Our Team

Our team is a close-knit group of dedicated and enthusiastic folks who appreciate working with exquisite objects and their collectors on a daily basis. We take pride and pleasure in providing our customers, whether they are buyers or sellers, with exceptional service.

Brian Witherell

COO, Consignment Director


Brian was raised in Healdsburg, California. He received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Sonoma State University before joining his father in the family business. He claims there are parallels between the two fields, as they both require great detective skills to be successful. That’s what he loves about this business, the discovery of hidden treasures.

When Brian is not working as the company’s Consignment Director he likes to golf, fly fish, run, hike and go camping with his family.

Brad Witherell

President


Brad was raised in Philo, California, the same town his great–grandfather settled after arriving in the West in 1860.

As a teenager he worked for his great uncle, taking in antique guns in exchange for payment. One such gun was a Henry rifle, a prized weapon of the American West.

That gun sparked an interest in Brad that would guide the rest of his life. While Brad has bought and sold many categories of Western Americana his love of antique firearms has always been his primary interest.

Brad Witherell

President


Brad was raised in Philo, California, the same town his great–grandfather settled after arriving in the West in 1860.

As a teenager he worked for his great uncle, taking in antique guns in exchange for payment. One such gun was a Henry rifle, a prized weapon of the American West.

That gun sparked an interest in Brad that would guide the rest of his life. While Brad has bought and sold many categories of Western Americana his love of antique firearms has always been his primary interest.

Megan Barragan

Operations Manager


Megan is a true Sacramento native with a long legacy of commitment to family and friends in the community. She attended Sacramento State University and transferred to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles to complete her undergraduate studies in marketing.

For the last 13 years, Megan has worked in the customer service industry to the benefit of her colleagues, clients and peers. She is always delighted to provide superior service.

Art and history have been a favorite subject of Megan’s. Her love of history came from listening to family stories and asking questions about her heritage. She is an avid reader with a love for historical fiction and fantasy.

When she is not at work or designing interiors for her friends and family, Megan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and her fluffy dog Cozette.

Susan Hambly

Cataloguer


Susan is a retired physician who grew up in New England and attended Boston University and Boston University Medical School. After a successful anesthesiology practice in NYC and California, she decided to change careers and transitioned to antiques and fine arts appraising and cataloguing.

Susan is a member of the International Society of Appraisers and a docent at the Crocker Art Museum. She loves researching and discovering the history of items.

She and her husband, Mark, have a son who lives in Los Angeles and two Jack Russell terriers. She enjoys cycling, tennis, hiking and traveling. Her advice to buyers, “Buy what you love and you will never be disappointed.”

Susan Hambly

Cataloguer


Susan is a retired physician who grew up in New England and attended Boston University and Boston University Medical School. After a successful anesthesiology practice in NYC and California, she decided to change careers and transitioned to antiques and fine arts appraising and cataloguing.

Susan is a member of the International Society of Appraisers and a docent at the Crocker Art Museum. She loves researching and discovering the history of items.

She and her husband, Mark, have a son who lives in Los Angeles and two Jack Russell terriers. She enjoys cycling, tennis, hiking and traveling. Her advice to buyers, “Buy what you love and you will never be disappointed.”

Megan Browne

Operations Manager


Megan is a true Sacramento native with a long legacy of commitment to family and friends in the community. She attended Sacramento State University and transferred to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles to complete her undergraduate studies in marketing.

For the last 13 years, Megan has worked in the customer service industry to the benefit of her colleagues, clients and peers. She is always delighted to provide superior service.

Art and history have been a favorite subject of Megan’s. Her love of history came from listening to family stories and asking questions about her heritage. She is an avid reader with a love for historical fiction and fantasy.

When she is not at work or designing interiors for her friends and family, Megan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and her fluffy dog Cozette.

Steven Crain

Militaria Specialist


Steven bought his first antique sword when he was 12 years old. He and his father, a champion saber fencer, amassed a collection that included examples of all the regulation swords of the US Army and Navy. At University of California, Santa Barbara, where Steven received a B.A. in British History, two teaching credentials, and completed 2 years of graduate study, he began to study, and collect, British Campaign Medals.

Discovering a love of research and writing, Steven has authored over 65 articles on Military subjects, published in a variety of journals over the years. He also served as editor of The Medal Collector, the journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America. His particular focus has been the medals of the British Indian Empire, and the Navies of the world, and today, his collection reflects that interest, as well as his continuing fascination with the American Civil War.

Steven has taught History, Civics, and Theater for 40 years, and shares his love of history with his two children, and his wife, Amy, who is a California State Historian.

Alex Ellison

Junior Cataloguer and Blogger


Alex has recently returned to Sacramento after receiving her degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she majored in Art History as well as Medieval and Early Modern Studies. During her college career, Alex spent her a year abroad studying at University College London. She has previously worked as a gallery assistant at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento and as an intern with the registrar at the Newcomb Art Museum in New Orleans.

Alex is excited to be working with the team at Witherell’s as a junior cataloguer and blogger, where she can continue to explore and expand her love of art and material culture while utilizing her research and writing skills.

Alex loves literature and music almost as much as art. She almost always will have a novel or some other reading material with her and she tries to catch a live music performance as often as she can! Some of her current developing hobbies include cooking and gardening.

Daphne Witherell

Operations Manager in Training


After Daphne finishes St. Francis High School she plans on attending college on a running scholarship. Daphne’s interest in art and interior design make her a good fit for the company as well as her organizational skills and hard work. She clerk’s auctions and helps out as needed. Her favorite activities are running, painting and hanging out with her girlfriends.

Bennett Witherell

Consignment Director in Training


Bennett plans on attending Jesuit High School after completing Sutter Middle School. He assists with consignment pick-ups and the intake process. After completing his education he plans on becoming the companies consignment director, where he hopes to expand sales to include comic books, sports memorabilia and classic cars. In his spare time he loves to play baseball, skateboard, play video games and hang out with his buddies.

Poncho Witherell

Head of Security


Poncho is the company watchdog, which is significantly different than a guard dog. He does not like to assist others and prefers to live like someone left the gate open. When it’s closed he typically naps and barks at squirrels, cats and other dogs. He has no real aspirations other than his next meal. When he’s not stuck at the office he likes to go off leash at the river, the ocean or in the snow.

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