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Pook & Pook, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers
 AuctionZip Auctioneer ID # 2096  

Ronald and Debra Pook
463 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

Phone: (610) 2694040

The firm of Pook & Pook Inc. was founded in 1984 by Ronald and Debra Pook. Located in Chester County, Pennsylvania the offices reside in an old stone inn built in 1761. The auction company grew out of the Pook’s antique business, which they had started a decade earlier in the same location. Right from the start, the auctions at Pook & Pook were a draw for major museums, estate representatives and serious collectors.
Pook & Pook’s first auction in 1984 grossed $125,000, a respectable amount for a new auction house run, at the time, by the Pooks and one part-time employee. By 1999 the firm had evolved many times over and broke records when a Philadelphia piecrust tea table brought 1.4 million, making Pook & Pook, Inc. the first auction house outside New York City to break the million mark on a single item. In June of that same year, Pook & Pook, Inc. held its historic William Koch sale, the largest on-site one-day auction ever held in the U.S., grossing over $4.3 million.
In 2001 renovations of the 1761 building, which holds their offices, as well as built an adjacent state of the art auction facility, were completed. These renovations afford the buying public greater ease of access to sale items through more auctions and expanded exhibition hours.
Successful sales have continued to receive widespread attention from the collecting public. In 2007, the Americana Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Shelley brought $10 million. This was followed by the Richard and Rosemarie Machmer sale in October of 2008, which despite economic gloom, again achieved spectacular prices, and $4.7 million total. In June of 2009, while still under the cloud of an unsettled economy, Pook & Pook sold the collection of the Master family of Robesonia, PA. The collection brought $2.4 million, well above the projected high estimate for this collection.
Debra and Ron lead by example as they work closely on researching, photographing and handling the fine antiques offered during their high-energy auctions. Today Pook & Pook, Inc. holds up to 12 auctions a year, each of them unique. The Period Furniture and Decorative Accessories Auctions include a wonderful selection of high end antique furniture, fine art, folk art, oriental carpets and period accessories. The Variety Sales feature a range of items including furniture, art and accessories. Fun and fast paced they offer bidders the opportunity to take home unique pieces for reasonable prices. While all of Pook & Pook’s auctions include art, a wide range of artistic styles can be found at the Fine Art Sales, where twice a year the firm puts on smaller auctions that only offer fine art and sculpture. Pook & Pook gives both buyers and consignors a range of buying and selling opportunities. As the firm grows in their new state of the art headquarters, more and more museums, educational institutions, trust and estate representatives, and serious collectors are utilizing the various expert services offered.
Current Auction Listings

 Online Only Americana Auction
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 Pook & Pook, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers
  Downingtown, PA Wed Dec 9 - 09:00AM
The Online Only Americana Auction Go to for more information. 2001.     Three painted cast iron doorstops, ca. 1900, tallest - 8 1/2".          Est. $140-240   2002.     Toleware bread tray, 19th c., 8" l., 12 1/2" w.       Est.   [ View Full Listing ]

 Onsite Auction to Benefit Berks History Center
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 Pook & Pook, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers
  Reading, PA Sat Dec 12 - 02:00PM
Enjoy a unique opportunity to bid on objects approved for deaccessioning by the board of trustees of the Berks History Center in a special on-site auction held by Pook & Pook, Inc. All proceeds, including the 20% buyer's premium, go to benefit the museum’s acquisition and conservation fund. All payments should be made to the Berks History center in cash or check on   [ View Full Listing ]

 Americana Auction - Session 1
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 Pook & Pook, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers
  Downingtown, PA Fri Jan 15 - 06:00PM
To consign to this auction, please email photographs to or call (610) 269-4040 to speak with an appraiser. The catalog will be posted on December 30, 2015. Join us January 15th, 2016 from 4pm to 6pm for a catered reception prior to the start of the first auction session.   [ View Full Listing ]

 Americana Auction - Session 2
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 Pook & Pook, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers
  Downingtown, PA Sat Jan 16 - 09:00AM
To consign to this auction, please email photographs to or call (610) 269-4040 to speak with an appraiser. The catalog will be posted on December 30, 2015.    [ View Full Listing ]