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
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401

A RARE .470 CALIBRE AUSTRIAN MODEL 1779 GIRANDONI SYSTEM REPEATING BUTT RESERVOIR AIR RIFLE, NO. 1335, CIRCA 1780
with octagonal multi-groove rifled sighted barrel, traces of the Imperial eagle mark over the breech, fitted with sprung horizontal breech-feed mechanism, tubular magazine, bevelled lock with faceted forward edge, fitted with cocking lever (repaired), set trigger (inoperative), brass numbered action stamped 'G', walnut full stock incised with a linear pattern over the fore-end, brass mounts, forward sling swivel (the rear sling swivel missing), and complete with its original leather-covered steel butt reservoir impressed '127'
83.2 cm; 32 3/4 in barrel

See E. Gabriel 1990, pp. 382-3 and A. Hoff 1972, pp. 60-9.
Estimate: 2000-3000

14000
402

A GERMAN COMBINED .350 CALIBRE RIFLE AND 32 BORE FLINTLOCK WENDER GUN, CIRCA 1750
with octagonal rifle barrel, punched and chiselled with scrolls retaining traces of gilt over the breech, the shotgun barrel formed in four stages, each barrel with brass fore-sight and some blued finish, the breech fitted with a slender brass washer released by a catch on the forward portion of the trigger-guard, tang of shaped outline, rounded lock, figured walnut full stock impressed '18' behind the lock (small cracks), carved and incised with scrolls over the fore-end, a bouquet in low relief behind the tang, the butt with raised cheek-piece, carved with rococo scrolls and bouquets on the left, and fitted with patchbox with sliding cover on the right, brass mounts including solid side-plate, trigger-guard with faceted rear terminal, butt-plate with faceted tang and fore-end cap, and brass-tipped steel ramrod
80.2 cm; 31 5/8 in barrels


Estimate: 3000-3500

3000
403

A GERMAN .450 CALIBRE OVER-AND-UNDER FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN FOR LARGE GAME, CIRCA 1750
with lightly swamped octagonal barrels, the bores both cut with seven broad straight grooves with a further narrow groove between each, the upper barrel with brass fore-sight, long rectangular tang, curved bevelled locks, figured walnut full stock impressed '15' behind the lock, moulded over the fore-end, carved with a raised moulding about the tang, the butt with carved cheek-piece decorated with a spray of scrollwork behind, steel mounts including trigger-guard with foliate terminals, numbered butt-plate and three faceted ramrod-pipes on the right of the barrels (the rear ramrod-pipe cracked), horn fore-end cap (chipped), and horn tipped ramrod
77.4 cm; 30 1/2 in barrel
Estimate: 2000-3000

2600
404

A FINE GARNITURE OF BOHEMIAN FLINTLOCK FIREARMS, COMPRISING A PAIR OF 18 BORE SPORTING GUNS, A PAIR OF .600 CALIBRE RIFLED SPORTING CARBINES AND A PAIR OF 22 BORE PISTOLS BY LEOPOLD BECHER, CIRCA 1740
the guns with blued barrels in the Spanish taste, fitted with silver 'spider' fore-sights chiselled with a band of foliage ahead of gilt scrolls at the medians and further scrolls, pellets and foliage over the breeches, the latter incorporating the barrelsmith's marks (Neue Støckel 5758), a decorative gilt-lined spur mark and a further mark, in a gilt recess the inscription 'Gewundene', engraved tangs numbered '1' and '2', rounded locks finely chiselled against a punched ground with a cavalryman on the tails, an elaborate trophy involving a warrior beneath the pans and signed behind the steel springs, fitted with chiselled cocks, pans with water drains, and steels decorated en suite (one top-jaw and screw missing), figured walnut half-stock impressed '45' and '46', carved en rocaille with scrolls on shells about the rear ramrod-pipes and ahead of the trigger-guards (one small chip), raised mouldings and further rococo designs about the tangs (chipped), the butts with designs of shells, scrolls and foliage on each side and raised cheek-pieces on the left (small cracks and repairs), finely cast and chased gilt-bronze mounts comprising side-plates decorated with a cavalry scene against a punched ground, trigger-guards decorated with a hunter and a falconer respectively, butt-plates decorated with mounted figures within a rococo framework beneath a grotesque and foliage, vacant escutcheons involving further figures on horseback, fore-end caps en suite, three gilt ramrod-pipes, steel sling swivels, and each with its brass-tipped wooden ramrod; the carbines with blued octagonal swamped sighted barrels rifled with seven grooves, signed and decorated en suite with the guns, the breeches stamped with the gold-lined barrelsmiths mark of Hans Johan Stifter (Neue Støckel 1042), finely chiselled locks and mounts en suite with the guns, double set triggers, full stocks impressed '43' and '44', carved with rococo shell and scroll designs, the butts with carved cheek-pieces on the left and patchboxes with sliding covers entirely covered in chiselled gilt bronze on the right, the latter decorated with a boar set upon by hounds in an architectural landscape, and wooden ramrods, one with its brass tip (the other missing); the pistols with blued barrels in the Spanish taste, decorated and stamped en suite with the guns, the tangs, locks (one top-jaw, screw and both steels missing, one cock cracked) and mounts all decorated en suite with the carbines and the guns, figured walnut full stocks impressed '97' and '98' (one wormed), and brass-tipped wooden ramrods; and the entire garniture retaining much original blued and gilt finish throughout
94 cm; 37 in gun barrels
68.5 cm; 27 in carbine barrels
27.2 cm; 10 ¾ in pistol barrels
(6)

