A lawyer by trade, David has nurtured a life-long interest in militaria, nauticalia and sporting antiques and has considerable experience in both cataloguing and auctioneering in this specialist arena.
His passion for ‘old things’ stems from childhood, which - mentored by his grandfather - eventually honed itself to military antiques. Although his career path led him into law, this early interest never waned and on moving to the east midlands he became regional chairman of the Military Historical Society. In this role, he formed long-term friendships with many established experts and collectors of the day and he continues to be involved in dispersing collections as an executor of several estates.
David initially dipped his toe into auctioneering back in the early 1990s as a 'hobby interest' selling at Nottingham Cattle Market, usually antique and collectable 'smalls'. He soon began cataloguing for better quality quarterly sales as well as freelance auctioneering for several salerooms and rural practices.
On retirement from professional life, he formed Northumberland County Auctions offering antiques and collectables at bi-monthly sales. He eventually sold this portfolio to a competitor, whilst continuing to source high-end sporting guns for a leading London saleroom.
In the last 50 years, David has developed an impressive network of valuable contacts in the field of country pursuits. This ‘on the ground’ involvement has resulted in locating high-quality and unusual objects, including a unique example of a troopers' pattern Tarleton helmet of the Royal Horse Artillery of Peninsula War and Waterloo vintage, now displayed in The National Army Museum.