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Jim Sweeney

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Quite a few years ago I came across an old 'Victorian' sword in an antique shop in York, I bought it on a whim as it wasn't too expensive and I liked the look of it. When I got it home I did some research and found out a bit about it. An 1822 pattern Infantry Officers sword from a Rifle Regiment manufactured by Johnstone's based in Dublin and London. This kindled an interest I didn't know I had and since then I've built up a nice little collection initially around Infantry Swords from the early 19th century but now incorporating Light and Heavy Cavalry swords and a French Curassiers' sword possibly taken as a trophy from Waterloo or Wellington's Penninsular campaigns. There's a few Military Arms Fairs around the country and I try to attend the northern ones if I can, there's always something to see and take home if you get the taste for it like I did.
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i am glade i came across this post.
some advice on knifes/swords would be much appreciated.
some of you guys may remember that my farther past away last year during the lock down. anyways when clearing his home he had a far few knifes and swords which he had some hanging on the walls and some were put away in cupboards. i didn't really know what to do with them with them being a bit of a gray area items. so the brother in-law took a far few away and i still have some here boxed away in the shed. he even had a cross bow with some bolts which i never new that he had. i ended up handing that over to the police as i was worried about having that in my possession as i believed it was illegal to own one at the time. i didn't tell the police about the swords and knifes though. i just told the police that i found the cross bow when clearing out one of his cupboards and i never new he had it to now.
so anyone have any ideas what i should do with then. i have no clue on what the rules are with the selling of blade etc. i feel a bit uncomfortable with the thoughts of selling knifes, but i would like to do something with them.

R.I.P. Dad
 
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Jim Sweeney

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Verified Member 2021
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i am glade i came across this post.
some advice on knifes/swords would be much appreciated.
some of you guys may remember that my farther past away last year during the lock down. anyways when clearing his home he had a far few knifes and swords which he had some hanging on the walls and some were put away in cupboards. i didn't really know what to do with them with them being a bit of a gray area items. so the brother in-law took a far few away and i still have some here boxed away in the shed. he even had a cross bow with some bolts which i never new that he had. i ended up handing that over to the police as i was worried about having that in my possession as i believed it was illegal to own one at the time. i didn't tell the police about the swords and knifes though. i just told the police that i found the cross bow when clearing out one of his cupboards and i never new he had it to now.
so anyone have any ideas what i should do with then. i have no clue on what the rules are with the selling of blade etc. i feel a bit uncomfortable with the thoughts of selling knifes, but i would like to do something with them.

R.I.P. Dad
Hi, it's not illegal to own or sell swords or knives to adults, it is illegal to sell either to under 18's. If you are uncomfortable keeping them then there are many auction houses who will be glad to sell them on for you, for a price. Tennants auction house in Leyburn have a specialised militaria sale every couple of months or so. If you would like to send me a PM with some photo's I could give you some better advice of where to sell what, there's some very reputable sites and some not so good ones.
 
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