Leopold Becher is recorded circa 1725-50 and as Hofbüchsenmacher to Prince and General Johann Georg Christian Lobkowitz in Raudnitz circa 1726-7, another garniture by him still remains in the family gunroom. Becher is considered the most distinguished Carlsbad maker, his work being represented by a number of pieces in the former Imperial Gewehrkammer, Vienna, and the Danish Royal collection, Copenhagen. See J. F. Hayward 1963, pp. 128-130 and J. J. Batty 2011, p. 115-118.

Estimate: 15000-20000

30000
405

A .650 CALIBRE BOHEMIAN FLINTLOCK RIFLED SPORTING CARBINE BY G. LIESTEEGER, CIRCA 1740
with octagonal blued swamped sighted barrel rifled with seven grooves, stamped with the brass-lined barrelsmith's mark of Gottlib Steeger over the breech (similar to Neue Støckel 1038), plain tang numbered '19', bevelled lock engraved with a pair of cavalrymen in combat in a scrollwork frame, walnut full stock (one chip now detached), impressed '53' behind the lock, carved with mouldings and scrollwork in low relief, the tang enclosed with a gilt-brass plaque cast and chased in low relief, the butt with cheek-piece carved with c-scrolls behind on the left and patchbox with sliding cover on the right, gilt-brass mounts cast and chased in low relief, comprising side plate decorated with a stag hunting scene fitted with near contemporary saddle bar and ring, butt-plate with a huntsman in contemporary dress, trigger-guard decorated en suite, three ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end cap, and horn-tipped ramrod
60 cm; 23 5/8 in barrel

Gottlib Steeger is recorded in Carlsbad circa 1730-40.

Estimate: 2000-3000

3600
406

AN 18 BORE BOHEMIAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN BY LEOPOLD BECHER, CARLSBAD, CIRCA 1740
with blued sighted barrel formed in three stages, octagonal over the breech and inlaid with a panel of scrollwork and pellets, engraved tang framed by a gilt-brass plaque cast and chased with scrolls in low relief on a punched ground, signed rounded lock engraved with border ornament and elaborate scrollwork, engraved cock, steel and pan all decorated en suite, figured walnut half-stock, impressed '58' behind the lock, carved with rococo scrolls and raised mouldings, gilt-brass mounts cast and chased in low relief, including side plate decorated with a hunting scene involving a mounted hunter in pursuit of a wild boar set upon by hounds, butt-plate decorated with a Classical warrior beneath a canopy and a scene from a water hunt, trigger-guard with a hunter on the bow and a trophy-of-arms on the finial, a pair of ramrod-pipes and fore-end cap, original ramrod with gilt-brass tip, and in remaining in good to fine condition throughout
115.5 cm; 45 1/2 in barrel


Estimate: 2500-3500

3600
407

A PAIR OF 25 BORE SOUTH GERMAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS, CIRCA 1760
with tapering barrels chiselled with foliage, etched and inlaid with silver scrolls in the Turkish taste (fore-sights removed), plain tangs numbered '1' and '2', flat locks with rebated borders, fitted with matching cocks and blued faceted pans, figured walnut full stocks carved en rocaille and impressed '99' and '100' behind the respective locks (cracks and small filled repairs), brass mounts of shaped outline including numbered pommels, and bone-tipped wooden ramrods
28 cm; 11 in barrels
(2)
Estimate: 2500-3500

