Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale
on Wednesday 4th December 2013
Sunday 1st December 12 noon to 4pm
Monday 2nd December 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 3rd December 10am to 5pm
Lots: 1-50 of 455
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Lot Description and Estimate Images Sold For
1

‡ A JAPANESE SILVER-MOUNTED DAGGER (AIKUCHI TANTO)
with single-edged blade with wavy hamon and a long fuller on each face, signed tang pierced with two mekugi-ana, engraved copper ferrule, banded lacquered grip with silver mounts decorated with foliage in soft metal, in its lacquered saya with silver mounts en suite, and complete with silver accompanying pieces comprising wari-kogai and kozuka
22.5cm; 8 7/8in blade

The tang is signed "Kunihiro"

Estimate: 1500-2500

2400
2

A JAPANESE DAGGER (AIKUCHI TANTO), DATED 1784
with single-edged blade (small nicks), signed tang pierced with a single mekugi-ana, iron tsuba pierced and chiselled with leaves and enriched with soft metal, fabric-bound sharkskin-covered grip with soft metal mounts including menuki, and the kabuto-gane decorated with a wave pattern, in its lacquered wooden saya decorated with garlands of gilt flowers, complete with signed kozuka decorated with a carp
23.5 cm; 9 1/4 in blade

The tanto is signed 'Sendai ju Kunikane' and dated 1784.
Estimate: 400-600

1300
3

A JAPANESE DAGGER (AIKUCHI), AND A BONE-MOUNTED SWORD (KATANA), 19TH CENTURY
the first with curved single-edged blade formed with a long fuller and wavy hamon, plain tang pierced with two mekugi-ana, the grip bound with baleen and with soft metal sea shell menuki, in its lacquered saya with signed kozuka; the second with single-edged blade, the hilt and scabbard of characteristic sectional bone carved and engraved with a vertical arrangement of figures in contemporary dress
the first: 26.8 cm; 10 5/8 in blade
(2)

The kozuka signature reads Monju Taro Kanekiyo.
Estimate: 600-800

1100
4

A JAPANESE SHORT SWORD (WAKIZASHI) AND ANOTHER SWORD (KATANA)
with first with curved single-edged blade with wavy hamon (chips), tang with later signature 'Echizen no kami Sukehiro' pierced with a single mekugi-ana, in shira saya; the second with curved single-edged blade, and signed tang pierced with a single mekugi-ana (pitted)
the first: 45 cm; 17 3/4 in blade
(2)

Estimate: 200-300

1800
5

A JAPANESE BONE-MOUNTED SWORD (KATANA), LATE 19TH CENTURY
with slightly curved single-edged blade, bone tsuba grip and saya, all finely carved with vertically arranged detailed figurative scenes including mounted warriors on the grip and a battle scene on the lower portion of the saya, and with a single ring for suspension (the other ring missing)
50.8cm; 20in blade

Estimate: 400-600

600
6

A JAPANESE NAVAL OFFICER'S BICORN HAT CIRCA 1900
of black silk with black lace binding to edges, black silk rosette under massive gold-embroidered loop with fine gilt button, tassels at ends with gold bullions and blue/gold woven heads, good black leather headband and white pleated silk lining inscribed with Japanese characters


Estimate: 150-250

    
7

‡ A CHINESE DECORATED SWORD (DAO), QING DYNASTY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with curved fullered blade double-edged towards the point, the forte enclosed by a shaped panel on each side, copper hilt comprising circular guard with a down-turned brim, ferrule and pommel, all finely inlaid with traditional designs of scrollwork involving stylised dragons, wooden grip bound with cord, in its wooden scabbard retaining a portion of its leather covering (the lower leather replaced), with copper mounts inlaid with gold en suite with the hilt, comprising characteristic shaped chape, locket, a pair of bands, the latter two joined by a gilt brass panel pierced and chiselled with pairs of addorsed dragons, and retaining much gold throughout
77.5 cm; 30 ½ in blade

A number of swords of related type and decoration are preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing. See Beijing 2008, pp. 154-171.

