How To Sell Antiques In West Sussex


How To Sell Antiques In Sussex

If you are faced with the task of selling antiques in West Sussex you will probably think of contacting Toovy’s or another of our local auctioneers.



If it not already to late and you can spare a moment I think I might convince you to reconsider.

By Calling David Mattey today on 01903884602 you can arrange an appointment to obtain a free valuation in your home or at our high street premises.

At such a meeting David will explain precisely  how Auctioneers take no less than an alarming 48% of the price paid to them by their buyers.

Arundel Antique Buyers can and will pay you the correct researched prices for a range antiques without your loosing 48% of the value .

Yes that is correct and accurate. by charging both the buyer and seller Auctioneers cunningly receive almost half the true value of your antiques. 

Why not arrange a visit to Arundel and come and discuss your collection and what service we offer to sellers. 



    If   You Are A Long Term Collector Who Already Knows The Market Value Of Your Collection Do Not Hesitate To Call David Mattey.

  Learn How A Discreet  One Off Payment For Your Collection Might Just Suit You ?.



Hi David,

“Thank you for your kind service.

It has been a pleasure dealing with

you and if I find anything else

that I think might interest you,

I will have no hesitation in

contacting you again.

antique swords wanted sussex

You have been very fair

and professional throughout

this transaction.

German Helmet prices

I wish you and your colleagues every success with your business”.





Militaria auctioneers cling on for their lives

This market remains very strong?

The following U.K.  auction report is complete as published and has been lifted from the net in it’s entirety  ??

(It was discovered in a search entitled “Militaria Dealers”? The first deception given that an auctioneer  is an agent rather than a Dealers)

Notation in italics have been penned by myself . 

Collectors are now able to find their favourite pieces at our specialist auctions and we often sell lots for well above their retail value.

( A wild claim which would be impossible to substantiate. There are no limits retail pricing on militaria and no published records of all retail prices achieved )

We have always had a keen interest in this subject, which is not every auctioneer’s cup of tea. ( there must be a correlation between items which are in demand and the interest of the agent.

(Any party claiming 45% of an items sale price will have interest in popular lines )

 As a result, with our expert knowledge,

(Ability to see and to use Google)

we are able to quickly research and value lots placing them in our regular specialist auctions.

With a loyal following too from bidders around the world, and especially from one particular Russian internet bidder, we achieve some exceptional prices such as a 19th century presentation Shamshir sword, which we sold for £12,500.

( Any U.K. Dealer Would Have Paid £10,000-£15,000 directly had the vendor approached them directly ,The poor buyer had to pay 25% buyers premium on top so he realy paid £15,500  £3000 more with the VAT added )

All of our auctions use live internet bidding platforms to ensure that every lot, whether it is worth £20 or £500,000, reaches the widest possible market and sells for the best price possible.

( Auctions are irreplaceable when selling items of £500, value such as Old Master Paintings and Classic cars .

Mysterious overseas bidders are a romantic headline grabber.

In truth most lots sell for under

£1000 or even under £100 to local dealers who In turn endeavour to re market them .)

the run up to an auction we receive 100’s of emails requesting further information for lots in the sale. Attached to these email replies, we regularly send well over 1,000 digital images, (Unnecessary use of a number )  such is the huge interest generated in our auctions. (By Our Auctions )

A 19th century presentation Shamshir sword, sold for £12,500

A Third Reich Diplomatic Officers Dagger, sold for £1,700 ( Possibly a government official’s Dagger rather than Diplomats dagger .Diplomat’s Daggers start at £3,500 I have handled three examples )

A Pepperbox Revolver, sold for £850

( The Poor Buyer Paid 25% Buyers Premium on the Hammer Price  )

For further information regarding this article, or to consign an item to auction, please contact Charterhouse auctions who is particularly interested in all things


Why loose 45% of the value of your collection to auctioneers in commission fees?

When they  auction your antique weapons invariably they sell to specialists  like us ?


Why not come direct to us and you almost certainly will get a
better price for the same item, without having to wait to get paid.

Arundel Antiques

David Mattey  has been trading in “Militaria”  since 1978.

Old Guns Wanted. Old Swords Wanted.
When we buy directly from your items and you will get paid the same day.

Auctioneers will normally pay you nothing at all for your items upfront.
They rely on people just like us, to buy your antique weapons, and you will then get paid later.
Please phone or email to discuss any object you might be thinking of selling.

Cap Badge Collections

We are currently looking to purchase the following specific items for clients:

cop-hilt Rapiers
All antique handguns and especially the following items;
Guns and pistols made in Maastricht. Spanish, German or Dutch cup-hilt and swept-hilt Rapiers.  Dutch

and Dutch wheel-lock rifles.
Bronze cannon barrels. Any flintlock or percussion pistols made in Berlin or Dusseldorf. German pistols and rifles made by Tanner, Stormer, Krause, Mantz, Drechsler.
Weapons marked E.I.G. or E.I.C.

All cased pistols, especially cased Flintlock duelling pistols. French military weapons. German percussion and flintlock rifles.

Matching European breast plate and back plates.
Cased pairs of flintlock & percussion pistols wanted.
Knife pistols marked “Unwin and Rodgers” Sheffield.

Any “Kerrs patent” revolvers, cased or uncased. All revolvers in .577 calibre. Any fine quality Indian, Balkan, Turkish or Russian  weapons.

English marked revolvers by Le-Mat. Any Miquelet or Snaphaunce pistols.
Any multi-shot pistols.

All Chinese weapons especially swords from the Boxer rebellion. Any combination weapons especially sword-pistols.

Early Scottish dirks and shields. Scottish basket hilted swords. Double barrelled flintlock sporting guns by Mortimer, Joseph Egg, John or Joseph Manton.

“Webley Longspur” revolvers.  All miniature arms. Any profusely decorated weapons especially pistols inlaid with Gold or silver.

.451 calibre rifles made by Thomas Turner and The Whitworth Rifle Company.

Brown- Bess musket with a 46 inch barrel. Jade handled weapons.

Native American items including any quill work or beadwork items ie. head-dress, knife scabbards, Tomahawks, quivers, shields, moccasins.

Scottish all steel Flintlock belt pistols. All Danish and Norwegian weapons. Any unusual African swords, shields daggers & artefacts.

Mail-Coach blunderbuss. British military Flintlock Padget carbine.  South Sea wooden clubs.

Fijian weapons and carved objects.

Japanese Matchlock rifles swords and pistols. Any Swiss weapons. Helmets and armour.

All bowie knives especially knives made by Joseph Rodgers.

Napoleonic period Baker flintlock rifle with or without bayonet.

World War I and II – German & Japanese souvenirs brought back by allied service-men.

Spanish Ripoll belt pistols. Naval swords especially with Silver hilts. British 1796 pattern Heavy cavalry sabre (disc hilt).

North American Indian trade weapons, peace pipes, tomahawks. 18th century American powder horns engraved with maps.

1805 Napoleonic naval boarding cutlasses.  Any Albanian, Greek, Turkish weapons especially with silver mounts.

All Napoleonic period weapons. Any unusual Naval weapons
especially if named to known officers.
Ottoman/ Persian steel recurved bows. Turkish armour & Quivers.

Any genuine Roman or Greek weapon, armour, etc.

Good quality English sporting guns especially guns made by William, Charles and Samuel Smith.

Revolvers made by Samuel Colt, Starr, Smith & Wesson and Remington
in either Percussion system or Rim-fire.