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 5th July 2016.
Sale Highlights from March 2016:
Lot 1. Gènèral Charles Emmanuel Mast (1899-1977), an important French group of medals and awards to Gen. Mast The Chief of Staff of the 10th Army Corps, Head of the Algiers Division and 3rd North African Infantry Division. As a Major General he participated in the liberation of North Africa in 1942, Operations Flagpole and Torch, under the Commander in Chief Lt.Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Post WWII Mast, under the instructions of General de Gaulle remained as Resident General in Tunisia until 1947, whilst heading military missions in Syria and Egypt. Sold for: £960 inc. buyer’s premium.
Lot 2. WWI Military Cross medal group awarded to WWII casualty Captain J.R. West , Berks Yeo (Berkshire Yeomanry) and later of 5th Battalion Dorset Home Guard; GV Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals and miniatures. Captain West died as a result of friendly fire as he, along with many, were strafed by an inexperienced Canadian pilot whilst attending a fire power demonstration. Included in this lot are memoriam, coroner deposition and inquisition, card of his former residence, identity card, photograph of him in uniform, copy of the events of the friendly fire incident. Sold for: £3,120 inc. buyer’s premium.
Lot 91. RAF escape & evasion compass button and a silk map. Sold for: £216 inc. buyer’s premium.
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.