As anybody who knows me will tell you, I am not happy with on line auctions. Though I do notice that the worst excesses and stupidities (and frauds) of ebay have largely been eliminated, and moved onto Craigs list and similar.
That being said, there is ONE on line auction which I have always been very much in favor of, and that is the "Auctions Imperial" which occurs in Maryland every Spring. I don't get anything for advertising it here, by the way, but I have always been impressed by the quality of material which is consigned to this auction house.
The send me a newsletter once a year. (Thats one of the things I like about them....even their spam is understated!) Their home page has a couple of dates wrong (big deal), and they don't have their catalogue up yet, but they DO have a couple of the very VERY nice things in their "featured items" section.
One of the nicest things they have is a complete illustrated list of items which were auctioned off last year, and the prices they realized. This will assist people to answer that difficult question..."well, what is a real antique sword worth anyway?"
cut and paste of their newsletter follows....
We are pleased to announce our upcoming auction of fine antique arms and armor, to be held at
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL
2004 GREENSPRING DRIVE
TIMONIUM, MD 21093
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010
following the MACA Antique Arms Show
To preview some of the fine antique arms included in this auction, order your catalog or register to bid, please visit
www . auctionsimperial . com
Best wishes for a happy New Year,