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  • Nation : German
  • Local Price : 39,000.00 USD
FINE AND RARE GERMAN HAND AND A HALF SWORD C.1620. This magnificent sword was surely made to order for a wealthy and probably titled owner. It is a hand and a half broadsword made for use in one hand or two, depending on the situation. It is related to a group of swords dating to the early 17th century, mainly decorated with animal head pommels and quillon terminals. The use of human heads is less well known, but several examples exist. A notable example, evidently related to and possible by the same artisan is in the collection of the Historsche Museum, Dresden, #VI/341. Features distinctive to both examples are the form of the ears and the wedge shaped rolled collar. The base of the 32 3/4" double edged blade is decorated with a scrolling tendril from which three flowers bloom, growing from a fruit. The reference is obviously to the cycle of birth and renewal a popular theme offering hope in troubled times.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £24,995
. A very fine and rare Cased Set of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Twigg. . A very fine and rare Cased Set of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Twigg .A very fine and rare Cased Set of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Twigg with a pair of companion pocket pistol. Duellers 15 1/2&157; overall, 10&157; slightly swamped, twist octagonal sighted 25 bore barrels each signed along the top flat ´Twigg London´ and engraved with a line of beadwork behind the back-sight, border engraved tangs each decorated with foliage, border engraved flat bevelled locks each with second form of signature and stepped tail. Figured full stocks each carved in relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, chequered rounded flat-sided butts with a dot in the centre of each diamond and carved with characteristic step behind the lock and side-flat on each side, steel trigger guards each with acorn finial and decorated with a flowerhead on the border engraved bow, turned ramrod-pipes, horn-tipped ramrods, one with iron worm. Pocket pistols 6 1/2&157; overall with 1 1/2&157; turn-off rifled 120 bore cannon barrels, actions engraved with a trophy on each side and inscribed ’London’ on a scroll, blued sliding trigger guard safety catches which lock down the frizzens each decorated with foliage on the bow, figured flat-sided butts inlaid with silver wire scrollwork. In their original lined and fitted mahogany case with some accessories including a leather covered three-way powder-flask stained in imitation of tortoiseshell, matching bullet moulds in 25 and 120 bore, turn screw and loading rod. The exterior of the lid with brass carrying handle of Chippendale form Circa 1775-80 &194;&160;Duellers in very good, re-finished condition, crisp actions. Pocket pistols in good condition with minor losses to silver wire. Accessories all original to set. Original case with split to front edge of lid, hooks old replacements. Provenance: W. Keith Neal Collection, C26 Christie’s London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 8 November 1995, lot 317 John Fox Twigg was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1732. He is recorded at various addresses in London between 1755 and the year of his death in 1790. Durs Egg worked for him on his arrival in London in 1772 and John Manton served as his foreman. He is considered to be one of founding fathers of the English gun making trade Delivery cost: UK free DPD next day delivery. USA if total purchases exceed &194;&163;3,000 delivery is to your nearest airport is free. If less than &194;&163;3,000 delivery will be &194;&163;250, Rest of the world delivery is to your nearest airport if total purchases exceed &194;&163;3000 it is free. If less than &194;&163;3,000 delivery is &194;&163;250 . All prices are per shipment so one charge will cover multiple purchases made at the same time. Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • 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 : British
  • Local Price : £18995
Click and use the code 22605 to search for this item on the dealer website 18th Century Silver and Enamel Makara ´Lucknow´ Palace Damascus Sword
  • 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 : British
  • Local Price : £18,495
. A Very Fine Pair of Cased Flintlock Duelling Pistols by T.J. Mortimer. . A Very Fine Pair of Cased Flintlock Duelling Pistols by T.J. Mortimer . A Very Fine Pair of Cased Flintlock Duelling Pistols by T.J. Mortimer. 