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Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.

VAR #555 / VAF #782
Tel: 540.434.3939
Fax: 540.434.3399
Email: Click to email us

Gallery Location & Shipping Address:

2177 Green Valley Lane
Mt. Crawford, VA 22841

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 2638
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Auctioneers, Appraisers, Brokers, Consultants & Collections Management


Auction Terms & Conditions   Bid Increment Guide  

Buyer's Premium   Catalogue Guarantee   Competing Bids  

Deadline for Absentee Bidding   Refund Policy   Reserves   

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Your bid constitutes a legally binding contract. 
By bidding with Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, Inc. either directly or through an online bidding platform (e.g. Auction FlexInvaluable or LiveAuctioneers), you are agreeing to abide by all associated auction terms. 
Bidder approval is at the sole discretion of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

1.  The auctioneer reserves the right to reopen bidding on a sold lot (under extreme circumstances only) and is the sole determinant concerning all bid disputes and the final authority in regard to all auction terms and conditions. 

2.  All auction lots sold are subject to a buyer's premiumPayment in full is due on date of sale for lots won in person.

3.  Unless exempted by law, all purchases are subject to a 5.3% VA state sales tax.  VA state sales tax does apply to out-of-state, non-tax exempt buyers who pick up their purchases at our gallery in Virginia.

4.  VA law requires that all dealers must have a valid, signed Virginia Dept. of Taxation Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption on file with us (required per auction for non-Virginia dealers). Dealers licensed outside of the state of Virginia are also required to provide a copy of their resale tax exempt license/certificate for our files.

5.  Phone and absentee bidding directly with our auction house, and not through a third party company such as LiveAuctioneers, is offered as a courtesy.  We are not responsible for errors or unexecuted absentee or telephone bids.  (Bidders may place bids themselves in person or online.)  Our online absentee bidding is powered by Auction FlexNo online transaction fee is imposed on lots won by online absentee bidding through via Auction Flex.   

6.  Non-Internet bids: If you do not have Internet access, you may fax, mail, or hand-deliver bids to us and we will enter the bids on your behalf.  Non-Internet bids must include the auction date and a signed statement indicating that you accept all terms and conditions of the auction. Note: Your local library may provide Internet access for free, or for a nominal fee.

7.  All absentee bids must be in written form.  We cannot accept verbal absentee bids.  Submitted bids that are not commensurate with our standard Bid Increments will be rounded up to the appropriate level. 

8.  We welcome international bidders; however, all communications must be in comprehensible English.   

9.  Make sure that you have the correct lot number! If you accidentally bid on a lot and win, you are still liable for payment as we are liable to the consignor. 

10.  Absentee bidders may be in competition with various LIVE bidders which may include FLOOR  or ON-SITE/IN-HOUSE bidders (bidding in person at our gallery), INTERNET bidders (bidding in real time via computer) or PHONE bidders (bidding in real time via telephone). 

11.  In the event of identical absentee bids, the earliest received bid takes priority.   NOTE: It is possible that a "Live" bidder could win a lot for the same bid amount you placed prior to the auction (it depends on where the bidding opens and how it falls during sale of the lot).  SEE EXAMPLE

12.  Absentee bids placed in person at our gallery or through the Invaluable system are accepted at any time prior to the sale of the item.  The deadline for all other absentee bids (e.g. bids placed through the catalogue on our site using Auction Flex, through LiveAuctioneers, mailed/emailed bids, and faxed bids) is two (2) hours prior to the start of the auction

13.  All Telephone bids are subject to a minimum opening bid per lot ($250 for calls within the USA and $500 for international calls).  Phone bids must be arranged by 3:00 PM ET, the day prior to the auction  We may reject requests submitted after our deadline. 

14.  We will notify all successful bidders by email (or by phone if no email) within 2 business days of the end of the auction. (All emailed invoices are normally sent on the first business day following the sale; however, if we have an extraordinarily high volume of invoices, some may be sent on the second day.)  Post-auction instructions are on our website under BUYING>After the Auction.

