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The Great Sale of Fine & Scarce Antique Arms & Armour, Day 2

by Czerny's International Auction House


368 lots | 367 with images

May 26, 2013

Live Auction

Piazza V. Veneto, 17 - 19

Sarzana (SP), 19038 Italy

Phone: +39 0187 691 376

Fax: +39 0187 692 703

Email: info@czernys.com

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A two-handed knightly sword

Lot 914: A two-handed knightly sword

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Description: Straight, double-edged blade, with a slight groove for two-thirds of its length, engraved at the first part with a slightly visible, noble shield, straight iron quillons of suare section, grip with original, wooden grip scales (held by modern ropes), disc-shaped iron pommel relieved at the centre."J" type Oakeshott.provenance: Germany: This sword has already been offered in our auction number 15 on the 28th of May 2005, lot 142.dimensions: length 130 cm. dating: first quarter 14th Century

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An elegant wheel-lock rifle

Lot 915: An elegant wheel-lock rifle

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Description: Rifled, octagonal, 14 mm cal. barrel, slightly bell-mouthed at the nozzle, the rear-sight in the shape of a brass stylized lion, foresight; large lock with external wheel, flat plate with the stamp "HI" with head of bull (?), spring pan cover, partially engraved at the inside; full stock of cherry wood finely decorated with bone plaques and bands, engraved with effigy of hares, wild boar and floral motifs, near the tang busts of noblemen, at the butt-plate a standing nobleman, restorations and parts missing (ramrod too); anatomic, iron trigger, set trigger. Fine rifle deserving an adequate restoration.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 124.5 cm. dating: last quarter of the 16th Century

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A wheel-lock carbine

Lot 916: A wheel-lock carbine

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Description: Smooth, three-stage, 11 mm cal. barrel, the first part octagonal, followed by two round segments, divided by woven rings, foresight; wheel-lock with sliding pan cover, probably already been changed at the time of usage (incomplete); wooden full stock richly decorated with bone and mother-of-pearl inlays (small restorations), partially painted in red with effigy of animals and floral motifs; faceted butt, at the back a cylindrical flask, grooved with opening (powder case?). Iron trigger guard, horn butt-plate. Bone-tipped wooden ramrod.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 91 cm. dating: second quarter of the 17th Century

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A spatha

Lot 917: A spatha

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Description: Wide, straight blade with no tip; oval quillon with straight arms, pommel in two pieces (triangular on oval and flat base). Grip with remains of wood.provenance: Central Europedimensions: length 88 cm. dating: 10th Century

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An interesting short-sword with carved handle

Lot 918: An interesting short-sword with carved handle

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Description: Wide, straight, cinquedea-like blade (pitting, beginning of 16th Century), with triple fuller at the forte getting double for the rest of the length; small, iron quillon with parallelepiped-shaped quillon-block, short buttoned arms decorated with oblique chiselling, the iron ring-guard en suite. Twisted, ivory grip (second half of the 16th Century), the edge chiselled as a lion head with open jaws and paws.provenance: Italydimensions: length 66 cm. dating: 16th Century

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A ceremonial bone kinfe

Lot 919: A ceremonial bone kinfe

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Description: Short, symbolic, ivory blade with small, red inscription. Hilt with massive tsuba engraved with key-fret, a mask at the base of the grip, the pommel in the shape of dragon head; large scabbard shaped as a fang, at the centre finely chiselled with the effigy of a deity among a dragon, floral motifs and clouds, on the left a Chinese symbol, the remaining area engraved and partially coloured with floral and geometrical motifs and a bird of paradise. On a wooden support.provenance: Chinadimensions: length 73 cm. dating: circa 1900

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A pair of paintings

Lot 920: A pair of paintings

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Description: Colour and ink on fabric. Depicting various female figures making conversation; one is enriched with two male figures, the other with the effigy of the moon; both feature inscriptions in ideograms. Wooden frame (recent) with passe-partout, under glass.provenance: Japandimensions: dimensions 58 x 40 cm. dating: 19th Century

