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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.
£4000.00
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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 Munition gorget
- German
This typical Landsknecht item would have been worn by Spanish, German and Swiss infantry throughout the middle years of the 16th century with a half armour (ie breast, back, tassets, burgonet, arm defences and gauntlets). Importantly, there is a reasonably clear Nuremberg armourer's mark on the face of the gorget at lower left.
£700.00
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militaria item SS man's belt, buckle by Overhoff & Co
- German
This is the walking out belt in patent leather, which officially the SS were not allowed to wear. Patent leather belts of this type were worn throughout the Wehrmacht for walking out occasions, ie with a girlfriend, etc. The buckle is nicely marked 'O&C ges.gesch.' (for Overhoff & Co).
£600.00
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militaria item Army dagger, model 1936
- German
This dagger, maker marked Tiger Solingen, is a classic pre-war piece in a high quality EPNS finish. It would have been worn by army officers in the late 1930s and the early years of WWII until 1942, when the high command ordered the officers to discontinue wearing them and replace them with a handgun.
£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

This is to confirm receipt of the item and I am very pleased with it.

P M, Australia, 02.05.2013

The package arrived safely today. Thank you very much for the easy transaction and prompt shipping. I am very happy with the sword and hope to do business with you again.

T L, Slovenia, 28.05.2008

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