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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 : German
  • Local Price : $24995.00
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'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.
  • 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 : 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.
  • 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 &194;&190;&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. 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 : 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 &194;&190;&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´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. 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 : 19,000.00 USD
RARE SPANISH OR ITALIAN WHEEL POMMEL RAPIER C.1530. No single form or date can be given to the point at which the rapier evolved. However, accepting the common definition, this example comes very close to that point, retaining the principal attributes of the Gothic broadsword, straight cross guard and wheel pommel. Its simple counter guard is identical to one on an example in the Sir James Mann collection dated to the 1520s. Other examples with variations of the guard are dated earlier, however, they all evidently have cutting/thrusting blades. The heavy diamond section blade of this example marked VALENCIA (sic.) distinguishes it as among the very earliest swords made primarily for thrusting with in respect to then evolving sword technique. 35 3/4" length blade. Allowing for the commerce in weapons, the universal popularity of imported weapons and the blade inscription, it is reasonable to conclude that it was produced for the Spanish market and as such might be linked to the conquistadors. Of the few related examples, it appears that several are in excavated condition and nearly all in public collections.
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