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A presentation dagger

Lot 921: A presentation dagger

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Description: Straight, double-edged blade of lozenge section, richly chiselled with floral motifs, tang; massive, gold -and silver-plated grip depicting the tragic scene of Othello, who, out of jealously, kills Desdemona; quillons ending in the shape of snakes, at the quillon-block the inscription "OTHELLO"; the scabbard decorated en suite with female figures, cherubs and anthropomorphic figures. This beautiful dagger is a gift to a performer of the role of Othello, in Paris around 1860/70.provenance: Francedimensions: length 47.5 cm. dating: third quarter of the 19th Century

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A beautiful small dagger

Lot 922: A beautiful small dagger

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Description: Straight, double-edged blade with central groove and golden decorations; steel hilt decorated en suite, white horn grip with oblique, golden staves; steel scabbard decorated en suite, with a small, pierced hook. Probably a Russian manufacturing.provenance: Russiadimensions: length 19.5 cm. dating: mid-19th Century

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A rare and beautiful hunting case

Lot 923: A rare and beautiful hunting case

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Description: Consisting of knife, fork, pierced needle and spoon. The last one entirely made of bone, depicting the effigy of a hunter and an ibex at the outer surface, an inscription in German at the inside one; the cutlery made of iron with bone grip scales decorated en suite. In a leather case.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 20 - 23 cm. dating: late 18th Century

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A long right-hand gauntlet

Lot 924: A long right-hand gauntlet

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Description: Long cuff outlined at the centre, at the centre a recessed margin with hemmed border, six-plate back with scaled fingers.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 44.5 cm. dating: circa 1600

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A rare and early right-hand gauntlet

Lot 925: A rare and early right-hand gauntlet

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Description: Cuff with grooves and raisers, with recessed border and margin bent toward the outside, three-plate back decorated en suite with chiselled and pierced borders, the central one with a bump, pointed knuckles, no fingers but the thumb.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 30.5 cm. dating: circa 1500

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A wheel-lock pistol

Lot 926: A wheel-lock pistol

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Description: Smooth, three-stage, 15 mm cal. barrel, octagonal at the first part with three stamps, of sixteen faces at the second and finally round; lock with external wheel, stamped at the inside surface; wooden full stock, probably later (18th Century), iron mounts. Iron-tipped wooden ramrod.provenance: Northern Germanydimensions: length 61 cm. dating: second quarter of the 17th Century

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A beautiful wheel-lock pistol

Lot 927: A beautiful wheel-lock pistol

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, 14 mm cal. barrel, the first part decorated with thin grooves followed by a beaded ring and the second round part with rib featuring floral engravings, beaded moulded muzzle; lock with external wheel, the plate engraved with effigy of dragon, snake and floral motifs on granulated ground (the engraving is probably datable to the 19th Century), the floral engraving at the wheel is from the period, sliding pan cover, hammer chiselled with spirals and leaves; at the inside stamped "CC" and engraved with foliage; briarwood full stock (restorations) with iron mounts finely pierced with floral motifs, the trigger guard with effigy of a human figure; chiselled belt hook; iron ramrod. Brass plaque with collection number. See "Brescian Firearms" by Nolfo di Carpegna, page 54. The stamp at the lock is probably the one on "I 120".provenance: Bresciadimensions: length 37 cm. dating: second quarter of the 17th Century

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A fine pair of flintlock travelling pistols by Perrin Freres

Lot 928: A fine pair of flintlock travelling pistols by Perrin Freres

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Description: Rifled, four stage, turn-off (semi breech-loading), 12 mm cal. barrels, first octagonal, then of sixteen faces followed by a round segment and, after rings, another slightly thinner, round segment, the entire lenght finely engraved and gilt, moulded muzzle; engraved and gilt tangs; round plate locks signed "J. Perrin freres a St. Etienne", the screw of the hammer engraved and gilt; wooden half stocks finely sculpted around the tang, partially chiselled steel mounts, at the back a silver shield with trophies.For Perrin see "Der Neue Stockel", Vol. II page 941.provenance: Francedimensions: length 28 cm. dating: first quarter of the 19th Century

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A very rare spider helmet

Lot 929: A very rare spider helmet

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Description: Iron skull with riveted brim and border, both provided with several holes for the lining, with ten mobile spikes, which can be folded on the skull where can be fastened by a spring cap, which, if released, let them down in order to protect the front, the cheeks and the nape; skull and brim protected with a metallic cage.See a very similar helmet in "A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor" by George Cameron Stone, page 579-580. Another helmet of this rare type has been sold recently at Bonhams, Knightsbidge, for 33.600 £, 20th July 2011, lot 175, from Dott. Peter Parson Collection.provenance: Francedimensions: height 18/33 cm. dating: mid-17th Century

