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Arms and Armour

Bonhams Antique Arms and Armour auctions offer a range of European and Eastern armour and edged weapons, as well as wheel-lock, flintlock, percussion and pin-fire rifles, guns, pistols and revolvers; American firearms by great makers such as Colt and Winchester; Islamic and Japanese weapons and armour; accessories including powder-flasks, books and other items relating to the armourer and his craft from the 14th to late 19th centuries.

Over the years, Bonhams has enjoyed its position as market leader in this specialist area of the applied arts and the department is proud to have been entrusted with the sale of items from the Henk L. Visser Collection (£1,740,000), the W. Keith Neal Collection (£1,670,000), the Richard R. Wagner Jr. Collection (£1,300,000), the Dr Peter Parsons Collection (£786,000), the Paul Murray Collection (£711,000), the Richard Garrett Collection (£631,000), the Mark & Peter Dineley Collections (£528,000), the Daedalus Collection (£452,000) and the D.H.L. Back Collection (£222,000).

The department recently achieved a European auction record for an exceptionally rare cased deluxe percussion Colt Paterson no. 2 belt model revolver, circa 1840, which sold for £286,000 including premium.

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Our specialists are based at Knightsbridge, London, and Marlborough, Massachusetts, and can offer advice buying and selling at auction. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

With offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of buyers and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible.

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David Williams


David Williams joined Bonhams in 1997, following 15 years working in the auction world as a specialist in antique arms and armor, with a working knowledge of modern sporting guns. Leading a strong tea…

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Christopher Fox


Christopher D. Fox is Bonhams Skinner's Vice President and Director of Historic Arms & Militaria and Associate Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts. He specializes in military and civil …

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