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.


Truncheons

“Works of art”: British police truncheons to star in Hansons’ auction

13 January 2017

“Beautifully gilded”, “hand painted”, “much sought after”. Perhaps not words that are commonly applied to police batons, but this is how auctioneer Charles Hanson described the collection of British truncheons coming up for auction this month.

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Impressive RAF Bomber Command medals of Squadron Leader Sydney Clayton offered at Sheffield Auction Gallery

10 January 2017

With the heroics of ‘the few’ in the Battle of Britain more or less guaranteeing auction interest, it is easy to overlook the incredible bravery of bomber crews.

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Very rare Elizabethan jack of plate armour bought by the V&A at Thomas Del Mar auction

13 December 2016

If you want to imagine what a bulletproof vest might look like if designed in the 16th century, a couple of fascinating pieces of very rare armour bought by the Victoria & Albert Museum give a clue.

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Zulu War Rorke's Drift 1879 medal sells for record sum at Dix Noonan Webb auction

12 December 2016

“Zulus, Sir. Thousands of ‘em”  - one of the classic lines from the 1964 film starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine that brought the heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift to public attention.

RAF Irvin flying jacket

RAF Battle of Britain Irvin flying jacket sells for £4600 at C&T auction

09 December 2016

Uniforms can be a hard sell at militaria auctions. Medals for example are nice and easy to display, while guns can sit high on the wall or in a cabinet, but what do you do with a full set of battledress unless you happen to be a re-enactor or happen to live in a mansion with lots of room for mannequins?

David Erskine-Hill

Medal specialist David Erskine-Hill returns to Spink

09 December 2016

Medals specialist David Erskine-Hill has left Dix Noonan Webb to rejoin former employer Spink.

Paul Verlaine revolver

Paul Verlaine’s revolver takes €360,000 at Christie’s in Paris

01 December 2016

One of the most famous firearms in French literary history has sold for €360,000 (£305,605) at Christie’s in Paris.

Graham Lay

Tributes pour in for Antiques Roadshow militaria expert Graham Lay

30 November 2016

Antiques Roadshow expert and militaria specialist Graham Lay has passed away. A well-known personality on the show for more than 25 years, his death was announced by the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

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Sword presented by grateful passengers saved from pirate attack peril on offer at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb

29 November 2016

Besides the danger of a dog bite, delivering the mail is not generally seen as a perilous business. However, as a presentation sword up at auction in London shows, on occasion it can be a matter of life or death.

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Medal Group at auction from “the greatest British aviator”

15 November 2016

It is easy to understand the appeal of a Victoria Cross to medal collectors. Likewise, any honours connected with the name ‘Dambusters’ or those awarded to flying ‘aces’ have a high value.

Chinese Imperial musket

Qianlong Emperor’s musket makes £1.65m and leads Sotheby’s Asian art auction in London

10 November 2016

The first Chinese firearm with an imperial reign mark ever offered at auction sold at Sotheby’s yesterday for £1.65m.

Abraham Lincoln

The Presidential Selection: Abraham Lincoln

03 November 2016

In the run-up to the US election on November 8, Frances Allitt takes a look at the objects previous presidents borrowed, bought – and sometimes broke.

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Nelson portrait with Emma Hamilton connection at Charles Miller auction

01 November 2016

An antique’s appearance in an exhibition in a gallery or museum can help boost auction value in several ways. One factor after the show is adding to the provenance: this item was so important it was selected for a landmark display on the artist or designer.

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First World War Red Baron victim's aircraft fabric on auction in Bristol

31 October 2016

Manfred von Richthofen aka the Red Baron is one of those historical figures with a high fascination value, meaning high demand for relics.

Chinese musket

‘Supreme Grade, Number One’ – first firearm with Chinese Imperial marks comes to auction

10 October 2016

A musket made in the Chinese Imperial workshops, complete with marks, will become the first of its kind to be offered at auction next month.

D-Day flag

D-Day Landings flag up for auction in Kent

20 September 2016

A D-Day Landings Omaha Beach flag is being offered at C&T Auctioneers on September 28.

Second World War battle flag

D-Day flag bought at auction to go on public display

17 September 2016

The Dutch buyer of ‘the most valuable Second World War battle flag ever sold’ has loaned it to the National Military Museum in Soesterberg, the Netherlands.

Morton & Eden founder retires after 47 years in the coins business

07 September 2016

Coin specialist Tom Eden is to retire from Morton & Eden after 47 years in the industry.

Katy Beaufoy nurse

Archive of Great War nurse brings £11,200 at Derbyshire auction

02 September 2016

An archive telling the poignant story of one of the 300 nurses who lost their lives during the First World War sold for £11,200 at Hansons of Etwall latest sale.

Benjamin Franklin sword at Christie's

Benjamin Franklin’s ceremonial sword comes to auction at Christie’s New York

31 August 2016

A sword owned by Benjamin Franklin will be offered at an upcoming Christie’s sale in New York, estimated at $200,000-300,000.

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19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
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19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
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