Arms, Armour & Militaria

Arms and armour stretches from ancient times to modern conflicts, with weapons ranging from swords and clubs to firearms, armour including helmets and shields, and militaria such as medals, uniforms, flags and ephemera.

Medals and militaria are often sold at auction as specialised categories, with arms and armour sales also held.


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Medals of SAS hero who fought alongside the legendary Paddy Mayne in a 'suicidal' rescue mission make £41,000

13 February 2024

Renowned SAS commander 'Paddy' Mayne was so courageous (and hard as nails) he won not one but four Distinguished Service Order awards during the Second World War.

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Noonans takes top coins and medals spot

12 February 2024

Noonans was the dominant player in the London coins and medals auction market in 2023 with a market share of almost 32%, ATG’s exclusive annual special report reveals.

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Deluxe rifle ‘belonged to Napoleon’

12 February 2024

A hunting rifle believed to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte when he ruled as emperor of France led the line at Alexander Historical Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Gallantry top-seller: Crimean War naval VC

12 February 2024

The best-selling gallantry medal of 2023 was offered at Noonans late in the year on December 6. The Naval Victoria Cross awarded to Seaman James Gorman at the Battle of Inkerman sold for a hammer price of £320,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) and now forms part of a private collection of Crimean War medals.

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London arms fair finds new venue in Woodford Green

12 February 2024

The organiser of The London Antique Arms Fair had been searching for a new venue in which to hold the event throughout 2023.

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Dambuster scored a direct hit using bombsight he designed

12 February 2024

The Distinguished Flying Cross group of five given to Flt Lt Edward ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, who flew during Operation Chastise – the Dambusters – was sold for £105,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at Spink on November 29.

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Coins & medals: Stable currency but market is far from static

12 February 2024

Total sales across London coin and medals auctions were £61.6m in 2023, just a fraction down on 2022’s record aggregate

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London Scottish Regimental Trust to sell Victoria Cross to fund upkeep of Westminster home

09 February 2024

The London Scottish Regimental Trust is putting up for auction one of the three Victoria Crosses that it holds.

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Morphy unveils transatlantic tie-up

08 February 2024

In a move that will be watched closely by US and European auction houses, Pennsylvania-based Morphy Auctions has launched a new operation in Switzerland.

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Medal given to 'Taffy' after audacious Operation Jaywick mission to sink Japanese ships in the Second World War takes £120,000

23 January 2024

A medal awarded secretly following Operation Jaywick, one of the most daring raids of the Second World War, has sold for a hammer price of £120,000 in a London auction.

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English Civil War siege relics race away to hammer for 25 times the low estimate

22 January 2024

This 19th century glazed wooden case containing musket balls, ceramic fragments and three complete clay pipes was eagerly contested at auction.

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Winston Churchill's false teeth and RAF Book of Heroes signed by Douglas Bader come to a Cotswolds saleroom

17 January 2024

Stubs of cigars smoked by Winston Churchill are common visitors to auctions. But it is pretty rare to find his gnashers on offer.

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Having a blast: 18th century mortar fires up Essex auction

02 January 2024

Sending the old year out with a bang, a George III brass mortar by Jan Verbruggen took £49,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Sworders.

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Tiny but with 48 blades — a remarkable exhibition knife

01 January 2024

It was with dazzling exhibition pieces that Joseph Rodgers & Sons made its reputation as Sheffield’s foremost knifemaker.

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Exceptional 19th century miniature penknife stars in our pick of five auction highlights

21 December 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Joseph Rogers & Sons miniature penknife made for royal presentation that more than doubled estimate.

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Dangerous not just decorative dirk

04 December 2023

Decorative Highland dirks from the late 19th century, often mounted in silver and set with cairngorms, appear for sale with some frequency.

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Ridley Scott's Napoleon hits cinemas as a Bonaparte bonanza takes hold of auction houses and dealers

28 November 2023

Napoleon director Ridley Scott’s film charting the rise and fall of the French emperor is in cinemas across the UK.

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Mr Durs Egg describes his pistol power

13 November 2023

Stellar English, Indian and Turkish pieces are promised at Olympia Auctions on December 6 in west London.

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Farmer’s interest in militaria grew rapidly

13 November 2023

A childhood in Wiltshire partly spent picking up ammunition lying around as a result of the Allied preparations for D-Day helped to spark Alexander Jeremy Peckover Penrose’s (known as Jerry) interest in firearms.

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Protection using the elements

13 November 2023

Pictured here are the plates from a 12th or 13th century klivanion (Byzantine armour).

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