15.  Successful bidders are required to contact us to confirm receipt of invoice and to make arrangements for payment and shipping or pick up.  EMAIL IS PREFERRED. Unless otherwise stated the deadline to contact us is 5:00 PM ET on the Friday following the auction (if sale was held on a weekend) or 5:00 PM ET on the Monday following the auction (if sale was held on a weekday).  Calls to our office should be made during OUR business hours.

16.  Payment for lots won in person is due on the date of sale before items are removed from our gallery. Payment for lots won as an absentee, phone, LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable bidder is due within 5 days of the auction.  More

17.  Any special payment arrangements must be pre-approved by an authorized representative of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates. Such arrangements must be requested in writing, and authorization must be obtained prior to bidding.  

18.  See all categories under our BUYING webpage for additional auction terms and other important information. 

19.  Once an item is sold to an in-house bidder, the buyer assumes full risk and responsibility for said item.

20.  Each returned check is subject to a $50.00 service charge.

21.  Accounts that are unpaid after 25 days of the sale date will be subject to a 2% monthly finance charge; administrative fees may also apply.

22.  The buyer is liable for all fees/costs associated with the collection of balances due, including attorney's fees.

23.  Unless prior arrangements have been made with us, any merchandise not removed within 2 weeks of the sale date will be subject to a storage fee.  Any merchandise not removed or consigned within 60 days of the sale date will be considered abandoned.

24.  REFUNDS will be given at the sole discretion of the auctioneer and will only be considered on lots that are determined not to be authentic or have major damage or significant restorations/repairs that were not outlined in the condition report.  All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing (email is acceptable, send to with substantiating photographs.  Additionally:

  • Refund requests in regard to authenticity must also include at least one supporting written and signed statement from an authority recognized by the auctioneer. 
  • Refunds in regard to condition for items purchased in person at the gallery must be requested before the item in question is removed from the gallery.
  • All other refund requests, including any substantiating documentation, must be received in our office within 25 days of the auction date.  (Absolutely no refunds will be accepted after this deadline.) 
  • Lots catalogued without circa dates are not guaranteed as to age. 
  • No refunds will be considered on Oriental rugs which are sold strictly "as is" with no guarantee as to age, origin or condition. 
  • Note: Your timeliness and type of payment directly affect the time allowed for a refund transaction.  (If payment is made with uncertified check, items may be held for up to 10 business days before we ship or release for pick up.)  
  • DO NOT return any item until a refund authorization has been obtained from Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates. 
  • Once a refund is approved AND the complete lot is returned to the satisfaction of the auctioneer (in the same condition in which the buyer received it), a full refund of the hammer price and buyer's premium will be issued.  We do not refund shipping cost nor do we offer partial refunds. 

25.  Additional conditions of sale may apply, as noted on our website and/or as announced by the auctioneer prior to the auction.

These terms and conditions, as well as the respective rights and obligations hereunder, shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The purchaser shall be deemed to have consented to the jurisdiction of the state courts of, and the federal courts sitting in, the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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  • All catalogue descriptions are guaranteed to be accurate in the matter of authenticity, condition and measurements unless otherwise noted in the catalogue description. Measurements are guaranteed to be accurate to within one inch.
  • Due to the high number of absentee bids that we execute, we are very meticulous in our description of the condition of each piece. Many of the minor flaws that we note are perfectly acceptable and do not detract from the item's desirability or value; however we do not consider light wear, small manufacturing flaws, glass impurities or lightly tinted glass to be notable flaws.
  • If you are a bidder who demands flawlessness, it is recommended that you examine the item(s) in person, or have a trusted representative inspect the item(s) on your behalf.
  • Lamps are measured to the top of the collar and are without burners and chimneys unless otherwise noted.


