Arms, armour, and militaria is a specific area of the applied arts. For many centuries, arms and armour has been counted among the most essential displays of ostentation for high-ranking rulers.
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Doubling as works of art in their own right, antique arms, armour, and militaria appear to reflect the art-historical developments and cultural characteristics of their epoch and place of origin. Whether created for battle or show, many pieces were highly adorned with costly materials, including silver, gold, and precious gems, and embossed with the finest designs. If you'd like to get an arms, armour, or militaria valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item.
Our expert in Arms, Armour and Militaria was formerly Head of Sotheby's Worldwide Department of Arms, Armour and Militaria and assisted Sotheby's with sales in London, New York, Denmark, Zurich, Billingshurst and Hanover. The sale of works of art from the Royal House of Hanover included arms and armour which sold for £4,764,004 ($8,392,610) which continues to stand as a World Auction Record for an ancestral collection in this field. Now running his own business, he is an authority in the military collecting field.
Our American Militaria expert is a MAX/GD Certified Dealer who graduated from Hood College, receiving a Master's degree in Humanities (American Studies) with a concentration in U.S. Race Relations. He began collecting military antiques and firearms at an early age, and continues to collect, study and lecture on militaria and military history from the American Civil War to present day. He worked as the Militaria/Firearms/Historical Artefacts Expert at the Frederick Coin Exchange and appraised items for the American Legion in Frederick, MD. His specialities include militaria, antique and modern firearms, U.S. coins, presidential memorabilia and other American historical artefacts.