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Re: Auction alert

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 3:39 am
by Will

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 12:31 pm
by Chris A
Yes, very nice. There are two or three swords like this floating around. A stock sword by Archer which would have had the inscription engraved on the scabbard to order in the same way as the Read swords with helmet pommels. This particular sword has been through several hands in this country over the last few years so if anyone wants to give it a good home they know what to do !

Chris.

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 2:22 pm
by Chris A
An Osborn & Gunby 1796 Light Cavalry sabre with their unique blade shape coming up for sale later this week.

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auct ... 3f002c8262

Chris

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 1:14 am
by Will
Chris I'll be outbid on the Osborn and Gunby sword now that all eyes are on it. Misidentified swords such as "Chinese" are no longer missed by forum members. My only luck now is local and US finds due to laws and shipping regs. not being so kind to UK buyers.

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 2:20 pm
by Chris A
Will, this sword had 32 watchers before I put it on the forum which just goes to show that nothing slips through here now. That doesn’t mean that things are too expensive, just that there are no bargains around now, or at least very few.

Chris.

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:35 pm
by Will
Bargains have become few and far between. Poor photos and descriptions are the only things that can lead to a deal and even then not very often.
Ebay deals were over a decade ago. Times of year no longer seems to lower prices such as just after Christmas.

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:15 am
by Will

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 4:59 pm
by Chris A
The Osborn & Gunby sword made £950 plus premium etc making almost £1300 in total. It looked in pretty nice condition so I would say a reasonable collectors price for such a scarce
piece.


Chris

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 3:09 pm
by Richard
Chris A wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 2:20 pm
Will, this sword had 32 watchers before I put it on the forum which just goes to show that nothing slips through here now. That doesn’t mean that things are too expensive, just that there are no bargains around now, or at least very few.

Chris.
I agree Chris - just because something has been spotted by the eagle-eyed, doesn't mean there aren't bargains to be had. I am just back from a really small decrepit auction house in a run down suburb of Bristol about 10 miles from me and look what I've just brought back - a late 1770s/early 1780s officer's sword with blue and gilt blade including 'King's Light Dragoons' by Cullum. It has a fold-out attack hilt, perfect ray-skin grip and the tooled leather scabbard (including GR) is absolutely outstanding. I have never before seen one like it and, really, I haven't been this excited by a sword for a very long time. Its absolutely fantastic and although it had 36 watchers, I only made 2 bids!

Richard

PS, it does need a clean though ....

Re: Auction alert

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 4:49 pm
by Will
Richard congratulations winning the sword, I saw this sword on the Saleroom. Looks like it has a clip point blade. Do you know what family the sword came from, I can picture it residing in an old estate for centuries?