What’s It Worth Fact:
Napoleon Bonaparte’s cavalry sword sold for over $6 million in France in 2007. Napoleon used the sword at the Battle of Marengo in 1800 to take control of northern Italy from Austria. He was impressed with the design of the sword used by the Mamelukes in Egypt and had one custom made. He was said to say that the curvature of the blade was ideal for decapitation.
For the purposes of the National Firearm Act, the term antique firearms means any firearm not intended or re-designed using rim fire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition and manufactured before 1898. Antique weapons is a broader category that includes, but isn’t limited to: swords, arms and armor, knives, and cannons. Many times the history of ownership of the more modern weapons can affect their value (think Clint Eastwood’s pistol). However, age, historical use, rarity, and condition are generally the most important factors in determining the appraised value of antique weapons and firearms.
Tips on submitting antique weapons/firearms appraisals:
- There are almost always significant markings/inscriptions on antique firearms and they are usually located in various parts of the object. Look closely and submit images and descriptions of these important value markers.
- Does the edged weapon have a case? Be sure to describe and include images of this as well.
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