Antique Swords, Rapiers, Broadswords, Pole Arms, Guns, and Armour | home
Collectors Worldwide since 1999
This is not just our
business. It's our passion! We started out as collectors decades
before we ever thought about making it a business. Over the years we collected all kinds of military and household antiques, starting with a few Civil War and WWII items over
40 years ago. Many of these pieces we still have in our collection
today. While the internet often makes commerce so impersonal, we
always like to speak personally with our clients. Being collectors
ourselves we certainly understand everything that goes into making a large
purchase. Sometimes it can be an addiction!
One of our passions has
always been European edged weapons of the 16th and 17th centuries, but in
the early days of collecting these were usually beyond our means. When
we finally did jump into that market we could only afford to buy 2 or 3
pieces a year. The collection grew very slowly and we often found ourselves
buying lesser pieces or getting out of our field completely because we lacked the means to purchase the pieces
we really wanted.
While for years we had
never wanted to sell anything from the collection, we eventually gave in to
the advice of other collector friends who told us that the best way to improve your personal collection is to periodically sell and trade. How right they were! Within a short time
we found the quality of our collection had improved dramatically and we soon owned pieces
we never could have afforded had we not sold or traded lesser ones. We would give this same advice to any other collector.
One aspect of collecting which makes our expensive hobby more practical is the fact that the market value of most military antiques has risen substantially over the years, making it a good investment as well. In fact, many pieces have increased in value far beyond the stock market and other traditional investments. Many pieces
we sold just a year or two ago we find ourselves wishing we had back because
we can’t replace them for anything close to what we sold them for. Unlike collectibles such as Beanie Babies, military antiques have been collected for centuries and, despite short term market fluctuations, have always risen in value over the long run. We
also prefer to see our collection proudly displayed on the wall where we can
enjoy it and show it off to our friends, rather than trying to make sense
out of a brokerage statement. However, while this makes it easier to justify many of our purchases, the best reason to collect is for the pure enjoyment of it. When contemplating a big purchase because of limited funds,
we have always been able to look back and remember that there were far more pieces
we should have bought and didn’t, than ones we bought and shouldn’t have.
Greg & Lynn