Harmers of London

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Harmers of London
FounderHenry Revell Harmer
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Harmers of London is an auction house founded in 1918 by Henry Revell Harmer. The auction house specialises in philately and postal history as well as numismatics. In 2018, Harmers of London joined the Bolaffi Auction Group. The Bolaffi Auction Group traces its origins to 1890 when Alberto Bolaffi first started trading stamps in Turin, Italy. Both Henry R. Harmer and Alberto Bolaffi, along with many of their descendants, appear on the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists[1].


1884: Philatelic Passion

Henry Revell Harmer[2] started working as a professional philatelist in 1884.[3].

1918: First Auction

In 1918 Henry R. Harmer hosted his first philatelic auction at his offices on Bond Street. Harmers auctions soon gained a reputation for excellence and attracted many of the centuries most famous and eminent collectors, including H.R.H. Farouk of Egypt|King Farouk of Egypt[4]

1990: First Handover

Bernard D. Harmer[5], son of the founder, retired in December 1990 after guiding the company to become one of the world’s most famous philatelic auction houses. On his retirement, Bernard Harmer sold the company to Giangiacomo Orlandini, a hugely charismatic and passionate philatelist.

2018: Bolaffi Auction Group

In 2018, Harmers of London was acquired by Bolaffi Auction Group, Italy’s leading collectables business. The Bolaffi Auction Group has offices in the Great Britain, Italy Switzerland and Spain, and a network of international contacts. The Group hosts auctions in Turin, Milan, London and Barcelona.

Notable Auctions

  • 1937 - Johan Ramberg
  • 1935-36 -Walter Dorning Beckton collection of Greece
  • 1939 - A. M. Tracey Woodward collection of Japanese Stamps
  • 1968 -James H. Abbott
  • 1944-45 - Robert Blake Yardley
  • 1954 -H.R.H. King Farouk of Egypt
  • 1980 - Sandra Ilene West collection of German and Bavaria, (realised £995,000)
  • 1981 - Henry Robert Holmes collection of Bechuanaland
  • 1981 - 'CL' Collection of Classic GB
  • 1986 - Gordon Woods
  • 1989 - The Wills Collection of GB (1837-1854), (realised £1,000,000+)
  • 2002 - Cyril H.C. Harmer collection of Newfoundland Airmail
  • 2007 - “Gaetano Vullo” The Ballon Posts of Paris 1870-71


  1. Philatelic Congress of Great Britain. "TimeZone".
  2. "Henry Revell Harmer". The Association of British Philatelic Societies.
  3. "About Us - Harmers of London | Auction House since 1918". Harmers of London. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  4. "TimeZone : Ladies Watch Forum » Cartier Highlights from the Duchess of Windsor's Collection". forums.timezone.com. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  5. "TimeZone". American Stamp Dealers Association.

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