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An rare and early haquebute iron barrel

Lot 930: An rare and early haquebute iron barrel

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Description: Heavy, smooth, round barrel with square nozzle, a strong hook at the front, breech with pan and sight.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 123.5 cm. dating: 15th Century

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A rare double system match -and wheel-lock arquebuse

Lot 931: A rare double system match -and wheel-lock arquebuse

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Description: Beautiful, smooth, two-stage, 16 mm cal. barrel, the first part, octagonal, decorated with longitudinal outlines, chiselled at the edges and provided with a long, decorated sight, with a stamp epicting a crowned anchor, the second part, round, separated with the first one by a beaed ring, with moulded muzzle; large, flat plate lock with external wheel, with a reserve match hammer, pan with sliding cover, safety lock, with engraved and chiselled decorations; wooden full stock with bone outlines, richly decorated with inlaid plaques depicting engraved effigy of mystic animals and floral motifs, and filigree curls and nails; iron trigger and trigger guard; wooden ramrod. Small parts missing and restorations. provenance: Holland: provenance: Duke Thun-Hohenstein Armoury. Sold by Fischer/Luzern on the 17th of June 1964, lot 214 with illustration.dimensions: length 150,5 cm. dating: late 16th Century

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A rare mail shirt

Lot 932: A rare mail shirt

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Description: With front opening, consisting of two large, rectangular, convex plaques, provided with three buckles, four side-plates, three rows of scales at the back plate, the central one with arched lower borders. All plaques are held together by a thick mail of riveted iron rings.provenance: Ottoman Empiredimensions: height circa 75 cm. dating: 17th Century

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A gilt khula-khud and sipar

Lot 933: A gilt khula-khud and sipar

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Description: Hemispherical, blued iron skull, at the top an in-the-round bird head resting on a long, cylindrical neck; at the surface of the skull the relieved wings of the bird, at the front a bas-relieved sun with anthropomorphic face, at the lower band a long inscription in Arabic; at the front the sliding nosepiece and two plume-holders. Various elements, including the sun rays and the feathers, feature gold inlays; provided with a mail neck-defence of simple closed rings. Circular, convex shield with cartouches and floral frames, and a long series of inscriptions; at the centre a bas-relieved sun with anthropomorphic face, with gilt rays, and four gilt studs featuring floral engravings; at the back fabric lining, stuffing and handles.provenance: Persiadimensions: height elmo 38 cm. dating: late 19th Century

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A khula-khud and sipar

Lot 934: A khula-khud and sipar

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Description: In the style of 16th Century. Pointed, iron skull, conical at the upper part, surmounted by a small cusp; the surface decorated with a wide band featuring gold-inlaid inscriptions in Arabic, at the upper part gold-inlaid floral motifs; provided with nape-guard, brim and cheek-pieces decorated with floral engravings, gilt sliding nosepiece. Blued shield, with several rings and gilt frames, and a band featuring a long inscription, decorated at the centre with a woven engraving and four gilt studs on a festooned base; rear surface with lining, stuffing and handles.provenance: Turkeydimensions: height circa 50 cm. dating: late 19th Century

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A very rare double-barrelled percussion/pin-fire gun by Toni

Lot 935: A very rare double-barrelled percussion/pin-fire gun by Toni

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Description: Smooth, round, damascened, 18 mm cal. barrels, with rib, signed "T. TONI FABR.TE VIA BANCHI NUOVI No. 58 ROMA", foresight; long, engraved tang; backward spring lock finely engraved with hunting motifs among frames and floral motifs; receiver engraved en suite and marked "BREVETTO D'INVENZIONE 20 FEBBRAIO 1865" on a side, and "DOPPIO SISTEMA T. TONI ROMA" on the other; the revolving receiver allows to change the barrel block with a pin-fire pair of barrels (second block not available); wooden stock with checkered fore-end and neck; trigger guard engraved en suite with button. For Tommaso Toni see Barbiroli page 514 and "Der Neue Stoeckel", page 1293. Toni, a mechanic gunmaker, developed this rare system which allowed to shoot with both percussion and pin-fire systems.provenance: Romedimensions: length 114 cm. dating: third quarter of the 19th Century

