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Auction Description for Czerny's International Auction House: A Selection of Fine Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria
Viewing Notes:
from Monday the 11th to Friday 15th of November 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Czerny's, P.zza Vittorio Veneto 17, 19038 Sarzana (SP), Italy
Sale Notes:
www.invaluable.com/czernys

A Selection of Fine Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria

by Czerny's International Auction House


252 lots with images

November 17, 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 krug and helmet

Lot 1335: A krug and helmet

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Description: The skull of the helmet (total height 35 cm circa) consisting in two lateral valves and a central band (small damages), all made of iron, held together by riveted, iron rings, at the top a central flute and a small conical cusp resting on a big, hemispherical base; on each side a protective plate pointed at the edge, with holes for the stuffing at the margins. The chest-plate (height 39 cm) with a central, slightly convex, circular plate with a relieved, circular portion at the centre, decorated with grooved rays and Saint Irene arsenal plaque; all around the central plate are five moulded plates, provided with for holes and held by riveted iron rings, the upper plate with neckline. Assembled on a wooden base.

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A composite suite of chainmail and plate armour

Lot 1336: A composite suite of chainmail and plate armour

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Description: Krug with circular, convex, central plaque relieved at the centre, decorated with grooved rays, with stamp of Saint Irene arsenal; around the central plaque are three plates joined by a mail of riveted iron rings (parts missing). Shoulder plaque with relieved neckline and lateral plates. The back consisting of six rows of rectangular scales, held together by a mail of riveted iron rings, featuring remains of lining. Mail shirt made of a thick weave of riveted iron rings (parts missing). Everything assembled on a modern mannequin, completed by later pieces of armour (18-19th Century): a top of riveted iron rings, pieces of mail to complete the shirt, a small sipar of elephant leather with brass studs decorated with petals, with rings for the handles.

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A krug (breast-plate)

Lot 1337: A krug (breast-plate)

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Description: Disc decorated with rays, raised at the centre, with Saint Irene arsenal mark (tamga) at the border, with neck plate and side plates, rounded at the side near the disc; joined by triangular plaques, kept together by a mail of riveted rings. Small parts missing. The tamga, generally identified as Saint Irene arsenal mark, should be considered as a general mark of the Ottoman Arsenal, used to identify arms keps, but not necessarily produced, in there.

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A rear shoulder-defense from an armour

Lot 1338: A rear shoulder-defense from an armour

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Description: Made of iron, embossed at the central part of the back, raised at the nape, with Saint irene arsenal stamp; shoulder plates shaped as shields (one damaged), held together by a mail of riveted rings.

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A khula-khud

Lot 1339: A khula-khud

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Description: Hemispherical, iron skull with relieved decorations at the front depicting a stylized face with nose and eyebrows; the surface engraved with floral motifs, with remains of silver and brass inlays, at the front the sliding nose-piece and two plume-holders, at the top the cusp with knot and round base; complete with mail neck defence of simple closed, iron rings; fabric lining a the inside.

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A nice Khula-Khud

Lot 1340: A nice Khula-Khud

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Description: Hemispherical, iron skull entirely engraved with bands of flowers alternated to bands featuring gold inlays, at the lower part cartouches with inscription in Arabic; cusped top, the front part with sliding nose-piece and two plume-holders; mail neck defence of simple closed rings.

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A nice kard

Lot 1341: A nice kard

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Description: Straight, single-edged blade of fine damask, the base chiselled with spirals and inscriptions, partly on golden ground; iron hilt chiselled with cartouches featuring inscriptions in Arabic, some gilt, walrus ivory grip scales; adjustable button; wooden scabbard with brown velvet covering, richly pierced silver mounts; decorated and adjustable suspension ring.

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An elegant kard with jade grip

Lot 1342: An elegant kard with jade grip

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Description: Straight, single-edged damask blade; jade grip with vermeil ring-nut; wooden scabbard with velvet covering (worn) and engraved and gilt mounts. Remains of a silver chain.

