NEWS from the Office…
I just wanted to thank all of you who checked in on me this week, it was heartwarming and much appreciated. I went into the Elephant Hospital (Endoscopic Wellness Center of America) and had a weight loss procedure. I think they renovated my stomach from a 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath down to a 1 bedroom efficiency😉. Well hopefully now after this rebuild when I look at my dog Peaches she will no longer think that I want to eat her! I will be back at it full speed on Monday and there will be a lot of nice things to deploy.
There has been an emerging trend in military firearms collecting that I wanted to bring to your attention, one that we are seeing a steady buildup of interest in recently; that is weapons used in China from 1900-1990, especially during the Warlord to WWII period. This would include all of the Mauser products, pistols sold by Various Spanish firms, and small arms from other European Concerns such as FN. Also and importantly just as significant would be the Chinese made small arms from this period, which in-terms of quality range from the sublime to the crude. The history of the Chinese made small arms is not well understood and notable research is currently being conducted by noted author Len Antares and also by Ian McCollum and his team at Forgotten Weapons.
Let’s consider what this will mean to advanced collectors such as our clients. Most of small arms of this period in China are found today in deplorable condition due to hard use and lack of maintenance. Pieces that can be found in high condition should command substantial premiums.
You might ask why all the interest? A simple answer is that there are more very affluent Chinese collectors who are now living in North America and want to own these artifacts. A more complex answer is that we all are increasing our interest in this facet of history. The number 2 most money making movie last year was “The 800” which is the story of an important incident, the 1937 Battle for the Sihang Warehouse during the Japanese attack on Shanghai. This occurred at the beginning of the 2nd Sino Japanese War. Many scholars consider this to be the actual start of WWII including myself. This is 2 years before war broke out in Europe in 1939. You might be surprised to know that Soviet Pilots and aircraft and German instructors and equipment were heavily involved in this conflict and fought on the side of the Nationalist Chinese Government of Chang Kai Shek against the Japanese Empire, long before the Flying Tigers showed up on the seen in 1941. American involvement in China was significant and adventurous including the OSS and Merrell’s Marauders. We should all be Gung Ho about this trend.
Brett & I will continue to list some of our excess personal collection of modern handguns and they have been selling well. We are talking Walthers, Glocks, Sigs, Hk’s; not junk. We have just acquired too many carry guns over the years and they are sitting around getting in the way. With the continuing shortage of modern firearms we thought some of you could use these guns. Because they are not C&R items they will need to be sent to your dealers for transfer. You would be surprised about how many of our clients have vast gun collections but nothing contemporary.
Please make an appointment if you are stopping by the office. All our inventory is vaulted up and we just do not have the time these days for dog and pony shows as we have reduced staff in the office. We are more than happy to pull something for you to look at if you have an interest; we just need to know in advance and don’t mind a visit.