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: 201-250 of 455
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201

‡ A SOUTH GERMAN BREASTPLATE, EARLY 16TH CENTURY
formed of a globose main plate fitted within its arm-openings with moveable gussets, each turned inwards and boldly roped en suite with the straight upper edge of the former, and within its lower edge with a waist-lame supporting a fauld of four lames of which the last (restored) is gently arched and flanged outwards over the crotch, and fitted to either side of it with a pair of round-ended tassets each of five lames (the lowest three of the left associated; the remainder restored, probably using old metal; the whole lightly to moderately patinated overall)
57.5 cm; 22¾ in


Estimate: 3000-5000

2300
202

‡ A NORTH ITALIAN ANIME BACKPLATE, CIRCA 1550-60
formed of ten upward-overlapping lames, the first formerly surmounted by an integral collar, the outer ends of the first to sixth cut with arm-openings, the lower edge of the tenth flanged outwards to receive an associated culet of one lame, the left shoulder of the first and each side of the sixth lame fitted with single-ended buckles to accommodate the straps of the breastplate, and each side of the tenth fitted with a rivet for a waist-belt, the main edges of the backplate formed with boldly-roped inward turns bordered by a raised ribs, and the subsidiary decorated with V-shaped nicks (with a mottled patination overall)
45.0 cm; 17¾ in


Estimate: 1200-1800

1200
203

‡ A NORTH ITALIAN BACKPLATE OF A 'WAISTCOAT CUIRASS' OF SHOT-PROOF WEIGHT, LATE 16TH CENTURY
formed of three vertical plates of which the broad outer ones, in each case cut with an arm-opening and fitted beneath it with a pierced stud to receive the hasp of the breastplate, overlap the narrower middle one and are connected to it at each side by a sturdy internal hinge, the slightly upstanding neck-opening, to which all three plates contribute, lacks its integral collar and is fitted at the left and right ends respectively its flanged and scalloped lower edge with a turning-pin and a mushroom-headed stud to receive a detachable culet, the arm-openings formed with roped inward turns and accompanied by a single incised line repeated at all secondary edges and down the centre of the middle plate (the three plates rigidly riveted to one another and the outer ends of the outer ones extended in the working life of the piece; the whole surface showing a light patchy patina overall)
41.7 cm; 16 in

Estimate: 800-1200

800
204

‡ A COMPOSITE NORTH ITALIAN COLLAR, MID-16TH CENTURY
formed of three lames front and rear, the first in each case associated and having a plain inward turn at its upper edge, the lowest of deeper form than the rest and possessing a squared lower edge, both decorated at their outer edges with a pair of raised ribs, the rear one fitted at each shoulder with a later hinged trapezoidal loop for the suspension of a pauldron, and the upper edges of the second and fourth lames decorated with single incised lines, the whole blued overall and retaining traces of gilding at is borders and on its fittings
17.0 cm; 6¾ in

Estimate: 500-800

650
205

‡ AN HARQUEBUSIER'S BREASTPLATE AND BACKPLATE, LONDON, CIRCA 1650
the first of shot-proof weight, formed with a medial ridge, shallow V-shaped waistline, narrow upstanding neck-opening and short flange at the waist, fitted at each side of the chest with a stud to receive the shoulder-straps of the backplate and each side of the waist with a later belt hook, the neck and arm-openings formed with plain inward turns, all main edges pieced with later holes to attach a lining, and the neck-opening struck with the government ownership marks of the time of the Commonwealth (1649-60) and of Charles II (1660-85), together with a further indistinct mark; the second formed with a narrow upstanding neck-opening and short waist-flange, each, together with the arm- openings formed with plain inward turns, and the shoulders and each side of the waist fitted with later shoulder-straps and a waist-belt, both pieces retaining a black overall finish
40.3 cm; 15¾ in


Estimate: 800-1200

1300
206

‡ ALFRED EMILE O' HARA COMTE DE NIEUWERKERKE (1811-92) :'MORT DE MONSEIGNEUR LE DUC DE CLARENCE', A FRENCH BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUP, MID-19TH CENTURY
brown patinated, depicting two accurately modelled armoured figures on caparisoned horses, the base with neo gothic decoration and lengthy narrative inscriptions on each side, signed 'par le Cte E. de Nieuwerkerke', dated 1838, with foundry inscription 'fondu par E. Quesnel. Paris' and 'Susse frères éditeurs place de la bourse'
55 cm; 21 ¾ in high, 60 cm; 23 5/8 in wide; 19 cm; 7 ¾ in deep

This sculpture shows the encounter between Thomas, 1st Duke of Clarence (Henry V's brother) and Garin de Fontaine at the battle of Baugé, 22 March 1421 during the 100 Years War. Thomas had not been present at his brother's famous victory at Agincourt (1415), and it may have been his desire to establish his battle credentials that led him to push on against the Scots fighting with the French despite advice to the contrary. In a rather ironic twist of fate his downfall may have been brought about by the lack of archers in his company compared to the number of Scottish bowmen, although the Scots and French were numerically inferior. As it was, in what was effectively an ill-advised sortie, Clarence and a significant number of his men at arms were killed. The historic accounts are confused, and it is not clear who actually killed Clarence, but as he was Henry V's Regent at the time, his death was a significant blow to the English.