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A shamshir with gilded inscriptions

Lot 1343: A shamshir with gilded inscriptions

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Description: Fine, curved, single-edged blade of wootz damask, with a long gold-inlaid inscription in Arabic on a face, and two cartouches featuring golden signatures too; iron hilt, straight quillons of rectangular section, with langets, the arms of the quillon ending in stylized buds, the surface decorated with gold-inlaid floral motifs; grip with iron band featuring remains of gold inlays, horn grip scales. Wooden scabbard with black leather covering; iron chape and cap decorated with god inlays depicting floral motifs, the two bands, made of iron, also decorated with floral inlays, provided with a ring each.

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A heavy and rare circular shield of

Lot 1344: A heavy and rare circular shield of "Graz" type

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Description: Circular, iron shield, undulated border with a row of rivets, test hits, the central tip is missing; with remains of stuffing and collection numbers at the inside. Very rare.

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A very rare wheel-lock tschinke

Lot 1345: A very rare wheel-lock tschinke

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Description: Octagonal, 6 mm cal. barrel, slightly bell-mouthed at the nozzle, with fore -and rear-sight, the first part covered with bronze engraved with floral motifs; smooth, angled tang; beautiful wheel-lock, mostly covered with brass inlays, engraved en suite, partially pierced on blued ground, the visible iron components engraved and chiselled, mobile pan; wooden full stock richly decorated with engraved brass inlays, mother of pearl and bone (partially green dyed), horn butt-plate, patchbox, anatomic iron trigger, set-trigger, iron ramrod. From the same property of the powder-flask, next lot.

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A rare powder-flask for a tschinke

Lot 1346: A rare powder-flask for a tschinke

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Description: Hemispherical, wooden body with flat base, richly decorated with scales of brass filigree, at the front a medallion engraved with flower surrounded by bone discs, the upper part covered with brass and provided with fuse and lock; complete with leather belt decorated with four rows of brass nails.From the same property of the tschinke, previous lot.

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A rare double-barrelled needle gun by Montigny

Lot 1347: A rare double-barrelled needle gun by Montigny

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Description: Smooth, round, blued, 18 mm cal. barrels with rib and foresight, rear opening with a long lever at the tang, this entire part finely engraved with effigy of birds and floral motifs; briarwood full stock with iron mounts engraved en suite, in front of the trigger guard is another loading and unloading lever, signed "MONTIGNY" at the inside; brass-tipped ramrod. Joseph Montigny is documented in Brussels from 1856 to 1870, the engineer offered his machine gun "Mitrailleuse Montigny" (Der Neue Stöckel Vol. II, pag. 823) to Napoleon III.

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A beautiful flintlock gun by Picin Frusca

Lot 1348: A beautiful flintlock gun by Picin Frusca

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Description: Long, smooth, three-stage, 14 mm cal. barrel, octagonal at the first part with longitudinal grooves, signed "PICIN FRUSCA" and complete with collection number, second segment of sixteen faces followed by rings and the third part round with long foresight; smooth tang; lock signed "PICIN FRUSCA" with elegant, floral chiselling, the ending part of the batterie in the shape of a snake head; full stock sculpted with racemes (crack under the barrel) with iron mounts, partially pierced and majestically chiselled with floral motifs, rosette and snake; near the trigger guard the white collection number "1208". Butt-plate with arsenal number "27". Horn-tipped wooden ramrod with iron cartridge extractor. For Picin Frusca see "Brescian Firearms" by Nolfo di Carpegna page 176/177.

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A wheel-lock carbine by Mendel

Lot 1349: A wheel-lock carbine by Mendel

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Description: Rifled, octagonal, 12 mm cal. barrel, with the mark "Johannes Mendel Prag" and another mark (Stockel nr. 774), slightly engraved at the base, fore -and rear-sight; lock with external wheel, with hammer, pan and chiselled and engraved spring, remains of blueing; walnut full stock, enriched with bone inlays, a fine effigy of deer on one side; patchbox; anatomic, iron trigger, set trigger; wooden tip with engraved, bone tip.For Jahannes Mendel, see "Der Neue Stockel", vol. II, page 791, he is documented in Prague from 1648 until his death in 1672.