2000
408

A PAIR OF .550 CALIBRE SOUTH GERMAN FLINTLOCK RIFLED HOLSTER PISTOLS, CIRCA 1760
with sighted barrels formed in two stages, etched in the Turkish taste, plain tangs incorporating the back-sights, bevelled locks with some blued finish on the elements, figured walnut full stocks, numbered '101' and '102' behind the locks, moulded over the fore-ends and carved in low relief with scrolling foliage about the tangs, the butts each with iron pierced escutcheon for a shoulder stock on the spine, moulded brass mounts including trigger plates and faceted ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end caps, and horn-tipped wooden ramrods
30.5 cm; 12 in barrels
(2)


Estimate: 2500-3500

2000
409

AN 18 BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL SIGNED DRESCHLER, CIRCA 1760, EAST EUROPEAN OR GERMAN
with two-stage Spanish barrel, fitted with silver 'Spider' fore-sight, signed and dated 'Esquibel en Madrid Anno 1719' over the breech in gold, punched with a matted ground, a series of gold-lined marks and the gold-lined barrelsmith's mark (Neue Støckel 325 and 326), gold-lined vent, signed rounded lock, walnut full stock moulded over the fore-end (cracked), carved with scrolls of foliage about the rear ramrod-pipe and behind the tang, gilt brass mounts including pierced rococo side plate decorated with foliage and a mask, spurred pommel engraved with foliage and fitted with grotesque mask cap, trigger-guard with grotesques, vacant escutcheon, and horn fore-end cap
33.3 cm; 13 in barrel




Estimate: 1200-1800

1300
410

A GERMAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN WITH EARLIER DECORATED TURKISH BARREL, CIRCA 1760
with etched twist barrel of approximately 11 bore, chiselled with arabesque designs over the muzzle and the breech, each encrusted with engraved silver frameworks and the latter incorporating the barrelsmith's signature 'amal mustafa' (work of Mustafa), tang incorporating a large moulded back-sight, curved stepped bevelled lock signed 'P.S.V.W. on a panel carried by scrolls and with a demi-figure on the tail, figured walnut half-stock impressed' 55' behind the lock (small bruises), carved with raised mouldings, the butt with raised cheek-piece inset with the owner's coat-of-arms beneath the Crown of a German Count, decorated behind with carved scrolling foliage on a punched ground, steel mounts comprising pierced side-plate formed as a scrolling serpent, trigger-guard with foliate terminal, and numbered butt-plate en suite with the trigger-guard, steel escutcheon engraved with the owner's coat-of-arms, a pair of ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end cap and associated horn-tipped ramrod
99 cm; 39 in barrel

The Arms are those of Waldburg, from Upper Swabia and Württemberg, appointed Stewards (Reichserbtruchsessen) of the Holy Roman Empire in 1525, a position that became hereditary in 1594. The heraldic charge of the orb was granted to them around this time in recognition of its hereditary status as Imperial Stewards.


Estimate: 1400-1800

1800
411

A GERMAN FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS WITH EARLIER DECORATED TURKISH BARREL, CIRCA 1750
with etched twist barrel, chiselled with arabesque designs over the muzzle, the median and the breech, each encrusted with engraved silver frameworks and the latter incorporating the back-sight, stepped bevelled lock signed 'IO. Koss' (partly obscured), engraved with sprays of scrollwork and foliage, figured walnut full stock impressed '60' behind the lockplate, moulded over the fore-end and about the tang, steel mounts comprising pierced sideplate formed of a pair of addorsed monsters, trigger-guard with foliate terminal, butt-plate with shaped tang, and a pair of faceted ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end cap and horn-tipped ramrod, probably the original
74 cm; 29 1/4 in barrel

Estimate: 1000-1500

1300
412

A .650 CALIBRE AUSTRIAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING RIFLE BY CASPAR ZELNER, CIRCA 1740
with blued octagonal swamped sighted barrel rifled with seven grooves, signed in gold capitals over the breech within a gold linear frame and decorated with gold strapwork (losses), signed bevelled lock finely engraved with a stag hunting scene, double set trigger, figured walnut full stock impressed '85' behind the lock, carved with rococo scrolls in low relief about the rear ramrod-pipe and the tang, the butt with carved raised cheek-piece on the left and patchbox with brass-mounted sliding cover on the right, engraved brass mounts comprising solid side-plate, trigger-guard with scrolling terminal, numbered butt-plate, and a pair of ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end cap, and horn-tipped wooden ramrod
77 cm; 30 3/8 in barrel

Caspar Zellner, son of Johann Zellner, is recorded in Zell am Wallersee, Salzburg and Vienna circa 1661-1745. His prolific work is well represented in the ancestral gunrooms of Europe.