This sculpture is probably the best known work of Alfred-Emilien O'Hara Comte de Nieuwerkerke (1811-1892). Nieuwerkerke, a French sculptor of Dutch descent, enjoyed a high level civil service career in the French Second Empire, until its fall in 1870. Following this he left Paris and moved to Italy, via London, shedding much of his distinguished collections as he went. Much of his arms and armour collection was acquired by Sir Richard Wallace and remains in the Wallace Collection today.

A plaster model, perhaps the original and another bronze sculpture of this group are preserved in the Royal Armouries, Leeds (XVII.29).

Estimate: 4000-6000

4200
207

‡ A STRONGBOX, 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY AMERICAN
of russet iron plates, joined by riveted reinforced borders, the interior fitted with an additional lid with five sprung bolts operated by a complex arrangement of levers and sliding bosses, domed lid with a pair of robust hinges and a single frontal hasp, and a pair of lifting handles
61 cm; 24 in deep
89 cm; 35 in long
40.5 cm; 16 in high

Estimate: 700-1000

700
208

‡ FOUR CARVED PANELS IN NORTH EUROPEAN 17TH CENTURY STYLE, 19TH CENTURY
each decorated with a vertical design including a caryatid, a cherubic mask, and swags interrupted by scrolls, and blackened in imitation of old oak, together with two carved mounts probably from a chair, each decorated with a crouching lion and scrolls of foliage
the first: 88.5 cm; 34 7/8 in
(6)
Estimate: 200-300

350
209

‡ TWO MANACLES AND A LARGE GROUP OF KEYS, 19TH CENTURY
the manacles of rudimentary construction, each u-shaped hasp, and barrel type lock, one with thirteen various keys, the other with eight keys
(23)
Estimate: 100-150

180
210

‡ A CONTINENTAL TINDER LIGHTER, LATE 18TH CENTURY
with box-lock action signed 'Descos Launez' on a hinged tinder-cover on the left, fitted with file moulded cock, external mainspring, conical butt, and U-shaped support at the front
15 cm; 6 in overall

Estimate: 250-350

250
211

‡ A PAIR OF DECORATIVE BRONZE CANNON, LATE 19TH CENTURY
each with multi-stage barrel with raised moulding, near spherical cascabel buttons, a pair of plain trunnions: on its decorative iron carriage cast in the form of a dragon
38 cm; 15 in barrels
2.5 cm; 1 in bores

Estimate: 500-700

1100
212

‡ A BRONZE MORTAR, 18TH CENTURY
formed in four stages, with raised astragal mouldings, the middle band with a central elliptical moulding, a pair of trunnions each with a half ellipse-shaped moulding above, circular vent, and conical cascabel
31 cm; 12 ¼ in barrel
6.5 cm; 2 ½ in bore

Estimate: 1500-2000

2000
213

‡ THREE BRONZE SIGNAL MORTARS, 17TH/18TH CENTURY, FOR PARADE OR FESTIVAL USE
each of 'tankard' form, formed in two stages, with raised mouldings, rectangular handle, flared base and moulded vent (one holed)
12.5 cm; 4 7/8 in
14 cm; 5 1/2in
15 cm; 6 in barrels
(3)

Estimate: 500-800

500
214

‡ A PAIR OF BRONZE CANNON, 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrels formed in five stages, with raised astragal mouldings, swamped at the muzzles, scallop-shell vents, globose cacabels, and a pair of plain trunnions: each on a later stepped wooden carriage with four trucks
68 cm; 26 ¾ in barrel
4 cm; 1 ½ in bore

Estimate: 2500-3500

2500
215

‡ TWO PAIRS OF SPURS AND FOUR FURTHER SINGLE SPURS, 19TH CENTURY
the first pair of silvered iron, with short U-shaped heel bands, multi-spiked rowels retained by a scallop shell, a short length of mail, and each retaining a pair of loops for attachment; the second pair with U-shaped heel bands retaining traces of silvering, short necks fitted with small rowels, and one retaining a single buckle; together with two South American or Spanish spurs, and two further spurs
the first: 11.5 cm; 4 1/2 in
(8)