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Taillandier, Vincent

Lot 1350: Taillandier, Vincent

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Description: Archibugiere, painting on porcelain; depicting a soldier in his late 16th Century clothes with morion and armour, a rifle on his shoulder, his right hand on a sword quillon; at the background a landscape with caste, the signature on the bottom left side; in a subsequent, plastered, gilt wooden frame.Vincent Taillandier (1736-1790) was painter on porcelain at the Manufacture of Sèvres. See "Divtionnaire des Peintre, Sculpteurs - Desinnateurs et Graveurs", E. Benitez, ed. Grund, vol. 10 pag. 55.

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A Venditti lever action pistol

Lot 1351: A Venditti lever action pistol

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Description: Rifled, faceted, 9 mm cal. barrel in one piece with the magazine, provided with foresight and marked "VENDITTI E Co LANCUSI", featuring small floral engravings and remains of blueing; iron and brass frame (pitting) engraved with floral pattern; iron loading lever shaped as a ring; grip with wooden grip scales (small defects) checkered at the centre, with iron cartridge extractor.

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A rare and interesting officer's percussion pistol

Lot 1352: A rare and interesting officer's percussion pistol

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Description: Smooth, octagonal, 18 mm cal. barrel with damask structure, at the base the golden mark "DI BRUSER" between lilies and, after frames, silver foresight; engraved tang with broad sight; forward spring lock, engraved with floral motifs and provided with safety lock; wooden half stock, the muzzle sculpted as a marine monster with bone eyes, grip decorated with fish scales, partially gilt iron trigger guard engraved with floral motifs, butt-plate with chiselled and partially gilt frame, the final disc blued and surmounted by a beautiful silver trophy, the entire surface enriched with filigree depicting floral motifs, the screw at the counter-plate decorated with gold. Peculiar ramrod with cartridge extractor, with horn tip of different colours widening toward the end (recalling the grips of southern daggers). In patina.

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A double-barrelled percussion pistol from the property of a masonic knight

Lot 1353: A double-barrelled percussion pistol from the property of a masonic knight

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Description: Round, rifled, damask, 15 mm cal. barrels with rib featuring a not visible signature, engraved base, foresight; engraved tang, surmounted by a brass skull; percussion locks of unusual shape, hammers and safety locks provided with large rings, the springs marked and dated "ANHOLT" and "1849", with stamp; wooden stock with grooved butt, iron mounts engraved with floral motifs, at the trigger guard a brass skull, butt-plate with a small part missing, under the locks a shield with the noble, crowned monogram "FSS". Missing ramrod.

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A superimposed percussion pistol by Marelli

Lot 1354: A superimposed percussion pistol by Marelli

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Description: Smooth, octagonal, blued, turn-off, 14.5 mm cal. barrel with foresight and the golden mark "A. MARELLI INV. MILNO"; engraved tang; backward spring locks, marked en suite and engrave with floral motifs, checkered, wooden butt, butt-plate with primer case.

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A very rare cased breech-loading target pistol by Foerster

Lot 1355: A very rare cased breech-loading target pistol by Foerster

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Description: Octagonal, rifled, blued, 5 mm cal. barrel signed "WILH. FOERSTER BERLIN" provided with rear-sight and precision foresight; blued iron frame, finely engraved with floral motifs; wooden butt and fore-end, at the back of the butt a loading lever which cocks the hammer (with manual extractor); iron mounts engraved en suite, trigger guard with finger support. Set trigger. Serial number "2420". In its original, leather case with leather covering, bordeaux velvet lining, complete with key and ramrod.

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A rare breech-loading pistol with detachable butt by Nowotny

Lot 1356: A rare breech-loading pistol with detachable butt by Nowotny

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Description: Octagonal, rifled, blued, 10 mm cal. barrel, inverted at the central segment, decorated and signed "J. NOWOTNY A PRAZE" in gold at the base, foresight; the backward spring lock and the receiver finely engraved with floral motifs; wooden stock in two parts, checkered at the neck and the muzzle, trigger guard with lever, engraved en suite and provided with set trigger; butt-plate with revolving cover and two primer cases. Brairwood gun-butt with bayonet-lock and iron butt-plate.