Estimate: 2000-3000

14000
8

‡ A CHINESE SWORD (DAO), QING DYNASTY, LATE 19TH CENTURY
with curved blade formed with a scalloped back-edge, cut with a long fuller and a further fuller divided into four sections with copper pellets between, cut with a stylised dragon on one side of the forte and a series of Chinese characters on the other (Danei shiwei zhuanyong: Exclusive use for the Imperial guards) copper hilt comprising dish guard, ferrule and pommel all cast with traditional scrolls in low relief, and wooden grip bound with cord
74 cm; 29 ¼ in blade

Estimate: 300-500

400
9

A RARE 28 BORE CHINESE MATCHLOCK GUN, 18TH/19TH CENTURY AND A .620 CALIBRE AFGHAN FLINTLOCK RIFLE, 19TH CENTURY
the first with swamped sighted barrel retained by two brass bands, the breech with standing back-sight and integral pan with pivot-cover, the action enclosed within the stock, retained by a brass plaque, curved iron serpentine and trigger, hardwood full stock (small cracks) including a flat forward lug for resting and a rounded rear lug, each pierced and set with an engraved brass foliate washer, a single sling swivel, and the butt retaining its pouch for match cord; the second with tapering octagonal Turkish barrel, East India company lock, and figured hardwood full stock (losses)
the first: 75.5 cm; 29 3/4 in barrel
(2)

A similar example to the first was sold in these rooms, 29th June 2011 lot 75.
Estimate: 600-800

500
10

A RARE IRON CANNON, 17TH/19TH CENTURY, CHINESE OR INDIAN
formed of hammer welded longitudinal bars bound by seven reinforced bands alternating with six slender bands, stepped moulded muzzle, and fitted with a ring at each end for transport; together with an associated breech block, with rebated muzzle, hexagonal body, and reinforced breech fitted with a hexagonal pan
the barrel: 148cm; 58 1/4in long
4cm; 1 1/2in bore
(2)

The appearance of this cannon is strikingly similar to European examples of the late 15th/early 16th Century that was widely imitated over the subsequent centuries in India, China and other parts of the far East. For another example preserved in the Royal Armouries see H. L. Blackmore 1976, pp. 175-176 (inv. no. XIX.110).

Estimate: 1200-1500

    
11

‡ AN UNUSUAL SOUTH EAST ASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED SHORTSWORD, LATE 19TH CENTURY
with pattern-welded blade of flattened-diamond section, waisted forte pierced with two shaped apertures, cut with a pair of fullers on each face, formed with a pair of pronounced up-turned lugs and with further filed patterns beneath, silver hilt formed of a moulded collar decorated with fine roping, a pair of separate near triangular panels decorated with lotus foliage extending over the lower portion of the grip, and large carved horn grip rising to a pronounced pommel
48.2cm; 19in blade

Estimate: 600-800

    
12

AN INDIAN DECORATED ELEPHANT GOAD (ANCUS), 19TH CENTURY
with characteristic hook-shaped terminal and central blade, openwork haft with a rattle bell in each section (one missing), and rounded basal cap, decorated throughout with gold koftgari scrolls, foliage and chevron patterns (some wear)
54 cm; 21 1/4 in overall


Estimate: 300-500

900
13

AN INDIAN DAGGER (KATAR), 18TH CENTURY
with sharply tapering blade formed with a reinforced tip, converging fullers divided by a central rib rising from a chiselled and gilt flower at the forte on each face all against a watered ground, russet iron hilt decorated with silver and gilt sprays of foliage on the side bars and the grip, the latter formed of two moulded bars with a pierced design of exotic gilt birds between, in its fabric-covered wooden scabbard with iron chape decorated en suite (the gold and silver with losses)
25.5 cm; 10 in blade

Estimate: 600-800

750
14

AN INDIAN FOLDING DAGGER (KATAR) AND AN INDIAN DOUBLE DAGGER (KATAR), LATE 19TH CENTURY
the first with concealed tapering double-edged blade, a pair of outer blades enclosing the former, decorated with a central panel filled with exotic beasts in gold koftgari, steel hilt decorated en suite, including a pair of moulded grip-bars, the lower opening the scabbard; the second with tapering blade decorated with a central panel filled with silver foliage, characteristic hilt decorated with silver en suite, in its matching scabbard formed as a larger katar
the first: 20.5 cm; 8 in blade
(2)

