Arms, Armour & Militaria

Arms and armour stretches from ancient times to modern conflicts, with weapons ranging from swords and clubs to firearms, armour including helmets and shields, and militaria such as medals, uniforms, flags and ephemera.

Medals and militaria are often sold at auction as specialised categories, with arms and armour sales also held.


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The game gun owned by both Louis XVI and Napoleon

06 August 2018

On the day that the Bastille was stormed Louis XVI famously recorded “rien” (nothing) in his game book.

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Pistol and war hammer highlight at Bonhams

06 August 2018

A rare and early combination of a war hammer and pistol was a highlight of the Bonhams (25/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Knightsbridge on May 23, selling for £24,000.

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Cased Colt is top lot in San Francisco sale

06 August 2018

The top lot at Bonhams (25/12.5% buyer’s premium) in San Francisco on June 19 was an exceptional cased example of a specially engraved Colt 1851 percussion revolver with shoulder stock.

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Manton duelling pistols on target in Abingdon auction

06 August 2018

Signed in gold to the 10in (25cm) damascus barrels Manton London, the best-known name among London gunsmiths, a cased pair of 25-bore flintlock duelling pistols led the specialist arms and armour sale held by Antony Cribb (22% buyer’s premium) at Abingdon on July 24.

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Success for slim and sleek styling at Holts

06 August 2018

The classic English sporting gun is a sidelock, but for many the ‘round-action’ shotguns perfected by John Dickson of Edinburgh in the 1870s are the most elegant of all.

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Pistols display their finery

06 August 2018

It took a bid of €60,000 (£53,100) to secure a pair of flintlock pistols of c.1730 from the armoury of the Princes of Lobkowitz at Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich in May.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

06 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Eastern weapons create collections on the cutting edges

06 August 2018

Edged weapons from the East dominated the summer sale at Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) in London on June 27 and it was an old collection of Indian dress daggers that produced the highest prices.

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Armour that stands out in non-vintage season

06 August 2018

It has not been a vintage season for armour in the saleroom, but some of the recent highlights from London and Munich are shown here.

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Opulent but deadly from Turkestan

06 August 2018

Among the thousands of lots in Hermann Historica’s (25% buyer’s premium) May sales series in Munich, one of the highlights was this gold inlaid karud from Turkestan which sold at €29,000 (£25,665).

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Guards at the Carmarthen sale forefront

06 August 2018

A famous royal regiment was remembered at the Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Carmarthen.

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Persian dagger in Bucks

06 August 2018

It was not only in London that Eastern daggers made a big impression in UK auctions this summer.

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Titanic rescue medal makes £45,000 at Bourne End auction – VIDEO

01 August 2018

A prolonged bidding battle emerged today in Buckinghamshire as the gold medal awarded to the bursar on board the RMS Carpathia, the ship that famously rescued survivors from the Titanic in 1912, sold at £45,000.

No antiques exemption for knife shipping

23 July 2018

An update to the offensive weapons bill (2017-19) could have a negative impact on the shipping of antique swords and knives.

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Nelson memorabilia sails into auction for collecting options at various price points

20 July 2018

Whether your budget runs to four figures or a hefty six figures, two lots sold recently show how various price options can be available in a certain collecting market – in this case, Nelson memorabilia.

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Medal fair free to exhibit under new owner

16 July 2018

London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb has bought the 'Britannia Medal Fair' “to ensure that it can remain at the Victory Services Club”, the central London venue where it has attracted dealers and collectors for more than 30 years.

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Wellington’s favourite charger

09 July 2018

A hairwork bracelet offered at auction was inscribed to a gold mount: From the Mane of the Charger Copenhagen which carried the Duke of Wellington 18 successive hours on the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo.

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Pick of the Week: The £135,000 order of the day

09 July 2018

A Lesser George sash badge of The Most Noble Order of the Garter was the stand-out lot in a dedicated auction of honours that once belonged to the last Duke of Cambridge to have held that title before Prince William in the present day.

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Previews £30,000 plus

02 July 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Auctions in Germany that explode into life

25 June 2018

Germany’s most expensive painting sold at auction, an unusual early firearm and a fin de siècle snake charmer are among the highlights featured here from recent auctions in Munich, Berlin and Cologne.

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