Collectables

The term ‘collectables’ (or collectibles) encompasses a vast range of items in fields as diverse as arms, armour and militaria, bank notes, cameras, coins, entertainment and sporting memorabilia, stamps, taxidermy, wines and writing equipment.

Some collectables are antiques, others are classed as retro, vintage or curios but all are of value to the collector. In any of these fields, buyers seek out rarities and items with specific associations.

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Stargazing search pays off at last for collector

22 March 2021

A long search for an 1914-15 Star had a happy ending after the Dix Noonan Webb (24% buyer’s premium) auction in London on February 17.

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Collection Focus: Living and laughing out loud

22 March 2021

Collector’s daughter describes what it was like to grow up amid huge musical machines

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Honouring a respected nurse

22 March 2021

Medal group awarded to First World War nurse is coming up at Bishop & Miller auction.

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Treen captures the imagination at Doncaster auction

22 March 2021

On themes from Brighton Pavilion to a cat’s backside, well-known collection creates a stir

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Royal Red Cross for Mesopotamian service offered at Chorley's

22 March 2021

The postponed January auction at Gloucestershire saleroom Chorley’s will take place on March 23-24.

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Have a medal instead of a drink, mate

22 March 2021

Soldiers are often associated with hard drinking – but rarely temperance.

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Second World War beret with star quality sells at Kent sale

22 March 2021

A Second World War beret sold at a Kent auction was not only one of the famous maroon British paratrooper examples but had star billing of its own.

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Relics from German plane destroyed by Peter Townsend sell in Berkshire auction

22 March 2021

Princess Margaret’s lover Flight Lieutenant Peter Townsend (1914-95) has been introduced to a new generation of TV viewers due to Netflix TV series The Crown – but militaria lots sold at auction also underline his renown as an RAF ace.

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Navy commander Peter Scott became renowned birdwatcher

22 March 2021

If you are a birdwatcher, you need a good pair of binoculars.

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Just a Few things you may be interested in

22 March 2021

Items assembled by well-known antiques dealer Ted Few will go under the hammer at London auction house Roseberys.

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Little wonders - the Dunkirk ships

22 March 2021

A New York auction offered reminders of the vital work carried out by ships of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes during the Dunkirk evacuation

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How to get away with murder

22 March 2021

Collection offered in London auction included Agatha Christie and other crime classics

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Uniforms and archive of famed Galloway military family

22 March 2021

Stowmarket saleroom Bishop & Miller’s Military, Medals & Weapons auction on April 30 features items from a distinguished Victorian military family.

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Why CC41 was the in-thing to wear

22 March 2021

By 1941, wartime Britain was facing severe shortages of both the raw materials and the labour force needed to make clothing.

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Mezzotint version of portrait takes 10 times the top estimate at auction

22 March 2021

John Faber’s mezzotint version of a portrait by John Vanderbank of Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739), a celebrated blind scientist and mathematician, was bid to 10 times the high estimate in a Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) general clear-out sale.

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Luxury liner turned into beast of burden

22 March 2021

A car boot sale find 25 years ago has revealed how a luxury cruise liner was converted for transporting thousands of troops during the Second World War.

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The web shop window: Ada Lovelace's first-edition copy of key mathematical text

22 March 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

British and Irish book auctions: March 23-April 9, 2021

22 March 2021

Our regular listing of UK and Irish book auctions

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Debut militaria sale section at Elstob & Elstob includes an early QGM honour

22 March 2021

An early issue Queen’s Gallantry Medal was one of the highlights of the first militaria auction section at Elstob & Elstob (22% buyer’s premium).

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Remedy to make a high medal price

22 March 2021

Major Henry Milligan of the Royal Army Medical Corps not only won a Military Cross for bravery in the First World War in 1917, but gained another one.

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