Provenance
The second: Frank Gair Macomber, sold American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, 10th-12th December 1936, lot 265

Estimate: 400-600

600
15

AN INDIAN DAGGER FORMED ENTIRELY OF STEEL (JAMDHAR KATARI), 18TH CENTURY
with tapering blade, iron hilt comprising near straight flat cross-piece, two-stage grip, and wing-shaped pommel of stepped section (pitted overall)
25 cm; 9 7/8 in blade



Estimate: 200-300

    
16

‡ AN UNUSUAL INDIAN SWORD (KHANDA), 18TH CENTURY
with fullered blade double-edged towards the point, stamped with a series of letters and decorative marks on each face, iron hilt comprising a pair of quillons pierced with rectangular panels and terminating in star-shaped flowerheads, langets with pierced scrollwork finials, figure-of-eight shaped guard with reinforced rim (two rivets detached), retained on the inside by a pair of transverse pins, broad knuckle-guard applied with a central rib with a pierced finial top and bottom en suite with the langets, disc pommel with attenuated button terminating in a bud-shaped finial, fitted with pierced gilt copper loop, retaining much gold koftgari decoration throughout (rubbed), and the grip retaining almost all its original binding of plaited silver and brass wire
84.5 cm; 33 1/4 in blade
Estimate: 1000-1500

    
17

AN INDIAN SWORD (TEGHA), 19TH CENURY
with characteristic broad blade formed with a reinforced back-edge and double-edged towards the point, encrusted with brass foliage and elephants enclosed within copper frames on each face and further motifs including figures in traditional dress on the other, iron hilt of talwar form, including a pair of mushroom shaped quillons, large disc pommel and integral grip
each face
68 cm; 26 3/4 in blade

Estimate: 250-350

450
18

‡ A MORO SHORTSWORD (KRIS), LATE 19TH CENTURY
with broad blade flaring at the base and overlaid with a brass band, rattan bound grip (small losses), wooden pommel, in its wooden scabbard (chipped throughout)
47.5 cm; 18 3/4 in blade
Estimate: 100-150

80
19

AN ARGENTINIAN 'GOUCHO' KNIFE, 20TH CENTURY
with tapering blade stamped with an inscription including 'Argentina' on one face, white metal hilt enriched with gilt flowerheads, decorated with the enamelled national arms on one side, in its matching scabbard with marked belt hook stamped with a further inscription
14 cm; 5 ½ in blade

Estimate: 200-300

    
20

AN AFGHAN DAGGER (PESH-KABZ), DATED 1879
with tapering reinforced blade of T-section, chiselled along the back-edge with a slender rib, shaped tang (the back-strap missing), fitted with a pair of ivory grip-scales (age cracks, a contemporary repair), inlaid with the inscription 'Kandahar 1879' in hatched silver letters on one side, in its leather-covered wooden scabbard with silver locket and a silver band each embossed with scrolling foliage, the latter enclosing a chiselled iron chape
32.3 cm; 12 ¾ in blade

Provenance
Anthony Tirri Collection, illustrated in A. C. Tirri 2003, p. 245.

On 26th May 1879 Britain signed the treaty of Gandamak after which they occupied the Khyber Pass and paid the Amir of Afghanistan an annual subsidy. On 3rd September of the same year Afghan troops murdered the British legation at Kabul.
Estimate: 500-700

450
21

AN ARAB DAGGER (JAMBIYA), 19TH CENTURY
with curved double-edged blade formed with a medial ridge, hardwood grip of characteristic form, retained by a pair of rivets with beadwork foliate heads on each side, a beadwork central band, and the inner face enclosed by a large silver plaque, in a well matched fabric-covered wooden scabbard with large silver chape decorated with silver filigree, beadwork and flowers
20.5 cm; 8 1/8 in blade

