Antiques column: Auctioneer looks forward to a packed 2015

Michael Dowse at the AE Dowse Auction house which will be closing doors at the premises on Scotland Street
Michael Dowse at the AE Dowse Auction house which will be closing doors at the premises on Scotland Street

This year Christmas at the “Dowse House” was much the same as other years.

They came, they saw, they ate and then they left behind the mess. The only difference over other years being that there are more spouses as well as more grandchildren so the “ate” and the “mess” bits are bigger than ever.

Sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery for �180,000 in March '14 under the Proceeds of Crime Act as a result of a joint operation between H.M. Revenue & Customs and South Yorkshire Police.

Sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery for �180,000 in March '14 under the Proceeds of Crime Act as a result of a joint operation between H.M. Revenue & Customs and South Yorkshire Police.

But as I later explained to my wife, from the armchair, as she busily tidied up, that just makes it all so much more fun.

Fifteen on Christmas Day, six staying over and 15 on Boxing Day with five staying over, what more could a man want?

So Christmas was great, what about the rest of the year?

Well in June my wife retired (probably to prepare for Christmas) and at the same time we (that is AE Dowse and Son) joined forces with the Sheffield Auction Gallery and we became one enormous exciting Sheffield company.

Having been together for seven months now it is the best thing either of us ever did.

So 2014 was great, what about 2015?

Well, my wife is retired, so I anticipate less vacuuming, less dusting and more three- course meals at the evening table.

Fortunately, with slightly less responsibility at home and more three-course meals to eat it is good news that my working life is busier than ever enabling the calories to drop from me and allowing me to keep my racing snake figure.

Hard work and good food, what more could a man want?

n The photo above shows items sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery for £180,000 in March 2014 under the Proceeds of Crime Act as a result of a joint operation between HM Revenue & Customs and South Yorkshire Police.