Estimate: 1000-1500

1600
413

A 32 BORE SAXON FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN, BY T. W. PISTOR A SCHMALKALDEN, CIRCA 1750
for a boy or a lady, with tapering barrel formed in three stages, fitted with moulded silver fore-sight, moulded at the breech, tang numbered '19', signed rounded lock engraved en rocaille, highly figured walnut full stock impressed '50' behind the lock, moulded over the fore-end, carved with foliage about the tang, the butt with carved raised cheek-piece, gilt-brass mounts engraved with rococo scrolls and shell ornament, comprising solid side plate, trigger-guard with foliate terminals, numbered butt-plate, three ramrod-pipes, a pair of steel sling swivels, horn fore-end cap, and horn-tipped wooden ramrod
71.8 cm; 28 1/4 in barrel

Thomas Wilhelm Pistor is recorded in Schmalkalden, Saxony, circa 1720-87.
Estimate: 800-1000

850
414

AN 18 BORE D.B. FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN BY THOMAS MORTIMER, 44 LUDGATE HILL, LONDON, CIRCA 1820
with browned twist sighted barrels, inscribed 'London' in gold script on the rib, finely engraved case-hardened recessed breeches, inscribed 'T. Mortimer 44' and 'Ludgate Hill London' in two gold ovals on the top, inlaid with lines and with platinum vents, engraved tang decorated with a hound's mask, signed engraved case-hardened stepped locks fitted with pierced cocks, rainproof pans, and rollers, figured walnut half-stock, chequered grip impressed '13'. engraved blued steel mounts including trigger-guard with pineapple finial and a stag on the bow, butt-plate decorated with a hound and a fowling-piece against a tree, engraved silver rear ramrod-pipe, silver escutcheon engraved with the owner's initial 'CLvM', silver barrel bolt escutcheon, and brass-tipped wooden ramrod
78.7 cm; 31 in barrels

Thomas Mortimer & Son are recorded at 44 Ludgate Hill circa 1807-24.

Estimate: 3000-4000

5000
415

TWO FINE 16 BORE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUNS MADE FOR PRINCE FREDERICK OF BADEN (1756-1817) BY DURS EGG, LONDON, LONDON SILVER MARK 1789, MAKER'S MARK M.B.
almost forming a pair, with browned twist barrels of Spanish form, fitted with silver 'spider' fore-sights, chiselled with foliage and engraved at the medians, octagonal breeches stamped with the gold-lined barrelsmith's mark and three gold-lined fleur-de-lys, stamped with London proof marks beneath, inlaid with a pair of gold lines and gold lined vents, engraved case-hardened tangs incorporating the back-sights, signed engraved stepped case-hardened locks decorated with game birds on the tails, a bouquet and a sunburst behind the pans, fitted with engraved case-hardened cocks, semi-rainproof gold-lined pans, steels with rollers and blued springs, figured walnut half-stocks impressed '41' and '42', carved with a bouquet behind the tangs, the grips cut with characteristic pineapple chequering, full silver mounts comprising engraved side nail washers, trigger-guards engraved with differing scenes involving hounds on the bows and pineapple finials, numbered butt-plates with further game scenes, rear ramrod-pipes, engraved barrel bolt escutcheons, and escutcheons engraved with the crowned owner's initial 'F' enclosed by the motto of the Polish Order of the White Eagle, Pro Fide Rege et Lege, browned steel ramrod-pipes, sling swivels, each with its horn-tipped ramrod, and with much original finish throughout
96.2 cm; 37 7/8 in and 91.2 cm; 36 in barrels

Prince Frederick of Baden (1756-1817) was the second son of Charles-Frederick, Margrave of Baden (1728-1811) by his first wife, Caroline-Louise (1723-1783), only daughter of Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1691-1768). Prince Frederick was created a knight of the Polish Order of the White Eagle on 5th September 1772. In 1791 Prince Frederick married Princess Christiane-Louise (1776-1829), eldest daughter of Prince Frederick Augustus of Nassau-Usingen (1738-1816); there were no issue of the marriage. In 1803, when his father was raised to the rank of Elector, Prince Frederick and his younger brother, Prince Louis, became Margraves of Baden. The execution of the engraving and the design of the crown, that of a British monarch and not of a prince of Baden, denotes that the escutcheons were engraved in Britain, almost certainly by the maker.

