you for taking the time to view my site. I have been a fanatical
collector of Western European Arms and Armor from the 15th - 17th
century for many years. I travel to small villages and out of the way
cities in Europe often in search of pieces that most collectors
can only dream of. Since I can't keep them all (or I upgrade a piece
in my collection) over the years I have amassed a lengthy list
of museums and collectors of impeccable taste that I sell to almost
exclusively. Many of these top collectors also rely on me to sell
their "trade ins". Since I am a collector and I do
not consider myself a professional dealer my prices are usually
the lowest world wide.
If your a beginner
or advanced collector you have come to the right place.
a few important things you should keep in mind:
and Armor is the most undervalued art in the world. You do not need
to be rich in order to have a good collection. Knowledge in many cases
is more important than money.
to 90% of the pieces you see advertised on Ebay and even the
major auction houses in Europe are fakes, reproductions, mis-cataloged
or composite (put together from different non-original pieces or
parts)!!! Many of these "non-period pieces" were
made over 100 years ago during the Victorian/Historimus era (turn of
the century Arms and Armour revival) they have age and old-school workmanship
and I'll tell you right now most collectors cannot tell them apart!
good pieces never make it to the auction houses! The top collectors
sell, trade and buy among themselves. The pieces they can't
sell to other knowledgeable collectors are "unloaded"
at the auction houses.
– Most auction
houses will charge you, the buyer, a 20% to 29% buyer's premium plus
vat taxes and a ridiculous amount for shipping and handling. The seller
has to pay anywhere from 10% to 20% seller's premium. Auction houses
routinely make 30% to 45% of the value of an item and guess who
is really paying that ridiculous amount. If you buy from an auction
house generally you have to hold an item 4 to 8 years before you
can sell the item for the amount you paid!
– If you
want to be a successful collector you need to learn to be patient. It's
not what you want, it's what's available and in your price range.
– You are
better off buying one good piece than 3 average pieces. The good
ones always go up in value first.
– I am always
adding and upgrading my website. I never know what is going to be offered
to me. So please come back and look often.
a while I'll understand what you like and will give you the opportunity
to consider a piece before offering it on my website.
feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Good luck in your search.
Only the best,