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A pin-fire gun from the property of Henri of Artois, Count of Chambord

Lot 936: A pin-fire gun from the property of Henri of Artois, Count of Chambord

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Description: Heavy, rifled, swivelling, two-stage, 20 mm cal. barrel of fine damask, octagonal the first part signed "Roblin à Paris breveté" and "S.M. J.R. l'Empereur d'Austriche", with adjustable foresight with blued nicks of 100, 150 and 200 meters, followed by a ring and the second round part with precision foresight; backward spring lock signed "Roblin B.te à Paris", engraved with curls at the borders; iron fore-end and lever decorated en suite, briarwood butt with iron mounts, blackened trigger guard with Henri of Artois crowned coat of arms "H".provenance: Parisdimensions: length 113.5 cm. dating: third quarter of the 19th Century

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A long flintlock gun with silver-plated mounts

Lot 937: A long flintlock gun with silver-plated mounts

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, octagonal and round, 15 mm cal. barrel entirely decorated with silver inlays depicting floral and geometrical frames alternated with cartouches featuring inscriptions in Arabic; interesting, box-lock type flintlock (from a cannon?), assembled at the external surface of the stock, on the right, this one too decorated with silver-inlaid frames and inscriptions, with shooting system for rope; full stock (a restoration under the barrel) of dark wood, decorated with brass nails, at the centre and the butt bone tarsia decorated with geometrical motifs; counter-plate, butt-plate and trigger guard featuring silver -inlaid geometrical motifs and inscriptions. Long, silver-plated iron ramrod.provenance: North Africadimensions: length 224 cm. dating: first quarter of the 19th Century

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A luxury Jambyia with scabbard and belt

Lot 938: A luxury Jambyia with scabbard and belt

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Description: Massive, curved, double-edged blade ribbed at the centre, at the forte a sun-shaped stamp, another brass-plated stamp at the opposite side; rhino-horn "T"-shaped grip decorated with filigree silver and brass nails, the rivets covered by two golden coins dated "1912" and "1913". Wooden scabbard with leather covering, with a silver mount decorated with finely manufactured filigree. Complete with its fabric belt with gilt silver mounts, finely decorated en suite. Definitely manufactured for a high rank figure. Pieces of such elegance are extremely rare.provenance: Yemendimensions: length 34 cm. dating: first quarter of the 20th Century

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A rare and luxury Sabiki dagger

Lot 939: A rare and luxury Sabiki dagger

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Description: Strong, elegant blade of fine damask, of two curved edges, the first part grooved at the centre the ribbed until the tip; silver-plated hilt, the front part richly decorated with gilt silver filigree. Wooden scabbard with beautiful, filigree, gilt silver mounts, the back covered with leather, seven suspension rings. Really interesting dagger definitely created for a high rank leader, considering the damask of the blade and the exquisite quality of the mounts.provenance: Yemendimensions: length 45.5 cm. dating: late 19th Century

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A Pavise

Lot 940: A Pavise

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Description: Wooden structure widening toward the top, slightly rounded and pointed at the centre; the front surface convex, with a relieved section at the centre featuring three risers; the rear surface hollow and provided with a groove. The entire surface is covered with fabric (defects and parts missing), the front painted in red and decorated with a red and white heraldic shield surmounted by a crown with frame and ermine. The back painted in brown, with remains of two inventory labels, one featuring gothic characters, provided with a central handle of animal leather or nerve, and three iron rings to fix it to a pole.The German style pavise was used for a longer period compared to the Italian one. See "Armi difensive dal Medioevo all'Età Moderna", Centro Di 1982, page 40.provenance: Austriadimensions: height 89 cm. dating: late 15th Century

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A composite closed helmet

Lot 941: A composite closed helmet

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Description: One piece skull with average tall comb engraved with bands depicting parts of armour, animals and other objects on gilt ground (freshened), visor with eye slots and ventail with rosette decorated en suite, three-plate neck-guard (one of them not pertinent) and three-plate nape guard. Old reparations.provenance: North Italydimensions: height 32 cm. dating: circa 1600

