Sword & Pistols of British officers with chequered careers head record sale of arms at Bonhams

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LONDON.- The Antique Arms and Armour market seems armour plated as Bonhams latest sale at £1.4 indicates. This was the top result for any sale of Arms and Armour in London this year with 89 per cent of lots sold. The two top items in the sale on November 30th in Knightsbridge were not surprisingly weapons with a fascinating provenance – a Lloyds Patriotic sword awarded to Captain Arthur Farquhar which sold for £79,250 and a set of duelling pistols once owned by the colourful Lt-Colonel Thomas Thornton at £67,250. David Williams, Director of Antique Arms and Armour at Bonhams, says: “The market remains buoyant with interest coming from round the world for what was an outstanding collection of material. Interest in collecting Antique arms and militaria continues to grow.” Farquhar, Commander of HMS Acheron, survived the ultimate Royal Navy catastrophe of losing his ship to a French man of war, but in the subseque