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.

Cassondra McMichael

Office/Operations Manager


Cassondra was raised in Los Angeles, California. Surrounded by museums and the growing artistic culture in Los Angeles, Cassondra attended Santa Monica College before transferring to the University of California, Davis. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Cassondra interned at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis, California, and later interned at the Crocker Art Museum shortly after graduation.

Though she has always wanted to share the beauty of art and history with the world, her passion for working at Witherell’s is rooted in her relationship with her grandmother who never ceases to amaze her with her own family heirlooms and hidden family treasures. Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Museum Studies, Cassondra hopes to use her skills and education to continue spotlighting timeless antiques.

When she is not in the office, Cassondra indulges in superhero movies and continues to enjoy the slow Davis lifestyle with her boyfriend who is an ABA Therapist Liaison.

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.”

Cassondra McMichael

Office/Operations Manager


Cassondra was raised in Los Angeles, California. Surrounded by museums and the growing artistic culture in Los Angeles, Cassondra attended Santa Monica College before transferring to the University of California, Davis. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Cassondra interned at the Manetti Shrem Museum in Davis, California, and later interned at the Crocker Art Museum shortly after graduation.

Though she has always wanted to share the beauty of art and history with the world, her passion for working at Witherell’s is rooted in her relationship with her grandmother who never ceases to amaze her with her own family heirlooms and hidden family treasures. Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Museum Studies, Cassondra hopes to use her skills and education to continue spotlighting timeless antiques.

When she is not in the office, Cassondra indulges in superhero movies and continues to enjoy the slow Davis lifestyle with her boyfriend who is an ABA Therapist Liaison.

Cleber Bonato

Photographer


Cleber was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has worked as a photographer for over 20 years across several continents. Cleber graduated from Universidade São Marcos, in Journalism and began his career as a photojournalist for E Stado Sao Paulo, the leading newspaper in the region.

Cleber relocated to Sacramento in 2016 from Paris, France, where he worked for Christie’s Paris, Art Curial and a prestigious design gallery in the 7th arrondisement for over 10 years. Cleber’s work has been published in French and Brazilian lifestyle, automobile and business magazines and graced the covers of numerous catalogues in the Art world.

His personal photography projects have been exposed in exhibitions in Brazil, France and the United States. Cleber currently resides in Sacramento with his family. He spends his free time coaching his sons’ soccer teams and dreaming up new projects.

Daphne Witherell

Clerk in Training


After Daphne completes her undergraduate work she hopes to get a softball scholarship to UC Davis and study interior design. She clerk’s auctions for the company and helps out as needed. Her favorite activities are softball, track and band.

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.

Bennett Witherell

Auctioneer in Training


Bennett would like to attend UCLA or Sacramento State after high school and hopes to become a major league baseball player or video game designer. He recently made his debut as an auctioneer and helps out in the company business when time permits.

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