Estimate: 350-450

480
22

AN INDIAN (COORG) SILVER-MOUNTED DAGGER (PICHANGATTI), 19TH CENTURY
with hatchet blade formed with a clipped back point and punched with a series of stars along the back-edge, pistol-grip swelling towards the terminal, overlaid with a thick sheet of silver and retained by three pairs of gilt-headed rivets, the pommel applied with a gilt crescent along the top-edge and set with a garnet on one side, in its silver and gilt mounted hardwood scabbard, with suspension chain
16.5 cm; 6 ½ in blade

Estimate: 200-300

550
23

AN OTTOMAN HARDSTONE AND SILVER-MOUNTED MACE, 19TH CENTURY PROBABLY BALKAN
with red marble ovoid head, wooden haft fitted with a large silver collar top and bottom, each decorated with beadwork bands and incised designs, the middle section covered with later fabric and bound by three silver straps, and the base fitted with a silver ring for suspension
54.5 cm; 21 ½ in overall



Estimate: 1200-1800

    
24

AN INDO-PERSIAN MACE, SECOND HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY
with bulb-shaped head formed of six shaped flanges, tubular socket decorated with silver koftgari, fabric-covered wooden haft, and steel basal cap en suite with the head (rubbed)
67.5cm; 26 1/2in overall
Estimate: 500-800

1000
25

‡ AN AXE HEAD, POSSIBLY EAST EUROPEAN LATE 17TH/18TH CENTURY
in excavated condition, with crescentic axe head, down-curved rear fluke moulded at the base and tapering bronze socket formed with a moulding top and bottom
24.5cm; 9 3/4in head

Estimate: 150-200

80
26

AN INDIAN AXE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with crescentic axe-blade of wedge-shaped section, flat rear face, three-stage haft, moulded threaded basal cap incorporating a slender blade, and retaining some silver scrollwork and foliage over its surface (losses, patinated)
56.5 cm; 26 1/4 in overall

Estimate: 150-200

150
27

A SICKLE, 19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY TURKISH
with curved blade pierced with a series of decorative apertures, the outer face enriched with engraved designs and letters, hollow moulded tubular grip, and belt hook (worn)
26 cm; 10 1/4 in high
Estimate: 40-60

30
28

A FINE INDIAN CIRCULAR SHIELD (DHAL), 18TH CENTURY
of shallow domed watered steel, the outer surface chiselled with two circular bands of lotus foliage joined by four triangular panels bordered by chiselled scrollwork, one engraved with a further flowerhead scroll, fitted with four pierced domed bosses each retained by a flowerhead washer, the border reinforced with an iron band, the outer surface enriched throughout with gold koftgari flowers and foliage (rubbed, small losses), the interior with an early quilted padded red silk lining (faded), fitted with a decorated pad, four enarmes, and leather straps
41 cm; 16 1/8 in diameter

Another shield of this form dated 1120 AH (circa 1708) was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1982. See R. Skelton 1982, p. 138, no. 459.
Estimate: 4000-6000

    
29

‡ AN INDO-PERSIAN HELMET (KULAH KHUD), 19TH CENTURY
with hemispherical skull, embossed at the front with a demon mask, fitted with central spike formed as a triangular blade, a pair of horns, and nasal bar with a pierced rondel top and bottom, decorated over the greater part of the skull and the horns with a delicate pattern of silver foliage within linear frames, all enriched with very small gold flowers (rubbed, losses), with a portion of a mail neck-defence
27 cm; 10 5/8 in high

Estimate: 400-600

420
30

A PAIR OF INDIAN FORE-ARM DEFENCES (BAZU BANDS), 19TH CENTURY
each of gutter-shaped form, embossed with an elliptical moulding over the fore-arm (inner plates and lining missing), the borders decorated with gold koftgari scrollwork and flowers, and fitted with a hinge for the inner plates on each side
31.5cm; 12 1/2in overall
(2)

Estimate: 1000-1500

    
31

‡ AN INDO-PERSIAN HELMET (KULAH KHUD), 19TH CENTURY
with hemispherical skull etched over its surface with scenes from the chase including figures in traditional dress, a band of inscriptions around the base, fitted with a pair of plume holders at the front, sliding nasal bar (retaining screw and central spike missing), and a very small portion of its mail neck-defence
14 cm; 5 1/2 in high


