Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc.                                                                             No 55 July 2011

The Annual General Meeting of the Guild will be held at 8.00 PM on Monday the 25th of July 2011 at the Eley Park Community Centre, Eley Rd., Blackburn South, Victoria.

                                     (Supper will be served after the meeting)

Any notice of motions and nominations for committee positions must be in the hands of the Secretary seven days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting. All Committee positions will be declared vacant and nominations are called for the position (s) of President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Editor of Caps & Flints, Media Officer and five other officers.

Ordinary Business (as required by Rule 9 (4) of the Guilds Rules):

  • To confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting and of any general meeting held since that meeting;


  • To receive from the Committee reports upon the transactions of the Guild during the last preceding financial year;
  • To elect officers of the Guild; and


  • To receive and consider the statement submitted by the Guild in accordance with section 30 (3) of the Act;
  • To appoint an Auditor.


The annual General Meeting may also transact special business of which notice is given in accordance with the Guild’s Rules.

Please do attend the AGM (and enjoy the supper). We need a quorum of 20 members which means we need you to come along!

After the AGM we will announce the results of the Major Noel Hall Award. This has been very successful and has resulted in really excellent displays. Our grateful thanks to all those who participated. We have all enjoyed these evenings.
Monday Themes for 2011

The following are the themes and dates for the Monday night meetings in 2011.

Jul. 25 – Annual General Meeting and presentation of the Major Noel Hall Award (supper provided).

Aug. 29 – Buy and sell night (books, spares, arms bric-a-brac etc., (Note ammunition and registerable firearms can only be offered for sale by a suitably licensed dealer). This is not a Major Noel Hall Trophy night.

Sept. 26 Colts and Remingtons

Oct. 31 – James Rosier and other Melbourne dealer marked arms. This is not a Major Noel Hall Trophy night.

There will also be a talk given by Committee member Dr Ben Thomas on James Rosier.

Nov. 28 - Combined Vintagers/Guild Night – Vintage Sporting Guns and Rifles – Not in Retirement (supper provided). This is not a Major Noel Hall Trophy night.

Please note that even though we have set themes for certain nights we encourage members who have something of interest which may not be related to the particular theme to bring it or them along. Likewise, we also encourage members to bring along items for sale as this adds variety (ammunition and registerable firearms can only be offered for sale by a suitably licensed dealer).

Display Conditions and Permits

We encourage those members who are individually named in the Guild’s Current Display Permit (24th July 2009 to 17th July 2014) (or who hold their own applicable display permit) to take the opportunity to make use of it. It covers all the firearms held on the Collectors Licence(s) of the member listed. We set out the Guild’s Display Permit conditions below.

Members who have items registered to an Antique Handgun Collectors Licence do not need a permit to display these, so to increase the variety at our Monday nights why not bring some of them along.

Collectors Display Permits do not apply to items held under A & B licences. However, such items must not be possessed, carried or used other than in accordance with any licence conditions and the Firearms Act.

Display Permits are not required for displays of Exempt Firearms, such as pre 1900 manufactured single barrelled muzzle-loading pistols, or pre 1900 manufactured longarms (which are either muzzle-loading or take ammunition which is no longer commercially available).

Of course, Guild Displays are not limited to firearms. There is always a lot of interest in displays of militaria, edged weapons, items relating to wars or battles involving Australians and other historical matters of interest to members.

Prompt Payment of Membership Dues

In May we sent out the annual membership renewals. We urge you to pay this promptly as under the Firearms Act we are required by law to advise LSD within 7 days when a member ceases to be a member and we mention for those of you who have Collectors Licences or swords current membership of an approved organization is a condition of the licence/permission. If there are any changes to your circumstances as detailed in the declaration sent to you last year as per our requirements under the Firearms Act please let us know when you return your annual subscription.

Wanted to Buy

Sam Psaras wants to purchase a good condition English 28 bore BLE Nitro proof side by side double barrel shotgun. If any member has one and they would like to sell it could they contact Sam on 0413 630 517. Note that the transaction must be done through a licensed dealer.

Antique Weapons For Sale

Lee Blair-Jenke of Regimental Arms has the following items for sale.

Japanese Matchlock, Tanagashema musket, full rosewood stock, brass lock plate& inlay, 40 inch octagonal, barrel, .57 cal., wooden ramrod, c. 1800; VG condition $2200.00.
Indian Matchlock, Torador musket, full rosewood stock, iron mounts & ramrod, 46 inch Damascus barrel, heavily swamped, .55 cal., late 18th century; VG condition $1900.00.
Miquelet, Caucasian carbine, full stock inlaid with silver wire decoration, 25 inch octagonal. rifled barrel inlaid with silver and barrel bands, .70 cal., brass buttplate engraved with crown crest. c.1800; VG condition $2500.00 ONO.
Battleaxe, Mogul 12 inch crescent shape head inlaid with brass figures & chiselled decoration, axe topped with miniature shape pagodas, spear point to end of 21 inch haft inlaid with brass, 18th century; VG condition, $1500.00.
Italian Stonebow/Prodbow, 17th – 18th century, straight rosewood stock with turned knob end, steel 20 inch bow with original gut bowstring and spacers, folding foresight, rear folding peep sight, built-in cocking lever; VG condition $2200.00.
European Cup Hilt Rapier, steel cup guard, wire bound grip, 41 inch double edged blade, no scabbard, c. 17th – 18th century; $2550.00 ONO.
European Transitional Light Rapier, blackened chiselled steel hilt, pierced double guard, wire bound grip, double edged blade, double down swept quillions in shape of knight’s head, no scabbard, 17th century; $2300.00 ONO.
British Silver Hilted Small Sword, hallmarked c. 1780, spiral decorated pommel and guard, colichemarde blade etched, wire bound grip, no scabbard; $2000.00.
European Swept Hilt Rapier, steel guard of sweeping bars, 42 inch double edged blade, spiral bound wire grip, no scabbard, early 17th century; $2950.00 ONO.
European Light Rapier, steel hilt with side ring and double down swept quillions, woven brass and copper wire grip, double edged blade, 17th century; $2200.00.
Japanese Shin-Gunto General Officers’ Katana, rare Marines, brown same covered scabbard, signed blade in superb polish, all in near mint condition contained in wood box with sword cover etc. Comes with provenance. $POR.

For further details contact Lee on (08) 8552 8179 or email at regiment@senet.com.au

Upcoming Shows

July 9 - Ballarat Arms and Militaria Fair to be held at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre, Norman St, Ballarat. For table bookings contact Nic Smith on (03)5342 4433 during business hours.

July 23 and 24 – 68th Melbourne Arms & Militaria Fair, Melbourne Showgrounds. For table bookings and details contact Jeff and Jill Pannan (03) 9848 2233, Mob. 0412 561 243, Fax. (03) 9848 3158 and email blackjack@bigpond.net.au 

October 23 and 24 – 69th Melbourne Arms & Militaria Fair, Melbourne Showgrounds. For table bookings and details contact Jeff and Jill Pannan (03) 9848 2233, Mob. 0412 561 243, Fax. (03) 9848 3158 and email blackjack@bigpond.net.au

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