The Lanes Armoury is based in the very centre of the world
famous Brighton Lanes and owned by the Hawkins brothers, Mark and David.
Mark and David have between them
over 55 years experience in the profession, frequently featuring as both
resident and visiting consultants to numerous television programmes on
Satellite Television and the BBC. They feature in numerous famous reference
books on Antique Collecting including The Miller's Guides to Antique Values,
also appearing in numerous glossy magazines and journals on a regular basis.
They were nominated and short-listed for the British Antique & Collectors
Awards as the best Antique Shop in Great Britain. In their business they are
the successors to the world famous name of Hawkins, historically one of the
oldest and largest dealers in the trade of Antiques and Collectibles in Europe.
The origin of the Family Business goes back to the Reign of King George, but
the brothers Mark and David are the first generation of the family to
exclusively specialise in Arms, Armour, Militaria, and Books.
The Lanes Armoury is in Brighton,
the glorious south coast town, made famous by the Prince Regent, and his
Palace, the Brighton Pavilion. Brighton [in it's old name] was recorded in the
Domesday Book [ the 11th century census of England ] but it took 700 years to
obtain its fame, thanks to His Royal Highness and his Mistresses. They
are based in the very heart of the old town, which contains the famous
Lanes', which are converted Fisherman's Cottages, it is now an exclusive
pedestrian shopping region of high class Restaurants, Jewellers, Designer
Stores and Antique Shops.
In the very centre of the old
Lanes, in a three storey 16th century building, adorned distinctively in Guards
Red . It is a beautiful shop that is frequently described, by its
visitors, as possibly the most amazing in Europe. Within its portals is a
veritable Treasure House of Arms, Armour, Militaria [from pre-Christian to the
current day] and an amazing selection of thousands of Military and History
Books. They have thousands upon thousands of items, from Suits of Armour,
Samurai Weapons, Bronze Age Swords, to Duelling Pistols, American Civil War
Swords, Long Guns & Revolvers. They also sell European Medals, and
hire/sell Deactivated Arms, including, numerous types of WW2 Machine Guns, in
fact practically every imaginable item from a Cap Badge to a Royal Navy Cannon.
Over the decades their client list has
expanded from Presidents to Postmen, from Royalty to Reverends but they pride
themselves on principals of courtesy and assistance that is equal for all.
Every sale is important, as is every client. Every item of weaponry is sold
with the benefit of full value return, against a future increased value sale.
All mail order credit card sales are sold on approval [return in seven days] in
original condition. One day every item of stock will be listed and detailed on
this web site, however, at present, the stock [especially of books] is so huge
and varied it will take some time before this will come into effect, so for now
please contact them with your needs or wants, or even just a basic outline of
something you are looking for, and they will do their utmost to satisfy your
desires. The company also offers an Inspiration Service for those in need of a
gift, or even an idea for the new collector, who may wish to start collecting
without knowing in what direction to proceed. They can guide you through a few
simple inquiries to find the perfect and unique gift or the start of a
collection. Every day they buy and sell little pieces of history, there is no
other sphere of collecting quite like this, household antiques and collectibles
may be of a certain era, but a Sword, a Pistol, or a Helmet you can buy here,
may have once been used by maybe a soldier in Napoleon's Imperial Guard, or a
Samurai Warrior in the Great Warring era of Japan, or possibly a Commander of a
German U-boat in WW 2 . There is nothing quite like Arms and Armour for
stimulating the imagination.