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Historic military specialist Michael D Long offers this Victorian Royal Artillery officer’s sabretache and pouch for £785 at the London Antique Arms Fair.

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It has gold train lace including a blue cloth face bearing the embroidered royal arms. The pouch has a purse-style black Moroccan container complete with gilt metal side mounts and carrying rings.

The dealership is among around 30 exhibitors at the event which takes place on April 13 at the Ibis Hotel in Earls Court. It has run since 1967, when it was the first antique arms fair in the UK, and is now owned by dealer John Wilson, who acquired it in the summer of 2018.

“I feel lucky to have acquired the fair and to have the help of my wife, my daughter and my son-in-law to help me. Our first fair in October went better than we expected and the number of exhibitors for the April 2019 fair are up,” Wilson told ATG.

“Prices have remained buoyant and items bought in the past have generally seen a steady rise in value. This has been beneficial for existing collectors but can make it difficult for new collectors to enter the field.

“However, there are still some affordable items to be had and collections can be started at reasonable prices so long as the big-name manufacturers such as Colt are avoided.”

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