Sword Identifications & Valuations
Sword Identifications / Valuations
Selling a sword? If yes, please go to our Selling
a Sword page.
For ID's & Valuations you can email us with photos
ONLY and PROVIDING you have ALREADY paid our 12€ / £10
per ID / valuation charge by PayPal; we do not ever provide
a free service and can only report solely on the photos you provide
us (we will not review / consider any claims you make about any
item or its past history / ownership unless you have documented
Please read this all and carefully.
If you require a sword identification and / or valuation (We provide
UK auction and retail value estimates only), we may be able to help
you; it depends on the sword and whether we are knowledgeable in
that area of course. We charge 12€ (Euros) or £10 (GBP
- British pounds sterling) per simple sword ID & valuation;
we ONLY accept PayPal payments for this. If you want extra information
such as the authentication / translation of a Japanese mei (the
signature / date on the tang of the blade), research or advice,
this will cost more and we will let you know how much in advance
IF we are able to do it for you in the first place.
Our ID's / valuations are short and to the point, and by email.
We do not provide certificates or detailed information. They are
/ may often be opinion only based on the salient features of the
item(s). If you are unhappy with a valuation from us, you are welcome
and free to seek a second opinion somewhere else. If you receive
second opinion from a notable expert (e.g. related recognized author
or long established owner of a relevant web site / antique sword
business) WITH citations / references to other sources (reference
books, etc.), we will gladly refund your fee; if not, we will not
refund (just because you are unhappy about our opinion / valuation
does not make it cause for recourse - all valuations are expert
Please see further below regarding German daggers and Japanese blades
To get an ID / valuation from us / start the process;
1) Please pay 12€ / £10 for each sword you want ID'd
& valued to our PayPal account:
Please ensure you enter the correct amount and select the appropriate
currency. Payment of the fee constitutes acceptance of the above
and below texts / terms & conditions. Please advise us once
you have paid the fee.
2) Email us clear images of your sword(s) - our email address is;
Please do not send us many very large high resolution photos as
our email account may reject these. It may be a good idea to open
a free photobucket account, upload your images there, and then
simply send us a link to your photobucket portfolio; please ensure
you select "public" for your images (so we do not have
to register to view them).
Please do not send us more than 20 words in support of the photos
and attach any evidence you have of provenance of the original owner
/ officer if claimed.
3) If we can not help you regarding any sword, we will refund the
£10 for each. If we can help, we will send you back the sword
model / type and its value (both auction value and retail / insurance
Please do not ask us to ID / value a sword without first
making the PayPal payment. We get so many emails asking
for what amount to be requests for free information that regrettably
we simply can not respond to any requests that have not paid in
advance any more.
Photos: If sending from a mobile, please ensure
you send hi resolution full sized and clear photos, not thumbnails
or low resolution / out of focus. DropBox Etc:
We will not view photos in a 3rd party service like DropBox IF we
have to register (as they force us to share out contacts list to
register and we simply are not prepared to do this). Zipped
files: Please do NOT send us zipped files due to the security
risks of opening such files. Long emails: Please
do not send us long emails unless you are paying us for consultancy.
Please only send us succinct / short emails with photos.
What will get for the money?
A simple ID and valuation, e.g.
It is a George V India service 1912P British cavalry officer's
sword (plus a circa date if known)
At UK auction in that condition and without a scabbard / any provenance,
it would likely make £100 to £120
So, double that value for retail / insurance.
Consultancy (Extra) Work
We may be willing / able to do consultancy work. If we
are, we would charge £150 per hour or part thereof. Payment
would be 2 hours in advance plus settlement of each 5 hour period
when such occur. Consultancy work included, for example, sword and
original owner research.
Because of the absolute nonsense (wild speculative often
uneducated opinion, including by so called "experts")
regarding WW2 ear German daggers, we do NOT provide a valuation
/ authntication this service for these.
Because of the number of gemei (ge-mei) meis (often period
or later honour signatures), we do NOT provide a valuation / authentication
this service for these.