Arms and armour specialist Thomas Del Mar.

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The single event runs in the Pillar Hall at the West Kensington venue on March 2, 2019, titled The Fourth Antique Arms Fair incorporating the Park Lane Arms Fair.

The Antique Arms Fair was established in September 2017 by antique arms specialist Thomas Del Mar, who holds auctions as part of the 25 Blythe Road ‘collective’ close to the Olympia site. The third fair took place on September 29.

Del Mar said: “I am excited about this enhancement to the already successful fair and feel that the considerable experience and reputation of the Park Lane Arms Fair will continue to help the event grow.”

David Oliver, founder of The Park Lane Arms Fair, added: “I held my first London fair at the Dorchester Hotel in 1982 and subsequent annual events at the Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square, since when we have enjoyed an outstanding reputation for quality exhibitors and a scholarly catalogue.

“I am delighted that Thomas Del Mar and I have come to this agreement and pleased to have been invited to continue to work on the fair catalogues.”

Fairs shake-up

It is the latest shake-up in the arms fairs and militaria world, following July’s announcement that London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb had bought the Britannia Medal Fair.

The firm said its acquisition would “ensure that the fair can remain at the Victory Services Club”, the central London venue where it has attracted dealers and collectors for more than 30 years.

The medals and orders, numismatics and jewellery auction house says the London fair will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, November 18, this year and Sunday, March 17, 2019.