Napoleon Bonaparte is famously credited with saying “An army marches on its stomach”; whether he did or not seems to be a point of historical debate, however Napoleon’s army certainly marched on at Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Military and Military Figure Auction on 24th January. But this army was only 15mm tall and all 10,000 plus hand painted figures representing Napoleon and his enemies sold for a collective £4,448 (including buyer’s premium).

Auctioneer John Morgan commented; “This collector spent many 1,000’s of hours creating this miniature army and although all his time can never be valued we were delighted they found new custodians who fully appreciate the time, effort and skill involved.”

“However, the success of the sale did not stop there in what turned out to be an exciting day”, continued John.

With 99% of all the lots selling the sale was fully appreciated by hundreds of bidders providing many highlights including a superb Victorian Full Dress Helmet to the West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry making £1,721 (including buyer’s premium) and from slightly later in history items from the first World War continue to have a significant following with a gallantry group of four medals to a Mr. A Bradford from Rotherham made £647 (including buyer’s premium), a pair of brass shoulder titles to the ‘Sheffield Pals’ Battalion making £147 (including buyer’s premium) and a rare print after ‘Snaffles’ of World War One artillery making an unexpected £611 (including buyer’s premium).

The next auction of Medals and Militaria is 4th October 2018 and entries are currently invited. For further information please contact John Morgan at the Saleroom office on 0114 281 6161 or jmorgan@sheffieldauctiongallery.com