About Antique-Swords.com (ex Antique-Swords.eu
We NEVER sell reproductions (unless period and stated as
such). We NEVER misdescribe items. We NEVER hide damage. We NEVER
fake items. We never make highly dubious claims about our items.
We NEVER add spurious markings. We offer a no-quibble consumer money
back guarantee (dealer purchases excluded, see: sales
Originally owning a large private sword collection, the British
founder of Antique Swords .Com started selling a few swords on eBay,
to make space for swords he had bought and everything grew from
there. We have always tried to do an exceptional job presenting
our items accurately and taking care of anyone who bought from us.
Potential buyers, please see our customer feedback here:
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The above feedback was left for us on the forum Antique Swords Org
which has now closed. You will see our lowest rating was 9 out of
10 with over 75% of customers saying we scored 10 our of 10!
We have many satisifed customers including new & experienced
collectors, other militaria dealers, sword reference book authors,
regiments and museums.
Truthfully, we have only had one item returned for a refund in
11 years; in fact, many customers tell us that the items they bought
from us exceeded their expectations.
There are now three collectors involved with this site. Not so
much commercial growth, but growth of interest. We pool our resources
and knowledge and believe we do a good job because of this.
So please feel confident when you buy from us. We try to include
any issues with a sword in the description plus provide large /
good quality images of the items upon request. Many people say how
honestly we described the item after they have bought and received
them, and that our photos do not do the items they received justice
(better that way than our using misleading photos).
We ourselves buy from a number of sources. Some items come from
individuals, some from collectors, some from estate sales and some
from auctions. This can be a very fraught / risky business unless
you know what you are doing. Over the years, we have gained more
and more experience, including and especially knowing which auction
houses to avoid! At the end of the day, when you buy from us, you
are buying from very experienced collectors with a large library
of reference books / material, who filter out the good from the
bad and sell only authentic, quality items that are honestly and
accurately described. Sure, we make a little money from it, but
we truly believe the insurance value of your buying from a site
like ours is well worth the small premium.
We pride ourselves on selling professionaly and ethically but,
it has to be said, many antique sword dealers and auction houses
do not; highly respected sellers / auctions are often the worse!
Please see our page on the most
common bad dealer practices here.