Mike Miller, who died last month aged 85, was a passionate firearms dealer, collector and sportsman all his life – he lived most of this life in Sussex, and became the quintessential Sussex countryman, running his father’s farm, game shooting in Sussex, organising, hosting and participating in many memorable shoots in Scotland : dealing in his passion, arms and armour from a shop in Lindfield, which he ran for twenty years.
Michael was an active exhibitor at the Arms Fairs in the 1960s and thereafter, both in London, starting at the Cumberland Hotel, and later in Neuchatel and Basel in Switzerland, and in France and the USA. He was well known and respected in Arms and Firearms collecting circles and was acquainted with most of the noted collectors and dealers internationally, over 60 years in the trade. A long term and staunch supporter of the GTA over many years, he eventually established a considerable shipping business specialising in Arms and Armour.
With all his interests, he brought up four children with loving care with his wife Jenny - they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year - and was very proud of them, their successes in life, and his nine grandchildren.
The Trade will be a little duller and poorer after Michael Miller’s passing : his generation exploited the rich seam of fine old guns and arms of all types, which were available in this country and abroad after world war II, and traded them with much dedication and enjoyment all over the world; at the time, it was assumed that there was a never – ending supply of wonderful things if you were prepared to go out and find them, and there was always a ready market for fine arms everywhere, but particularly in the USA. Regulations were relatively light, especially for antiques, and shipping such objects was easy if you knew how. Latterly Michael brought his knowledge and experience of moving arms internationally to many people in the trade, and provided a very real service to those who wouldn’t or couldn’t learn the now byzantine regulations governing cross border movements for themselves. He will be missed by his many friends in the gun trade, and in his community, and above all by his wife of 60 years Jenny and their wide family, to whom we send our sincere condolences.