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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 : 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 : ?
  • Local Price : £22500.00
Superb Pair of Cased Duelling Pistols. New item. More photographs and full description to follow.
  • 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 Saw handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols by H. W. Mortimer & Co.. . A Very Fine Pair of Saw handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols by H. W. Mortimer & Co.  A Very Fine Pair of Saw handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols by H. W. Mortimer & Co. 16 1/2&157; overall,10&157; octagonal sighted 18 bore barrels, engraved &#acute;H.W Mortimer & Co London Gun Maker to His Majesty&#acute;, Gold inlayed palm branch on breaches with gold wheat ear line , barrel tangs engraved with acanthus , flat bolted lockplates with wheat ear border engraving, & H.W. Mortimer & Co, French cocks also border engraved en suit , gold touch holes and pans, frizzens with roller bearings to springs. Saw handled chequered walnut half stocks with silver fore ends, Left hand sde with silver ovals engraved &#acute;BB&#acute; ,blued steel furniture comprising oval butt caps with rope borders, spurred trigger guards with trophy of arms to bows, pineapple finials, set triggers, plain baluster turned ramrod pipes, original ramrods with horn tips one with worm. See Pistolets,Histoire,Technologie Et Modeles De 1550 A1915 by Adriano Sala pages 222,223 H. Lee Munson &156;The Mortimer Gunmakers&157; pp 172-8 pl. 274. Harvey Walklate Mortimer (1753-1819) was appointed Gunmaker to George III in 1783. He was at 89 Fleet Street between 1782 and 1799 and was Contractor to the East India Company from 1796 until 1806. He retired in 1811 and died in 1819 C1805 Very good condition much original finish. By tradition owed by Beau Brummell George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (7 June 1778 "e; 30 March 1840) was an iconic figure in Regency England and for many years the arbiter of men’s fashion. At one time he was a close friend of the Prince Regent, Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £16,500
. A very fine & rare pair of Flintlock Carriage Pistols by Westley Richards. . A very fine & rare pair of Flintlock Carriage Pistols by Westley Richards
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £16,495
Extremely Rare Duke of Richmond’s Flintlock Musket by Henry Nock.. Extremely Rare Duke of Richmond’s Flintlock Musket by Henry Nock. Extremely Rare Duke of Richmond’s Flintlock Musket by Henry Nock. 54&157; overall, 39&157; round smooth bore barrel with proof marks and &#acute;HN&#acute; mark, musket bore. Fitted with prototype Henry Nock screw-less lock. Ring neck cock, frizzen pan flash guard engraved with Crown GR with swivelling face plate and brass screw-less box lock action, signed &#acute;HN&#acute; internally. Walnut full stock with brass furniture comprising butt plate, trigger guard, 3 ramrod pipes, a throat pipe, and a fore-end cap. No side plate, lock retained by single screw through brass washer. Heavy double ended rammer, sold with extensive research on this unique musket. Experimental musket made by Nock circa 1786 The Duke of Richmond&#acute;s Musket is one of the great rarities of British military arms collecting. Originally intended to become the standard British infantry arm, this radical new flintlock musket with Henry Nock&#acute;s state-of-the-art enclosed lock began production in 1792, just one year before Britain entered the wars against France that would continue until 1815. The resulting need for large numbers of muskets doomed what many arms historians believe was the finest flintlock musket ever made. Wartime necessity forced the British Army to turn to the India Pattern Musket, a much lower quality gun that could be manufactured much faster, at lower cost, and in huge quantities. Production of the Duke of Richmond&#acute;s Musket was therefore very limited and lasted only five years. As a result, most dealers and collectors have never seen one of these rare muskets, and even most arms museums lack this gun in their collections. Provenance: Dr GM Pedlow, Senior Historical Officer, NATO Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £15,995
. A very fine pair of duelling pistols by Durs Egg. . A very fine pair of duelling pistols by Durs Egg
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