Accepted by appointment


Friday 5th January 10.00am – 4.00pm,
24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR

How to Bid


Please see below

Specialist Arms & Militaria Books


Sale starts: Thursday 21st December 2023
Sale closes: Saturday 6th January 2024

Bids close from: 12noon (subject to staggered timing and the 10 minute rule)

Catalogue: Download PDF catalogue

A Sale of Specialist Arms & Militaria Books –
Timed Online Auction

Bidding Starts Thursday 21st December

Closing from 12 noon Saturday 6th January 2024


A comprehensive selection of books relating to American manufacturers such as Colt, Winchester, Remington & Ruger, English Gunmakers to include Greener, Tranter, Manton, Purdey, Churchill, Holland & Holland and others, as well as books relating to the development and supply of ammunition and cartridges, war-issue military handbooks and further volumes relating to edged weapons. Many scarce, limited-run, and some signed copies are included in this auction.


Bidding for this sale will the held on the third-party bidding platform
Existing clients will need to register separately on this site to bid in this auction.

Bidding closes from 12 noon on Saturday 6th January 2024, subject to staggered timing and the 10-minute rule.

Bids left within the final minutes of a lot closing will trigger an extension of time, allowing the previous high bidder to bid again should they so wish.



Please read the following information carefully before bidding.


Consignments &  Administration Office 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR

Friday 5th January 10.00am – 4.00pm, 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR

A buyers’ premium and online bidding charge totalling 23.5%, will be added to the bid price of each lot for this sale.

Some Lots may incur VAT on the hammer price, these will be noted +VAT within each Lot description.

We regret that we are unable to process requests for condition reports received after 1.00pm on the day preceding the sale.

Online only

Collection of lots purchased are at the designated times and locations as follows :

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday post sale 9am - 3pm
Consignments & Administration Office 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR

Strictly no collections Friday, Saturday or Monday post sale

Any collection times other than the above are by appointment only directly with the auctioneers.


We offer an in-house shipping service for purchasers who cannot collect their guns in person.
Please be aware that shipping will only commence in the week after the designated clearance days as published for each sale. 

Please note, all modern air weapons (post-1939) will be required to be sent to a registered firearms dealer and cannot be sent to a private individual’s home address.  

For Deactivated Weapons and for those classed as ‘Antique’ (S58), we can arrange shipping direct to the purchaser, subject to receiving a copy of the purchaser’s photographic ID.

1. For shotguns, rifles and modern air weapons (licensable weapons S1; S2) buyers will need to nominate a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD) in their locality to receive their parcel and confirm the full particulars of their nominated RFD to Southams by email.

2. Private purchasers must send their original Firearm / Shotgun certificate by recorded post to: Southams Administration Office, 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR.

3. Southams will re-issue your original invoice with the charges for packing & shipping added. Once the necessary license information and payment have been received, we will ship your guns using Parcelforce Express24/Express48 service. 

Standard Tariff: Packing & Shipping of up to 3 guns within Zone 1
* Parcelforce Express £55.00+VAT Each additional gun £10.00+VAT Up to a maximum of 30kg per consignment. *Zone 1 – England, Wales & Scotland (ex. Highlands & Islands) All charges are plus VAT. 

Additional Charges & Insurance: 
Shipping within Zones 2 & 3
* Parcelforce Express - £POA 
Shipping to Isle of Wight – Additional £8+VAT;
Saturday Delivery – Additional £14+VAT
AV Surcharge: Age Verification for Edged Weapons (mandatory) £5+VAT 
In-Transit Insurance covering loss or misplacement: 
Amount of total cover: £500        £1,000         £1,500        £2,000       £2,500 
Cost: £5.00         £10.00        £15.00        £20.00        £25.00

Sundry Lots that do not require a certificate (i.e. not modern guns or ammunition) can be shipped directly to the buyer’s registered address.

Packing & shipping of these lots will be handled by the packing department at W & H Peacock – please email shipping@peacockauction.co.uk for further information.

Attention is drawn to the Auctioneers Conditions of Sale in this catalogue and posted on the premises.
In particular, it is emphasised that all accounts must be settled on the day of sale. Sale currency is GBP.

The following payment methods are accepted:

• Cash
• Debit card (in person)
• Direct bank transfer

We do not accept payments by credit card or any card payments over the telephone.

Bank transfer details are as follows :

Bank Name :       Metro Bank Plc
Account Name :  Southams
Sort code :          23-05-80
Account # :          29033862
Please quote both the auction number and your invoice number as reference. Failure to do so may delay goods being released.

International Payments
IBAN : GB44 MYMB 2305 8029 0338 62

Please be aware that clients making international transfers will be liable for any bank imposed charges.

In completing the online bidder registration and providing your payment card details you:

(i) confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to the auctioneer and have sufficient funds available to complete the transaction.

(ii) agree to abide by the auctioneer’s conditions of sale and special terms and conditions as stated in these particulars and on the online bidding platform.

(iii) agree to make payment via the methods and timescales stated above at the completion of the auction and authorise the auctioneer that on failing to do so the credit/debit card given may be charged in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased.

24 Newnham Street
MK40 3JR
United Kingdom
Tel:01234 269082


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