David Williams joined Bonhams in 1997 following 15 years working in the auction world as a specialist in antique arms and armour, with a working knowledge of modern sporting guns. Leading a strong team, David has transformed the department into a market leader, and has achieved several European and international auction records.
David has worked on a number of outstanding collections including those of W. Keith Neal, Dr. Hans Georg Plaut, and the Carl Beck Foundation. Particular sale highlights include a Lloyds Patriotic Fund sword of £100 value, which fetched £179,200 and an exceptionally rare deluxe cased Colt Paterson No. 2 Belt Model percussion revolver, which made a European auction record of £222,250
David is a Liveryman of the Gunmakers' Company and sits on the vetting committees of a number of major arts fairs including Masterpiece and Olympia. He also acts as a specialist advisor to the National Heritage Lottery Fund. David is a member of the Meyrick Society, the Arms and Armour Society, and the Gesellschaft fur Historiche Waffen und Kostumkunde, and holds the position of Honorary Secretary of the Rowland Club.