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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 Coldstream Guards officer's sword, 1854 pattern
- British
In 1857, engraving the battle honours of the regiment for all the foot guard units became mandatory. The last three Crimean War battle honours (Sevastopol, Alma & Inkerman - all granted in 1855) are engraved in a different hand to the earlier ones, almost certainly signifying an earlier date for the weapon itself.
£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 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 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 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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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.

testimonials

My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

I should have written sooner, but I did want to let you know that the photos arrived safely and are absolutely fabulous. I could not be happier with them.

Thanks for the excellent service and great photos. I hope we have occasion to do business together again.

J B, USA, 18.08.2005

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