Arms, Armour and Militaria

Arms, Armour and Militaria


Sworders’ Arms, Armour and Militaria department offers valuation and sales advice on guns, medals, swords and edged weapons, war memorabilia, military uniforms and European and Eastern armour.

The market for high quality guns and armour in good condition, including examples by great makers such as Colt and Winchester, remains strong, however, the demand for those that have not undergone any restoration and have been kept in an environment preventing deterioration or rust are most sought after.  

We see an ever increasing demand for war memorabilia and medals that have been awarded for acts of courage and heroism, provenance in these cases is essential and can increase the prices achieved at auction tenfold.

We receive collections from enthusiasts and collectors from around the globe; a recent collection of South Indian or Sri Lankan flintlock long guns, 19th century, two with inlaid ivory, sold for £2,500 at auction.

Items are consigned for sale in the fortnightly Homes and Interiors auctions, of which there are two specialist Militaria sales each year, with rarer/high value items consigned to our quarterly Fine Interiors auctions.



Department Contacts

John Black

John Black ASFAV
Director 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

John has a degree in Art History augmented by a one year course at Christies, and has 20 years auction room experience. An integral member of our team he has a broad knowledge of the decorative arts, however his principal interest lies in 20th Century Design. John runs our successful Decorative Art and Design sales, held three times a year.

T: 01279 817778



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