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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Airguns shoot up the rankings

19 July 2021

Once the humble playthings of boys the world over, airguns now attract a keen collector following.

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German Maxim machine gun makes five times low estimate in Ipswich sale

19 July 2021

The German Maxim machine gun was used to devastating effect on Allied troops during the First World War.

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Tula pistols take £27,000

19 July 2021

A premium-inclusive total of £1.5m was achieved at Holts’ (25/20% buyer’s premium) summer auction in Norfolk, the third consecutive sale held with no one bidding in the room because of Covid restrictions.

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Pick of the week: Helmet heads to Philadelphia

12 July 2021

A Renaissance helmet sold at a London auction will be reunited with its garniture (set of armour) after being bought by Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA).

Henry VIII gold medal

Henry VIII gold medal takes six-figure sum in Swiss auction

15 June 2021

A gold medal proclaiming Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church of England – the only known example in private hands – has sold in Switzerland.

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New museum planned for Battle of Britain medals

14 June 2021

A Battle of Britain medal group sold at Gloucestershire auction house Dominic Winter will go on display at a new museum in London, it has been revealed.

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Pick of the week: The Kitchener call to arms that inspired a classic poster design

07 June 2021

The stern face, luxurious moustache and pointing finger are instantly familiar – but the message below Kitchener’s intense gaze not so.

Medals

Battle of Britain medal groups hit six figures

07 June 2021

Two impressive Battle of Britain medal groups offered a day apart at separate auctions both took six-figure sums.

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Victoria Cross awarded for heroic defensive feat 'ranking alongside Rorke's Drift' comes for sale

05 June 2021

A unique Victoria Cross group of medals for “a feat that probably ranks alongside Rorke’s Drift in the history of famous defences against overwhelming odds” is estimated at £300,000-400,000 at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb on June 23.

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Art market: The bidding battle of Cape St Vincent

24 May 2021

Trio of family paintings depicting Jervis’ finest hour bring £90,000 result for marine specialist Charles Miller

Napoleon

Remembering Napoleon 200 years after his death as demand rises for relics

10 May 2021

The bicentenary of Napoléon Bonaparte's death boosts demand for relics

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Unique piece of the action

10 May 2021

How letters related to wars bring a connection that history books cannot match

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Napoleon St Helena shirt and cane feature in auction to mark bicentenary of his death

05 May 2021

Napoleon’s cane made for him when in exile on St Helena and a shirt he wore there are two of the lots featured in a London auction held to mark the bicentenary of his death.

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Battle of Britain medals and logbooks awarded to two of The Few come up at auction

05 May 2021

Medal groups awarded to two of The Few – the heroic RAF and Fleet Air Arm pilots of the Battle of Britain – are on offer at auction this month.

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Russian ambassador’s Japanese swords

03 May 2021

On May 18 Paris auction firm Tessier Sarrou is selling the first part of a collection of Japanese swords.

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Courageous messenger honoured

01 May 2021

A Victoria Cross group awarded to a British soldier who volunteered to carry a vital message to a stranded platoon at Mericourt in October 1918, in the knowledge that five of his comrades had already been in killed in turn making earlier attempts, sold for £200,000.

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Ready to take up arms again at Kempton Park

19 April 2021

Organiser Peter Binfield is hoping for fine weather and a good turnout of 100-plus dealers at the first of this year’s Vintage & Classic Arms Fairs at Kempton Park on Sunday, May 2.

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Cold courage comes into play for Victoria Cross from First World War

05 April 2021

“I joined up as a youngster for a bit of fun, but it didn’t turn out like that. We were young men made old before our time.”

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ATG letters: Confined to a desk? VC captain was captured

05 April 2021

MADAM –In the Militaria & medals section in ATG No 2485 it was inferred in an article on Capt Leefe Robinson VC that following his Zeppelin exploits he was confined to a desk for the remainder of the war as a ‘celebrity pilot’.

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Kent connection counts at auction

22 March 2021

The medal group of a colonel believed to be the most heavily decorated Military Police officer in the history of the corps sold for a mid-estimate £2400.

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