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  • Nation : Italian
  • Local Price : $29995 USD
Exquisite Chiseled Italian Rapier, ca. 1620    . One of the finest quality rapiers to come on the market in years, this rapier would be a showpiece in any museum or private collection. Steel hilt chiseled in fine detail with matching artichoke motif throughout. It consists of straight quillons with artichoke finials, quillon block chiseled in the form of artichoke leaves, pas d"e;ane joining the double side rings; each with opposing artichokes separated by a disk. Knucklebow also features opposing artichokes separated by a disk, ending just short of the artichoke pommel with button. The leaves in the design are chiseled with stems 360 degrees in the round. Reverse with unadorned single side ring and two symmetrical bars joining the base of the lower obverse side ring. Original wire-wrapped grip with turks heads and overlying twisted wire lattice. Hexagonal-section 44 ½" blade with long tapered ricasso with line borders and stamped on each side with maker"e;s mark "* S *"; short central fuller stamped "* IHS *", with another "S" stamped just below the fuller on each side. Overall length 51 ½". 100% original and complete in near excellent condition with just very light pinprick pitting on the blade. A smaller and less ornate rapier made approximately 20 years later featuring this exact same motif is in the Wallace Collection and featured in numerous publications. It is likely the work of the same artisan. The workmanship is superb in every detail. Though this sword looks great in photos, they cannot do it justice. From a multi-million dollar New York City estate, this is the finest sword we have ever offered! SR1250 $29,995
  • Nation : German
  • Local Price : $24995 USD
Extremely Rare German Landsknecht Hand-and-a-half Sword, ca. 1520  . The Landsknecht mercenaries of the Germanic countries were among the most fearsome warriors in all of history. In a time when there were no standing armies as we know today, any king or magnate who could afford them wanted to hire the Landsknechts. The Katzbalger (literally "cat skinner") was the well-known short sword with the S-shaped guard of twisted iron. Genuine Katzbalgers are very rare and usually bring well over $10,000 when they come up for sale. However, what is even more scarce is the two-handed or hand-and-a-half varieties with S-shaped guard. A two-handed example sold at auction in Munich about 15 years ago for about $16,000 USD and has since changed hands several times for ever increasing prices. The example offered here is the only hand-and-a-half sword of this type we have ever encountered. It features a very large distinctive S-shaped guard of twisted iron with fluted bun finials. Ovoid pommel with a pair of incised lines at the base, mounted on what is apparently the original leather-wrapped two-stage wood grip. The guard is loose due to shrinkage of the grip and the lack of a ferrule which once was likely mounted at its base. Thick hollow-ground 42" blade of triangular section with a latten-filled cross mark, designed to pierce the weak spots in an opponent"e;s armor. Metal shows hand forging, light pitting, and a rich dark patina on the guard. Overall length 54". Such a sword would have been carried by a veritable giant for the time. This type sword is often considered the Holy Grail for collectors of weapons of the age of the armored knight. SB1244c $24,995
  • Nation : -
  • Local Price : $15995 USD
Exceptional Skeleton Hilt Rapier, Probably by Gottfried Leygebe, ca. 1660  . Cast and chiseled silver hilt featuring large single side ring of ribbed diamond-section with central opposing artichoke buds. Protruding from the obverse of the quillon block are three down-turned diagonal bars ending in artichoke finials; reverse quillon block decorated with acanthus in relief. Hollow grip of intertwined rope work; pommel of artichoke form with long button. The delicate parts of the hilt are reinforced with iron bars, visible behind the slender stems. Slender 32" double-edged blade of hexagonal section with 9" central fuller, pierced with geometric designs and stamped with several small marks at the ricasso. Blade lightly pitted. Overall length 38 ½". Likely a one-of-a-kind piece, which would be proudly displayed in the finest museum collections. Gottfried Christian Leygebe (1630-1683) of Nuremberg was a highly acclaimed sculptor and metal worker. In 1645 he travelled to Nuremberg to train as an armourer with Albrecht Liechtmann. He specialized in engraving in iron, made contact with Georg Pfr