Estimate: 200-300

200
216

‡ TWO PAIRS OF STIRRUPS AND A HORSE BIT, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
the first pair formed of shaped openwork bars enclosing the forward portion of the foot (some bars loose), rising to a rectangular loop at the top; the second with knurled treads pierced in the centre with a pair of joined slipped circles, rounded side bars rising to a loop for suspension; the formed of two conical hollow bars, each fitted with a figure-of-eight shaped side panel with a loop for fitting to the reins
the first: 10.8 cm; 4 1/4 in high
(5)
Estimate: 120-180

    
217

‡ AN ITALIAN MUSKETEER'S POWDER-FLASK, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
with wooden body applied with a large iron plaque front and back, the former with a central rosette and the latter with a belt hook, fitted with tapering nozzle with spring cut-off, and four rings for suspension (worn)
24 cm; 9 1/2 in high

Estimate: 250-350

250
218

‡ AN EAST EUROPEAN STAGHORN POWDER-FLASK, CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS, 17TH CENTURY
of characteristic bifurcated form, the inner face left natural, the outer carved and engraved with geometric patterns (worn), fitted with two staghorn caps, engraved brass cap, two loops for suspension, together with a leather belt, 17th/18th Century, studded with numerous shaped previously gilt plaques (now in three pieces)
the flask: 18 cm; 7 1/8 in high
Estimate: 250-350

260
219

‡ A .700 CALIBRE FRENCH MODEL 1763 FLINTLOCK PISTOL
of regulation type, the barrel retained by a single iron muzzle band, bevelled lock inscribed 'Gosuin a Charleville', regulation walnut full stock stamped with an inspector's mark opposite the lock, regulation iron mounts, and iron ramrod
22.7 cm; 8 7/8 in barrel

Estimate: 400-600

400
220

‡ A .600 CALIBRE 1756/77 PATTERN FLINTLOCK SEA SERVICE PISTOL
with tapering barrel stamped with Tower proof mark and the barrelsmith's initials 'IG' for Joseph Grice at the breech, flat lock with 'GR' crowned, broad arrow and 'Tower', stamped with a series of marks including a crown on the inside (the barrel and lock with areas of pitting), regulation full stock (the butt cracked through and repaired), regulation brass mounts, steel belt hook and later wooden ramrod
30.5 cm; 12 in barrel
Estimate: 1200-1800

1200
221

‡ A .600 CALIBRE 1756/77 PATTERN FLINTLOCK SEA SERVICE PISTOL, THE LOCK DATED 1761
with tapering barrel stamped with Tower proof mark, 'GR' crowned and broad arrow (the barrel with areas of pitting), flat dated lock signed 'Grice' with 'GR' crowned and broad arrow, faceted pan, regulation full stock with inspector's stamps, regulation brass mounts, steel belt hook and brass-tipped ramrod
30.5 cm; 12 in barrel

Estimate: 1800-2200

2500
222

‡ A RARE .600 CALIBRE QUEEN ANNE FLINTLOCK REGULATION PISTOL, THE LOCK BY I. PEDDELL, CIRCA 1702-14
with two-stage barrel stamped with Ordnance and Tower proof marks, signed lock retained by three side nails, numbered '7' on the tail, with 'AR' crowned and crowned broad arrow mark, the inside stamped 'ED' and with a fleur-de-lys mark, full stock carved with an apron moulding about the tang (small repairs), brass mounts comprising solid side-plate, trigger-guard with rounded finial, butt-cap with 'AR' 'P', '14' and broad arrow accompanied by engraved linear borders, ramrod-pipe and brass-tipped ramrod
35.5 cm; 14 in barrel

James Peddell is recorded 1688-1716 as a maker of complete arms including a government gift to New York in 1702 and 1710. See lot 224.
Estimate: 3000-4000

3800
223

‡ A RARE .650 CALIBRE 1730 PATTERN LAND SERVICE PISTOL WITH 1729 PATTERN LOCK, DATED 1729
with tapering barrel stamped with Ordnance and Tower proof marks, regulation dated lock with 'GR' crowned, broad arrow and 'Tower' (the cock repaired), stamped 'WI' and '30' crowned on the inside, regulation full stock carved with a moulding about the tang (small cracks and chips), regulation brass mounts, and brass-tipped ramrod
30.5 cm; 12 in barrel

See De Witt Bailey 1997, pp. 18-19.

