Original antique swords and sabers can be worth a lot. There is a great deal of interest worldwide in bladed weapons. Did you know that three out of the five most expensive weapons ever sold are swords and daggers? In 2007, Heritage Auctions sold a sword of Ulysses S. Grant for almost 1.7 million dollars! This may have been a sword of historical significance embellished with silver, gold and diamonds, but still… It shows that it can be quite interesting to have your antique samurai sword appraised!
Valuation of antique swords is a profession best carried out by a specialized appraiser. Even a seasoned trader sometimes cannot determine with certainty whether it is a real old sword or not. The greatest risk of forgery of old weapons is with objects that come from the Far East. If you want to sell a weapon, you will find a buyer much faster if you can provide a Heritage Auctions valuation report that states that your sword is original.
We invite you to come to one of our walk-in days for free appraisals of militaria, which happen every Thursday at our office in IJsselstein. After the appraisal you have the choice to sell your sword at one of our auctions.
Note: During transport of a so-called bladed weapon, it is forbidden to carry it with you as if it is ready for use. Therefore, pack it well when you come to us for a sword valuation.
When you come to Heritage Auctions Europe for a free appraisal of your sword or dagger, you have the option to sell your pieces in one of our international auctions. It may be helpful to know that you are not allowed to purchase an ancient Roman sword or sell an antique Katana until you are 18 years of age or older. Because of the high demand for these items, there is an active trade market in these Katana's and Samurai swords. For real antique samurai swords of museum quality, you can easily count on amounts in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Do you have an old sword or an antique saber hanging on the wall, or have you come into possession of a sword through an inheritance? Have it appraised before you sell it. An appraisal is free of charge and without further obligations at Heritage Auctions Europe.
If you decide to have us carry out an appraisal, it is best to bring along all the accessories that go with it. Even if it seems unimportant to you to bring a broken sheath or a broken pommel, for our appraiser such matters can be of great importance for the valuation. Because of the enormous diversity in sword-like weapons (sabers and daggers also belong to this category), it is very important that our appraiser gets to see the full picture of your antique sword.