Michael German is a second generation dealer specialising in antique walking canes and arms and armour. He established his business in the 1970s and has always been based in London although it was not until 1982 that he moved to Kensington Church Street, the location of his existing premises. His son-in-law, Dominic Strickland, joined the business in 1996, helping to maintain the traditions and services of the family firm.
Michael German’s stock is divided into two very distinct groups. Arms and armour include guns and pistols and their accompanying equipment, including powder cases and horns. The workmanship involved in making these items clearly demonstrates them to be significant works of art in their own right, not simply weapons, which employed the most advanced technology of their day. The stock of armour includes full suits as well individual pieces such as breast plates, helmets and stirrups, sourced widely from many countries.
Walking canes, with their distinctively individual handles, comprise the second part of Michael German Antiques’ stock, and their stock of these canes is extensive and varied. As collectors’ pieces they have become highly sought-after in recent years and have provided the subject matter for several specialist publications, studies and conferences.
Michael German served as a vetter for many years at the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fairs and continues in this capacity at the Olympia Antiques fairs and the BADA Fair.