Estimate: 3000-5000

4000
224

‡ AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE .650 CALIBRE JAMES II FLINTLOCK COMBINED GRENADE LAUNCHER AND MUSKET BY JAMES PEDDELL, LONDON, CIRCA 1687
with sighted barrel formed in four stages and with a moulded muzzle ring, retained by a slender steel band muzzle band, octagonal then polygonal breech stamped with Ordnance marks, long rectangular tang, slightly curved signed lock engraved with border ornament and 'I2R' crowned, fitted with rounded pan incorporating a rear gate and a slender trap-cover on the tail for grenade ignition, engraved cock, walnut full stock, the butt formed of a bottle-shaped steel extension forming the grenade launching base, stamped with 'IR' crowned on the neck, separated from the tang by a brass washer, the rear of walnut stamped '234' and with a further mark on the right (one small crack), fitted with a hinge and retained by a sprung button catch on the top (cracked on one side), the fore-end with a stirrup mount and a full length iron bar for mounting, iron trigger-guard, brass mounts comprising scrolling side-pate, butt-cap with tang of shaped outline, three moulded ramrod-pipes and slender fore-end cap (ramrod missing)
98 cm; 38 5/8 in barrel

Provenance
Clay P. Bedford

Exhibited
Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1971

Literature
Herbert A. Sherlock, Early Grenade Launchers of Great Britain, in, Military Collector and Historian, June 1951, pp. 44-6.
Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1971, cat. No. 105.

The present combined grenade thrower and flintlock musket is one of three known examples, the other two being preserved in the Royal Armouries, Leeds (Inv. Nos. XII 260 and 261), by James Peddell and Hartwell respectively.

John Tinker invented this combined musket and grenade thrower in 1681 and was awarded a pension of five pounds per quarter for it. The Ordnance Records include a minute referring to three gunmakers, Collins Groome, John Hartwell and James Peddell, for stocking and locking brass hand mortar pieces made by the Ordnance brass founder William Wightman at Moorfields.

James (1) Peddell apprenticed to John Silke, became free of the Gunmaker's Company, 1682; was elected assistant, 1699; and became Master 1703-4. He was Gunmaker to Ordnance, 1685-1717; The East India Company, 1716; The Hudson Bay Company 1687-1722 and the Royal African Company from 1721 until his death in 1723. See H. L. Blackmore 1961, pp. 35-36, for a detached grenade launcher see F. Grose 1801, vol. II, p. 363.
Estimate: 19000-24000

19000
225

‡ A .950 CALIBRE 1737 PATTERN FLINTLOCK RAMPART GUN, DATED 1744
with sighted barrel stamped with Ordnance proof marks, , grooved tang, border-engraved dated lock signed 'Jordan', with 'GR' crowned and broad arrow mark, regulation full stock (light worm), stamped with inspector's marks on the butt, regulation brass mounts, iron stirrup mount, and iron ramrod
137 cm; 54 in barrel
Estimate: 5000-7000

5000
226

‡ A RARE .750 CALIBRE WILLIAM III DOG-LOCK MUSKET, CIRCA 1695-1700
with sighted barrel formed in two stages, octagonal breech stamped with proof marks and the barrelsmith's mark, perhaps 'IS' (rubbed), flat lock retained by three side nails, engraved with 'WR' crowned, fitted with flat bellied cock with dog safety-catch, full elmwood stock carved with a raised moulding about the tang, brass mounts comprising butt-cap and two moulded ramrod-pipes (later ramrod, trigger-guard missing)
118 cm; 46 1/2 in barrel
Estimate: 4000-6000

4000
227

‡ A .750 CALIBRE 1730/40 LONG LAND PATTERN FLINTLOCK MUSKET, THE LOCK DATED 1736
with tapering sighted barrel retained by four pairs of cross pins, struck with the barrelsmith's mark 'EI' crowned, probably for Edmond Jordan, the tang struck with Tower proof mark, border-engraved regulation lock signed 'Jordan' with 'GR' crowned and the date (refreshed), regulation stock, boldly impressed 'RBXXXXIII' on the left of the butt, regulation brass mounts and brass-tipped ramrod
116.8 cm; 46 in barrel

Edmond Jordan is recorded circa 1734.

Estimate: 3000-4000

4000
228

‡ A .750 CALIBRE DOG-LOCK MUSKET OF SEPOY TYPE BY JOHN (1) WALKER, CIRCA 1722-48
with tapering sighted barrel struck with a series of proof marks, the barrelsmith's mark, and inscribed 'No. 12' at the breech, the tang struck with Tower proof mark, flat lock retained by three side nails, signed 'Walker' and struck with '2' crowned, fitted with dog safety-catch incorporating a thumb lug, full stock (the fore-end shortened)carved with a raised moulding about the tang and stamped with a series of numbers on each side of the butt (cleaned down), brass mounts of regulation type including scrolling serpentine side-plate, trigger-guard, butt-plate (cracked) and two ramrod-pipes, and steel ramrod
106.5 cm; 42 in barrel

John (1) Walker is recorded circa 1717-48. He had 463 muskets proved by the Gunmaker's Company circa 1723-31. For another gun of this type by the same maker see D. H. Harding 1997, p. 21.
Estimate: 2500-3500