16&157; overall, 10&157; carbine bore twist octagonal barrels each engraved ’Maker to his Majesty, London’ in scrolled gothic script between foliage along the top flats at the breech, copper fore-sights, case hardened breeches each engraved with martial trophies between engraved platinum lines on the top flats, platinum-lined touch-holes, case hardened foliate engraved tangs each with back sight, case hardened border engraved flat bevelled detented locks each signed in part gothic script and decorated with foliage involving a martial trophy at the stepped rounded tail, engraved safety-catches, rainproof pans, and blued steel-springs each with roller, cocks decorated en suite including the top jaws. Highly figured half-stocks each with chequered rounded butt and silver fore-end cap, blued steel trigger-guards each decorated en suite with the locks on the bow and with foliate engraved pineapple shaped finial, turned blued ramrod pipes, adjustable set triggers, vacant silver escutcheons and barrel bolt escutcheons, original brass mounted ramrods. In their original brass mounted mahogany case fitted and lined in navy blue velvet with two spare mainsprings and accessories including brass mounted three way powder flask covered in red leather, steel bullet mould and brass tipped loading rod with worm, 2 spare main springs, oil bottle, wad cutter and main spring clamp. The interior of the lid with large illustrated trade label, the exterior with circular flush fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular vacant brass escutcheon, London proof marks T.J. Mortimer, St. James’s St., Maker to His Majesty, London, No. 1204, Circa 1825. &194;&160;Very good condition, old rebrown to barrels, original case-hardening to locks and one trigger guard, the other trigger guard slightly more worn. Actions very crisp. Case and accessories in very good condition, case lacking a turn screw. Thomas Jackson Mortimer was apprenticed to his father, Thomas Elsworth, in 1795. He joined his father as T. Mortimer & Son at 44 Ludgate Hill, London between 1807 and 1824. He was in business on his own account at 21 St. James’s Street, London between 1818 and 1821; 38 St. James’s Street between 1822 and 1824; and 34 St. James’s Street between 1824 and the year of his death in 1833. Following his death his widow Elizabeth continued to reside at the same address until 1838 For the label see H. Lee Munson, The Mortimer Gunmakers 1753-1923, 1992, pp. 278-279, pl. 459 Delivery cost: UK free DPD next day delivery. USA if total purchases exceed &194;&163;3,000 delivery is to your nearest airport is free. If less than &194;&163;3,000 delivery will be &194;&163;250, Rest of the world delivery is to your nearest airport if total purchases exceed &194;&163;3000 it is free. If less than &194;&163;3,000 delivery is &194;&163;250 . All prices are per shipment so one charge will cover multiple purchases made at the same time. Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : £18000.00
Cased Pair of Percussion Pistols by Joseph Manton. Cased pair of percussion [converted from flintlock] duelling pistols both numbered 5055. Made by Joseph Manton of Davies St, London 1810. Scratch rifled. Clean bores. Heavy octagonal browned twisted barrels. Rectangular platinum cartouche inset into the breach end of the top flat marked in high relief "JOSEPH MANTON PATENT" & a crown. Platinum touch hole & line at breach. No proof marks. Blade foresight. Half circle notch rear sight. The barrel hooks into a tang at the breach end & is also secured by a blued steel wedge which slots through an oval silver escutcheon on either side of the stock. One ramrod pipe which is browned is fixed to the lower barrel rib. Underside of both breach & barrel stamped "5055". Steel furniture: 2 ramrod pipes [1 blued & 1 browned], tang, trigger guard, lock, hammer & butt cap. Much bluing remaining on stock end ramrod pipe, spur of sliding safety, trigger & guard & butt cap, some on the rest of the furniture. Engraved decoration to: stock end ramrod pipe- lines & floral at point; tang- sunburst, ear of wheat edging at the barrel end & floral decoration over the flat of the tang; trigger guard- martial trophy with "5055" in centre & tip of leaf edging; trigger strap with pineapple finial; lockplate with in script "Joseph Manton" "LONDON", leaf edging, sunburst behind fence & 2 floral decorations. Secured by only 1 screw. V finely converted to percussion by the maker. Inside lock is stamped "T.B". The remaining original lock & the conversion are of the standard one would expect from Joseph Manton; flat hammer with floral decoration [& detachable striker screwed into the head & held in by a screw]; butt cap with rosette, single floral decoration in a circle & tip of leaf edging. Half stocked with horn terminal at muzzle end. V fine checkering to butt. Most of varnish on walnut stock remaining. Silver vacant oval escutcheon behind tang. Inside of stock under where the bottom flat of the barrel would rest is written in ink "5055" on both stocks & ".A." is cut in 1 stock. Plain wood horn tipped ramrod. Dished on the horn tip. Showing a little sign of use at the side of the horn tip by wear to the side of the horn. 24.9 cm long. Excellent quality & in excellent condition. One pistol shows signs of being used more than the other. In their original green baize lined & fitted mahogany case with round brass vacant escutcheon surrounded by ring handle to lid. Correct 1810-12 trade label stuck inside lid. In v g condition. A little scuffing to the label. Brass hinges, with 8 steel screws. Brass lock with 2 steel screws. Steel staple with 3 steel screws. Ivory or bone keyhole escutcheon in the shape of an inverted tear drop. Inside of case in very good condition. Outside of case in good condition with exterior dints & scratches. Accessories: Steel bullet mould stamped 48. 15.5 cm long. Ball dia 0.461 inch. Pitted & polished. A patched ball from this mould (using one of the patches in the case) fits the barrel bore well. Quality nipple key with screw in pricker. 