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  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : ££13500
Fine North European Two Handed Sword Dating To Circa 1520-30.   A fine, well proportioned and imposing German or North European two handed fighting sword (hand and a half sword) dating to circa 1520-30. The distinctive flat, downwardly curved quillons of this sword, widening towards square-ended terminals and applied with rope-like decoration, plus the deeply grooved pommel with fluted surfaces and blackened hilt parts, mark this sword out as a member of a distinctive and unique group of North European two handed swords dating to the early 16th century.   One fine example is illustrated in "The Price Guide to Antique Edged Weapons", Leslie Southwick, Antique Collectors Club, 1982, page 29, fig 49, and another in "Edged Weapons in Sweden", Staffan Kinman, Stockholm, 2014, page 29, fig 26b. See also fig 3, "European Swords", Anthony North, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1982, page 6 / 7 for a similar sword in the Victoria & Albert Museum.   The broad blade is single edged with a wide spine underneath which two fullers extend from the hilt for 40% of its length after which the blade is double edged and keen. The end of the spine is filed with three crescent-shaped notches after which the blade is of lenticular section. An armourers mark of facing crescents terminating in ovals, a further oval imbetween and flanked by trefoils of diamond shaped dots is present on one side a few inches from the hilt. The marks are most likely of a Passau smith.   The hub of the cross is formed as a flat guard bar of rectangular section. The quillons are rounded near the hilt and expand in vertically flattened form to their terminals and are applied with raised middle lines decorated with diagonal filed lines giving a rope-like finish flanked by incised lines. Two horizontal ring guard bars of rounded section are applied to the sides each filed with two raised knops with similar "roped" finish. Beneath the cross, a downward facing round section bar of open crescent shape is applied and into which the shoulders of the ricasso are fitted to secure the blade. The terminals of two further crescents are forged onto the ends of this bar with the upper surfaces attached to the edges of the side guard rings, each decorated with two filed knops of similar form.   The pommel is pear-shaped with a narrow integral neck. Eight equally spaced deep grooves radiate from the pommel top to its base. The ridges imbetween are filed with narrower lines 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.   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 these swords were probably not a rare site on European battlefields, carried by mercenaries and professional soldiers in armies fighting almost permanently during a time of shifting religious, political and dynastic change. As fashions changed towards the beginning of the 17th century they went out of use and today are quite rare compared to the survival rates of two-handed swords which are 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.   Blade length 41.5 inches (105.5 cm). Length overall 52 inches (132 cm).  
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £12,995
Rare New Land pattern musket. A rare New Land pattern musket A rare New Land pattern musket 58&157; overall. 42&157; barrel with Ordnance proofs, flat New Land pattern lock with Crown GR and inspector&#acute;s mark under pan. Full length walnut stock, barrel retained with 3 slides, butt with storekeeper&#acute;s stamp for 1802, inspector&#acute;s stamp behind the tang, with regulation brass furniture comprising butt plate, trigger guard with sling swivel, &#acute;S&#acute; shaped side plate with central screw, with 3 ramrod pipes. Original rammer with swell. Circa 1802. A very rare musket in very good darkly patinated sleepy condition. Lacking its forward swivel & nose-cap, otherwise very good.   Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £12,995
. A fine cased pair of Travelling Pistols by Staudenmayer. . A fine cased pair of Travelling Pistols by Staudenmayer  A fine cased pair of Travelling Pistols by Staudenmayer. London, No. 1485, 12&157; overall, 6 ¼&157; octagonal 20 bore sighted barrels engraved STAUDENMAYER, LONDON, with scratch rifling, signed on the upper flat and inlaid with a platinum line, engraved breech tang, fitted with standing back-sight. Flat stepped border and foliate engraved side locks, engraved STAUDENMAYER, LONDON, with push-on safety, swan necked cocks with semi waterproof pans, engraved steel mounts including trigger-guard decorated with a trophy-of-arms and pineapple finals and later fitted spurs. Figured walnut full stocks with chequered rounded butts, with ramrod-pipe and horn tipped ramrods. Contained in their original oak case with brass lifting handle and two hooks The hinged lid bearing the glued in Trade Card for J. Wilkinson and Son. Lined with green baize, with some accessories including copper and brass pistol flask, turn screw, bullet mound and loading rod . Circa 1815, spurs added about 1835 by Wilkinson who then added his card to the case lid. Pistols in good condition some finish to the trigger guards Samuel Henry Staudenmayer former apprentice of John Manton, Gunmaker, 35 Jermyn Street., 1799; 35 Cockspur Street 1802- 14; 35 Cockspur Street 1814-25. Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales and Duke of York: See Blackmore. H.L., A Dictionary of London Gunmakers 1350- 1850, page 184.   Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £12,500.00
