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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 : British
  • Local Price : £18950
Click and use the code 20073 to search for this item on the dealer website The Finest Royal Naval Historical Swords of Both Admirals, Houston Stewart
  • 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 : £ 18250
Pair of Mid 18th Century Scottish Lobe Butt Pistols by John Murdoch of Doune.   A fine and rare pair of 25 bore all steel Scottish lobe butt pistols by John Murdoch of Doune dating to the middle period of the 18th century, presented in good original condition, with mechanical parts in good working order. These pistols are fine representations of the Doune gun making craft at its hiatus just before Scottish all steel pistol manufacture went into decline.   The size, form and style of engraving on this pair of pistols is very similar to the high quality scroll butt pistols of the mid part of the 18th century made in Doune by other key craftsmen working in the town at the time that like John Murdoch manufactured both lobe butt and scroll butt all steel pistols. This is particularly pertinent in the barrel decoration, the scrolls on the lock plates behind the cocks, and on the fore ends and undersides of the pistols. These features, combined with the evident high quality workmanship, places the date of manufacture of these pistols to the early period of lobe butt pistol production and to the early part of working life of John Murdoch.   The locks are of typical "Highland" form with a horizontal sear extending through each lock plate which holds the cock in the half cock position, and a vertical sear is present extending from the top of each trigger plate which protrudes through a small oblong aperture in the centre of the upper surface of each butt behind the barrel tang. The lock plates are each signed "IOHN : MURDOCH" with a downward pointing extension to the right hand leg of the letter "R". Both cocks and the areas behind them on the lock plates are engraved with two roundels of scrolling foliage.   The spines of the butts are inlaid with delicate silver Celtic ropework and engraved and parallel sets of lines infilled with chains of chevrons and waves. A silver oval escutcheon is inlaid inside a roundel on the spine of each, between the barrel tang and the vertical sear, engraved with the arms of Drummond. The words around the top of the oval read "MARTE ET ARTE" and the design is a crooked left arm rising from a floor that looks like a length of furled rope holding a bow in the hand of a left arm. The right arm is pulling the bowstring back and an arrow mounted in the bow is pointing upwards.   The fore ends are engraved with scrolls, acanthus leaves and linear designs on four planes. The button triggers are formed from two cups of silver brazed together and engraved with four petals which radiate from the trigger tang ends. Underneath the stocks, near each lock, the space is decorated with three silver bands engraved with chevrons and further fine linear engraving of scrolls and chevrons to the steel background.   The base of each butt is centred with a silver circular plate and surrounded by a silver ring either side of which two bands are cut formed from squares with a dot in the centre of each. Above this the butt is inlaid with five silver triangular plates which point upwards and are decorated with patterns of incised lines. Between these five silver dots are inlaid and engraved with concentric rings above which a further narrow silver band extends around each butt. The metal spaces between the patterns of silver inlay are further decorated with chiselled foliage. The belt hooks are of fully developed Doune form each attached to the stock with a double roundel pierced with designs similar to those applied to the guard panels of contemporary high quality Scottish basket hilted swords.   The four stage barrels have fluted sections near each base and flared muzzles with octagonal sides engraved with detailed scrolls. The middle sections of the barrels are rounded and boldly engraved with foliage. The overall length of each pistol extremity to extremity is just under 12 inches (just over 30.0 cm). The barrel lengths are fractionally under 7.5 inches (19cm).   It is not known when John Murdoch started work but a single record from the Scottish statistical account refers to him in 1798 and shows that he had a long working life in Doune extending from its hiatus as a gun making centre through its complete decline:   "The trade is now carried on by John Murdoch, also famous for his ingenuity in the craft and who has likewise furnished pistols to the first nobility of Europe. These pistols were sold from 4 to 24 guineas a pair ......when Mr Murdoch gives over business, the trade, in all probability, will become extinct."  
  • 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 . A very fine & rare pair of Flintlock Carriage Pistols by Westley Richards 5 ¾&157; side by side 16 bore barrels with bead foresights. Tangs with acanthus engraving, bevelled flat stepped lockplates with bolted safeties, engraved Westley Richards. Flat bevelled swan necked cocks, semi-waterproof pans with roller on frizzen springs. Walnut half stocks, iron trigger guards engraved with trophies of arms, with pineapple finials. Ramrod pipes en suite. Original brass tipped ramrods. Circa 1812/15. Pistols in very good condition, barrels re-browned, much original finish remaining. Flintlocks by Westley Richards are very rare. Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • 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 A very fine pair of duelling pistols by Durs Egg, 14 ¾&157; overall , 9inch slightly swamped octagonal 54 bore barrels signed D. Egg London in script, engraved with a band of beadwork at the breeches, the rear and fore sights to both pistols removed to allow reactive sighting. Stepped locks signed D. Egg in script, slender swan necked cocks ,spoon shaped pans, the frizzen springs with good traces of original colour, full stocked carved behind the lock tails with a tear drop and with slab sided butts, the plain trigger guards with acorn-shaped terminals retaing traces of original blued finish, horn fore-end caps and horn capped wooden ramrods one with worm. A very fine early pair of duelling pistols in the manner of John Twigg who Durs Egg had worked in 1772. In near mint condition Circa 1775 Ex Wilfrid Ward collection sold Christie&#acute;s October 1993.The Catalogue notes these are the earliest known Durs Egg Duelling pistols Durs Egg son of Leonz Egg, gunmaker, Switzerland. Born 1748, baptised Urs Christian. After a short stay in Paris, came to London and worked for John Twigg, 1772. Granted denization in 1791. Gunmaker & Sword Cutler. Became gunmaker to George IV & Duke of York. Renowned for his fine workmanship. See Weapons of Honour page 965 by Wilfrid Ward. Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
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