IntroductionThe Military Gentleman is the online visual showcase of the private collection built by Glenn Burles over a forty year period. Having been a passionate yet private collector of medals and militaria for the past forty years I decided that it was time to let other interested people enjoy the fruits of my labour.
Whilst there are numerous militaria websites available on the internet today, the vast majority are selling sites and offer little opportunity for learning experiences or shared enjoyment. The Military Gentleman is not a selling site per se, it is an online showcase for learning. Now that I have reached retirement age I have sadly come to the realization that I should start to downsize the collection in some controlled way. At best we are only caretakers of these rare beautiful artefacts and it is hoped that sharing this collection online will allow for new friendships to be built around the world.
In many respects the collection speaks for itself and needs little introduction. The discerning collectors amongst you will immediately recognise and appreciate the exceptional rarity of many of the pieces showcased. Many of the artefacts are unique in the sense that they are the only recorded example of a particular pattern of clothing or headdress. Many are named to individuals who helped shape history or are clearly nationally important from an historical standpoint.
I aim to create a broad based catalogue of artefacts that are linked by a common military thread. Included in the site will be Uniforms and Headdress from the 1776 War of Independence through to Edwardian times, Accroutrements and Swords, Campaign furniture and related travelling essentials often used by officers on campaign , military portrait paintings, water colours and miniatures, regimental mess china and silverware, medals and orders of chivalry, guidons and regimental flags. In short everything the complete Military Gentlemen might have used whilst campaigning.
Despite the many hardships of life endured whilst campaigning, officers were determined to live a resemblance of luxury. Sleeping in four poster mahogany beds that would have been dismantled and packed in wagon trains on a regular basis and dining under the stars with full silver service and the best clarets available helped to ease the discomforts of the heat and pestilence whilst campaigning.
Whilst I hope this site will encourage and foster new friendships and relationships across the world you are all encouraged to comment on particular pieces that excite your interest as learning is obviously an on-going process and even after forty years of passionate collecting I am still discovering new twists so to speak. As a growing sense of the importance of our national heritage begins to revive I hope these military artefacts will be appreciated for what they are, namely beautiful examples of military tailoring and craftsmanship long since disappeared. My intent is not to glorify war but to keep alive the qualities and values that so importantly underpinned a military gentlemen.
I hope the collection will also be used as a learning source for military historians and hobbyists interested in the further study of artefacts and items of a militaria nature. The Connoisseur Gallery represents my core collection and represents one of the most important gatherings of early British militaria in private hands today.
I hope you enjoy the experience……….