Estimate: 250-350

    
32

‡ AN INDIAN DECORATED SHIELD (DHAL), 19TH CENTURY
of low convex form, decorated over the greater part of its outer surface with gold koftgari foliage and scrollwork panels, applied with brass tendrils carrying pierced shaped leaves, fitted with four parcel gilt bosses, the inner face with its patterned fabric lining and red pad, four steel rings and enarmes (small losses)
23cm; 9in diameter

Estimate: 400-600

350
33

‡ AN INDO-PERSIAN SHIELD (DHAL), 19TH CENTURY
of low domed form, the outer surface decorated with foliate borders enclosing calligraphic panels, the latter enriched with silver koftgari, the centre pierced with elaborate patterns of scrolls and calligraphic panels all enriched with gold koftgari, backed by coloured panels and enriched with brass studs, fitted with four shaped domed bosses corresponding with rings for enarmes (now missing, koftgari rubbed), and the rim enclosed by a brass band
46.5cm; 18 1/4in diameter
Estimate: 500-700

450
34

A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED KINDJAL AND COSSACK DRESS UNIFORM, 20TH CENTURY
the kindjal with double-edged fullered blade of polished steel, etched with a brief inscription on each face, horn hilt retained by a pair of rivets with domed nielloed silver caps, matching ferrule enriched with beadwork, in its leather-covered scabbard with large silver mounts decorated with nielloed silver and beadwork, with its matching suspension belt, together with fleece hat, blue woollen uniform including eight imitation charge measures with decorated silver tops, and a pair of black leather boots
the kindjal: 33.5 cm; 13 1/4 in blade

Estimate: 600-800

2000
35

A BALKAN DAGGER, MID-19TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY GEORGIAN
with broad curved blade formed with a medial ridge, carved morse hilt incorporating a cylindrical grip, in its wooden scabbard encased in silver engraved with bouquets of flowers (the inner face holed), with scalloped finial, and the outer face incorporating a suspension loop
33.5 cm; 13 ¼ in blade

A similar dagger is preserved in the State Hermitage, St Petersburg. See Y. Muller 1997, p. 75 no. 21.


Estimate: 1000-1200

1000
36

‡ A TWO PRONGED PERSIAN SPEARHEAD, 19TH CENTURY
with two finely formed wavy parallel blades of equal length, each formed with a long medial rib and reinforced tip, inlaid with a panel of gold scrollwork on each side at the base, moulded socket formed in four faceted stages, retaining traces of gold koftgari decoration
58.5 cm; 23 in overall

An undecorated example of similar form is preserved in the Military Museum, Tehran. See M. M. Khorasani 2006, cat. 311
Estimate: 700-900

700
37

A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED DAGGER (KINDJAL), LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
with broad double-edged blade sharply tapering towards the point and cut with an off-set fuller on each face, characteristic hilt encased in silver chased with beadwork around the borders, chiselled with foliage enriched with niello, the inner face with further designs of niello, in its wooden scabbard encased in silver decorated on each face en suite with the hilt, and fitted with a loop for suspension
35.3 cm; 14 in blade
Estimate: 400-600

950
38

AN OTTOMAN SILVER-MOUNTED SHORTSWORD (YATAGHAN), TURKEY, 18TH CENTURY
with curved single-edged watered blade stamped with a mark on one side, decorated silver hilt extending over the forte with a pair of shaped panels, the back of the blade applied with a silver plaque nielloed with an inscription, integral grip rising to an eared pommel (cracked, small losses), engraved much of its surface with scrolls and foliage, in a contemporary leather-covered wooden scabbard
60.3 cm; 23 ¾ in blade
Estimate: 400-600

580
39

AN OTTOMAN SILVER-MOUNTED SHORTSWORD (YATAGHAN), TURKEY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with curved single-edged blade, embossed silver hilt extending over the forte on each side, (the back-strap panel missing), integral grip decorated over its surface with a trellis pattern filled with flowerheads, and eared pommel decorated with a trophy-of-arms, in a contemporary shagreen covered European hunting sword scabbard, with silver mounts comprising chape, middle band (ring missing) and locket with suspension ring
51.5 cm; 20 ¼ in blade


