For all of London’s military historians, art historians, medievalists, collectors great and small, the new Olympia Antique Arms Fair is a new event showcasing antique arms, armour and militaria from all around the world. Pieces will include Bronze Age axes, medieval armour, swashbuckling rapier swords, and the first self-igniting firearms such as matchlock, wheellock and flintlock pistols.
Within the splendid neo classical interior of Pillar Hall, W14, the new Olympia Arms Fair will showcase intriguing objects from international military history spanning in excess of 3 millennia.
Thomas Del Mar
Organised by Thomas Del Mar – antique arms and armour auctioneer and founder of the auction cooperative 25 Blythe Road located around the corner from Pillar Hall, the timeline of objects for sale will cover Bronze Age to the First World War. Pieces will include Bronze Age axes, medieval armour, swashbuckling rapier swords, and the first self-igniting firearms such as matchlock, wheellock and flintlock pistols. Over forty dealers from the UK, Europe and the United States have reserved stands for the event including Runjeet Singh Ltd, Peter Finer Ltd, Patrick Mestdagh, Garth Vincent Antique Arms and Armour, Alban Arms & Armour, Michael German Antiques and Magazin Royal.
Highlights at the fair will include a Mughal jade handle dagger, from the Jaipur region, India, circa 1680 brought by Patrick Mestagh. Peter Finer Ltd will be exhibiting an Italian Basinet, c. 1370-80, a Royal Korean helmet damascened in gold for a high-ranking member of the Royal Household, Joseon Dynasty, probably Yeongjo period, circa 1724–76, and a Royal French Épée De Luxe with gold and porcelain hilt, presented to King Fernando VII of Spain. Alban Arms & Armour is bringing a fine hand-and-a-half sword, South German or Swiss circa 1550. From Garth Vincent Antique Arms and Armour a pair of blunderbuss pistols by Nicolson of London, a percussion pocket pistol by Calderwood of Dublin, and an 1805 pattern naval sword are among pieces to entice the collector.
There will also be dealers specialising in tribal weapons which broadens the event to another collecting category. Prices will range from £50 to over £100,000. The Arms and Armour Society and the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association will also be present.
The Olympia Arms Fair is taking place at the Pillar Hall, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX on Saturday 30th September 2017, 9:00– 15:00.
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