Medals and Militaria
Mark Longson MNAVA
Specialist and Senior Valuer
Captain Mark Longson is an ex Royal Tank Regiment officer and having commanded tanks his main interest is in Army historical collections, but he also has an in-depth knowledge of swords and weaponry and other associated areas. Mark has appeared on television as both an auctioneer and valuer and also as a regular militaria consultant on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex. He is also one of our auctioneers and a general valuer, with over 20 years of experience in salerooms.
The next specialist sale will take place on Tuesday 20th October, to include helmets, uniforms, and militaria from the private collection of the late Christopher Collins principal artist of Regimental Drums for the Forces.
Categories in the June sale were as follows:
Lots 001 – 139: Military badges, Titles and Insignia
Lots 140 – 154: Royal Navy
Lots 155 – 224: Army including Historical, Equipment, Clothing and Pictures
Lots 225 – 232: Royal Air Force
Lots 233 – 261: Medals, Decorations and Awards
Lots 262 – 287: Rest of the World, including Fascism
Lots 288 – 339: Swords, Armour, Bayonets and Daggers
Lots 340 – 399: German including Badges, Clothing, Books, Images and Hitler artefacts
Lots 400 – 422: Weapons, Muskets, Rifles and Pistols
View the March catalogue here, and June here.
In today’s market prices are linked less to the individual item and focused more on the historical significance of an item. For example the value of a medal may change significantly if the original recipient can be traced and then the interest becomes the where, when and why of the award and person rather than the item itself.
As more and more families are discovering and sharing their grandad’s German keepsakes the market is finding new collectors. So whether it be an old beret, a group of medals, a souvenir from afar or a collection of rifles, Chiswick Auction’s Militaria specialist will be able to advise vendors and buyers alike. Specialist sales are held 3 or 4 times a year.