1500
229

‡ A .750 CALIBRE SHORT LAND PATTERN FLINTLOCK MUSKET, THE LOCK DATED 1759
with tapering sighted barrel (muzzle worn and stretched), border-engraved dated lock with 'GR' crowned and 'Tower', regulation stock impressed 'BB' on the left of the butt, regulation brass mounts including four ramrod-pipes, escutcheon and butt-cap (sling swivels missing, areas of pitting) and brass-tipped wooden ramrod
106.7 cm; 42 in barrel
Estimate: 2000-3000

2000
230

‡ A .750 CALIBRE 1779 PATTERN SHORT LAND PATTERN FLINTLOCK MUSKET
the barrel struck with Ordnance and Tower proof marks and traces of a regimental inscription (pitted, bore worn at the muzzle), border-engraved lock with 'GR' crowned, 'Tower' and broad arrow, regulation full stock (cracked through and repaired ahead of the rear ramrod-pipe), brass mounts including escutcheon engraved 'A/12', and steel ramrod
106.7 cm; 42 in barrel
Estimate: 1800-2200

1800
231

‡ A .650 CALIBRE FLINTLOCK MUSKET BY GRICE, DATED 1759
with sighted barrel stamped with Ordnance and Tower proof marks, border-engraved signed and dated lock with broad arrow mark, regulation stock, regulation brass mounts including four ramrod-pipes, a pair of sling swivels, and steel ramrod
106.6 cm; 42 in barrel

Estimate: 2500-3500

8500
232

‡ A .750 CALIBRE PRUSSIAN MODEL 1740 FLINTLOCK MUSKET
with sighted barrel, grooved tang, stepped bevelled regulation lock with Potsdam arsenal inscription, and 'S&D' on the lower edge, full stock impressed on the left of the butt (repaired) 'M St John 36' in large script on the left, regulation brass mounts including escutcheon with 'FR' crowned and butt-plate numbered '36', and associated ramrod
104.5 cm 41 1/8 in barrel

Estimate: 2500-3500

2600
233

‡ A .700 CALIBRE FRENCH MODEL 1763 FLINTLOCK MUSKET WITH U.S. MARKINGS, LATE 18TH CENTURY
of regulation type, with sighted barrel retained by three steel bands, stamped 'US' over the breech and with the date on the tang, bevelled lock with the date, St Etienne Royal Arsenal inscription and 'US', regulation stock cut with various initials on the butt, regulation steel mounts and steel ramrod
113.5 cm; 44 3/4 in barrel
Estimate: 2000-3000

2000
234

‡ A PAIR OF 18 BORE FLINTLOCK LIVERY PISTOLS, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1780
with two stage lightly swamped barrels, octagonal breeches engraved with sprays of foliage at each end, engraved tangs, engraved bevelled locks fitted with engraved bevelled cocks, walnut full stocks carved with a moulding about the tangs (one fore-end repaired, brass mounts comprising pierced foliate sideplates, trigger-guards engraved with a flowerhead on the bows and with foliate terminals, grotesque mask butt caps, vacant escutcheons, and a pair of ramrod-pipes (later ramrods)
17.8cm; 7in barrels
(2)

Estimate: 2000-3000

2000
235

‡ A 20 BORE FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY I. WELCH, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1770
with two-stage slightly swamped barrel, engraved with a linear frame over the breech, engraved tang, signed border-engraved lock (cock replaced), figured walnut full stock inlaid with silver wire scrolls about the tang, brass mounts comprising trophy-of-arms side plate cast in low relief, trigger-guard engraved on the bow, grotesque mask cap, vacant escutcheon, and a pair of ramrod-pipes (one replaced, later ramrod)
20.2 cm; 8 in barrel

John Welch is recorded in Birmingham circa 1766-93.

Estimate: 350-450

720
236

‡ A RARE PAIR OF 80 BORE SILVER-MOUNTED FOUR BARRELLED FLINTLOCK TAP-ACTION TRAVELLING PISTOLS BY DURS EGG, LONDON PROOF MARKS, BIRMINGHAM SILVER MARKS 1782, MAKER'S MARK I. B.
with turn-off brass barrels stamped with County Down Census marks 'D-N5397' and 'D-N5398', numbered 1-4 and 5-8 respectively, border-engraved faceted breeches numbered en suite and stamped with London proof marks top and bottom, engraved tangs decorated with rococo scrolls and foliage, signed box-lock actions engraved with trophies-of-arms on each side, fitted with blued tap-levers on the left (the top-jaws and screws replaced), highly figured bulbous walnut butts profusely inlaid with silver scrolls, flower heads and pellets (small losses, some lifting), fitted with silver pommels finely cast and chased in low relief with a lion devouring bones within a turret, all enclosed in a rococo framework, silver escutcheon engraved with the owner's crest beneath an Earl's coronet and engraved blued sliding trigger-guard safety-catch engraved with a rococo bouquet on the bow
11.7cm; 4 5/8in barrels
(2)


Provenance
Arthur, 5th Earl of Donegal (1739-99), created Marquis 1791, described by Horace Walpole as a 'very weak man'
Mrs Jack, Ireland, Sotheby & Co. 22nd December 1960, lot 162
Christie's, King Street, 22nd July 1992, lot 205

These pistols were said to have been used by Lord Hill, better known as General Hill of the Peninsular Campaigns, who, on his death in 1842 left them to his valet Calderwood.