Durs Egg, the son of the gunmaker Leonz, was born in Switzerland in 1748. After a short stay in Paris he came to London and worked for John Twigg at 132 Strand. He was gunmaker to George IV and the Duke of York. He became blind in 1822 and died in 1831. A silver-mounted breech-loading Ferguson rifle by this maker is preserved in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The Royal Collection also includes two very similar guns to the present by this maker, see H. L. Blackmore 1968, (L159, p. 31; L174, p. 34).

Estimate: 12000-18000

20000
416

A .500 CALIBRE FLINTLOCK RIFLED OFFICER'S PISTOL MADE FOR PRINCE FREDERICK OF BADEN (1756-1817) BY DURS EGG, LONDON, CIRCA 1790
with browned twist octagonal swamped sighted multi-groove rifled barrel, the breech stamped with the gold-lined barrelsmith's mark, inlaid with a gold line and gold lined vent, engraved case-hardened tang decorated with a trophy-of-arms, signed stepped lock with sliding tail safety-catch, engraved with trophies, foliage and a sunburst, fitted with semi-rainproof pan and steel with roller, set trigger, figured walnut full stock carved with a bouquet behind the tang, cut with characteristic pineapple chequering over the butt, engraved steel mounts comprising trigger-guard (bent) decorated with a trophy-of-arms on the bow and with pineapple finial, pear-shaped butt-cap, and a pair of ramrod-pipes, inset with a silver plaque engraved with the owner's initial 'F' enclosed by the motto of the Polish Order of the White Eagle, 'Pro Fide Rege et Lege', and horn tipped ramrod
25.5 cm; 10 in barrel

See footnote to previous lot.
Estimate: 1500-2000

3500
417

A .550 CALIBRE GERMAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING RIFLE WITH ENGLISH LOCK BY DURS EGG, CIRCA 1800
with octagonal swamped sighted barrel with some blued finish, rifled with eight grooves, stamped with the brass-lined barrelsmith's mark, the letters 'BL' divided by a flaming torch, over the breech, signed stepped bevelled lock engraved with a hound on the tail, semi-rainproof pan and roller, double set trigger, figured walnut full stock impressed '64' behind the lock, carved with rococo flowers in low relief (cracked through and repaired), the butt with raised cheek-piece and patchbox with moulded sliding cover, steel mounts including trigger-guard with finial of stylised pineapple form, and butt-plate with tang of shaped outline, and horn fore-end cap
65.8 cm; 25 7/8 in barrel
Estimate: 1500-2000

1700
418

A 14 BORE FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN BY HARVEY WALKLATE (1) MORTIMER, MAKER TO THE KING, LONDON, CIRCA 1790
with browned barrel of Spanish form, fitted with silver 'spider' fore-sight, chiselled at the median and signed 'H. W. Mortimer Maker to the King London' over the breech, stamped with the barrelsmiths mark and London proof marks twice beneath, engraved with a band of beadwork and gold-lined vent, engraved tang, signed, stepped bevelled lock fitted with engraved cock, steel with roller, humped spring, figured walnut full stock (small cracks), impressed '74' behind the lock, finely chequered grip, engraved blued steel mounts including trigger-guard with pineapple finial and butt-plate engraved with a trophy-of-hunting, three ramrod pipes, and sling swivel (later ramrod)
96 cm; 37 23/4 in barrel

Harvey Walklate (1) Mortimer (1753-1811) was appointed Gunmaker to George III in 1783.
Estimate: 2000-3000

2000
419

TWO 16 BORE SPANISH MIQUELET-LOCK SPORTING GUNS, CIRCA 1790
almost forming a pair, with blued Spanish barrels, fitted with silver 'spider' fore-sights and each retained by a pair of pierced steel bands, chiselled with a band of foliage at the medians, stamped with gold-lined barrelsmith's marks including 'Ant Bustindui', a rampant lion (Neue Støckel 130) and a series of gold-lined decorative marks (the second barrel marks illegible, gold with losses), engraved flat locks stamped with the gold-lined maker's mark of Joan Andrés Gabila of Eibar and Bartholomé Astiazaran (Neue Støckel 15), full stocks impressed '165' and '166' respectively, carved with simple mouldings, an ear of corn behind the tangs and fluted butts, steel mounts including trigger-guards with the marks 'Gabiola' and 'Dom Gabiola' each enclosed in an engraved frame, vestigial butt-plates, sling swivels, horn fore-end caps and horn tipped wooden ramrods
90.5 cm; 35 5/8 in and 85 cm; 33 ½ in barrels

