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Lot 3095: A pair of high-quality flintlock carbines, Hellendael, Utrecht, circa 1680/90
October 27, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Octagonal barrels, slightly constricted in the middle, with seven-grooved rifled bores in 13.5 mm calibres. Dovetailed sights. At the chamber engraved scroll with signature "Hellendael Utrecht", At barrel root engraved decoration of vines. The locks with engraved decoration of vines and grotesques, the lockplates each with repeated signature. Set triggers. Lavishly carved stocks made of walnut wood. The sliding lids of butt cases with leaping stags amidst vine decoration. Engraved iron furnitures, the cheek pieces each with inlaid iron plaque bearing the coat of arms of the noble Swedish family Bielkenstierna under a monogram "GBS". Original ramrods with iron tips and threaded nozzles. Length of each 96 cm. A gunsmith named Hellendael is proved to have been active in Utrecht from circa 1680 - 1700. Two further noted works by this master are mentioned in Arne Hoff, "Dutch Firearms", p. 132. The baronial family Bielkenstierna played an important part in history and brought forth several admirals of the Swedish war fleet as well as advisers of the Swedish crown.
Condition Report: II +
Notes: Langwaffen Steinschloss und Perkussion