Estimate: 300-500

500
40

‡ AN INDIAN BRASS PRIMING FLASK, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
of characteristic horn shaped form (bud-finial missing), chiselled with shaped panels in low relief, a central band of filigree, fitted with spring cut-off, and two loops for suspension
17.5 cm; 7 in
Estimate: 200-300

220
41

‡ AN OTTOMAN DECORATED HOLSTER FOR A PAIR OF KUBUR PISTOLS, 19TH CENTURY
of leather, the inner face tooled and fitted with a belt loop, the outer face sewn with copper wire and with a flap covering two small cylindrical pockets for flint
28 cm; 11 in high

Estimate: 250-350

420
42

‡ A PAIR OF 15 BORE OTTOMAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS, 19TH CENTURY, ALBANIA OR TURKEY
with tapering barrels retained by pierced and engraved brass muzzle bands, formed with long flats, chiselled with figures, raised mouldings and foliage over the breeches, the tangs overlaid with nielloed silver plaques decorated with foliage, pellets and border ornament, rounded locks with boldly formed borders, full stocks moulded over the fore-ends and about the tangs, sparsely inlaid with silver wire ornament (losses), brass mounts including side-plates, trigger-guards with foliate terminals spurred pommels and a pair of moulded ramrod-pipes, and imitation ramrods
37 cm; 14 1/2 in barrels
(2)

Pistols of this type were made for export from Albania to Egypt. See R. Elgood 2009, p. 189.

Estimate: 800-1000

700
43

TWO MORROCAN POWDER-FLASKS, 19TH CENTURY
each with horn body, large brass mounts chiselled with designs of scrollwork and foliage, one enriched with white metal, and each with two loops for suspension
34 cm; 13 3/8 in and 35 cm; 13 ¾ in
(2)

Estimate: 100-150

240
44

‡ A 40 BORE INDIAN PERCUSSION TRAVELLING PISTOL, MID-19TH CENTURY
in the European taste, with two-stage barrel formed with a vase-shaped muzzle, encrusted with panels of gold foliage at the breech, median and muzzle, engraved tang, engraved box-lock action fitted with spurred hammer decorated with gold en suite with the barrel, flat-sided figured walnut butt, silver trigger-guard with moulded finial (retaining screw missing), and steel ramrod
16.5 cm; 6 1/2 in barrel
Estimate: 300-500

460
45

‡ AN OTTOMAN BALKAN SILVER-GILT MOUNTED FLINTLOCK KUBUR (HOLSTER) PISTOL, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY GREEK
with tapering barrel stamped in imitation of proof marks at the breech, retained by a large silver gilt muzzle band repoussé with beadwork and scrolls on a gilt punched ground (the rear band missing), plain tang (screw replaced), associated rounded lock, wooden full stock entirely encased in repoussé panels of silver gilt en suite with the muzzle band, the grip bound with plaited silver wire (loose), pommel fitted with chased cap, silver trigger-guard with ropework border, and simulated ramrod (adapted for display, the muzzle fitted with a threaded plug)
30 cm; 11 ¾ in barrel

See R. Elgood 1995 pp. 98-99.
Estimate: 700-900

    
46

A RARE 20 BORE OTTOMAN DECORATED MATCHLOCK MUSKET, TURKEY, LATE 17TH/18TH CENTURY
with octagonal twist sighted barrel retained by a pair of pierced and engraved silver bands (rubbed), the breech and muzzle each formed with a raised shaped moulding encrusted with gold scrolls within linear frames, the breech stamped with the gold-lined barrelsmith's mark, incorporating a tall back-sight decorated with a band of gold beadwork between two lines and fitted with brass pan with pivot-cover, the action with brass serpentine and trigger each enclosed by an engraved parcel gilt silver plate, full stock entirely veneered in small rectangular panels of horn and bone within a framework of brass fillets, inlaid with numerous brass framed rondels filled with contrasting colours of horn, the panels adjoining the barrel stained green, faceted butt partly veneered en suite, applied with engraved shaped parcel gilt silver plaques set with corals, further parcel gilt silver panels embossed with beadwork and set with corals, all enriched with brass nails, faceted ivory butt cap inset with matching rondels, pricker with chain, suspension ring with chain opposite the lock (forward sling swivel missing, the inlay with losses, small chips and wear), fore-end cap matching the barrel bands and brass tipped ramrod, perhaps the original
123cm; 48 1/2in barrel

