Thomas Del Mar

Thomas Del Mar are auctioneers based in London specialising in arms, armour and militaria. Founded in 2005, they hold biannual sales in association with Sotheby’s.

They have sold a number of important single owner collections including property from Warwick Castle and from the German nobility.


Previews: £2001 - £5000

19 June 2017

ATG's weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Ornate 16th century gun emerges from talk to local Cheshire group

12 June 2017

Autograph albums, pocket watches and vases are the more usual fare for a valuer who gives a talk to a local group and asks people to bring along interesting items. A superb late 16th century gun is a very different matter.

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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.


The easiest way to shoe a horse

15 May 2014

Thomas del Mar’s second sale of items from the John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection on May 7 included a number of related items, such as this 3ft 7in (1.1m) high panted limestone carving of St Eligius or Eloi, patron saint of horses and farriers.


The sword of Catherine the Great’s bodyguard

30 November 2012

A gold sword that belonged to the bodyguard of Empress Catherine II of Russia is estimated at £40,000-60,000 in Thomas Del Mar’s December 5 Antique Arms, Armour and Militaria sale in West Kensington, London.


The not-so-humble airgun

18 August 2012

To most people air guns are the low-powered toys that little boys play about with in the back garden, but the air rifle has a surprisingly long history and at one time they were among the most feared weapons on the battlefield.

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Dettingen battle standard is remarkable survivor

12 June 2012

A remarkable survivor from a landmark battle in British military history is coming up for sale at Thomas Del Mar in West Kensington on June 27.