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Militaria cufflinks

Collect them on their own or as a part of a larger collection, for example of military uniforms and accessories; cufflinks in general; or cufflinks and men’s jewellery.   There is something inherently gallant about cufflinks. And what to say …

Are your treasures covered?

So, you’ve decided to start collecting valuable items like antiques, gemstones, rare coins, stamps, war medals... You have done your maths. You know the price of the things you want and you are ready to pay for them. However… Have you stopped to …

Rarest Boer War medals

Boer War medals, much sought after collectibles, have many a fascinating tale to tell!   When the Boer War erupted in 1899 between South Africa’s ex-colonial masters, the British and the Boers, the former, puffed with their military might, were …

Firearm collecting

Humans have been collecting things ever since time began – a particularly interesting stone, deer antlers or valuable furs. But the key essence of collecting is that you start off with one item, then soon the ‘one is not enough’ syndrome strikes you and …

Massive R1 Coins by Mail sale!

Coins By Mail  are having the sale of the decade with thousands of items marked down to a R1 starting bid! This exciting sale began earlier this week; and the best news is that Coins By Mail will be marking down a whole range of items for the next 2 …

The Gurkhas and the kukri

If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha. Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw   The Gurkhas (or Gorkhali, as the call themselves) are one of the native tribes of Nepal. In the 19th century Anglo-Nepalese war they …

The Samurai and their swords

In Japan, the history of the sword is deeply entwined with the history of the samurai. The samurai were the warrior-elite nobility of pre-industrial Japan. Deeply versed in the arts of war, by the end of the Sengoku period (1600 AD) their attention to …

Go medieval with bidorbuy

Now you can satisfy your knightly urges by becoming the proud owner of a suite of plate armour. The item is a replica of 16th century plate armour with close helm style headpiece and a sword in the style of Charles V. It is 182 cm high and mounted on a …

People don’t kill people… swords kill people

There is no single implement in the history of mankind that has been made simply for killing, save for the sword. All other objects have as their origin an alternate use. Battleaxes stem from wood axes; war hammers from construction hammers; guns and bows …