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I have been a military antiques dealer (based at Grays Antique Market in London's West End until Christmas 2008) for over 45 years: antique swords, weapons, guns, uniforms, helmets, equipment, medals, belt buckles, bayonets and almost all other items of general militaria. British, German, European and worldwide items... I have provided all kinds of arms and armour and military collectibles to both private customers, trade and museum clientele all around the world!


featured antique military items

militaria item Two-hander battle sword, flamberge blade
- Austrian
These big blades (1.325 m long) were carried predominantly by German mercenary troops serving the Emperor between 1530-1630. The blades were normally made in Passau or Solingen, but they were hilted up all over the Empire, this one probably in Steiermark, perhaps in the armoury at Graz, where there are 64 examples, not all flamberges.
£2000.00
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militaria item Silver smallsword, Inspecteur aux Revues
- French
This sword, dating from 1805-09, would have been carried by an Inspecteur aux (or 'des') Revues (the equivalent of Commissary in the British Army), responsible for pay, provisions (hence the ears of wheat on the guard and knuckle bow) and the depot system. Before this sword, they simply carried an ordinary infantry sword. The sword is rare.
£1200.00
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militaria item Heavy cavalry officer's levee sword, 1796 pattern
- British
This sword was introduced, by regulation at any rate, as the 1796 pattern heavy cavalry officer's levee sword. The hilt design was taken from a commonly used continental type, principally Austrian and German, from the middle of the 18th century, and then married to the infantry officer's blade of 1796.
£1100.00
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militaria item Dragoon sword, 1840 model
- American
This is the renowned 'old wristbreaker' used in the Mexican War and the early stages of the Civil War, by both sides in the latter. From this 1840 model, the 1860 one evolved, a much lighter weapon whose forte was only 1" wide as against 1.30" on the 1840 model. The 1822 model French light dragoon sabre was the pattern 's ancestor.
£950.00
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militaria item Whitney Navy revolver, .36 calibre
- American
This is the second model, identical serial numbers (10789) throughout. The US Government bought some 11,000 of these for the army and some 6,000 for the navy, deliveries running from 1863 and 65 respectively. Whitney was one of the major and oldest of the factories producing muskets and pistols under US Government contract.
£950.00
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militaria item Double-etched K98 dress bayonet, Ernst Pack & Sons
- German
This is a classic Ernst Pack dress bayonet, with no maker's mark, but the 'signature' screw bolts which no other maker used. The original owner must have been in a heavy artillery unit, as suggested by the obverse blade etching. These weapons were normally only worn when off duty, but in uniform.
£600.00
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a little history on my antiques interest

I have been a collector of military antiques since the age of 12, starting with bayonets and moving gradually on to swords, finally entering the broader military antique dealing arena in about 1970. At that stage, I rapidly started to learn about antique English pistols and revolvers.

In about 1980, I broadened my dealing coverage from mainstream militaria to include English campaign medals. The arrival of powerful auction houses in this field drove me back to my original interest in general militaria (swords, bayonets, dirks, guns, pistols, etc).

However, I still maintain a lively interest in all military objects, especially the rare and exotic, eg Imperial Russian and Austrian.

Throughout my dealing career, I have built up my personal collection of antique military prints and drawings and a substantial selection of early military photographs up to 1945, principally German and English. To aid both my dealing and collecting, I have a huge library covering all military aspects of antiques going back to the Middle Ages, and many aspects of antiques in general, especially early English silver.

testimonials

Many thanks, badge was awaiting my return today. Pleasure dealing with you again. I'll be back again.

P B, UK, 20.02.2008

Thank you for the bayonet... I am absolutely thrilled with it. Look forward to more purchases from you.

D B, UK, 16.02.2006

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