Estimate: 6000-8000

8500
237

‡ A PAIR OF 20 BORE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK TURN-OFF PISTOLS BY FREEMAN, LONDON, CIRCA 1760, LONDON PROOF MARKS, MAKER'S MARK JA
with cannon barrels moulded at the muzzles and numbered '1' and '2' respectively, engraved breeches numbered en suite, stamped with the barrelsmith's mark beneath, signed beneath the pans, inscribed 'London' on top and decorated with foliage, separate tangs engraved with foliage, border-engraved actions with matching cocks and steels, highly figured swelling walnut butts carved with an apron moulding incorporating a scallop about the tangs, border-engraved sliding trigger-guard safety-catches (the steel parts with areas of pitting throughout), silver mounts comprising pierced scrolling foliate side plates, grotesque mask butt-caps, and rococo escutcheons decorated with the owner's crest
11.5 cm; 4 1/2 in barrels
(2)

Provenance
Michael German, 5th September 1992

James Paul Freeman was apprenticed to Henry Anthonison and turned over to Andrew Dolep in 1705. He was made Free of the Gunmakers Company in 1716 and became Master in 1732. During the period 1721-31 he had 4,872 muskets, 609 pairs of pistols and 51 musketoons proved by the Gunmakers Company

The crest is that of Macartney.

Estimate: 2000-2500

2800
238

‡ A RARE 25 BORE EAST SCOTTISH FLINTLOCK BELT PISTOL FORMED ENTIRELY OF STEEL, SIGNED R. S., DATED 1723
with multi-stage barrel, faceted flaring muzzle, the median overlaid with engraved silver panels, small silver flowerheads and diamond-shaped panels, the breech incorporating the back-sight, inlaid with a pair of silver flowerhead rondels and the date '1723' on a silver strip, rounded lock signed 'R. S.' beneath the pan, moulded steel full stock engraved with pairs of lines (rubbed), inlaid with an engraved panel of silver beneath the fore-end, heart-shaped pommel engraved en suite and enclosed by a band of engraved silver at the top, fitted with spirally engraved pricker, the trigger decorated en suite, slender steel belt hook with bracket of shaped outline, moulded ramrod-pipe, and steel ramrod
15.5 cm; 16 1/8 in barrel

For a discussion of this distinctive form of pistol see W. Reid 1963, pp. 26-30.

Estimate: 4000-6000

6200
239

‡ A FINE PAIR OF 24 BORE SCOTTISH FLINTLOCK BELT PISTOLS WITH BRASS BARRELS, LOCKS AND STOCKS BY T. MURDOCH, LEITH, LAST QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY
each with three-stage barrel engraved with scrollwork and foliage, formed with faceted slightly flared muzzle and reeded breech, the latter incorporating the back-sight, signed engraved lock decorated with scrolls and border-ornament, full stock engraved with matching designs of scrolls, foliage and petals, the underside inlaid with panels of engraved silver, the spine of the butt engraved en suite and decorated with the owners crest within an oval behind the tang, bulbous silver pommels engraved with a radiating pattern of scrolls and foliage and with no provision for a pricker, engraved brass belt hook with pierced and engraved bracket, silver ball trigger engraved with an expanded flowerhead, engraved steel ramrod-pipes, and steel ramrods, almost certainly the original
18.5 cm; 7 1/4 in
(2)

Provenance
John Christie, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, sold Sotheby's New York 1st June 1991, lot 348.

The crest is probably that of Wadham or Woodam.
Estimate: 5000-7000

12500
240

‡ A PAIR OF 32 BORE SCOTTISH FLINTLOCK BELT PISTOLS FORMED ENTIRELY OF STEEL BY I. MURDOCH, LAST QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY
with three-stage barrels engraved with traditional Celtic scrollwork, formed with faceted slightly flared muzzles and reeded breeches, signed locks engraved with further scrolls and border ornament, full stocks engraved with matching designs of scrolls, foliage and petals, the undersides inlaid with panels of engraved silver, the spine of the butts inlaid with silver scrolls and set with a vacant silver escutcheon on each side, ramshorn pommels enriched with silver, engraved steel belt hooks, silver ball triggers engraved with an expanded flowerhead, prickers en suite with the triggers (restored), engraved steel ramrod-pipes, and steel ramrods
17.2 cm; 7 3/4 in

