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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 40 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 clientelle all around the world!


featured antique military items

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 Tinder lighter by Simmons
- British
A small quantity of tow or wood shavings would have been placed in the pan, from which to light a candle. This Georgian example is marked 'Simmons' on the lock plate, which could refer to a Birmingham or London maker. 'G S' is lightly stamped in a dog-tooth-bordered rectangle on the left side of the stock, which could refer to the maker or owner.
£1000.00
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militaria item Silver-mounted hunting hanger
- British or Dutch
This size hanger was introduced at the restoration of Charles II in 1660 following a European fashion for shorter blades (this one is nearly 17" long). Its purpose being no longer finishing off boars and stags, but increasingly self defence, the shorter length was more convenient than a smallsword.
£800.00
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militaria item .32 Whitneyville five shot revolver, single action rim fire
- American
This was made at the Whitneyville Armory, Connecticut, USA, and is marked accordingly on the top barrel flat. It has a 3.25" barrel, stub trigger and lacquered rosewood grips. It fired a rim fire cartridge with a soft lead slug and a black powder load. Some 30,000 were made in various barrel lengths and other calibres, notably .22 and .38.
£700.00
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militaria item Model cannon, possible Creusot manufacture
- French
This fine model of a French or German field gun dates from the WWI era. It comes complete with a small black powder cartridge with a recess for a primer in its base to enable it to be used as a signalling gun or a rather posh toy.
£600.00
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militaria item Velo Dog revolver, hammerless .25 centre fire, double action
- Belgian
Designed as aids for cyclists in Europe against the danger of being chased by stray dogs, the .25 centre fire cartridge was not to be trifled with; the case alone was 3 cm long and the slug was copper jacketed with a soft lead core, certainly capable of dealing with a stray dog! These pistols would have been popular for household defence in the UK.
£500.00
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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.

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Just picked up the bayonet,

I'm very pleased with it.

P E, UK, 11.10.2012

The sword [knot] arrived today, very pleased with it. Your service is very quick and you are always a pleasure to buy from.

M H, UK, 20.01.2011

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