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A luxury pair of percussion pistols by Devisme

Lot 1357: A luxury pair of percussion pistols by Devisme

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Description: Octagonal, rifled, blued, 12 mm cal. barrels, with the golden signature "Devisme Brevete a Paris", numbered "1" and "2" and framed at the base, in gold, provided with foresight; tangs with rear-sight, finely engraved and numbered en suite; forward spring locks engraved with floral motifs and signed "DEVISME A PARIS"; sculpted and grooved, briarwood half stock (a small damage), iron mounts engraved en suite, trigger guard with finger support.

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A rare Austro-Hungarian sabre

Lot 1358: A rare Austro-Hungarian sabre

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Description: Curved, single -and false-edged blade with fuller and groove, the first part finely engraved with Hussar on rampant horse, effigy of Saint Michael, woven bands and inscription. Vermeil hilt with cross-quillon, angled pommel and long, engraved cap engraved with lozenges, undulated at the borders; wooden grip with leather binding. Fine, wooden scabbard with black leather lining, three gilt silver mounts decorated with floral motifs and pieced with lozenges and triangles. Two suspension rings.

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A First Empire Hussars officers sabre

Lot 1359: A First Empire Hussars officers sabre

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Description: Curved, single -and false-edged blade with wide fuller; one-quillon angled hilt with langets and long cap, wooden grip with leather covering; leather scabbard with iron mounts, at the centre a oval opening on both sides, two suspension rings.

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A dragoons pallash

Lot 1360: A dragoons pallash

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Description: Wide, straight, double-edged blade of lenticular section, small tang; brass cage-hilt with pommel shaped as a eagle head; wooden grip with leather covering.

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A light cavalry officers sabre of the Independence war

Lot 1361: A light cavalry officers sabre of the Independence war

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Description: Curved, single -and false-edged blade with wide fuller, engraved and gilt with trophies and floral motifs on blue ground, for half of its length; one-quillon, brass hilt with bone grip chiselled with foliage; gilt brass scabbard engraved with American eagle with shield and floral motifs. Two suspension rings.

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A rare 3rd regiment Chasseurs a Cheval officers sabre

Lot 1362: A rare 3rd regiment Chasseurs a Cheval officers sabre

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Description: Beautiful, curved, single -and false-edged blade with wide fuller, engraved and gilt with the effigy of a hunting horn featuring the number "3", the inscription "officier de chasseurs a cheval" on a side, and a Hussar, trophies and geometrical motifs on the other, all on blue ground; at the forte the monogram "NK" on geometrical motifs. Angled, gilt bronze hilt, langets, at the front one the effigy of a hunting horn. Checkered, horn grip. Iron scabbard with brass mounts. First Empire.

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A Moro armour

Lot 1363: A Moro armour

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Description: Consisting in small, horn plaques kept together by a brass mail of simple closed rings. At the front two large plates with three brass engraved locks (the third one missing).

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An armour

Lot 1364: An armour

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Description: Consisting of fourteen rows of rectangular iron scales embossed at the centre, held by leather straps; the pauldrons decorated with high-relieved dragon heads surrounded by scales. Together with a helmet (51 cm height), the skull consisting in eight plates with central raiser, strengthened by riveted pieces, straight brim, cusp, neck-guard of five rows of scales en suite with the armour.

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A rare bow and arrow quiver

Lot 1365: A rare bow and arrow quiver

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Description: Both made of leather and covered with brown velvet, with iron mounts decorated with silver inlaid floral motifs, suspension rings. Quiver complete with five wooden arrows painted in black, with iron tips. Probably from Kazakhstan.

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A kris

Lot 1366: A kris

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Description: Undulated, double-edged blade, in pamor, with deep chiselling depicting floral and inlaid motifs at the base, on one side the effigy of a dragon head holding a sphere in its maws, pierced; gilt silver mendak with eight stones (two missing); pierced, ivory grip depicting an anthropomorphic deity.

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A very rare kris for an important lady

Lot 1367: A very rare kris for an important lady

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Description: Short, undulated blade of fine pamor, slightly chiselled at the base; silver mendak decorated with cabochon hard stones; chiselled and engraved, bone grip, with angled pommel; beautiful warangka with wooden gambar entirely silver-plated and richly decorated with filigree, at the centre a detachable suspension bow with chain, decorated with cabochons en suite with the mendak, cabochons at the upper part too.

