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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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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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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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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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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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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Kent connection counts at auction

22 March 2021

The medal group of a colonel believed to be the most heavily decorated Military Police officer in the history of the corps sold for a mid-estimate £2400.

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George Cross record broken again by London saleroom

22 February 2021

The world record for a George Cross has been broken by a medal awarded to a courageous British soldier who died in captivity during the Korean War.

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Air Vice-Marshal's medal group flies high at Spink

15 February 2021

Among the highlights of the year at Spink was a group of 17 medals awarded to Air Vice-Marshal Sir Matthew Brown ‘Bunty’ Frew (1895-1974).

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An Indian Mutiny double Morton & Eden

15 February 2021

The Medals, Orders and Decorations sale at Morton & Eden in November featured two Victoria Crosses awarded during the Indian Mutiny. They sold to the same buyer for a combined hammer price of £300,000.

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Victoria Cross group belonging to ‘Australian’ hero of Inkerman among DMW's annual highlights

15 February 2021

Dix Noonan Webb’s highest-priced lot of 2020 was this Crimean War Naval Brigade Victoria Cross group of four sold for £240,000 on October 15. The estimate was £120,000-160,000.

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Medal marks Cromwell triumph

08 February 2021

This small oval gold medal was struck at the end of 1650 to mark the victory of the New Model Army at the Battle of Dunbar.

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Lockdales finds high demand for militaria in lockdown

01 February 2021

Weapons proved a highlight of the Lockdales (18% buyer’s premium) Coins, Medals & Militaria auction on January 23-24 held during the third lockdown.

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Colt icons become big money-earners

01 February 2021

Two iconic Colt pistols were the big money-earners from both sides of the Atlantic in the pre-Christmas arms and armour sales.

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Gunsmiths who produced the highest quality

01 February 2021

Nicolas-Noel Boutet and Anton Vincent Lebeda pistols star at two London auctions.

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Firearms collectors take aim at name recognition

01 February 2021

Provenance can count for a lot when it comes to gun collecting and two names with quite different connotations came up at Holts (25/20% buyer’s premium).

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Belter of a blunderbuss sells at Antony Cribb

01 February 2021

The name Boutet appears on many fine presentation guns.

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Purdey used by the hot-shot Singhs

01 February 2021

At Bonhams in London this single-barrelled 28-bore made in 1877 for one of the sons of Prince Duleep Singh reached £20,000.

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