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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Vulcan cameras on buyers’ radar

20 February 2023

The prototype B1 Vulcan first flew in 1952 and it is a sign of the design’s longevity and durability that the last of these bombers was taken out of service only in 1984.

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Spink tops coins and medals table

13 February 2023

The record business enjoyed by London’s coin auction houses during Covid lockdowns largely continued last year.

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Chicken’s bravery award

13 February 2023

The Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross offered by Morton & Eden (20% buyer’s premium) on July 20 was awarded to Master George Bell Chicken, a civilian volunteer attached to the Indian Naval Brigade.

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‘Rob the Parachuting Dog’

13 February 2023

Instituted by Maria Dickin, the founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), in 1943, the Dickin Medal has been awarded on 71 occasions – 32 of them going to pigeons, 34 to dogs, four to horses and one to a cat.

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Edward Medal recognised colliery rescue courage

13 February 2023

The sale of gallantry awards held by Baldwin’s (20% buyer’s premium) on September 15 included this Edward Medal Exchange George Cross awarded for bravery at the Hedley Pit in 1930.

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Record for an RAF Victoria Cross

13 February 2023

Of only 26 flying Victoria Crosses issued to date, four were awarded for the Malayan campaign in December 1941-February 1942.

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Holland & Holland elephant guns ‘reputed the best’

13 February 2023

This 4ft 7in (1.4m) Victorian painted mahogany shop display sign promotes the merits of guns by Holland & Holland.

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Coins and medals: Upwards and onwards as market rises with inflation

13 February 2023

The unexpected but very welcome increase in demand that the market experienced amid Covid lockdowns continued in 2022 as restrictions eased – and auction houses are optimistic about another strong performance this year

Regimental officers’ dirk

‘We want to put militaria first’ in the US say UK auction house

30 January 2023

Kent auction house C&T has set up a US operation for militaria consignments.

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The key to value when it comes to selling Waterloo Medals

30 January 2023

With 39,000 of these campaign honours given out, which ones can generate extra demand and achieve higher prices?

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Saleroom’s very local hero from just down the road

30 January 2023

Medals awarded to a gallant soldier who was gassed in the First World War were sold at auction just a few minutes’ walk from the house where he was born.

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Titanic survivor was luckier serving on land in wartime

30 January 2023

The personal stories behind medals are becoming increasingly relevant to collectors.

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Medal collectors increasingly keen on extras

30 January 2023

In its earliest days flying was frequently lethal, in and out of combat.

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Timely reminder of horses at war

30 January 2023

By the end of the First World War it has been estimated that over eight million horses had died.

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Rare gold medal awarded to one of Nelson's Band of Brothers takes six-figure sum at auction

30 January 2023

Vice Admiral Davidge Gould was the last surviving member of Nelson’s Band of Brothers, dying in 1847

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Arms and armour: Personal touch gives 'warts and all' weapons the auction edge

23 January 2023

Specialist buyers turn out in force to bid for rusty ‘warts and all’ weapons amassed by dealer-collector

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Sussex militaria makes strong showing in auction on home turf

23 January 2023

A selection of militaria with solid Sussex interest appeared at Lewes saleroom Wallis & Wallis (22% buyer’s premium).

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Pluck of the Irish

23 January 2023

A pair of militaria highlights related to Irish regiments that came up in recent auctions.

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Bidders target ‘exceptionally rare’ gun by an innovative provincial maker

23 January 2023

While London gun-makers featured heavily – and lucratively – at Gavin Gardiner’s (25% buyer’s premium) auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on December 14, provincial makers also got a look in.

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Poignant reminder of home front perils in the Second World War

23 January 2023

A rare Second World War helmet worn by members of a little-known unit of the UK home front comes for sale at Sworders on February 7.

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