  • All catalogue descriptions are believed to be accurate in the matter of authenticity and condition, but ultimately all lots are sold "as is." Antiques, by their very nature, will exhibit wear, minor losses and breaks, and small repairs commensurate with age. We only note condition issues that in our opinion significantly affect the integrity of the item. Returns will only be considered for items found to be fake/reproduction and/or have significant damage/restoration not noted in the catalogue description.
  • If you are a bidder who demands flawlessness, it is recommended that you examine the item(s) in person, or have a trusted representative inspect the item(s) on your behalf.
  • All measurements are approximate. Please contact us if you require exact measurements. 
  • All Oriental rugs are sold strictly "as is" with no guarantees as to age, origin or condition. Absolutely no refunds will be considered on Oriental rugs.
  • Fine jewelry is guaranteed only regarding gold content and authenticity of diamonds. Authenticity of other stones and grades of any stones are not guaranteed.
  • Clocks and watches are not guaranteed to run or keep time. We do note in each condition report if they are running when catalogued, but this is only an observation, not a guarantee.


  • All requests for additional information will be accepted until 24 hours prior to the start of the auction. Call 540.434.3939 (ext. 0) or email
  • The auctioneer reserves the right to make verbal corrections and provide additional information from the auction block at the time of sale. Absentee bids will not be executed on lots found to be other than as described in the catalogue unless one of our representatives has personally conveyed the updated catalogue description to the absentee bidder. The bidder will then have the option to alter or cancel the original absentee bid.  

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The buyer's premium, a percentage added to the hammer price* of each lot sold, is payable to the auction house by the winning bidder. 
The buyer's premium is retained by the auction house and can be 17%, 19.5%, or 24.5%.  See examples
*The last (winning) bid price accepted by the auctioneer.    

17% or 19.5% Buyer's Premium 
 Applies to lots won by: 
Absentee Bidding directly with Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc. (not through Invaluable or LiveAuctioneers)   
The standard 19.5% buyer's premium is discounted to 17% for lots paid with cash, check, money order or bank wire transfer.   

24.5% Buyer's Premium
 Applies to lots won by bidding through LiveAuctioneers
24.5% Buyer's Premium
 Applies to lots won by bidding through Invaluable

Buyer's Premium Examples:
If the "hammer" price (the last [winning] bid price accepted by the auctioneer) of a lot is $100.00, the actual price paid by the buyer is: 


  • $117.00 (17% buyer's premium)
  • $119.50 (19.5% buyer's premium)
  • $124.50 (24.5% buyer's premium)



A reserve is the confidential minimum price under which the lot will not be sold. Nearly all of our auction lots are sold without reserve.

Any lot carrying a reserve will be identified in our online catalogue with "(Reserve)" immediately following the item description. 

The reserve will never exceed the lot's low estimate. 


Following is our standard bid increment guide, which is subject to the auctioneer's discretion.  The auctioneer will not accept cut bids (a bid amount less than the stated bid increment).  All bids should be submitted in accordance with this guide.  Printable copy

  • $0 to $200: $10 raise
  • $200 to $500: $25 raise
  • $500 to $1,000: $50 raise
  • $1,000 to $3,000: $100 raise
  • $3,000 to $5,000: $250 raise
  • $5,000 to $10,000: $500 raise
  • $10,000 to $30,000: $1,000 raise
  • $30,000 to $50,000: $2,500 raise
  • $50,000 to $100,000: $5,000 raise
  • Over $100,000: $10,000 raise 










Shenandoah Valley Walnut Schrank, Attributed to Frederick Kline, Rockingham Co., VA, Circa 1810 - Sold $75,000, June 16, 2001, lot 300, for a direct descendent of the original owner.


Signed "Dave the Slave" South Carolina 5 Gallon Stoneware Storage Jar, Dated 1857 - Sold $39,550, June 28, 2008, lot 1, for a direct descendent of the original owner.

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