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A & E PIDGEON AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS
 Maritime Canada Auctioneers
Durham, Nova Scotia
Ph:  902-485-5968
E-Mail info@pidgeonauctions.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 1083, Pictou, N.S. BOK 1HO

Available Monday to Saturday inclusive from 8 am to 10 pm
  by appointment or by chance - NOT Sundays or Christmas


PLEASE NOTE:  We have now installed a new
24-HOUR AUCTION INFORMATION HOTLINE -- 902-485-3333

This line does not reach us directly, will not ring into the office or residence & no messages can be left at this number.
It is designed for one purpose only--to keep you informed of all current auction information, so that if you are en route and need time or place of an auction or directions how to get there--call this line; if you are in doubt whether an auction will go on due to weather conditions, call this number; if you want to hear a general list of the items in the current auction, call this number--all current auction information will be kept up-to-date on this line & you can call any hour of the day or night for information

 About Us

PIDGEON AUCTIONS
      and Appraisals 
   
  
 (Donnie & Verna Pidgeon)

 
   Family owned and operated --
 conducting auctions since 1975  throughout the Maritimes (mainly in Nova Scotia)--over 2300 auctions in 29 year--for the first several years apprenticing with a Master of the Art of over 50 years experience and then operating under the firm name of Cunningham & Pidgeon.  In the early 80's when Jack Cunningham retired, we continued under the name of Donald Pidgeon Auctions.  Then in the early 90's, when Donnie's wife, Verna (Sam),  began auctioning, the firm was registered under the name and style of "A & E Pidgeons Auctions and Appraisals".  

We keep in contact with several major collectors/dealers throughout Eastern U.S. and Canada, and now through our website and E-mails often acquire distant absentee bids on prime pieces.
  
We believe our job is to get the best price possible for the Seller by auction, yet at the same time,  it is our responsibility to be "up front" and honest with the Buyers.  In this respect, we do not permit "shilling" or "bidding in" at our auctions.  We believe this  to be a dishonest practice.   It is our policy to allow reserve starting bids on items of higher value, and when there is a reserve starting price on an item,  we announce same in advance of the auction so that a buyer will not travel a long distance only to be disillusioned if he/she is not willing to meet the reserve.  However, we do reserve the right to refuse a bid which is inconsistent with the value of the article; but have never had to exercise this in over ten years.   Being open and honest with the Buyers is perhaps one of the reasons we get a large following at our auctions and therefore, reserves are not commonly necessary.

NOTE:  We are licensed to sell firearms including restricted and prohibited guns.

We also BUY OUT estates, partial lots and individual items.  

We provide a  3-part sales slip for each item with individual sales copies for buyer, seller & auctioneer and provide a simplified accounting statement.  Payment is available 15-20 clear business days after auction.

We conduct auctions of complete estates, antiques, households, farms, commercial, partial lots etc. throughout Nova Scotia (including Cape Breton) and the odd one in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, running between 30 and 50 auctions a year.

Our main Appraisals are of Estates and Household Contents anywheres in Nova Scotia, a service often called upon by Executors, Administrators, Lawyers, etc.
 

***above photo taken at on-site auction in Pictou 1997 - Collection of Archie Cameron (Donnie holding old Micmac bird trap).  We have fond memories of those avid collectors who so commonly attended our auctions through the 70's, 80's and some into the 90's including Archie Cameron, John MacLeod, Herman Helm, Roy Kennedy (the Currier & Ives Collector), Mr. Marshall (the Bottle Collector) and many other familiar faces in the auction circles.

                                                                       OUR VIEWPOINT ON AUCTIONS:

       THE ODD TIME SOMEONE WILL SAY TO US, "ISN'T IT A SHAME TO SEE DEAR MRS. _______ ITEMS GO UP FOR AUCTION!"   TO BE VERY TRUTHFUL, WE DON'T THINK IT'S A "SHAME".  DEAR MRS__________ OBVIOUSLY ENJOYED HER ITEMS FOR MANY YEARS AND HAD SHE REALLY  WANTED THEM TO GO TO SOMEONE SPECIFIC, SHE WOULD HAVE WILLED THE SAME TO THEM.   WE ARE IN A POSITION TOO, WHERE WE HEAR PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT THEIR ITEMS AND SAY THEY WOULD LIKE TO WILL THEM TO THEIR FAMILY, BUT THEIR FAMILY IS NOT INTERESTED IN ANTIQUES.  EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE....SOMETIMES, IF THEY'VE GROWN UP IN NOTHING BUT ANTIQUES, THEY JUST WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.....AND SOME PEOPLE JUST LIKE A SIMPLE UNCOMPLICATED LIFE WITH CONTEMPORARY FIXTURES.   IF THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT, WHY BURDEN THEM DOWN WITH BEQUESTS OF ANTIQUES!   SOMETIMES, IT IS AN OUT-AND-OUT IMPOSITION TO THEM TO KEEP THE ITEMS--THEY WOULD MUCH RATHERED HAVE HAD THE MONEY.   MANY TIMES WHEN ALL THE HOOPLA IS OVER, FAMILY  WILL PHONE US AND SEE IF WE WILL TAKE THE GOODS AWAY FROM THE AREA AND SELL THEM PRIVATELY WITH NO NAME ATTACHED.  THE GOODS WHICH DO NOT SUIT THEIR HOME ARE A BURDEN TO THEM!  WE DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO LAY SUCH BURDENS ON PEOPLE.  SO WHAT'S THE BIG ISSUE IF THEY DON'T LIKE ANTIQUES....ESPECIALLY YOUR  ANTIQUES!  EVERYONE TO HIS OWN VIEW!   AND THEN, THERE'S SOME PEOPLE WHO DEARLY TREASURE THEIR BEQUESTS OF ANTIQUES--GOOD FOR THEM!
         ON THE OTHER HAND, WE SEE PEOPLE COMING TO AN AUCTION AND JUST LITERALLY FALL IN LOVE WITH CERTAIN ITEMS.  THEY WILL PAY GOOD MONEY FOR THEM AT AUCTION AND TREASURE THEM FOR LIFE.  ISN'T THAT A MORE APPROPRIATE PLACE WHERE THE GOODS SHOULD GO IF FAMILY IS NOT INTERESTED....SOMEPLACE WHERE THEY ARE APPRECIATED.
          AN EXAMPLE RECENTLY IS WHEN WE MET A BUYER WE HAD NOT SEEN FOR SOME TIME AND THEY SAID THEIR HOUSE WAS FULL SO THEY DIDN'T COME TO AUCTIONS MUCH ANY MORE.  ANY THEY WERE SO SPECIFIC ABOUT ITEMS THEY PURCHASED AT AUCTIONS THROUGH THE YEARS--FROM WHICH HOUSE, FROM WHICH ESTATE, IN WHAT YEAR AND SOMETIMES EVEN WHAT ROOM IT WAS LOCATED IN IN THE HOUSE.  THAT IS IMPORTANT TO THE COLLECTORS--THEY LIKE TO RELATE THEIR GOODS TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING OR SOME AREA. 
          AND, YES, THERE ARE DEALERS WHO BUY AT AUCTION!  WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THEM.  EVERYONE HAS TO EARN A LIVING.  AND THE ITEM EVENTUALLY STILL ENDS UP IN THE HANDS OF SOMEONE WHO WILL LOVE IT, ALTHOUGH IN THE PROCESS, IT MAY PASS THROUGH SOME MIDDLE MEN.  THAT'S A PART OF LIFE--WHEN WE BUY A QUART OF MILK, HOW MANY MIDDLE MEN DID IT GO THROUGH?  BUT IT STILL GOT TO THE PERSON WHO WANTED AND NEEDED IT.
           EVEN WITH ONE-OF-A-KIND PRESENTATION THINGS, FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER THEY ARE SOMETIMES NOT WILLED.  COULD IT BE THAT THE OWNER KNEW THESE WOULD NOT BE APPRECIATED BY FAMILY, WHEREAS SOME "OUTSIDER" MAY DEARLY TREASURE THEM. 
           WHAT WE FIND TOO, IS THAT REAL COLLECTORS LOVE TO SHOW THERE COLLECTIONS.  WE ARE SO PLEASED TO SEE THAT MILITARY COLLECTORS WILL OFTEN OFFER TO TAKE THEIR MILITARY PICTURES, MEDALS AND OTHER MEMORABILIA TO SCHOOLS AROUND REMEMBRANCE DAY FOR STUDENTS TO SEE AND BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW OUR FOREFATHERS PLAYED SUCH A PART IN OUR INHERITANCE OF FREEDOM TODAY.  UNFORTUNATELY, NOT ALL TEACHERS WILL ALLOW SUCH AND SOMETIMES THE COLLECTORS DO NOT KNOW WHO TO APPROACH ABOUT SUCH SHOWINGS.....BUT WHEN SUCH DOES OCCUR, KIDS REMEMBER FOREVER.....WHEREAS A STUDENT WILL NEVER GO INTO A MUSEUM TO SEE THE LIKES!
          WE ALSO REALIZE THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO FIRMLY OBJECT TO THE
SALE OF NAZI ITEMS.  WE FIND THAT KIDS TODAY CANNOT REALIZE HOW HORRIFIC THE TIMES OF HITLER WERE & HAVE FOUND (THROUGH OUR YOUNG STAFF) THAT SEEING SOME OF THESE ITEMS WITH THEIR OWN EYES (ESPECIALLY THE PHOTOS) CAN FIRMLY IMPLANT THE REALITY OF THOSE TIMES IN THEIR VERY BEINGS.  WE BELIEVE EVERYBODY SHOULD BE MADE ACUTELY AWARE OF THOSE TIMES, WHATEVER IT TAKES, SO THAT NOTHING LIKE THAT WILL EVER BE REPEATED.  AND THEREFORE, WE HAVE NO PROBLEM SELLING NAZI ITEMS.
          WE ARE THOROUGHLY IN AGREEMENT WITH MUSEUM DISPLAYS, BUT IF WE DONATED SOMETHING, WE WOULD CERTAINLY WANT SOME AGREEMENT THAT IT WAS TO BE SHOWN.  IT TRULY SHOCKED US WHEN WE SPOKE WITH A PERSON IN CHARGE OF A CERTAIN VERY LARGE MUSEUM (NOT IN THIS AREA) WHO INFORMED US THAT APPROXIMATELY 70% OF THE GOODS DONATED TO THEM WAS NEVER EVER SHOWN.  IT WAS PACKED AWAY IN STORAGE ROOMS FOR YEARS....IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, SOME SINCE THE 70'S.
          AND SO WE FEEL THAT AN AUCTION IS NOT ONLY A WAY TO CONVERT GOODS INTO MONEY , BUT A WAY TO LINK PEOPLE UP WITH SOMETHING THEY WILL CHERISH.


 

 NOVA SCOTIA AUCTIONS  --  CAPE BRETON AUCTIONS
 We also occasionally conduct auctions in Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick

Contact Donnie or Verna at 902-485-5968
Available Monday to Saturday inclusive from 8 am to 10 pm
  by appointment or by chance - NOT Sundays or Christmas Day

 
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