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Leave Bids

If you cannot attend an auction, you may:

  • Use our new Online Absentee Bidding System   All online bids must be entered 24 hours prior to the start of the auction.
  • Fax, email or snail-mail us your bids using this FORM. All written bids must be received 48 hours prior to the start of the auction.
  • Live bid using INVALUABLE There is an extra 5% fee charged by Invaluablefor internet bidding
  • Telephone bidding is available on selected higher value items, you need to contact us to make your reservation in advance.
  • Use the "PLUS ONE +1" option if you want to allow us to automatically increase your bid by only one increment in case of a bid-tie with another bidder on your top bid.
  • SHIPPING:  If you are a successful bidder instructions are available through the following two links:



    We use several companies to ship clocks that provides services worldwide

    The local UPS Store managed by Michael Withrow, phone number (603) 434-9899, e-mail store4686@theupsstore.com

    Pakmail managed by Joann Godin, 55 Crystal Ave, Unit 7, Derry, NH 03038, (603) 434-1801, email us222@pakmail.org

    Parcel Room managed by Jeff Ballantyne, 1465 Woodbury Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801  (603) 431-4205, email info@ParcelRoom.com

    Note: we are often able to offer “in-house” shipping on the watches.  Hand delivery specialists are listed below:

    These are blanket wrapped hand delivery specialists. Ask for quotation.

    > Mr. Scott Salzarulo, 200 W. Housatonic, #20, Pittsfield, MA 413-212-1252
    > Ms. Wendy Buckus, 64 Hutchins, Concord, NH, 03301, 603-491-5199 nwtransport@aol.com
    > Mr. Scott Cousins, 22 Nichols St. Merrimac MA 01860, scottcousins22@aol.com, (978) 419-9353
    > Sure Express Worldwide, 110 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103, (800) 335-9996 sureexpress@maine.rr.com
    > Bush Dependabled Delivery, 787 Commerce Dr., Suite 15, Venice, FL 34292, bushdelivery@gmail.com, (941) 951-2447


    We will make every effort to use the following increments for bidding purposes:
    $0 - $200: $10 increments
    $201 - $500: $25 increments
    $501 - $1000: $50 increments
    $1000 and above: Auctioneer's Discretion

    $1001 and $3000: $100 increments
    $3001 and $5000: $200 increments
    $5001 and $10000: $500 increments
    $10001 and above: Auctioneer’s Discretion (Most often $1000 increments)

    R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts General Conditions

    SALES TAX and Buyer's Premium:  There is NO sales tax in New Hampshire. The Buyer’s Premium is 18% of the hammer price, less a 3.0% for cash or good check.

    LIVE BIDDING:  Although there is NO substitute for attending the auction and bidding yourself, you may register and bid live through INVALUABLE.COM using your internet connection.  High speed internet is a requirement for this.  There is an extra 5% fee charged by Invaluable for internet bidding.  The total Buyer's Premium, which includes the 5% Invaluable fee, on all Invaluable purchases is 23% with no exceptions.  On higher value clocks, you may also register to bid via telephone, and you need to contact us to make your reservation in advance.  We are still refining our own "live-bid" software and hope to have it operational this year, until then we will use Invaluable.com (advanced on-line registration required).

    ABSENTEE or LEFT BIDS:  We receive advance bids on many of our lots from distant customers.  In all cases, a left or absentee bid will be executed for as low a price as possible.  We are NOW offering PLUS ONE (+1) bidding format to allow our absentee bidders to be more competitive. Absentee bids left with us often are lost at the top bid, a situation that can be avoided when we have the authority to bid “one more time”.  Bid forms are available on our webpage or in the rear of the catalog.  You may submit your bid by fax, snail mail or e-mail to: absentee@roschmitt.com.  Absentee bidding and phone bidding services are provided by R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, LLC as a courtesy to our clients to the best of our ability.  R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, LLC cannot be held responsible or liable for failure to receive or execute absentee bids.

    ONLINE ABSENTEE BIDS:  We now have a sophisticated online and interactive absentee bidding system; see our homepage www.roschmitt.com for links to this service.   It is offered at no additional charge.  You may change or cancel your bid amounts or lot numbers up until the Friday before the auction at 6pm.

