Latest News Articles by Mark Bridge
Pistols display their finery06 August 2018
It took a bid of €60,000 (£53,100) to secure a pair of flintlock pistols of c.1730 from the armoury of the Princes of Lobkowitz at Hermann Historica (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich in May.
Success for slim and sleek styling at Holts06 August 2018
The classic English sporting gun is a sidelock, but for many the ‘round-action’ shotguns perfected by John Dickson of Edinburgh in the 1870s are the most elegant of all.
Eastern weapons create collections on the cutting edges06 August 2018
Edged weapons from the East dominated the summer sale at Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) in London on June 27 and it was an old collection of Indian dress daggers that produced the highest prices.
Pistol and war hammer highlight at Bonhams06 August 2018
A rare and early combination of a war hammer and pistol was a highlight of the Bonhams (25/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Knightsbridge on May 23, selling for £24,000.
Cased Colt is top lot in San Francisco sale06 August 2018
The top lot at Bonhams (25/12.5% buyer’s premium) in San Francisco on June 19 was an exceptional cased example of a specially engraved Colt 1851 percussion revolver with shoulder stock.
Opulent but deadly from Turkestan06 August 2018
Among the thousands of lots in Hermann Historica’s (25% buyer’s premium) May sales series in Munich, one of the highlights was this gold inlaid karud from Turkestan which sold at €29,000 (£25,665).
Mammoth Munich auctions motor onward29 January 2018
Hermann Historica (23% buyer’s premium) of Munich mounted its customary assault on the arms and armour market with no fewer than seven catalogues covering more than 6000 objects, ranging from ancient Greek helmets to military and other vehicles.
Continental pistol rarities at London auction29 January 2018
The same French collection that brought the fine pair of Boutet pistols to the Thomas Del Mar Sale on December 6 also included a number of later Continental pistols that were rare and certainly unfamiliar to most British collectors.
House call finds huge militaria hoard in tiny Liverpool home29 January 2018
The New Year is traditionally quiet in the salerooms but the 1800-lot Cheetham collection generated some real excitement at Adam Partridge (18% buyer’s premium) in Macclesfield.
Composite suit of armour fits together to show its metal29 January 2018
A complete suit of well-matched period armour is rare indeed, so there was no doubting the star of Bonhams’ (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale in London.
Sporting guns impress at auctions29 January 2018
A trio of shotgun sales in the spotlight.
Keep your eye on the brawl…29 January 2018
Holt’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) sale in London on December 14 included two prime examples of weapons designed to get their owners out of a tight corner.
Selection of arms and armour hammer highlights29 January 2018
Attributed to the arms manufactory at Ripoll in northern Catalonia, this pair of 18th century miquelet-lock belt pistols (below) proved the surprise lot of the sale held by Italian arms specialist Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) in Sarzana on December 9. In good condition with an overall inlay of pierced and engraved decorative steelwork, they sold for €15,500 (£13,600).
Weapons at the cutting edge of war29 January 2018
The American Civil War was fought during a period of rapid technical development in weaponry. While the conventional and reliable Springfield percussion rifle remained the mainstay of the infantry, many innovative firearms saw service for the first (and sometimes the last) time.
Militaria fair dates to note29 January 2018
As winter moves into spring, London will host two major events for arms and armour enthusiasts.
Arms and armour auction previews selection29 January 2018
Focus on lots coming up in sales at four auction houses, two from the UK and two from the US.
Get a handle on the pistols market29 January 2018
The latest recent arms and armour sales on both sides of the Atlantic serves only to reinforce the impression that pistols remain a huge favourite with collectors in this field.
Singer: from sewing machine to gun maker29 January 2018
When the US Government invited arms manufacturers to tender designs for a new standard-issue pistol for the US Army in the early 1900s the winner was Colt, with a system devised by John Moses Browning.
'Parcours de la Céramique': 20th ceramics staging celebrates Saumur04 September 2017
The Parcours de la Céramique has become a well-established feature of the Paris rentrée.
Auctions in France: a flourish of first shoots for the autumn season04 September 2017
The auction season is only just getting into gear in September but as this is a hectic time of year for fairs and dealers, most auction houses are keen to capitalise on the potential footfall to the Grand Palais and the Left Bank dealers’ trails.