Arms & Armour

Antique Arms and Armour have been sold by Thomas Del Mar Ltd since 2005, now a recognised world leader in this field.

Sales offer a broad selection of objects from all over the world, from the earliest times until the Great War. Firearms from the earliest matchlock, wheel-lock, flintlock, percussion and pin-fire guns, rifles, pistols and revolvers; edged weapons from the bronze age, Viking, Medieval and Renaissance periods through to the swords of the regular armies of the 18th and 19th centuries; armour from the earliest times through the medieval and renaissance periods to the First World War; African, Australasian, Chinese, Islamic and Japanese weapons and armour; accessories including gunpowder flasks, gun locks, mechanical locks, iron work and books.

Our auctions include a broad range of lots from relatively modest prices to the highest level.

A number of distinguished ancestral and institutional collections have been sold from Britain, Europe and the United States, including:

  • John Woodman Higgins Armoury Collection, Worcester Massachusetts, United States of America, sold for £3,104,343
  • Warwick Castle, England, sold for £836,947
  • The Armoury of the Princely House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Germany, sold for £713,100

The staff include the former Sotheby's department that oversaw the dispersal of the Hanoverian Royal Gunroom and the Brunswick Ducal Armoury in 2005, which continues to stand as a World Auction Record for an ancestral collection. In addition to holding regular auctions the department has started a new Antique Arms Fair held twice a year at Olympia and has also published Tobias Capwell’s acclaimed book ‘Armour of the English Knight 1400-1450’.