• Mons Military Antiques
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IMPORTANT:- Please read this.

My Facebook page seems to be suffering some sort of problem.

UK Covid 19 DAILY UPDATE 24/05/20

UK Government Covid restrictions on movement are being ‘lifted’ within the UK (um). With this new development, post activity in general, including overseas post may well be expected to start to return to some pre-pandemic normality, albeit slowly....I will continue to monitor the situation.

POST UK/OVERSEAS

Firstly, thanks for the orders that have/are coming in. I am doing my utmost to get them ‘out’ as soon as is practically/safe to do so. ‘Your’ patience regarding dispatch is appreciated.

‘Next post out, when possible’!

U.K. post is dispatched every 7 - 10 days with inland post working pretty well’ with I understand only minor delays.

Overseas parcels are being held with me (until ‘life returns to some sort or ‘normality’). **Overseas parcel dispatch/mail services is at present a ‘hit and miss’ lottery with some parcels reaching destination in good time, some suffering very, very severe delays. If you wish your parcel dispatched irrespective of ‘Covid delays’ please e-mail me and I’ll get said parcel out on the next post out**. I have used my own initiative on this one. Parcels are safer with me than potentially being stuck in a sorting/holding depot amongst many other parcels awaiting dispatch.        To conclude on the matter of post and any delay, be aware said delays are BEYOND MY CONTROL, so please don’t get ‘tetchy’ with me regarding this issue, I’m doing my best in (world) difficult circumstances to keep ’everyone happy’.

Any dispatched overseas parcel will in all cases be followed up with an e-mail to the buyer, giving postal details.

General Covid, Mons’ operation info.

I ain't going to bang on about my own condition, but given current ‘health care’ issues I have to make this clear in relation to Mons’ working practices. Many are aware that I personally am undergoing an NHS immunotherapy treatment, placing me now (revised) in the ‘first line’ of ‘at risk persons’ regarding the Covid 19 issue and all it brings,. (I’m OK and well, just suffering some side effects). This said I am very strongly advised by my specialists at present to social distance and not ‘gather in numbers’, or in fact go out at all for the immediate future; hopefully this will change soon.

THANK YOU !

I must say a thank you to the band of people (you know who you are) checking in via message and telephone to see how I am, and wish me well. I’m fine but must admit my side effects have ‘beaten me up’ a tad. Thank you guys, its very up lifting. 

Canadian orders:- Canadian post seems to have torn up their convention with Royal Mail regarding tracked and signed for UK dispatched mail.. With this in mind Canadian buyers pay particular attention to my terms ‘Post’ section.

Mons’ has plenty of stock and will list at a ‘slow steady pace’. Sales of items not listed carry on as ever.

Exceptional times, with sadly all the problems that go with it.

Keep in touch guys and gals, I’m on social media. Stay safe and look after one another. People/loved ones are of paramount importance.

Best regards and thanks again,  Richard

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MONS MILITARY ANTIQUES :- Social media.

Covid 19 updated.

Direct links on my social media ‘Home’ pages (Twitter, Face Book and Instagram) now fully work, and will connect you directly with this web site, from the social media page you are viewing.

I use SM on occasions to give a heads up regarding forth-coming listings. (Some enterprising souls are using these ‘heads ups’ to ask the price of an item before its listed and have secured the item, so well worth a look at my SM pages !). Keep in touch (chat) via Mons’ Twitter page.

Just an interesting ‘note’....Now that my ‘new site’ is Google ‘compliant’ its easier for site viewers to pick up on new listings of specific interest, when making a search. This I can confirm as my new site statistics are now far exceeding those of my old site, with the new site generating its own ‘internet traffic’ rather than just that of the old site directory.

                                                                             NEW WEB SITE

I have now had my new website up and running for just about 10 months now. 

During 2020, I’d hoped to have moved it forward, with good listings made on a fairly regular basis. This has of course been impinged upon with my own NHS ‘side effects’ issue and now the Covid 19 virus and all the problems it brings with it. As sales have fallen off with people having other things on their minds, I’ll list a few bits from time to time over the lockdown period. Mons’ is still here with plenty of ‘good stuff’ to list....in better times....role on better times !

(Please realise that 99.9% of my listings are ‘one-off’; when they are sold......’they are sold’).

Mons Military Antiques :- For the discerning, advanced & novice collector !

Current situation up-dated.

Good listings to come (and plenty of them), as I ‘press forward’ into 2020. This was my aim. Covid 19 has placed a much changed complexion on things. People have other things on their minds, militaria collecting is now a ‘true’ luxury when compared to every day life and ‘survival’. Here’s to better times and the listings I promised

Little stories from this year, that will make you ‘laugh’.

I have tried, especially this year to help ‘collectors’ that have approached me with specific requests, with a 100% failure rate.

All have turned out not to be collectors but absolute time wasters of the first order. I have built some magnificent relationships over many years with ‘real’ clients some now friends.

See below for just two examples:-

1 This collecting lark should be easy:- After 20 plus e-mails the guy orders the item after I meet all his criteria (I’m trying to help). Following day, I’m asked for two thirds the money back as he wishes too buy something elsewhere, hold the item ordered, being paid for next month. I pointed out I cant do business in this manner, I’m accused of being un-professional. If not being prepared to do business in this manner makes me un-professional, then I suppose I am.

2 One-one service:- Receives order, immediately wishes to return, as is his privilege. Out of interest I asked what the problem was.....Reply ‘didn’t get the wow factor he expected on receiving the item’.

Now, if I get a ‘whiff’ of stupidity (and their were/are alarm bells I can pick up on) , call it what you will, I apply my right too ‘draw stumps’ and not deal/interact.

If you’re a clown calling yourself a collector and what entertainment join a circus (Genuine guys & gals read this and laugh).

Clothing/equipment sizes.

I have to reiterate here that I do not sell items for actual wear, I’m not an outfitter, and as such will not involve myself with size requests. Mention size and no further contact from me. See my terms for a fuller description.

 

Visitors to my new on-line shop can view and are able to buy items from many of the major nations contributing to 20th century (1914 – 1945) world conflict. Viewers will find, good quality WW1 & WW2 British militaria of most types, with a wide selection of items from major European and World protagonists represented in most sales categories. Site sales listing subject matters cover, Aviation, Field Equipment, Uniform & Headwear, Badge & Formation Sign, Ephemera, Document & Photograph related items….and more.

With over 40 years experience as a collector and now over 25 years trading as Mons Military Antiques, I specialise, as my trading name might suggest in WW1 British militaria & personal equipment of most types. I also offer when available one of the best/historically researched ranges of pre-WW2 British Fascist & Communist Party related artefacts & ephemera.

Attending regularly militaria fairs as a site promoter/exhibitor and on occasions a visitor only, affords me the opportunity to meet new & old site viewers/buyers alike, with a chance to discuss our hobby !

I’m always pleased to buy/part exchange surplus to collection items for stock, so feel free to mention in person or via my site, items you might wish to ‘move on’ (see my terms page on offering items).

New listings on Mons’ site are carried out on a perpetual, un-announced basis, with single or groups of ‘like’ items listed regularly.

Mons Military Antiques only handles items in terms of their historic / collector interest, in two words ‘military antiques’. I do not countenance or expound political, ethnic, social, national or emotive affiliations on any item offered for sale, I purvey ‘moments in time’ only !