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A closed helmet

Lot 942: A closed helmet

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Description: One piece skull with tall comb and twisted border, recessed and hollow base; visor decorated en suite with large eye slot, ventail ribbed at the centre with tip projecting to the top, damages at the chin of the beaver; two-plate neck and nape guard, the lower ones with recessed and hemmed border. Old reparations.provenance: Englanddimensions: height 31 cm. dating: last quarter of the 16th Century

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An engraved shield (sipar)

Lot 943: An engraved shield (sipar)

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Description: Made of iron, circular convex shape with festooned border and four studs undulated at the base; the surface entirely engraved with the effigy of a sun with long rays and cartouches depicting busts among floral motifs, at the border bands featuring inscriptions in Arabic; red fabric lining.provenance: Indopersiadimensions: diameter 47 cm. dating: first quarter of the 19th Century

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A turban type helmet and sipar

Lot 944: A turban type helmet and sipar

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Description: The helmet in the style of 15th Century, blued, with pointed and twisted skull, surmounted by a square cusp, the lower part engraved by floral motifs and cartouches featuring gold-inlaid inscriptions in Arabic, provided with sliding nosepiece cusped at the upper part, engraved and gold inlaid; complete with mail neck-defence of simple closed iron rings; with inside stuffing. Circular, slightly convex sipar, at the centre a plaque in the shape of sun with anthropomorphic face, and a relieved gilt decoration depicting a long snake woven around the four studs, the surface engraved with floral motifs featuring gold inlays; at the back surface the lining, the central stuffing and two handles.provenance: Turkeydimensions: height elmo circa 40 cm. dating: late 19th Century

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A khanda

Lot 945: A khanda

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Description: Typical, straight, single -and short false-edged blade, slightly thickened at the tip, grooved at the centre, at the base a stamp depicting a trident. Beautiful, gilt brass hilt, entirely decorated with floral motifs on remains of dark blue enamel.provenance: Indiadimensions: length 97 cm. dating: circa 1800

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A rare khanda

Lot 946: A rare khanda

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Description: Straight, single -and false-edged damask blade, widening toward the tip, strengthened and chiselled at the forte and the back, long tang followed by a gilt cartouche with inscriptions; typical, iron hilt, pierced langets and quillons, the guard en suite, gilt sword shell and pommel.provenance: Indiadimensions: length 83,5 cm. dating: circa 1800

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A wheel-lock

Lot 947: A wheel-lock

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Description: Flat plate with external wheel held by a chiselled frame, the hammer and the spring decorated with floral chiselling, adjustable pan cover.provenance: Bresciadimensions: length 21.5 cm. dating: 17th Century

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A beautiful engraved wheel-lock

Lot 948: A beautiful engraved wheel-lock

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Description: Flat plate with inside wheel, the entire surface engraved with effigy of lion, snakes and floral motifs, hammer engraved en suite and decorated with an acorn at the top, sliding pan cover.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 23.5 cm. dating: 17th Century

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A beautiful wheel-lock

Lot 949: A beautiful wheel-lock

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Description: Flat plate, engraved with the effigy of Poseidon, a boat and a tropical island, internal wheel, the cover pierced with a heart and engraved with effigy of warriors, the hammer with Pegasus and angels with trumpet, in high-relief, the spring with fish. Sliding pan cover. Engraved at the inside surface too. Very scarce.provenance: Germanydimensions: length 25 cm. dating: 17th Century

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A Roman style flintlock by Guardiani

Lot 950: A Roman style flintlock by Guardiani

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Description: Flat plate, roundish at the end, slightly engraved, signed and dated "Guardiani Anghiaari 1820" at the inside surface. Probably one of the last locks made by Guardiani.provenance: Central Italydimensions: length 14 cm. dating: first quarter of the 19th Century

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A Roman style flintlock by Masper

Lot 951: A Roman style flintlock by Masper

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Description: Finely chiselled and engraved, signed "G. MASPER".provenance: Central Italydimensions: length 12.5 cm. dating: mid-18th Century

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An interesting snaphaunce flintlock

Lot 952: An interesting snaphaunce flintlock

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Description: Finely engraved with effigy of birds, snakes and floral motifs; sliding pan cover. Signed "PIETRO FRA.CO TOMMASI" at the inside. Scarce signature. See Barbiroli "Repertorio Storico degli Archibugiari Italiani", page 513. Pietro Francesco Tommasi worked in Stazzema (Lucca, Italy) in the middle of the 18th Century.provenance: North Italydimensions: length 13.6 cm. dating: 18th Century

