A family business, BLUNDERBUSS ANTIQUES, opened its doors at our previous address in Central London in 1968. The proprietor, the late Tom Greenaway (a collector since he was a boy), had already been dealing in antique arms and armour since 1960, working from an extensive stall layout in the Portobello Road. His two sons, Phil and Chris joined the business in 1970 and 1971. Since we opened, and to the present day, we have seen the collecting of arms, armour and militaria change in many ways, from early morning street market dealing, in our shop face to face with the customer, to the current trend of selling by mail order and on the Internet.
Sadly, Tom Greenaway passed away in late 2001 and Phil passed on in July 2009, a great loss to both the family and the militaria trade in general, however their ideals and zest for the militaria business is carried on through Chris.
When Blunderbuss opened 49 years ago, we dealt solely in antique arms and armour with virtually no dealings in WW1 and WW2 items - in fact, at that time, apart from German WW2 militaria, there was virtually no interest in collecting WW1 & WW2 militaria in general. Gradually we adapted to selling all sorts of arms and militaria and at one point our stock consisted of one of the widest ranges of items in the U.K. Our shop closed in early 2009 and we became, mainly, an internet based business, However we do have attend many of the major militaria shows where it is great to meet up with customers, both old and new, face to face.
Our stock now consists of an extensive range of items predominantly from the 20th Century. We stock bayonets of all periods, general WW1 and WW2 militaria of the main combatant nations, including combat equipment, clothing, personal kit, paperwork, insignia, helmets, bayonets & military knives, respirators, caps and boots, aviation and naval items! We also, occasionally, have post WW2 and modern militaria as and when it turns up
We have operated an efficient and reliable mail order service for nearly 40 years, originally dealing through a printed catalogue, which is still available to our worldwide customers both established and new, who do not have access to the Internet. However, to take advantage of today's communication methods we now have this extensive website which is based on our currently available stock of WW1, WW2 Militaria items. The design of this website, which includes many features unavailable on other sites, allows us update it more frequently and offer an even better service to ALL of our customers, old and new, wherever they may be