. On a clear summer day, the scents of the
caterer, the buzz at the crowd at the auction preview, one can imagine
the North Field filled with Model A’s and Touring Cars instead of mini
vans and Ford F150’s. Withington has one of the best track records in
the industry and his reputation is flawless. Checks are written to the
consignors within 24 hours after the merchandise is sold! Honesty –
Integrity - Knowledge have described our policy since those humble
beginnings and is as strong as ever today.
Withington Auction, Inc. 2008 season begins in April with the first Doll
auction of the season, and runs through October. All regular doll
auctions are held at the Holiday Inn in Nashua, NH. Country Auctions are
held under the tents in Historic Hillsborough Center. Please contact us
if you have estate antiques or a collection of antique dolls to sell. We
would be happy to meet with you and discuss what Withington Auction,
Inc. can do for you.
THE DOLL AUCTION SCHEDULE FOR 2008: April 10 & 11; May 15; June 19; (no
Doll Auction in July); August 21 (& 22*); Sept. 13 – Doll Extras in
Hillsborough Center; September 18 (&19*); and October 23 & 24.
COUNTRY AUCTIONS BEGIN IN JUNE, AFTER BLACK FLY SEASON: June 12 -
Country Auction; July 24 – Estate Antiques & Americana; August 14 – Dick
Withington Mechanical Bank Collection; September 11 – Country Auction.
Sincerely, Marcia & Larry Leizure