Provenance
The Property of a Gentleman, sold, Christie's, King Street, 22nd July 1992, lot 205

Estimate: 6000-8000

12000
241

‡ A FINE PAIR OF18 BORE DUTCH SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK LONG HOLSTER PISTOLS, CIRCA 1710, ENRICHED FOR PRESENTATION TO MUSTAFA AGHA 1235 AH (CIRCA 1819/20)
with tapering barrels chiselled with foliage at the muzzles, long flats with brass fore-sights, decorated over the breeches with foliage enclosing a chiselled brass grotesque mask and stamped with Utrecht town mark (rubbed), inlaid with a brass line on each side, brass lined vent, moulded tangs incorporating the back-sights, stepped brass locks signed ahead of the cocks, chiselled with foliage on the tails and beneath the pans (rubbed), fitted with chiselled steel cocks decorated with scrolls carrying a grotesque profile, and chiselled steels, full stocks profusely inlaid over their full surface with silver wire scrolls enriched with pellets and flower heads, a brief inscription on the left of the breeches (minor lifting, small losses), full silver mounts comprising side-plates pierced and chiselled in low relief with scrolling foliage and flowers carrying a deity borne in a chariot and a gigantic bird-of-prey, spurred pommels decorated with further designs of foliage and portrait profiles, the butts each with a portrait profile in a foliate frame, trigger-guards decorated en suite, crowned vacant escutcheon carried by a pair of winged figures, a pair of faceted ramrod-pipes, moulded fore-end caps, and silver-tipped wooden ramrods
33.5 cm; 13 ¼ in barrels
(2)

The inscription reads 'sahib devletlu mustafa aða sene 1235' (Owner, the fortunate Mustafa Agha, year 1235), this corresponds with the period of the pistols embellishment. This is possibly Mustafa Agha Barbar (d. 1834), Governor of the Tripoli district in the Ottoman province of Syria, in the first three decades of the 19th century. Barbar was a charismatic and powerful figure who fell foul of the Ottoman authorities and was restored to favour through the diplomacy of Muhammad 'Ali, Governor of Egypt. He extensively remodeled the fortress in Tripoli, giving it its present form, and built the huge fortress in the village of Iaal, strategically located in the hills behind Tripoli. See I. Tannus al-Khuri, 1957.

For an account of Gerrit I, II and III Lasonder see A. Hoff 1978, pp. 123-126, C. A. Hartmans 1949-51, pp. 208-228 and the same author 2006, pp. 312-313.

Estimate: 6000-10000

6000
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‡ A PAIR OF 14 BORE LIEGOIS FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS SIGNED G. MASSIN, CIRCA 1740
with three-stage sighted barrels moulded at the muzzles, octagonal breeches engraved with beadwork, sprays of foliage and polygonal for the uppermost sections, engraved tangs, signed rounded locks engraved with sprays of foliage and border ornament (areas of pitting), figured walnut full stocks moulded over the fore-ends and about the tangs, steel mounts comprising pierced scrolling side plates chiselled with foliage, spurred pommels engraved en suite with the locks and fitted with moulded caps, engraved trigger-guards with moulded finials, a pair of ramrod-pipes, vacant silver escutcheons (restored), and each with later wooden ramrod with steel worm
24 cm; 9 1/2 in

Gilles Massin is recorded as a gun dealer in Liège until his death in 1740.

Estimate: 3000-4000

2000
243

‡ A 60 BORE ITALIAN MIQUELET-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, CIRCA 1740
reconverted from percussion, with two-stage tapering barrel enclosed with a moulded foliate band at the muzzle, engraved tang, engraved lock decorated with scrolls and tendrils issuant from monstrous masks, fitted with external spring, bridle and cock all decorated en suite, full stock applied with numerous brass plaques cast and chiselled with scrolls of foliage terminating in grotesque profiles and marine monsters, a larger plaque with matching designs including a green man mask ahead of the trigger-guard and about the tang, brass mounts cast and chased en suite, comprising solid side plate, spurred pommel, trigger-guard with large leafy terminal, and three moulded ramrod-pipes, engraved brass trigger-plate, moulded brass fore-end cap, and retaining a portion of its brass tipped ramrod
30.5 cm; 12 in barrel

Estimate: 800-1200

1200
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‡ A 16 BORE ADRIATIC FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, LATE 18TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel retained by a single brass muzzle band chased with a trophy-of-arms, formed with a long flat inscribed in imitation of a signature and moulded at the breech, engraved grooved breech tang, engraved bevelled lock with pseudo signature, full stock carved with elaborate scrolls in low relief behind the rear ramrod-pipe and about the tang, brass mounts comprising pierced foliate side plate incorporating a central mask, trigger-guard with leafy finial, spurred pommel (repaired)' scrollwork escutcheon and two ramrod-pipes, and later ramrod
32 cm; 12 1/2 in barrel

