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Fine Antique & Modern Firearms

by Hermann Historica


913 lots | 908 with images

October 17, 2012

Linprunstraße 16

Munich, D-80335 Germany

Phone: +49 89 54726490

Fax: +49 89 547264999

Email: contact@hermann-historica.com

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Lot 2001: LITERATUR - Arne Hoff, Feuerwaffen, Band 1 + 2

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Description: LITERATUR Arne Hoff, Feuerwaffen, Band 1 + 2 Braunschweig, 1669. Zusammen 776 Seiten mit zahlreichen SW - Abbildungen. Jeweils im Leineneinband und (beschädigtem) Schutzumschlag. Gesuchtes Standardwerk.

Condition Report: II-

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Lot 2002: LITERATUR - Der neue Stöckel

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Description: LITERATUR Der neue Stöckel Band 1 und 2 des internationalen Lexikons der Büchsenmacher mit zusammen 1486 Seiten, Eugene Herr, Schwäbisch Hall 1978. Band 3 mit den Städten und Büchsenmacherzentren fehlt. Kunstledereinband.

Condition Report: II

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GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR - Ein Paar Bronzeböller, Frankreich 18.Jhdt.

Lot 2003: GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR - Ein Paar Bronzeböller, Frankreich 18.Jhdt.

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Description: GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR Ein Paar Bronzeböller, Frankreich 18.Jhdt. Bronze mit grünlicher Patina. Balusterförmige Rohre im Kaliber 32 mm mit kräftig verstärkten Mündungen auf runden Standfüßen. Seitlich zwei runde Wiegezapfen, die Pulverpfannen in Form zweier Delfine. Höhe je 16 cm. Die Delfine können als Symbol des französischen Thronfolgers (Dauphin) gedeutet werden. Eine Verwendung der Böller bei Feuerwerken im höfischen Umfeld ist daher wahrscheinlich.

Condition Report: II

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GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR - Kleine Schiffskanone

Lot 2004: GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR - Kleine Schiffskanone

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Description: GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR Kleine Schiffskanone Nordeuropa, 19. Jhdt. Schweres Bronzerohr im Kaliber 32 mm, massive Wiegezapfen, verstärkter Stoßboden mit einfacher Traube. Robuste (spätere?) hölzerne Lafette mit eisernen Beschlägen. Rohr minimal bestoßen, eine Befestigungsschraube sowie die Räder fehlen. Rohrlänge 55 cm, Gesamtlänge 72 cm.

Condition Report: II-

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GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR - An exceptional pair of Alsatian bronze falconets, of six cast for the City of Mühlhausen, attributed to the bell-founder Wetzler of Mühlhausen, dated 1554

Lot 2005: GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR - An exceptional pair of Alsatian bronze falconets, of six cast for the City of Mühlhausen, attributed to the bell-founder Wetzler of Mühlhausen, dated 1554

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Description: GESCHÜTZE UND ZUBEHÖR An exceptional pair of Alsatian bronze falconets, of six cast for the City of Mühlhausen, attributed to the bell-founder Wetzler of Mühlhausen, dated 1554 Of 5.7 cm bore, each finely cast in relief in the German taste, with flared muzzle, roped astragals heightened with prominent bands of acanthus at both ends of the chase and at the base of the first reinforce, a fillet and ogee at the head of the first reinforce, the base-ring formed as a double fillet, a pair of trunnions and a pair of dolphin handles at the second reinforce, flat cascable with a third dolphin handle en suite, the first reinforce cast with a pair of stippled shields each charged with the arms of Mühlhausen supported by the double-eagle of The Holy Roman Empire, all on a stippled field, a raised stippled scroll cast with the date "1554" below, and one stamped below the scroll in miniscules "EI" over "DZ". Weight (each approximately) 150 KG. Length (to base-ring) 113.3 cm. Length (overall) 122.2 cm Provenance: The City Arsenal, Reichstadt Mulhausen. Transferred in the years immediately following the French Revolution to the Franciscan monastery in the Upper quarter of the city. In 1811 the set of six cannon were to be melted by order of The Emperor Napoleon. four were subsequently surrendered and destroyed, the surviving pair remained hidden until the fall of the Empire. They were later taken into ceremonial service by the Mulhouse armed corps of sapeurs-pompiers (400 - 500 strong) commanded by M. Alfred Koechlin-Schwartz (1829 - 95, a prominent member of the well-recorded family of Alsatian industrialists, variously Mayor of Mulhouse and député for the région Nord, 1888 - 9). To escape seizure by the invading German army in 1870, the surviving pair, as symbols of French military resistance, was buried, apparently by the order of Koechlin-Schwartz, and according to him in the Medieval city irrigation system (Stadtbuechlein), near to the Werkhof (city maintenance depot), adjacent to the quarters of the sapeurs-pompiers on the rue des Maréchaux. Literature: MEININGER, Ernest, Deux Vieux Canons Mulhousiens, Mulhouse, 1906, including a reproduced photograph taken prior to the burial of the cannon in 1870. Among his numerous official titles as an historian Ernest Meininger held the post of Président du Comité d´Administration du Musée Historique de Mulhouse. His research of the city archives revealed the record of the City Councils´ commissioning of the bell-founder Wetzler. In 1554 the Alsatian city of Mühlhausen prospered as a Free republic (Reichstadt) ruled by an elected Council of twelve and existing as an independent enclave within The Sundgau, a Principality of The Holy Roman Empire. The city had extended its existing alliance with the Swiss Kantons in 1515 and the city remained an associate of the Swiss Confederation until 1798, when it acceded to France. Under the protection of the Confederation Mühlhausen survived the mid-16th century climate of turmoil in the region, principally The Habsburg-Valois War of 1551 - 59 and The Second Margrave War of 1552 - 55. The former conflict involved the French annexation and occupation of the cities of Metz, Toul and Verdun in 1552 and the defeat of the army of The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at Renty in 1554. In this period of military hostility Wetzler´s commission from the City Council of Mühlhausen to cast six Falkonett cannon would have been a natural consequence of a requirement to reinforce the city defences, probably for a specific strategic position such as a gate-tower. A table giving the nomenclature of German ordnance relative to specifications in 1556 was included in the Kriegsbuch des Reinhart von Solms and is reproduced in ZU MONDFELD, Wolfram, BAYERLEIN, Anton & KLINGENBRUNN, Marietta, Schiffsgeschütze 1350 - 1870, vol. I, Herford 1988, p.156.

Condition Report: I-II

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