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A percussion revolving gun

Lot 1368: A percussion revolving gun

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Description: Smooth, round, 16mm cal. barrel with hollow rib, re-blued, with foresight; grooved, five-shot cylinder, smooth frame (defects at the mechanic); trigger with lock; briarwood butt checkered at the neck, smooth iron mounts. Prototype?

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A flintlock gun

Lot 1369: A flintlock gun

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, 16 mm cal. barrel, first octagonal with two slightly visible, gold-inlaid marks, then round with foresight; engraved tang; flintlock finely chiselled with masks and engraved with floral motifs; briarwood full stock with beautiful brass mounts decorated with figures, busts, masks and floral motifs, at the butt-plate the effigy of a crowned, royal figure surmounted by a double-headed eagle, at the back a shield depicting a crowned bust. Brass-tipped wooden ramrod. Interesting rifle of noble property.

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A snaphaunce flintlock gun

Lot 1370: A snaphaunce flintlock gun

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, 18 mm cal. barrel, octagonal at the first part marked "PISTOIA", round at the second with silver foresight, divided by rings; fine flintlock chiselled with masks and floral motifs; sliding pan cover with relieved effigy of a face; wooden half stock with smooth, brass mounts. Missing ramrod.

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A snaphaunce flintlock gun by Acquafresca from the property of a nobleman

Lot 1371: A snaphaunce flintlock gun by Acquafresca from the property of a nobleman

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Description: Smooth, two-stage barrel, octagonal at the first part with three lilies, followed by rings and the second part, round, with silver foresight; flintlock, sculpted with effigy of faces and masks, signed "Acqua Fresca" under the sliding pan cover and monogrammed "GB" at the lower border, old but replaced screws; wooden half stock with brass mounts. At the back a shield with same monogram "GB" under a count's crown. Horn-tipped wooden ramrod with iron cartridge extractor.

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An interesting folding spanhaunce flintlock gun

Lot 1372: An interesting folding spanhaunce flintlock gun

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, 24 mm (!) cal. barrel, the first part octagonal with longitudinal raisers, signed "PIETRO MORETO", followed by rings and the second part, of sixteen faces, with moulded muzzle and brass foresight; fine, round plate lock, engraved and sculpted with floral motifs, sliding pan cover, unusual lock with screw and dice; wooden half stock with finely engraved and pierced, brass mounts; folding neck with bayonet closing system. Horn-tipped wooden ramrod. In patina, to be cleaned.

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A fine snaphaunce flintlock gun by Zanotti

Lot 1373: A fine snaphaunce flintlock gun by Zanotti

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Description: Smooth, octagonal, 18 mm cal. barrel with rings at the girdle, decorated with three silver mounts embossed with effigy of figures, face and masks;beautiful lock finely chiselled and engraved with masks, fishes and floral motifs, marked "C.Z." at the inside; wooden full stock sculpted with floral motifs; iron mounts chiselled and engraved with busts and floral motifs; horn-tipped wooden ramrod. See similar guns in "Armi da Fuoco Portatili Italiani" by Agostino Gaibi, Bramante, 1962 plates 170-171.

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A katana signed Inoue Izumi no Kami Kunisada, in shirasaya

Lot 1374: A katana signed Inoue Izumi no Kami Kunisada, in shirasaya

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Description: Fine blade (nagasa 71 cm) shinogi-zukuri, clearly visible hamon and hada; nakago with one mekugi-ana; mei. Gilt metallic habaki. In shirasaya.The sword is classified by NBTHK "Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho"; the name of the artist is "Inoue Izumi no Kami Kunisada (Shinkai), kikumon: chrysanthemum; dated February 1661. With copy of the document (January 26th 1976).

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A Wakizashi signed Tanba no Kami Fujiwara Terukado, in shirasaya

Lot 1375: A Wakizashi signed Tanba no Kami Fujiwara Terukado, in shirasaya

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Description: Blade (nagasa 41.5 cm) shinogi-zukuri, with clearly visible hamon (sugu-ha) and hada; nakago with one mekugi-ana; mei: Tanba Kami Fujiwara Terukado. Silver habaki. In shirasaya.With copy of the authentication by John M. Yumoto (October 28th 1987).

