David Douglas

Militaria, nauticalia and sporting antiques specialist

David’s passion for ‘old things’ stems from childhood, which – mentored by his grandfather – eventually honed itself to military antiques. Although his career path led him into law, he always kept one foot firmly in the world of antiques. He was a regional chairman of the Military Historical Society, sold antiques and collectables at Nottingham Cattle Market and made a name for himself as a freelance auctioneer.

On retirement from professional life, he formed Northumberland County Auctions offering antiques and collectables at bi-monthly sales. Eventually, this was sold, but he continued to source high-end sporting guns for a leading London saleroom.

In the last 50 years, David has developed an impressive network of valuable contacts in the field. This ‘on the ground’ involvement has resulted in locating high-quality and unusual objects, including a unique example of a troopers' pattern Tarleton helmet of the Royal Horse Artillery of Peninsula War and Waterloo vintage, now displayed in The National Army Museum.