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 contact us (We charge
12€ / £10 per ID / valuation)
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 opinion only).
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:
here to pay 12€ / £10 Evaluation Fee by PayPal - 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.
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).
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 £100 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.