Some general advice needed

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Some general advice needed

Postby splats » Sat May 18, 2013 5:47 pm

Hi guys,

Wonder if anyone can help me - My dad was a vivid sword collector and has built up a large collection of swords.

Sadly he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in the advance stages now and has a prognosis of a few weeks if we are really lucky :(

His collection ranges from old fighter pilot swords to antique samurai swords.

Sadly he was the only person in the family who took up an interest in the sword.

I guess what I am asking is, where can I sell them - obviously I want a couple to remember him by but he always said that when his gone there is a bit of money there for mum.

I have no idea where to start to be honest, I know nothing about what his left or where to take them - from what he always told me I need a licence to even take them out of the house.

He always mentioned this website/forum so I figured this was a good place to start.

Could anyone point me in the right direction? I am a bit reluctant to take them to the local auction house as I can see myself that some of them are very old.

Any help would be really welcomed - he was a weapon maker too, and has a room in the house devoted to his work. There are tools, forges and a load of other things that I have no idea about so as you can imagine I have no idea really where to start.

If anyone could offer some advice I would really welcome it! His collection is huge and does not only contain swords, there are Long bows (that he made himself) spears and god knows what else.

Thanks in advance!
Anthony

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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby the blade master » Sat May 18, 2013 7:05 pm

hi splats
sadly its against forum rules to sell on the open forum the best advice i can give is call the owner
lawrence his no,is on the main page not even deals via p.m is allowed either so im afraid calling
him is your only option im afraid
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Mellony » Sat May 18, 2013 7:46 pm

Our sympothys Anthony in these difficult times - illness in the family is never a good thing!

As Mick says - selling the collection through BUK is your only option really, the number is as follows:

01945 701022 - 8am - 10pm Mon-Sat

I will add that I've been after adding some antique & ex service peices to my collection for quite some time - so you can count me in as a definite buyer of some peices - on the condition it's done through BUK :)

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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Lone Wolf » Sat May 18, 2013 7:56 pm

Where are you? If you live near a large auctioneers I think it might be worth giving them a call if you think some are antique I'm sure they do free valuations, you could just ask and if you have got anything really special you may prefer to try your luck at auction with those ones rather then sell for a set price on the net, afterall you can set a reserve.

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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby splats » Sun May 19, 2013 10:34 am

Thanks for all the replies guys. I'll give that number a call in the morning.

Dad was a proud man and thought of himself as a kinda of warrior - only to be knocked down by cancer. I live in London lone wolf.

But I will give Blades UK a call in the morning and see if they can help me. His collection is so overwhelming I just have no idea where to start. Maybe I should have paid more attention to him when he would go on and on about the new things he bought!

Thanks for the help :D

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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Big Lazy » Sun May 19, 2013 7:24 pm

Would be great if you could post some pics please
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Loz » Sun May 19, 2013 10:14 pm

You need a specialist arms auctioneer, there are several about, they advertise in skirmish and Gun Mart, we only deal in modern swords/knives so won;t be able to help on this one
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Mellony » Sun May 19, 2013 11:02 pm

Ahh, well if you do manage to find an Auctioneer as Loz suggests - come back and tell us who / where as we'll still be interested :)
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Lone Wolf » Mon May 20, 2013 10:34 am

Loz wrote:You need a specialist arms auctioneer, there are several about, they advertise in skirmish and Gun Mart, we only deal in modern swords/knives so won;t be able to help on this one


I was thinking he could call Sotheby and see if they would send someone round to go thru it all, they do specialist auctions on occasion so should have the staff.

Do museums do it? I know anyone can give the natural history museum a call to get a fossil looked at, well you used too I assume most large museums would be willing to look at stuff.

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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Geordie Ross » Mon May 20, 2013 3:15 pm

My deepest condolences,
There's a number of auction rooms available in London, some are further afield but thwy do specialize in military antiques, and swords. Im not sure if I'm allowed to name one in particular but here's their address and contact info.

53 Meeting House Ln, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HB
01273 321357
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Moon » Mon May 20, 2013 5:08 pm

IIRC - The Lanes Armoury only deal in militaria and antique swords etc. and Loz has already said that Blades-UK don't sell that kind of gear.
Pics would be cool though, maybe there are some modern blades that could be identified, seeing that Anthony's Dad often mentioned this forum.
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby the blade master » Mon May 20, 2013 7:10 pm

Geordie Ross wrote:My deepest condolences,
There's a number of auction rooms available in London, some are further afield but thwy do specialize in military antiques, and swords. Im not sure if I'm allowed to name one in particular but here's their address and contact info.

53 Meeting House Ln, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HB
01273 321357

cant see it being a problem as there not in direct competition with buks so no worrys the guy needs the help
if im wrong Lawrence will let us know soon enought
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby splats » Tue May 21, 2013 11:18 am

Thanks for all the advice guys.

I can try and take some pictures of a few and maybe that can help me identify where I would need to go.

I'll work on getting some pictures posted over the next few days, right now its very hectic back and forward to the hospital.

Thanks!

(Actually I found these few on his computer - I don't really know what they are to be honest so maybe you guys can tell)

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These are just three of them - Thanks guys

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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Moon » Tue May 21, 2013 12:43 pm

splats wrote:Thanks for all the advice guys.

I can try and take some pictures of a few and maybe that can help me identify where I would need to go.

I'll work on getting some pictures posted over the next few days, right now its very hectic back and forward to the hospital.

Thanks!

(Actually I found these few on his computer - I don't really know what they are to be honest so maybe you guys can tell)

Image
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These are just three of them - Thanks guys

I'd say that the above pics are of the same sword and it's a Paul Chen Tiger.
Need more pics of the other sword as the saya may be customised.
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Re: Some general advice needed

Postby Loz » Wed May 22, 2013 3:48 pm

not antique and not a tiger, lets see a few more pics and see what've got, I'd say more mid range chen copies £75-150, with those we can help you.
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