VERY RARE, MINT RIFLED BORE, BATTLE OF WATERLOO, British Pattern 1800 Baker Flintlock Rifle By Ketland Birmingham To The 44th (East Essex) Regiment Of Foot, Baker Sword Bayonet By Osborn Birmingham With Scabbard & Original Horn Powder Flask. Sn 14257 -. The Baker rifle (officially known as the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle) was a flintlock rifle used by the Rifle Regiments of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. It was the first standard-issue, British-made rifle accepted by the British armed forces. The Baker Rifle was first produced in 1800 by Ezekiel Baker, a master gunsmith from Whitechapel. The famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments adopted these accurate rifles (the hit Napoleonic War, Book & TV series Sharpe’s Rifles featured this pattern of rifle). The British Army was still issuing the Infantry Rifle in the 1830s. This is a superb, very rare, original, Baker rifle. It has all original wood work and metal work all in excellent condition with correct bayonet bar, flip up 2 leaf rear sight, brass blade fore sight, original correct 30” long steel ram rod with small ‘BH’ inspection mark and sling swivels. The rifle measures 45 ¾” overall with a 30” round steel barrel which has a near mint, clean rifled bore with crisp well defined rifling. The barrel has crisp proof marks. The lock is stamped with Georgian Kings Crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex) together with manufacturer’s name ‘W. Ketland’ (William Ketland Gunmaker Steelhouse Lane & Whitall Street Birmingham 1802-1807, see Brown’s book British Gunmakers Vol. 2). The hammer is fitted with flint. It has a brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang and fore end barrel block. The stock has a figured cheek piece and has a void oval brass disc inlaid on top of the wrist. The rifle cocks and dry fires perfectly. The butt plate tang is stamped ‘44’ to the British 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot, an Infantry Regiment in the British Army, raised in 1741. The Regiment served in the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars and fought at the battle of Waterloo 1815. The 44th became the Essex Regiment in 1881. The rifle is accompanied by its original very rare, Baker rifle sword bayonet with broad 22 ½” long steel blade and grooved brass handle with knuckle guard. The ricasso under the langet is marked with what appears to be a partial letter ‘O’, most likely Osborne (unable to clearly photograph but visible in the Osborn signature image inset in image 2). The back of the blade is crisply signed by the manufacturer ‘Osborn’ (the Birmingham cutler Henry Osborn was in business from around 1785 and was to go on to be one of the most prominent cutlers of his time with a reputation for innovation and new ideas. Osborn produced some of the first prototypes of the iconic 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre). The handle incorporates the correct bayonet release button. The handle is stamped ‘III’ which is most likely a weapon number. The bayonet comes with its original black leather scabbard with brass locket and chape. These bayonets are rarely found with their scabbards. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. Also accompanying this rifle is its original large polished horn powder flask. The curved horn flask is 11” in length and 2 ½” wide at the base. The horn is in superb condition and has a brass base cap and sprung screw off nozzle. Its brass throat mount is fitted with sling swivel as is its brass base cap. The flask is fitted with a later cord sling. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks on the horn powder flask. The price for this very rare sought after Napoleonic Wars era collection including a rifle to a Regiment that fought at Waterloo & which is a must for any serious collector includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 14257
  • Nation : -
  • Local Price : 16,200.00 USD
RARE VIKING SWORD 10th CENTURY AD. Peterson type X. 32 5/8” broad fullered blade. Straight cross guard with slightly lobed terminals. One end with a small lug projection each side. That feature is unique in our experience but may well have been on other examples now lost to corrosion. Its function is speculative and worthy of further research. The pommel is of flat bottomed Brazil nut form. Excavated and professionally conserved condition. This sword is a classic example of the Viking sword in its mature form. See Oakeshott #X.13 for a near identical example bearing the INGELRII inscription, which he describes as “an absolutely classic example of the Type X sword”.
  • 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 : British
  • Local Price : £12,000
Rare Knightly sword from the Castiillion river find. rare Knightly sword from the Castiillion river find A rare Knightly sword from the Castiillion river find, 39&157; overall, Double-edged blade of triangular shape, ribbed at the centre; thin quillons slightly curved toward the blade, octagonal pommel relieved at the centre. Together with the scabbard iron chape. Very rare sword in excavated condition. Provenance: private collection from Marseille. Then Robert Brooker collection. The sword was found near Castillion. (The Battle of Castillon of 1453 was the last battle fought between the French and the English during the Hundred Years’ War). References, London Park Lane Arms fair catalogue 1993 and 2012 and R.E Oakeshott A River Find of 15th Century Swords   Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £10,495
. A very fine cased pair of Officers pistols by Mortimer;. . A very fine cased pair of Officers pistols by Mortimer; A very fine cased pair of Officers pistols by Mortimer; 12&157; overall with 6&157; octagonal carbine bore barrels with tower private proofs, engraved &#acute;London&#acute; on the top flat and florally engraved tang. Rounded border engraved lockplate signed &#acute;Mortimer&#acute;. Coarsely chequered bag shaped butts with Packtong trigger guard and ramrod pipe; trigger guard is engraved with a trophy of arms and pineapple finial. Throat hole cock, waterproof pans, rollers on frizzen spring, walnut fullstock with horn forend. Contained in their oak case with accessories including a powder flask, bullet mould, loading rod, turn screw and pan brush. with original key. Circa 1810. Pistols in near mint condition, most original finish remaining.   Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (http://www.antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
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