  • Nation : Italian
  • Local Price : $11995 USD
Exceptional Gilded Italian Rapier, ca. 1630  . Elaborate cup guard of hollow flower petal shape formed of flattened bars, each of the 6 petals filled with a gilded panel of chiseled acanthus with flattened spiral finials. Vertically recurved quillons with gilded flattened spiral finials; large pas d"e;ane. Long faceted ovoid pommel with button and matching central gilded spiral panel. Grip wrapped with twisted iron wire in spiral shape with turks heads top and bottom. 44" diamond-section blade featuring gilt ricasso with double line borders and indistinct mark. Rare and elegant style rapier of large proportions, all original and matching in very good condition and retaining approx. 70% of its original gilding. Two rapiers, likely by the same maker, bearing finials of similar form and long looping recurved quillons are featured in Eric Valentine"e;s "Rapiers" (one of which is the cover illustration). Neither is gilded or as fine as this example. Length 52". SR1188 $11,995
  • Nation : French
  • Local Price : 8750 Euro
1st Empire light cavalry high officer sabre. Nice sabre with a ebony grip, hilt of gilded brass Marengo type decorated with lion head, mythological God, and antique warrior head, blackened iron scabbard with 3 richly relief trophies of weapons decorated gilded brass mounts, blade et hed on its 3/4th with moon, sun and trophies of war symbols
  • Nation : French
  • Local Price : 8500 Euro
High officer of the Grenadier à  pied of the Royal Guard sabre. Sabre is in superb condition, in its complete gilding and after a model created by Boutet and reintroduced by Manceaux, after liquidation of the Boutet factory under the 2d Restoration, leather scabbard(damaged) signed Manceaux à  Paris, wonderful blued and gilded blade engraved VIVE LE ROI and with Royal coat of arms, signed Coulaux Frères, Manufacture Royale de Klingenthal
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7250
Scottish Basket Hilted Broad Sword circa 1670. A fine and important Scottish basket hilted broad sword dating to the middle, or third quarter, of the 17th century. The guard is of the earliest type of fully developed Scottish basket hilt. The sword is a rare survivor and in unusually  original condition, mounted with a fine broad blade well marked with armourers stamps. The sword is attractively proportioned and well balanced. The fully formed basket is comprised of fine and sturdy structural bars between which two frontal panels and secondary guard plates are mounted and pierced with circles and rectangles, engraved with vertical and horizontal line decoration, and cut with fretted edges consisting of squares and merlons. The rear quillon is incised with lines and crosses underneath. The pommel is dome shaped with four sets of triple lines radiating from the integral tang button on top, the central grooves being wider than those on the flanks in each case. The three upper arms of the guard are tucked into a groove cut around the lower half of the pommel. The tapering double edged blade is of exceptional quality, of lenticular section, with a rounded tip.  Pairs of deeply cut fullers extend down the blade from the hilt either side of the middle line for 8 inches (20 cm). Between the pairs of fullers a series of bold stamps, interspersed with letters, are applied. Beyond the ends of the fullers on both sides trefoils of similar stamps are applied plus an incised running wolf on one side indicating Solingen as the probable place of manufacture. The original grip is of wood, spirally grooved, complete with its original shagreen cover, multi-coloured woollen fringe on top and leather liner beneath. The sword is in wonderful original condition, with some wear commensurate with its age and a russet patina overall. The grip lacks its wire binding. The blade is 33.75 inches (85.5 cm) long and overall the sword is 39.25 inches ( just under 100 cm) long. Provenance: From the early 1960s the sword was in the collection of John Wallace (author of one of the first ground breaking works on Scottish weapons, “Scottish Swords & Dirks”, Arms and Armour Press, 1970) and passed into the collection of the late Baron of Earlshall in circa 2007 where it remained until recently.
  • Nation : French
  • Local Price : 8000 Euro
French sword for the Dragons de Caylus. Heavy sword of that rare regiment with its seldom original scabbard made of brass, on one side of the blade between fleurs de lys Dragons de Caylus and on the other side Vive Louis XV le Bien Aimé
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