New arms fair in Olympia, London
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 three millennia.
This inaugural event, on 30 September, is for dealers, collectors and enthusiasts of antique arms, armour and militaria alike. The fair is also hoping to attract new visitors with interest in the subject from the UK and abroad.
Organised by antique arms and armour auctioneer Thomas Del Mar 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 with pieces from all over 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. Over forty dealers from the UK, Europe and the United States have reserved stands for the event including dealers specializing in tribal weapons which broadens the event to another collecting category. Prices will range from £50 to over £100,000.
25 Blythe Road is a cooperative of specialists running their own auctions under one roof. For more details and to buy tickets, which cost £13.25 each, go to www.olympiaarmsfair.com.
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