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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 Westminster truncheon, 18th century
- British
This 24" truncheon is the classic Westminster design, with the pre-1801 Royal Arms. It would have been carried by the local watch officers prior to the establishment of Peel's police force in 1832. It is just possible that this is a George II example, which on the death of that king in 1760 simply had an extra Roman numeral I added for George III.
£800.00
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militaria item Royal Navy fighting dirk
- British
This is likely to have been made towards the end of the American Revolutionary War (Peace of Paris, 1783) or during the early part of the Napoleonic Wars (starting 1793). This would have been carried by an RN officer or HEIC naval officer, and this example is interesting in having a particularly long (approx 26") blade.
£600.00
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militaria item US dragoon officer's sword, 1831 model
- American
This is one of the rarest of the post-1812 War cavalry swords. The Federal army was microscopic at this time, perhaps only 30,000 strong, the numbers only gearing up for the Mexican War of 1848. The design is a direct copy of the British light cavalry sabre of the same era.
£575.00
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militaria item Light Cavalry sabre, model 1811
- Prussian
This is essentially a British 1796 Light Cavalry sabre manufactured by the famous Birmingham cutler John Gill (marked 'I GILL' on the back of the forte), part of the export consignment which Prussia bought between 1807 and 1813, a total of 16,000 sabres. The Prussian Light Cavalry in the latter part of the Napoleonic Wars would have carried these.
£500.00
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militaria item 5th/6th Rajputana Rifles crossbelt and pouch, hallmarked silver
- British Empire
This is the most senior rifle regiment of the Indian Army and was originally raised in 1921, as part of the British Indian Army, when six previously existing regiments were amalgamated to form six battalions of the 6th Rajputana Rifles.
£500.00
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militaria item Reichskriegsfahne (Third Reich war flag) - Kriegsmarine
- German
This fine flag (1.7m long) was made by Hannoversche Fahnenfabrik. It is the standard war flag, with navy markings, flown on all small ships of the German navy in WW2. In particular, this size was used as a commissioning flag for U-boats, viz early photos showing this.
£475.00
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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

Thank you very much for sending the order through so quickly.

S H, UK, 05.02.2009

Just a note to confirm that the [helmet plate centre] has arrived safely. It is a superb piece. Thank you.

G S, UK, 19.07.2008

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