Estimate: 400-600

420
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‡ A 22 BORE FRENCH FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL BY JEAN GRIOTTIER, CIRCA 1750
with tapering sighted barrel formed with a long flat, plain tang, signed stepped bevelled lock, figured full stock moulded over the fore-end and carved with a raised moulding about the tang (cracked), iron mounts comprising chiselled scrollwork side plate, spurred pommel, trigger-guard with moulded finial, a pair of faceted ramrod-pipes, and original ramrod with iron worm and bone final
34.2 cm; 13 1/2 in barrel

Jean Griottier is recorded in St Etienne circa 1750.

Estimate: 700-1000

1100
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‡ A 32 BORE NORTH EUROPEAN WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, MID-17TH CENTURY, PROBABLY MAASTRICHT
with slender tapering barrel stamped '303' on the right of the breech, slender tang, bevelled lock retained by two side nails, fitted with external wheel, sliding pan-cover with button release and moulded dog, blackened hardwood full sock (fore-end repaired, grip cracked through and repaired, filled repairs), white metal mounts comprising later small trigger-guard, a band enclosing the pommel, a single moulded ramrod-pipe, fore-end cap, and silver-mounted wooden ramrod
50.5 cm; 19 7/8 in

Provenance
Sotheby's New York, 26th May 1992, lot 464

Estimate: 1200-1500

4000
247

‡ A 24 BORE WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL WITH EBONY STOCK AND GILT MOUNTS, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER
with tapering barrel formed in four stages (lengthened), the breech with a slender girdle and engraved with scrolls of foliage (rubbed), engraved tang, rounded lock retained by three side nails, fitted with external wheel engraved 'S', moulded pan-cover with button release, ebony full stock carved with scrolling leafy tendrils about the rear ramrod-pipe and the tang (repaired), gilt brass mounts comprising pierced side plate engraved with a design of scrolling foliage inhabited by a monster head and a grotesque, carrying a central medallion filled by a profile in contemporary dress, spurred pommel chiselled with a rampant lion against a punched ground, trigger-guard with foliate terminal, a pair of ramrod-pipes, and gilt-brass tipped ebony ramrod, perhaps the original
35.5cm; 14in barrel

Provenance
The Property of a Gentleman, sold Christie's 20th November 1991, lot 305.
Estimate: 2500-3500

3200
248

‡ A 20 BORE GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK CARBINE, LATE 17TH CENTURY
cut-down from a müllerbüchsen, with two-stage sighted barrel, stamped with the barrelsmith's initials' HB', a series of decorative marks, and the spurious date 1537 over the breech, flat lock fitted with wheel enclosed by a raised circular plate, sliding pan-cover with foliate button release, and pierced dog, hardwood full stock moulded over the fore-end, the butt with raised cheek-piece on the left and patchbox with sliding cover on the right, and steel mounts including trigger-guard and butt-plate
28.8 cm; 11 3/8 in barrel

Estimate: 1500-2500

2600
249

‡ A 28 BORE SAXON WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, DATED 1587, PROBABLY DRESDEN
with two-stage swamped barrel, dated and stamped with a mark (Neue Støckel 3841) over the breech, blued flat lock retained by two side nails, fitted with external wheel retained by a large circular brass bracket engraved with a scale pattern, sliding pan-cover with button release, dog, dog spring and safety-catch with filed details, full stock inlaid with engraved staghorn plaques and segmental lines over the fore-end, the rear portion profusely inlaid with scrolling ball flowers within segmental frames, a large pair of engraved staghorn side nails washers opposite the lock, scrollwork plaques about the tang, compressed spherical pommel decorated en suite and inlaid with a warrior profile rondel (small cracks, minor repairs and replacements), steel trigger-guard, engraved staghorn ramrod-pipe and fore-end cap, and wooden ramrod with engraved staghorn tip
39 cm; 15 3/8 in barrel

Two pistols decorated in this manner and formerly in the collection of William Goodwin Renwick were sold Sotheby & Co., London 21st May 1973 lot 150.
Estimate: 10000-14000

16000
250

‡ A .38 CALIBRE AMERICAN PERCUSSION UNDERHAMMER PISTOL, MID-19TH CENTURY
with two-stage rifled sighted barrel, stamped with patterns of flowers over the breech, engraved tang incorporating the back-sight, under hammer action, and a pair of figured hardwood grips (small cracks) enclosed by a brass back-strap
10.2 cm; 4 in barrel

Estimate: 300-400

360
 
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