3-way powder flask covered with red leather with at its base a push in cap covering 10 waxed patches. 4 old lead balls contained in the flask. 2 plain circular tins [one deeper than the other] containing priming caps, one retaining some green paper covering on the side of the base half. 6 caps in one, 73 in the other. Ramrod with worm in a screw on cap. Ebony shaft & knob, brass cap, steel worm. The original would have been replaced with this shorter rod when converted to percussion. Single semi-circular piece of steel used to cover the nipple. 6 cotton cleaning patches [1 of them used], some tow, 2 dirty rags & part of a stocking with a seam & darned. Overall the set & accessories are in original condition ranging from v g to excellent condition; all probably original apart from possibly the bullet mould. The conversion from flint lock to percussion was made by the maker during the pistols' working life, say after 1820; the original lock being retained & altered. Dimensions: Bore: 40 Bore Barrel Length: 25.7 cm Overall Length: 37.7 cm
  • Nation : Italian
  • Local Price : £17500
Fine North European Two Handed Sword Dating To Circa 1520. A fine, rare and well proportioned North European two handed  sword (hand and a half sword).  The hilt, which retains much of its original blackening to the iron parts, is an impressively chiselled example of the early 16th century armourer’s craft. The flat, downwardly curved quillons,  widening towards square-ended terminals, with central rope-twist decoration in raised relief on both sides, plus the deeply grooved pommel with fluted ridges, mark this sword out as a member of a distinct and unique group of North European two-handed swords. So far as we know, only six of this type are presently identified. The broad blade is single edged with a thick spine beneath which two fullers each side extend from the hilt for 40% of its length, after which the blade is double edged and of lenticular section. Three crescent-shaped notches are applied at the end of the spine. An armourers mark of facing crescents terminating in ovals, with a further oval imbetween,  flanked by trefoils of diamond shaped dots is present on one side a short distance from the hilt. The marks are most likely of a Passau smith. The hub of the cross is formed as a thick bar of rectangular section. The distinctive quillons are rounded nearest the block and expand in vertically flattened form towards their terminals and are decorated with raised diagonally grooved rope-like lines along the middles which are flanked by further incised lines. Two horizontal ring guard bars of thick round section are applied to the sides, each formed with two raised knops with similar “roped” finish. Beneath the cross, a downward facing round section bar of open crescent shape is applied. Two further crescents, also decorated with knops, are forged onto the terminals of this bar and rise at 45 degrees to attach to, and strengthen, the side rings. The pommel is of upturned pear shape and formed with eight equally spaced deep grooves which radiate from the pommel top to its base. The surfaces of the ridges imbetween are cut with narrow lines alternating in vertical, and diagonally vertical form, similar in depth and spacing as the lines which form the rope designs on the guard. The guard and the pommel retain much of the original  blackened finish. The waisted stepped grip is of wood covered with leather over a cord wrap. The blade length is 41.5 inches (105.5 cm) and overall is 52 inches (132 cm) long. These large swords were not just for two-handed use. They were designed to be used equally well with one hand by a trained user. In the 16th century such  swords were quite common on European battlefields, carried by  armies fighting wars almost permanently during a time of shifting religious  and political change. As fashions moved towards the beginning of the 17th century they went out of use and today are rare compared to the survival rates of two-handed swords of the “bearing sword” variety – large, well made, imposing and decorous, but designed mainly to be carried point up in civic procession rather than for use in combat. One fine example, almost identical to ours, is illustrated in “Records of the Medieval Sword”, Ewart Oakeshott, St Edmundsbury Press, 1991, page 241, which sold through Peter Dale Ltd of London before 1982. The same example is illustrated in “The Price Guide to Antique Edged Weapons”, Leslie Southwick, Antique Collectors Club, 1982, page 29, fig 49). Oakeshott comments that another sword in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (Inventory Number M.602-1927) and illustrated in “European Swords”, Anthony North, page 6 fig 3, has an identical hilt apart from the guard having one branch. A third example is illustrated in “Edged Weapons in Sweden”, Staffan Kinman, Stockholm, 2014, page 29, fig 26b, and is similar to the British Museum example. Oakeshott comments on another in Zurich (Schweizerisches Landesmuseum Inventory Number LM 16933). A fifth sword with similar characteristics is also illustrated in Southwick (as above) fig 48, its location unknown.
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