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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Logbook records bravery of a top RAF fighter pilot

27 June 2022

The highlight of a Cornish auction on June 10 was an RAF logbook from Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot Flying Officer Arthur Peter Pease (1913-40).

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Mr Derbyshire, a sword and an Armenian mystery

13 June 2022

Whatever Mr Derbyshire, The Worthy Representative of Freedom Loving Great Britain was doing in the Caucasus in 1920, the Armenians of Karabach were obviously pretty pleased about it.

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Brave as a lion, proud to be a guinea pig

13 June 2022

Flight Lieutenant Maurice ‘Mark’ Mounsdon was one of only four remaining members of Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘The Few’ when he died in 2019 aged 101.

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Rare Rorke’s Drift casualty honour comes up at auction

13 June 2022

In May 2019 Spink (20% buyer’s premium) medal specialist Marcus Budgen was entrusted to catalogue the medals of Gunner A Howard, ‘N’ Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Artillery, one of just four members of the RA present at the defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War.

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Polish para auction pick

13 June 2022

A selection of Second World War ephemera with a distinctly Polish flavour estimated at £60-100 sold instead for £7600 at a Devon auction.

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‘Magnificent’ medal collection generates many four-figure results at Suffolk sale

13 June 2022

A private medal collection rated by Ipswich saleroom Lockdales (18% buyer’s premium) as “magnificent” was offered on May 20-22.

Revolvers presented to Ulysses S Grant

Civil War general Grant's revolvers set US saleroom house record

30 May 2022

A pair of revolvers presented to American Civil War general and later US president Ulysses S Grant soldfor $4.4m (£3.61m) or $5.17m with premium.

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Hunting pistol has plenty of stopping power

30 May 2022

For 19th century sahibs in tiger country and bwanas dealing with charging lions, howdah pistols like the one offered at West Sussex gun specialist Gavin Gardiner (25% buyer’s premium) were the preferred sidearm.

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Busy Brussels: BRAFA and Civilisations fairs coming up

30 May 2022

From mid-June Brussels will be a hive of activity on the art and antiques front with plenty on offer to interest residents and draw visitors to the city.

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Throwing light on proceedings at west London auction

16 May 2022

London auctioneer overcomes power cut to complete sale including a mighty Fresnel lens

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Nelson mourning ring by ‘special request’

16 May 2022

The Marine Sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) included a very rare gold and enamel ring marking the death of Admiral Lord Nelson in 1805.

CQD Life-Saving Medal

Titanic twists of fate: tale of two auction lots in the US and UK

11 May 2022

Fate played a cruel hand in the case of two Titanic passengers whose stories have come to light through recent auction lots.

Dolls made by Bergen-Belsen victims after liberation

‘Liberation dolls’ come to auction in Newbury

09 May 2022

When the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated on April 15, 1945, a party of British Red Cross nurses and doctors stayed and tended those they could help back to health.

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Pick of the week: Record price for an RAF Victoria Cross

02 May 2022

The Battle of Britain or Dambusters are usually involved when it comes to sizeable Royal Air Force medal results.

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Canadian ‘Black Battalion’ memento sells at Dix Noonan Webb

02 May 2022

A medal awarded to a member of the only Canadian battalion composed of black soldiers to serve in the First World War has sold in a London auction.

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Sharpshooter targeted at Banbury sale

02 May 2022

As famous last words go, those of Major General John Sedgwick in the American Civil War take some beating.

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Olympia fundraiser for Met arms department

18 April 2022

West London saleroom Olympia Auctions has announced a new fundraising campaign to benefit the arms and armour department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Tank crew kit and jerkins get into gear

04 April 2022

Estimated at £100-150, a group of six items of Second World War army kit ended up selling for £4000 at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium).

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Uniform for a (very) small soldier

04 April 2022

This Victorian tailor-made military uniform by A Succaram Tookaram & Sons, Tailors, 273 Main Street, Poona was estimated at £150-200 at Lockdales (18% buyer’s premium) in Ipswich.

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Photo record of a First World War nurse’s work

14 March 2022

The Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD) comprised volunteer civilians providing care to British, Empire and allied troops during the First World War, both in field hospitals near to the battlefield and in more established places of recuperation back home.

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