National Breweriana Auction

CAMRA's 33rd National Breweriana Auction

Will take place on Saturday 24th November 2018

This is a month later than 2017. Read on for more details.

Ever fancied owning a slice of brewing history? Then this Auction is just the thing for you. Run by the Campaign for Real Ale, the National Breweriana Auction returns to Burton on Trent’s Town Hall to celebrate its 33rd event on Saturday 24th November. It again promises over 150 interesting auction lots; everything from mirrors to trays; wall signs, bottles and books. Plus there are a number of stands selling brewery memorabilia adding to the atmosphere in this wonderful Victorian venue.

There are all sorts of items from all over the country to decorate your home. Starting in the Midlands, we have an Offiler's jug from Derby (1876-1966); a mirror from Northampton Brewing Company (registered in 1887, merged with Phipps, closing in 1974). We also hope to have a really unusual lot: two horse harnesses from Nottingham's Shipstone, which was taken over by Greenalls and then closed. Moving on to the capital of brewery in the Midlands, we'll have a bottle from Burton's Salt Brewery, who started as maltsters in the C18th and registered in 1893. They were purchased by Bass in 1927 and brewing stopped. Another unusual item is a Marston's snuff box is another lot from Burton. Further north, and there is an item from another brewery still brewing: an advertising sign from Timothy Taylor's of Yorkshire.

Across to East Anglia and a price list from Gardner & Son, who ceased brewing in 1954. Moving to the Capital for an iconic Watney wall plaque, two plastic Charrington's pump clips in the shape of toby jugs and a Mann, Crossman & Paulin water jug; the latter brewery closed in 1958.

If you have never been to the National Breweriana Auction before, the auction is great fun to take part in and is an opportunity to get some great bargains plus many of the items on sale can appreciate in value. And, of course, like any CAMRA event, there is some good beer on sale all day (from a local brewery).

Burton on Trent is easily accessible by train and the Town Hall is just a short walk from the railway station. The event starts at 10.30am with the opportunity to view the lots and browse the breweriana stands that will also be there. Bidding starts at noon and is normally finished by 3pm, giving a chance to have a final perusal of the stands before visiting some of Burton's iconic pubs and heading home. Or maybe make a weekend of it and visit the National Brewery Museum (

Entrance is by catalogue (£3.00), available on the day, or £4.00 (includes postage) in advance, by post from Bill Austin: 07789 900411 or moc.tenretnitb@1591nitsuab. If you can’t get there, postal bids are accepted, just contact Bill.

Catalogue (and photos) for postal bids can be downloaded here: 2018 Catelogue; 2018 Catalogue Pictures. We regret that the owners of the Shipstone horse harnesses that featured in some of our early advertising have decided not to put the items into the auction, sorry for any disappointment.

Wheelchair accessible.

Please read the following section for details and guidance if you are thinking of attending or submitting lots.


10.30am Auction items available for viewing.
10.30am-4pm Collectors' fair, a number of stalls selling a range of breweriana.
Noon-3pm Auction of over 150 lots of brewery related items including commemorative bottled beers, pump clips, books, display signs, trays, beer mats etc.
There is a small bar selling beer, soft drinks, crisps etc throughout the day. Feel free to bring in your own food.

Please note that items may be paid for at the two breaks and at the end. No payments can be taken while the Auction is taking place.

Admission to the Auction/Collectors' Fair is by catalogue £3.00 on the day or £4.00 in advance.

We have a limited number of slots available for lots to be auctioned on a commission basis. Contact Bill Austin as above. Items must be delivered to the CAMRA Warehouse or CAMRA HQ, both in St Albans, before Thursday 22nd November or to the Burton Town Hall before 11.30am on Saturday 24th November.

The commission payable to CAMRA for each item will be either 15% of the sale price or £3, whichever is the higher.
Reserve prices may be set but these should be realistic and any items not sold must either be taken away at the end of the auction or otherwise collected from the CAMRA Games & Collectable Store in St Albans.

Postal bids, sent to Bill Austin at 18 Malden Road, Watford, WD17 4EW, or to moc.tenretnitb@1591nitsuab, are welcome, but must be received by Friday 23rd November giving clear details of the item, lot number, amount of bid, and name, address and telephone number of the bidder. There is no buyer's commission, and no VAT addition.


We have tried our best to make this catalogue and the descriptions as accurate as possible. However, it is impossible to give full details of some items and these should be verified on the day of the sale. In order to give an idea of the condition of the lots, we have indicated those items which are in excellent condition with 'XX', and those in good condition with 'X'. Unmarked items are in poor condition and those marked with an o are unseen. Some of the lots are being auctioned on behalf of third parties and some of the descriptions are attributable to the sellers. As this designation is a very subjective matter, particularly given the age of some of the items, we strongly recommend that the items are viewed on the day of the sale.

As we expect a number of articles to be offered for sale after the catalogue has been printed, a number of spaces have been left. A list of 'late arrivals' will be available on the day of the sale.

We reserve the right to include further lots, withdraw lots, or to make available duplicate items without prior notice.


To reduce the need for items to be paid for individually, we propose to keep a record of each purchase so that all lots bought can be collected and paid for either during the breaks or at the end of the auction. In order for this to work smoothly we would ask that each attendee registers and obtains a bidder number. All lots must be paid for and removed from the auction room by 4pm on the day of the auction.

Cheques will only be accepted by prior arrangement. We are also able to accept payment by Visa/MasterCard credit cards and by debit cards.

There are 'reserves' on various lots in the auction: if the bidding fails to reach the reserve amount the item will be withdrawn. Items withdrawn will be available for purchase during the intervals and at the end of the auction.


We are again providing a guide price for those lots where such a figure is above £10. These appear in red at the end of the item's description. The lower figure of the range shown is not less than the reserve price of the lot, and may be higher.


One person (plus a reserve person) will act on behalf of a postal bidder as though such a bidder was in the room. That person will sit in front of the auctioneer in a reserved seat each time a lot is auctioned for which there has been a postal bid. The nominated person will bid in incremental steps as proposed by the auctioneer for the lot until either the bid is successful or the stated postal bid amount is reached. If a bidder in the hall makes a final bid of the same amount as the stated postal bid, the lot will be sold to the bidder in the hall.


CAMRA Fundraising would like to thank all those individuals and CAMRA Branches who have contributed lots to the auction.


Reference documents that were consulted included:

- Various CAMRA Good Beer Guides
- Century plus plus of British Brewers by Norman Barber (Brewery History Society)
- The Brewing Industry edited by Lesley Richmond and Alison Turton
- British Beermat Collectors' Society (BBCS) list of beer mats

Thanks to everyone who has assisted in the organisation and helped publicise CAMRA's National Breweriana Auction.