Generations of the Harmer family have served philatelist since 1884. In 1917, Henry Revell Harmer, the grandfather of Harmers International, Inc.'s current president, Keith A. Harmer, commenced the famous Bond Street Auctions in London. The Harmer family established a branch office in New York during the 1930's and in 1946 H.R.'s youngest son, Bernard D. Harmer established permanent residence in the United States to run the New York office. Keith A. Harmer assumed the helm of the family business in the 1980's and has been involved in philately all of his life.
Back in New York and London
The firm bearing his grandfather’s name was sold in 2004, and while Keith remained active in philately, tutoring young Brandon on some of the finer points of collecting, the New York auction market was not quite the same.
With the continual encouragement of his former clients, who missed the presence of a Harmer family business in New York, Keith decided to re-enter the philatelic auction market.
Subsequently in 2013 Keith acquiesced to his British clients that the venerable firm of H.R. Harmer, Ltd. should be revitalized. In March H.R. Harmer, Ltd. was reborn at 100 Pall Mall Street in London.
Harmers International, Inc.
Harmers International, Inc. was a name the family considered using in the 1980's and seemed quite suitable for today’s global economy. We have retained many of the Harmer family traditions clients have come to know, while adding new technologies for the convenience of our customers.
All of our auctions, and viewing will be held in a convenient New York City location. Our administrative offices are located in Westchester county, easily accessible by automobile or rail. This arrangement allows us reduce cost and offer greater service to our clients.
We can easily meet with clients in their home, office, in New York City or London.
Clients can expect the traditional personal service for which the Harmer family is known. Our live auctions are entertaining and conducted in the traditional Harmer style. Our advise is generally free and we are always there to help.
Clients will see new services designed to make the auction experience more convenient and more efficient. In addition to live internet bidding, we offer tel-con bidding and all of the other more traditional bidding methods.
We will be rolling-out a continuous internet auction forum, for moderate priced stamps, and a classified section for club and philatelic announcements.
Sellers are offered many more options and services carefully designed to address many of the normal concerns we have heard over the years; such as difficulties with multiple owners, and the desire of clients to honor the collection's creator. We are confident that are Seller's Services and Options will not disappoint.
Give Back to the Hobby. As part of our continued efforts to encourage new philatelists and support philatelic clubs and groups, Harmers will be introducing a host of free community services which groups and clubs are welcome to avail themselves to. Two of the most exciting programs are the virtual meeting room, which allows presentations to be remote access and recorded in a video library for future reference. The other is our virtual collection gallery, where collectors can share their philatelic collections. These services and many others are in currently in development.