    PAYMENT FOR ABSENTEE BIDS:  We will normally notify successful bidders within seven days. We use e-mail to notify bidders and postal mail if a client does not have e-mail available. Personal checks drawn on a U.S. bank are acceptable. We also accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Paypal at https://www.paypal.me/roschmitt, all subject to our standard 18% Buyer’s Premium. Note that shipping charges are extra and will be billed by R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, LLC or a third party at the time of shipment.  Payment is due on receipt of invoice, and no later than 30 days from the date of the auction. Items not paid for withing the 30 days from the date of the auction will be charged a 2% monthly interest rate on the balance due. The buyer’s premium for bidders using Invaluable is 18% for all forms of payment plus the 5% Invaluable fee. Large international transactions may be performed via wire transfer.  Details available upon request.

    PICK UP IN LIEU OF SHIPPING:  Purchases by absentee bidders, phone bidders or internet bidders may not be picked up sooner than 6 business days following the sale.  If you or your agent/friend would prefer to pick up personally from our office in Windham, NH purchases, an appointment can be arranged.  Please plan to settle your account at time of pick up.  Items left in our custody for over 30 days from the date of the auction will be charged a storage fee of $25 per item per week, which must be paid before items are released. If a lot in the auction contains multiple items, each item in the lot is subject to a separate storage fee. We shall not be held liable for damage occurring to any item left in our custody after 30 days from the date of the auction.

    BUYER’S  AGENT:  Some absentee bidders require assistance and flexibility with their bidding. To some, this may be in the form of an independent set of eyes to validate their potential purchase. To others, it may be in the form of executing a fixed budget in pursuit of several clocks. Others are looking for additional services such as careful packing, and flexible delivery options. Should you need such assistance, please cal or emaill us and we can recommend someone.

    ESTIMATES:  After each description, we’ve indicated a high and low dollar estimate that should be used as a general guide in making bidding decisions.  The final price may vary considerably from these estimates.

    RESERVES:  There are few items in this sale with a reserve, or confidential minimum selling price established with the consignor or vendor.  Items failing to sell will be noted in the results sheet as $0.00.

    CONDITION REPORTS: Employees do their best to aid and assist the customer, however any stattements made by R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts employees, agents or contractors are not considered a definitive record of what is being sold. The record of what is being offered for sale in a lot is the catalog provided by R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts, both printed and online. If there is a discrepancey between employee statements and the catalog, the catalog is the final and definitive legal record of what is being sold. We do our best to identify all restoration or alterations to an object in the condition report.  We shall not be held liable for a failure to do so.  It is the responsibilty of the buyer to confirm and expand what is stated in our sales materials. If the lot description includes the words “as found” or “as is” the item is sold without any guarantees. General maintenance items such as broken suspension springs, broken or missing weight cords, & missing keys are not mentioned. Most clocks and watches will require cleaning and service after purchase. All costs associated with this are the responsibility of the client. Dimensions are approximate. 

    RETURNS:  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL RETURNS BE ACCEPTED OR REFUNDS ISSUED LATER THAN 30 DAYS AFTER THE AUCTION. If there is a problem and a refund or adjustment is requested we ask to be notified within one week of the auction and require to be notified ABSOLUTELY no later than 30 days of the auction, no exceptions. Transit damage alone is not sufficient reason to return an item. We will assist in claims against transport companies. 

    DEFAULT and LITIGATION: R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts will not be liable for default by either the buyer, consignor or the vendor. No purchase shall be claimed or removed until paid for in full. Schmitt’s reserves the right to refuse to accept bids made by a defaulting buyer at any future auction and to collect all costs and attorney’s fees from the buyer associated with litigation and storage involving default. Registration to bid indicates acceptance by the bidder of these terms enforcable as a New Hampshire contract. All legal disputes arising from this contract shall be disputed, litigated or mediated under New Hampshire law in the State of New Hampshire. All consignors or vendors are represented in our records by either name or a code directly associated with that name and are also a legal party to this contract.

    PHOTOGRAPHS:   Please note, some items when photographed, particularly watches, may have shadows, reflections or other marks that are a result of the photographic process and are not permanent. Both buyer and seller grant unrestricted use of auction lot photographs and prices realized to both R. O. Schmitt Fine Arts, and to Invaluable.com.

    Published on  07/13/2017