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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 .41 centrefire Colt New Line pocket pistol
- American
This weapon came off Firearms Certificate (FAC) requirement in 2014. Only a limited number of these were made, as Colt gave up making them due to the serious competition from much cheaper look-alikes. It has London proof marks on the chamber, indicating that it was sold through Colt's London agency at Pall Mall.
£2000.00
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militaria item Pair of steel cuirassier gauntlets
- German
A typical pair of Thirty Years War heavy cavalry munition gauntlets, worn by both sides, these could also have been worn in the English Civil War. They are the last hurrah of field armour, which comprised breast and back plate, laminated thigh defences, close helmet, shoulder/arm defences and gauntlets.
£950.00
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militaria item KNIL service revolver, model 1891
- Dutch
This is a nice example of a Schmidt-Galand 9.4 mm centre-fire double-action revolver. It was unique to the Dutch colonial army (KNIL = Royal Netherlands East Indies Army) and was carried by officers and police personnel. This was made by Vickers under a Dutch ordnance contract for about 5,000 guns in the early 1920s.
£875.00
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militaria item Light cavalry sabre, model 1860
- American
This is the classic Civil War/Plains Indian War sabre, modelled on but considerably lighter than the 1840 sabre of Mexican War fame. It is made by C. Roby of Chelmsford, Massachusets, and is stamped thus on one side of the forte, while on the other it is stamped 'U.S. // 1864 // A.G.M[.]'.
£700.00
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militaria item Infantry officer's sword, 1822 pattern, patent solid hilt
- British
This is the standard infantry officer's sword of the era, but with two unusual features: gutta percha grips on a patent solid hilt; a presentation inscription on the back strap of the hilt from General Earl (4th) Beauchamp to Ensign W.H. Barneby, 58th Regiment, 27th May 1862 (WHB's commission date).
£700.00
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militaria item Infantry officer's sword, 1822 pattern, staff scabbard
- British
This late Victorian staff sword was made by Septimus John Pillin of 31 Gerrard St. Soho, London (engraved at the forte). This would have been worn by staff officers (major and up). The unusual feature here is the unfullered flat blade and the gilding metal hilt. Earlier hilts tend to be of brass and also have folding inner guards.
£575.00
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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

Bayonets arrived today, very nice!

M G, Germany, 22.06.2009

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006

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