Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

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Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby Matt Easton » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:32 pm

HI folks, thanks to Richard for letting me post this here.

I am pleased to say that I'm the new specialist of Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions in Chiswick and South Kensington.

Chiswick Auctions have not had specialist sales of Arms, Armour or Militaria for some time now, but have just established this new department during a period of considerable growth since opening our South Kensington branch:
https://chiswickauctions.co.uk/departme ... militaria/

I would like to make you aware of our dedicated Arms, Armour & Militaria sales, which will commence early in 2019 (late-January) and are planned to be held three times per year.

If you are interested in putting anything through Chiswick Auctions, please let me know and we can see how best to work with you. We can offer very competitive rates and exposure for key lots in our South Kensington branch. You can get hold of me to discuss at matthew.easton@chiswickauctions.co.uk

I am also available to meet, either at our Chiswick saleroom or South Kensington branch, or at a place of mutual convenience.
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Re: Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby Richard » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:51 pm

Congratulations on your appointment Matt.
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Re: Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby Matt Easton » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:34 pm

Thanks Richard. Hopefully we'll get some nice things to consign and if anybody here would like to try some lots with Chiswick then get in contact and I will see what we can do for you. The branch in South Kensington is a nice location to exhibit pieces and I'll be looking to get something installed there.

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Re: Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby Will Mathieson » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:49 pm

Hello Matt it's good to know someone with your knowledge is assisting an auction house. Properly described swords tend to see higher returns.
When I do decide to sell some it's worth the shipping costs to the UK, as prices realized generally are double or more than in Canada.
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Re: Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby sword335 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:34 pm

Yes, quite right Will. I’ve always said that swords make the most money in their country of origin. This appears to be especially true of Canada which is why we at Bonhams have sold the Barauskas Collectionand the Gary Bates Collection and will be offering Don Skinner’s collection of Household Cavalry swords and other items next year. It seems to be worth it in spite of the shipping costs, the VAT implications and added paperwork.

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Re: Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby Matt Easton » Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:36 pm

Gary Bates 1 and 2 were wonderful... and I must say had some wonderful bargains! It felt as if the Victorian swords were going cheap because all the hardcore collectors had thrown all their money at the Napoleonics. I ended up with two swords from the collection and I have several friends who also got examples, all for very reasonable prices.

We should have some nice pieces on offer here in due course, Will.
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Re: Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby Will Mathieson » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:23 pm

HHC swords of Don Skinner's sound interesting. Harder to find their trooper swords in original configuration.
I believe the Bates collection also had competition with other swords auctions at the same time. I would think too many at one time flood the market or at least empty wallets so only the best swords are bid up. Spread out the sword auctions and give time for collectors to restock their war chests.
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Re: Arms, Armour & Militaria at Chiswick Auctions

Postby sword335 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:39 am

The Bates Collection was two sales as it was huge. There were lots of very similar swords such as Volunteer Rifle Officer’s which depressed the prices on some types. It would have done better being sold over a period of a couple of years or so but that Isn’t always what the owner wants..
The Skinner Collection is much smaller and mainly officer’s swords but includes the 1814 variation which was the subject of his article in the Arms and Armour Journal some years ago.
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