Butler's Antiques principal, Robin Butler, joined his family antiques business in 1963, and was elected to the British Antique Dealers' Association in 1970.
Robin's interest in antique wine accessories began in 1976 when he started to assemble a collection of such pieces for an exhibition as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the BADA two years later. The exhibition was a huge success and his subsequent book "The Book of Wine Antiques", a pioneering work, spawned a fresh branch in the antiques collecting world and one equally appreciated by those whose interest is wine.
In 2004 Robin decided to make the business of antique wine accessories a full-time occupation, and his "Great British Wine Accessories 1550 - 1900" was published in September 2009.
Robin was joined in the business by Hugh Johnson in 2007 and today it is the world's leading resource of antique wine accessories.