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A wakizashi

Lot 1376: A wakizashi

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Description: Blade (nagasa 49 cm) with visible hamon and hada, nakago with a menuki-ana, mumei; iron tsuba decorated with floral motifs and the bas-relieved effigy of an amulet; fuchi-kashira decorated with effigy houses and landscape, partially gold-inlaid; gilt iron menuchi, lacquered saya.

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An aiguchi signed Mito ju Naoe Suketomo zo

Lot 1377: An aiguchi signed Mito ju Naoe Suketomo zo

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Description: Blade (nagasa 27 cm) with slightly visible hamon and hada; nakago with a menuki-ana signed "Mito ju Naoe Suketomo zo" and "Bunkyu gannen hachigatsu" (1861); copper habaki; menuki depicting dragons, brass fuchi-kashira and tsuba engraved with floral and geometrical motifs; lacquered saya with mouths decorated en suite, complete with kogai.

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A tanto in shirasaya

Lot 1378: A tanto in shirasaya

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Description: Hirasukuri iori mune blade, Yamashiro Soshu school, aa watari 21.2 cm, hada: huji with areas itame abundant ji nie utsuri; hamon: suguha notare nioi with nie hotsure; boshi: ko maru kaeri fukai; nakago ha agari kurijiri; yasurime: Katte sagari; horimono: bo hi. With INTK certificate signed by Massimo Rossi.

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A naginata

Lot 1379: A naginata

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Description: Blade: mitsumune; school: tsuna hiro trad. soshu; ha watari 45,5 cm; hada: itame mokume shinogi masame; hamon: gunome midare notare hiro suguha nioi deki denso habucki ne deki; boshi: ko maru kaeri fukai; nakago ubu iriyamagata, mei SOSHU JU ISE DAIJO TSUNA HIRO 5° generation; horimono: naginata hi. With Italina INTHK certificate signed by Massimo Rossi. With display.

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A part of an horse armor

Lot 1380: A part of an horse armor

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Description: Gold painted leather, oval shape slightly convex at the centre of the upper part, strengthened at the borders of the upper sides, two suspension rosettes of painted rope. Rare.

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A snaphaunce flintlock pistol

Lot 1381: A snaphaunce flintlock pistol

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, 11 mm cal. barrel with rings at the girdle; flintlock engraved with floral motifs, chiselled with masks and provided with sliding pan cover; wooden full stock (small restorations), slightly sculpted and dotted, iron mounts engraved with floral motifs, partially pierced and chiselled with masks. Belt hook. Horn-tipped wooden ramrod with iron cartridge extractor.

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A snaphaunce flintlock pistol by Zanotti

Lot 1382: A snaphaunce flintlock pistol by Zanotti

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, 15 mm cal. barrel with rings at the girdle, octagonal at the first part featuring floral engravings; flintlock engraved with floral motifs, chiselled with masks and provided with sliding pan cover, marked "C.Z." at the inside; wooden full stock with iron mounts, partially pierced and chiselled with busts. Wooden ramrod with iron cartridge extractor.

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A beautiful snaphaunce flintlock pistol by Domenico Guardiani

Lot 1383: A beautiful snaphaunce flintlock pistol by Domenico Guardiani

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, 13 mm cal. barrel with rings and acanthus leaves at the girdle, at the base the mark "PISTOIA" between gold-plated lilies; flintlock marked "Guardiani Anghiari" in gold, richly chiselled with masks and floral motifs, with sliding pan cover, the inside signed and dated "Domenico G. 1824"; full stock sculpted with floral motifs; beautiful, iron mounts, partially pierced, chiselled with snakes, busts and floral motifs; leaf-shaped trigger, iron ramrod.

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A fine pair of snaphaunce pistols

Lot 1384: A fine pair of snaphaunce pistols

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Description: Smooth, two-stage, octagonal then round, 12 mm cal. barrels with rings at the girdle, remains of engravings at the base, one of the barrels with a crack at the front part; a defective tang; flintlocks chiselled with bas-relieved busts, masks and floral motifs, one dated "1731" at the inside; full stocks (restored) with fine, iron mounts chiselled and engraved with busts, snakes and floral motifs; belt hooks, horn-tipped wooden ramrods.

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