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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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War posters on gallery roll-call

08 October 2018

'Who’s Absent? Is it you?' Simple and direct, these words appear on a British First World War poster, produced as recruits began to dwindle.

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The First World War recruiting poster battle cry of Remember Scarborough

13 September 2017

‘Remember the Alamo’ is the famous battle cry of the Texans after their comrades were overwhelmed by a Mexican force in 1836. But have you heard ‘Remember Scarborough’?

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First World war photograph: not so top brass

28 August 2017

Militaria has the advantage of a wide price range for items. A photograph sold in Cirencester on July 7 was a good example of ‘more affordable’ levels.

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Unusual Royal Flying Corps relics take off at auction

24 May 2017

If Royal Flying Corps medals are out of your price range, or you want to collect something a bit different, two recent lots show that honours are not the only option for auction purchases.

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Rorke's Drift medal and Somme Victoria Cross up at auction in London

27 February 2017

It ain’t rocket science: rarity adds value. While various other factors come into play, the number of a particular item in existence is a clear driver of auction prices, and in militaria the defence of Rorke’s Drift is a classic example.

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American First World War propaganda posters flagged up at auction

24 February 2017

Kitchener’s moustache-adorned stern visage staring out with finger extended demanding that you join your country’s army is not only one of the best-known First World War posters but one of the most familiar posters overall.

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How family values can boost the auction values of medals and militaria

16 February 2017

One challenge that auctioneers face is whether to sell a collection as a whole, or in several different groups, or individually. Finding the right strategy is vital to getting lots away with decent prices.

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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.

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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.

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Lusitania centenary brings Captain’s medals to auction

28 August 2015

The medal group awarded to the captain of the Lusitania on its final voyage, William Turner, is on offer at Lockdales of Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Remembrance of a child from the battlefield

11 November 2014

This rare battlefield First World War rose goes under the hammer at Hansons in Etwall, Derbyshire, on November 24.

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Spink show recalls WWI’s first VCs

08 September 2014

Spink are reuniting the first two Victoria Crosses awarded during the First World War as part of a unique exhibition focusing upon the first four months of the conflict.

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Liss Fine Art unveil major WWI tribute

29 August 2014

The First World War centenary has prompted numerous related exhibitions which have rather dominated the calendar this year as you might expect.

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Spencer’s Great War masterpiece reopens after restoration campaign

18 August 2014

Earlier this month, 100 years to the day since the outbreak of the First World War, Sandham Memorial Chapel near Newbury reopened to the public after restoration.

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Museum’s shipshape purchases

31 March 2014

The rare First World War German ship’s bell featured in ATG No 2133 has found a very suitable home – the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

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Wartime prints marching to the fore

28 March 2014

Images and footage of the First World War seem to be featuring prominently on TV at the moment, no doubt part of the extra attention engendered by the marking of the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict in 1914.

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Bell rings in a year of WW1 centenary sales

20 March 2014

Theophilus Jones, a private in the Durham Light Infantry, achieved the unfortunate distinction of being the first soldier to be killed on British soil during the First World War.

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Poppy from 1916 is poignant survivor

19 December 2013

Picked from a trench in 1916, a poppy which is thought to be the only surviving example from the First World War sold for £5200 at Duke’s of Dorchester earlier this month.

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Helping create the legend of the man who never was

09 December 2013

When Major William Martin of the Royal Marines left the submarine HMS Seraph in April 1943 on a top-secret mission he played the main role in one of the most successful and ingenious wartime deceptions ever attempted.