TWO history fans have pooled together their knowledge to start a military antiques-dealing business.
Andy Glover and Adam Chapman started a Hartlepool-based company called Harland Military Antiques, which buys and sells various war-related memorabilia.
The business centres on artefacts from conflicts from 1500 to the present day and the pair are particularly interested in British and German items, especially from the 1914 Hartlepool Bombardment or British gallantry awards.
The friends, 25-year-old Andy and 24-year-old Adam, run their business from an office in the town centre area of Hartlepool and encourage people to contact them with their unwanted artefacts, which range from medals to an American Revolutionary War poster, dated December 30, 1777, which could be worth anything between £5,000 and £10,000.
They offer a price and sell them on to interested collectors around the world.
Andy, who is from Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, and through his research found out one of his ancestors died in the Battle of the Somme, said: “Adam has a degree in modern and contemporary European history and has been a collector of medals and military antiques for some years.
“I have been interested in it for the last few years so we put our heads together and thought why not start a business.
“We do get quite a few inquiries and sometimes get people ringing up for evaluations or just wanting to know a bit more about the history of something.”
Adam and Andy have a vast library of research resources to tell people more about the stories behind their artefacts.
Their recent purchases include a kitbag from the Second World War which contains an unopened tin of rationed items, including a tin of Bovril with an expiry date of November 1943.
A copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf has also passed through their hands.