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A nice and early miquelet flintlock by Martinez

Lot 953: A nice and early miquelet flintlock by Martinez

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Description: Flat plate with a deep mark by Alonso MArtinez, another mark near the hammer, fine floral engravings. At the batterie the crowned signature "AL.SO MARTINEZ" and "EN MADRID 1699".provenance: Spaindimensions: length 14.2 cm. dating: late 17th Century

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A Roman style flintlock

Lot 954: A Roman style flintlock

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Description: The plate finely sculpted and engraved with a mask and floral motifs. Signed "UBALDO MATASSI ANGHIARI" under the spring. See Barbiroli, page 358. We have knowledge of another lock only signed by Anghiari kept in the museum of Castel Sant'Angelo.provenance: Central Italydimensions: length 14.7 cm. dating: 18th Century

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A beautiful left side Roman style flintlock

Lot 955: A beautiful left side Roman style flintlock

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Description: Flat plate engraved with a frame and with a trophy of arms at the end; snake-shaped hammer, a mask at the screw, engraved pan and batterie, marked "a Volterra" at the inside.provenance: Central Italydimensions: length 12,5 cm. dating: late 18th Century

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A flintlock

Lot 956: A flintlock

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Description: Plaque finely engraved with floral motifs, hammer with spirals at the neck and flower-shaped screw, chiselled pan and batterie.provenance: North Italydimensions: length 12.5 cm. dating: 18th Century

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A nice snaphaunce flintlock

Lot 957: A nice snaphaunce flintlock

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Description: Flat plate engraved with floral motifs en suite with the hammer, chiselled batterie, sliding pan cover, the screw at the hammer chiselled as a flower; at the inside the mark "BB" under the spring.provenance: North Italydimensions: length 18.3 cm. dating: 18th Century

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An early and rare Roman type flintlock

Lot 958: An early and rare Roman type flintlock

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Description: Flat plate with a crescent-shaped mark and a long, external spring.provenance: Central Italydimensions: length 18 cm. dating: 17th Century

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A beautiful flint-lock

Lot 959: A beautiful flint-lock

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Description: Plaque with fine, floral engravings and a curl on the left, hammer engraved en suite and pierced, batterie chiselled with a leaf.provenance: North Italydimensions: length 16.5 cm. dating: 17th Century

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A rare miquelet flintlock

Lot 960: A rare miquelet flintlock

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Description: Plate chiselled with the effigy of a female figure at the base, at the centre a deep stamp at the centre of an engraved trophy; beautiful hammer chiselled as dragon, the sides as monsters and the back as a mask, at the base a male figure; a peacock and a small mask at the area under the pan, a high-relieved bust at the batterie.provenance: Portugaldimensions: length 14.7 cm. dating: circa 1700

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A rare and early Roman flintlock

Lot 961: A rare and early Roman flintlock

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Description: Large, iron lock, plaque oblique at the borders, chiselled on the left with a mask, long and strong spring chiselled with the effigy of a laying down figure on a mask, the hammer engraved with floral motifs, the base with a bearded face in the round, the screw in the shape of a flower, the batterie with mask at the external surface, brass pan. At the inside the gunsmith's mark "P.P.".provenance: Central Italydimensions: length 21.5 cm. dating: 17th Century

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Baudouin, Simon Rene, Comte de

Lot 962: Baudouin, Simon Rene, Comte de

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Description: Expercice de L'Infanterie Francaois ordonné par le Roy Le VI. May MDCCLV Dessiné d'après Nature dans toutes ses Positions et gravé par S. R. Boudoin. 62 illustrated plates and 16 plates with text. Rigid, Moroccan leather cover with golden imprints and title. Very scarce.provenance: Parisdimensions: height 50 cm. dating: third quarter of the 18th Century

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Breen, Adam van

Lot 963: Breen, Adam van

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Description: Le Maniement d'Armes de Nassau avecq Rondelles, Piques, Efpees & Targes, La Haye, Holland, 1618. 8 pages of text with 48 illustrated plates. Leather cover by C. J. Mensing, Amsterdamm ca. 1900.provenance: Hollanddimensions: height 32 cm. dating: first quarter of the 17th Century

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