Militaria, nauticalia and sporting antiques

This vibrant area of antiques enjoys a dedicated and loyal following at Elstob Auctioneers, consistently delivering exceptional results for our valued vendors. We stand ready to provide expert valuations across this specialisation and invite you to reach out to us to discuss consignments, whether they consist of individual items or extensive collections. For prospective buyers, we are delighted to offer impartial advice.

Our well-received militaria section encompasses a broad spectrum of collecting interests, including the sale of military equipment, accessories, firearms (such as guns, rifles, pistols, shotguns, and antique firearms), edged weapons, uniforms, helmets, as well as British and international medals, awards, and decorations.

Furthermore, we take pride in our expertise in nauticalia, which includes marine, maritime, nautical, and scientific antiques. This captivating field provides valuable insights into our rich maritime history, with items ranging from ship paintings and models to compasses and telescopes.

In the realm of sporting collectables and memorabilia, our auctions consistently yield impressive results. Our sales offer a treasure trove of unique and collectable pieces, spanning from fishing rods, tackle, and angling equipment to taxidermy, hunting and field sports paraphernalia, trophies, and firearms. Notably, our department excels in the sale of high-end guns, making it a destination of choice for discerning collectors.


Talk to a specialist 

Our department is under the expert guidance of David Douglas, who boasts an impressive career spanning over 50 years in the cataloguing and auctioneering realm of this dynamic field.

In addition to successfully operating his own auction house, David has amassed a wealth of experience as a freelance auctioneer and cataloguer, having lent his expertise to numerous salerooms and practices. Notably, he was a consistent source of high-end material for a leading London-based auctioneer.

David's distinctive forte lies in the extensive and diverse network of contacts he has cultivated throughout his illustrious career. Today, he leverages this vast network to the exclusive advantage of Elstob's esteemed clients.

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