About us

Our History

Comly Auctioneers & Appraisers has a deep-rooted tradition of quality, excellence, and integrity since 1834. Throughout several family generations, the company maintains its reputation of reliability, flexibility, and unmatched customer service.



In 1834, Samuel Comly, already well-respected in the business, opened his own auction house on Front Street in Philadelphia. Wm. F. Comly and Son specialized in selling goods important to everyday life in that era.

1901 – 1967

A shift in the national economy caused a change in the model for the business that had now become known as Comly Auctioneers and Appraisers. Our services were expanded to business liquidation, asset refurbishing, and the sales of commercial machinery and equipment. A move to the now historic 2nd Street in Philadelphia helped to accommodate the growth of this company.



In the late 1960s, Comly once again grew to meet the needs of their clients. The purchase of a large warehouse facility helped pave the way to becoming an industry leader for sales of equipment and heavy machinery. The reputation of Comly Auctioneers and Appraisers for quality, excellence and integrity has been fundamental to its continued success for over 184 years of service to their valued customers.

Our Staff

James W. Comly


Christopher B. Comly

Vice President/ Treasurer

Andrew J. Comly Jr.

Vice President

Clients We Serve

We serve these broad industries:
  • Attorneys
  • Business Owners
  • Courts
  • Lenders
  • Bankers
  • Corporate Organizations
  • CPAs
  • Partnerships
  • Brokers
Clients within these industries include:
  • 44 Business Capital LLC
  • American River Bank
  • Ares Management, L.P.
  • Argosy Capital
  • Bank of America
  • BB&T
  • Beane Associates, Inc.
  • Beltway Capital Management
  • Beneficial Bank
  • Berkshire Bank
  • Bryn Mawr Trust Company
  • Ciardi, Ciardi & Astin
  • Cienna Capital, LLC
  • Citizens Bank
  • City of York Redevelopment Authority
  • Co-Activ Capital Partners, Inc.
  • People’s Bank
  • Phoenix Management Services
  • PNC Bank
  • PNC Capital Recovery
  • QNB Bank
  • RAS Management Advisors, Inc.
  • Republic Bank
  • ReadyCap
  • Univest Bank & Trust Company
  • Victory Bank
  • Coatesville Savings Bank
  • Community West Bank
  • Continental Bank
  • Coordinated Health
  • Cornerstone Bank
  • Covenant Bank
  • Cross River Bank
  • Customers Bank
  • DNB First
  • Element Financial Corporation
  • Executive Sounding Board
  • First Keystone Bank
  • FirstMerit Bank
  • First National Bank
  • First National Bank of Elmer
  • First Priority Bank
  • Sturdy Savings Bank
  • Sun National Bank
  • TD Bank
  • TD Equipment Finance
  • TL Services, LLC
  • Tompkins VIST Bank
  • TriState Capital Bank
  • Union Community Bank
  • United Bank
  • WSFS Bank
  • York Traditions Bank
  • First Resource Bank
  • Firstrust Bank
  • Flaster Greenberg, PC
  • Fulton Bank
  • Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Gebhardt & Smith LLP
  • Gemino Healthcare Finance
  • Giuliano Miller & Company LLC
  • Indus American Bank
  • Investors Bancorp
  • John W. Hargrave & Associates
  • Kasen & Kasen
  • Lafayette Ambassador Bank
  • Law Office of Robert Holber, P.C.
  • Liberty Bank
  • Linda L. McMackin
  • M & T Bank
  • Sharer, Petree, Brotz & Snyder
  • Sklar Law, LLC
  • States Resources Corporation
  • Stearns Bank
  • Stradley Ronon
  • Sharer, Petree, Brotz & Snyder
  • Sklar Law, LLC
  • States Resources Corporation
  • Stearns Bank
  • Stradley Ronon
  • Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin
  • Maschmeyer Karalis P.C.
  • Medallion Financial
  • Corporation
  • Meridian Bank
  • MidCap Business Credit
  • Mid Penn Bank
  • Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA
  • North Alabama Bank
  • North Mill Capital, LLC
  • Ocean City Home Bank
  • Ocean First Bank
  • Orlando Law Offices, P.C.
  • Parke Bank
  • Penn Community Bank
  • Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority
  • Royal Bank America
  • S&T Bank
  • Santander
  • Weir & Partners, LLP
  • Web Bank
  • United Bank of Philadelphia
  • Univest Bank & Trust Company
  • Victory Bank

I was always extremely satisfied with Comly’s performance. The Bank’s clients and the Bank have benefited from Comly creating maximum value utilizing their appraisal and auction services. This family owned company always has the client “top-of-mind.” I would highly recommend Comly’s services given the firm’s reputation for performing high quality work. The most important thing people should know about working with Comly is their integrity. Reputation is everything and the Comly firm has a long standing one.

Jamin M. Gibson, PNC Bank
Working with Comly Auctioneers & Appraisers for the past 11 years has been an absolute
pleasure. They are a great company, punctual, consistent, and reliable. I highly value
the level of detail they put into generating appraisal reports for our company. They
consistently commit themselves to delivering prompt outcomes and comprehend the
importance of time in accomplishing tasks. I have collaborated with Andy on numerous
occasions, and he consistently displays high levels of reliability and professionalism. He
consistently delivers outstanding service, precise information, and appraisals that are
completed promptly. Working with him is always a wonderful experience. I trust whenever I
send them assignments, they will consistently finish it on time and meet the necessary
deadlines. I highly recommend this company to any lender or business in search of a
company that genuinely values excellent client satisfaction.
Melissa Johnson, PNC Bank, NA