Provenance
The descendant family of Sir Thomas Joseph Strangman QC (1873- 1971)

Sir Thomas Joseph Strangman, son of Joseph Strangman of Southport Lancashire was educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College Cambridge. He was admitted at the Middle Temple 14th April 1893, called to the Bar in 1896 and to the Bar in India the same year. He was Advocate General in Bombay 1908-15 and 1916-22 and was knighted 1920. See J. Venn 1922-58.

The decoration on the present gun is related to a distinctive group of ivory-stocked miquelet-lock muskets that have been attributed to the guard of Sultan Abdul Hamid I (1725-1789, ruled 1773-89). Six of the group are preserved in the Topkapi Sarayi Museum, another is in the Gatchina Arsenal, St Petersburg (GDM 803) and another was sold Christie's South Kensington 17th December 2008, lot 37. For a discussion of the group see H. Ricketts and P. Missillier 1988, p. 162, no. 43.

Estimate: 12000-18000

10000
47

A 32 BORE OTTOMAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, TURKEY, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel retained by two chased silver bands (one associated), encrusted with gold scrollwork and pellets over the breech (rubbed, small losses), gold inlaid stepped lock signed in gold in imitation of a European maker, fitted with gold decorated cock pierced with scrollwork, rainproof pan and roller, gold-lined pan, full stock profusely inlaid with silver and gilt wire scrolls within a plaited silver wire framework, signed en suite with the lock beneath the fore-end, applied with a large chased silver band over the spine of the butt and with two gold-encrusted steel ovals behind, silver mounts comprising pierced scrollwork side-plate, spurred pommel decorated with scrolls and engraved details, trigger-guard with elaborately pierced finial, and imitation silver ramrod (areas of wear, small losses)
35.5 cm; 14 in barrel
Estimate: 1000-1500

1300
48

‡ A RARE NORTH INDIAN FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with swamped barrel belled towards the muzzle, formed with raised mouldings behind the muzzle and ahead of the breech, the latter incorporating a standing back-sight, engraved shaped tang, engraved lock in the European taste, fitted with engraved cock (the upper portion missing), semi-rainproof pan and roller, full stock (fore-end with small cracks and chips), carved with foliage about the tang, hooked butt formed with a characteristic bifurcated fishtail terminal, iron mounts including scrolling trigger-guard with pineapple finial, and a pair of ramrod-pipes, and brass two piece side plate and barrel bolt escutcheons (one escutcheon and the ramrod missing)
77 cm; 33 3/8 in barrel

A flintlock gun of related form is illustrated R. Hales 2013, p. 279, no. 680.

Estimate: 800-1200

1900
49

TWO RARE IRON AGE SWORDS, 5TH/1ST CENTURY B.C., PROBABLY LA TENE CULTURE
in excavated condition, each of leaf-shaped form, of slightly hollow-diamond section (chips, small holes), rounded shoulders, and long tapering tang
76.5cm; 30 1/8in and 77cm; 30 3/8in overall
(2)
Estimate: 600-800

500
50

A SCOTTISH SILVER-MOUNTED DIRK, DATED 1857
with straight blade cut with a fuller along the scalloped back-edge and stamped 'Hodge Inverness' on one side, engraved silver hilt comprising ferrule and cap pommel each decorated with traditional ornament, basket-weave grip enriched with silver nails, in its tooled leather scabbard decorated with revivalist designs, with silver mounts engraved en suite with the hilt, the locket dated and inscribed 'JHS to J.McPherson for Dress and Dancing' and complete with its matching knife signed 'Hodge' and fork (the silver parts rubbed throughout)
29.8cm; 11 5/8in blade
Estimate: 400-600

800
 
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