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 web shop window - Twentieth Century Posters

11 March 2019

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

All tables booked at Kempton specialist arms fair

11 March 2019

'The Vintage and Classic Arms Fair' will run at Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury, Middlesex, on Sunday, March 24.

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Medal fair includes rare 1920s Iraq honours

11 March 2019

Specialist auction house Dix Noonan Webb bought the dedicated Britannia Medal Fair in 2018 from the event’s previous owner, Mark Carter.

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First edition of new-look antiques arms fair in west London features international selection of dealers

27 February 2019

The inaugural staging of an expanded antiques arms fair in west London will welcome a number of European dealers.

Antique weapons laws set for 2019 changes

25 February 2019

Laws relating to antique firearms and bladed weapons are set to change in the UK this year. Dealers, auctioneers and collectors will be affected by both the offensive weapons bill and an amendment to the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which are set to become law in 2019.

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At face value: coins and medals sales recover after 2017 dip

18 February 2019

It is a quarter of a century since ATG’s first overview of London’s numismatic auction market. Here we review the heads and the tails of 2018.

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Medals group of a brilliant Dambusters raid planner up at auction in London

04 February 2019

The medals group of “a brilliant and meticulous planner” who worked on the Dambusters raid and then the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz is coming up for auction in London.

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Collection of Tipu Sultan treasure including gold-encrusted sword offered at Antony Cribb sale

28 January 2019

Historical weapons from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan will be offered for sale in Oxfordshire in the spring.

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Arms and armour: Prized pistols tempt collectors at auction

28 January 2019

Pistols remain one of the most popular of all categories among gun collectors and the winter sales in London proved a bumper season for handguns, from the earliest wheel-locks of the late 16th century to the semi-automatics which ushered in the modern age at the end of the 19th century.

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War shield stars in large Zulu selection

28 January 2019

This rare 1870s Zulu shield or Isihlangu below sold for £1650 at the C&T (20% buyer’s premium) auction of the Mick Woodfield collection of Zulu and other tribal weapons in Tunbridge Wells on January 9.

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‘Battle-scarred’ gun owned by Tipu Sultan fires up Oxfordshire sale

28 January 2019

Following the fall of Seringapatam in India on May 4, 1799, portions of the spoils were variously allocated to senior officers of the British force.

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Helmet tomb decoration gains new lease of life in sale

28 January 2019

It was not a vintage season for armour in the salerooms, but in Thomas Del Mar’s (24% buyer’s premium) auction on December 5 this very original English or Flemish close helmet of c.1560 reached £11,000.

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Siamese sword in Japanese style points to £42,000 price

28 January 2019

Exotic blades from all parts of the world are making headlines in the salerooms. Recent auctions have produced some interesting results from unlooked-for places, but none was less expected than the £42,000 paid for a 19th century Siamese niello and silver-gilt mounted sword in the Japanese taste at Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) in London on December 5.

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Ammo ad sign under hammer

28 January 2019

Once breech-loading guns became the norm, the gun itself was only one part of the equation. Ammunition was the great variable, as demonstrated by the advertising display boards produced in large numbers for the gun shops and ironmongers of the United Kingdom.

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Excellent English examples of pistols trigger bidding

28 January 2019

The Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) sale in London on December 5 included several excellent pairs of English pistols.

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Continental call to arms

28 January 2019

Two suits of armour that emerged in recent auctions at Continental salerooms.

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Famous battles boost auction fortunes

28 January 2019

Many weapons have to remain silent witnesses to the conflicts in which they took part, so there is always extra interest in arms which can be linked directly to a particular soldier or battle.

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Aviation museum sale takes flight in Carlisle

21 January 2019

If the Battle of Britain is your collecting field, then the sale of a Kent collection held in late 2018 would have been a major draw.

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Scene of the Gallipoli Campaign ‘rediscovered’ in Canada and offered by Petworth dealer

15 January 2019

A rare eyewitness depiction of troops landing in Suvla Bay during the First World War is on offer from dealer Rountree Tryon of Petworth and London.

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Appeal to antiques trade to help find stolen medals awarded to nurse who served in Africa

05 January 2019

The owner of a group of medals stolen from a car in south London is calling on the trade to help her locate them.

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