Military Photographs and Photograph Albums appear mostly in our dedicated specialist Books, Paperwork & Photographs auctions which we hold twice a year. Photograph albums are quite a main part of this auction.

Photography was first used in a major way during the Crimean War and later during the American Civil War. Early photographs like Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes are very popular when they are offered at auction. Early photograph albums taken in the far reaches of the empire such as India can offer an insight into what life was like in these parts compared to life at the time in the Western World.

In recent years photograph albums with images taken in China and the Far East have been well contested. We have secured very strong results for our clients with photograph albums taken in this region.

During WW1, although authorities banned photography at the front lines as an attempt to prevent the general public to seeing the horrors unfolding in the trenches of the Western Front, some officers and private soldiers ignored these rules. As such, original photograph albums taken on the front lines of France and Flanders can command high prices.

In 2018, we were consigned the photographic archive of the late Brian L Davis. Brian had, over the years, built up one of the most substantial archives of Military photographs from WW2. Some of the images he used in the various books he authored, but a number of these images had never been seen.

Department Specialists

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Matthew Tredwen

Specialist in Arms, Armour , Militaria

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Tim Harper

Printed Paper, Photograph Albums & Ephemera Consultant

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Possibly Unique and Historically Important WWI

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Sold for £1,350

Grouping of Photograph Albums Detailing Palestine

Sold for £540

Sold for £540

Impressive Photograph Album of Boer War

Sold for £1,350

Sold for £1,350

Signed Photograph of Winston Churchill

Sold for £7,000

Sold for £7,000

German Medical Officers Albums in China 1900-1905

Sold for £9,800

Sold for £9,800

Great War Album compiled by German Pilot

Sold for £34,000

Sold for £34,000

Original Photograph Album Belonging to Eva Braun

Sold for £4,600

Sold for £4,600

Important Chinese Photograph Albums circa 1900

Sold for £19,000

Sold for £19,000

Maharajah Duleep Singh Photograph Album

Sold for £2,400

Sold for £2,400

Outstanding Early Great War Photograph Album

Sold for £3,000

Sold for £3,000

WW1 Gallipoli Photograph Album

Sold for £1,200

Sold for £1,200

Album Compiled by Nurse Evelyn Gaimes in WWI

Sold for £400

Sold for £400

Photo Collection by Flight Lieutenant L.H.Abbott

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