Estimate: 1500-2000

1600
420

A .470 CALIBRE GERMAN PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE BY FORSTENER IN CARLSRUHE, CIRCA 1840
with octagonal swamped browned twist barrel rifled with ten grooves, fitted with windage adjustable fore-sight and blued folding back-sight, engraved breech inset with a small gold plaque inscribed 'GVL', finely scroll-engraved slender tang enriched with a gold bouquet, finely engraved case-hardened lock signed in gold, fitted with hammer decorated en suite (screw missing), double set trigger, figured walnut half-stock carved with basket weave chequering on the grip and a boar mask in the round at the rear, the butt with carved raised cheek-piece decorated with a stag rondel, engraved steel mounts including trigger-guard decorated with a stag in gold, butt-plate with slender tang en suite with the lock, horn fore-end cap, silver barrel bolt escutcheons, a pair of sling swivels, horn-tipped ramrod, and some original finish throughout
67.5 cm; 26 5/8 in barrel

Estimate: 1200-1800

1900
421

A 28 BORE AND A PAIR OF 20 BORE FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUNS FROM A LARGER GARNITURE ALMOST CERTAINLY MADE FOR PRINCE FREDERICK OF BADEN (1756-1817) BY DAIRE A CHARLEVILLE, CIRCA 1803-15
with minor differences, with blued swamped barrels formed with a long flat, decorated with bands of gold at the muzzles, fore-sights each on a gold sun burst, signed in gold towards the breech, the first with the crowned initial 'F' enclosed by the Order of the eagle, the pair with the arms of Baden beneath the crown of a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire above a trophy-of-arms and all enriched with gold beadwork, border-engraved tangs (the first cracked through) incorporating the back-sights, rounded locks fitted with moulded cocks pierced with an additional forward scrolling bar, one lock with semi rainproof pan and water drain, figured walnut half-stocks carved with foliage about the rear ramrod-pipes, a bouquet behind the tangs and impressed with the numbers '20', '21', and '22', steel mounts comprising solid rounded side-plates, trigger-guards with baluster forward portions and leafy terminals, butt-plates of shaped outline, four ramrod-pipes and fore-end caps, silver escutcheons numbered '11', '13', and '14, and one retaining its baleen ramrod (the other two replaced)
93 cm; 36 5/8 in 90.3 cm; 35 5/8 in
(3)

The cypher 'F' and the collar of the Polish Order of the White Eagle identify one gun as being made for Prince Frederick of Baden. The arms of Baden on the other guns support this, though they are surmounted the crown of a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire. However, this may be an error on the part of the barrelsmith, corroborated by the rendition of the Baden arms being reversed. See footnote to lot 415.

Daire is recorded in Charleville circa 1805.
Estimate: 3000-5000

3800
422

A .600 CALIBRE FLINTLOCK SPORTING RIFLE WITH BARREL BY DAIRE A CHARLEVILLE, CIRCA 1800
with blued octagonal swamped sighted barrel decorated with bands of gold at the muzzle, gold scrolls about the fore-sight, signed in gold over the breech and decorated with a framework of gold lines, scrolls and a trophy, plain tang, rounded lock (cock retaining screw missing), double set trigger, figured walnut full stock impressed '69', moulded over the fore-end, carved with scrolls of foliage about the rear ramrod-pipe and the tang, the butt with carved cheek-piece decorated with a spray of scrollwork on the left and with patchbox with sliding cover on the right, steel mounts including moulded side-plate signed 'G. Lichtenfels a Carlsruhe', trigger-guard with broad bow and moulded finial, butt-plate and rear ramrod-pipe en suite with the trigger-guard, horn fore-end cap, and horn-tipped ramrod
80 cm; 31 1/2in barrel
Estimate: 1400-1800

2900
423

A GARNITURE OF FOUR 18 BORE GERMAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUNS BY B. LICHTENFELS, CIRCA 1760
with minor differences, with blued sighted barrels in the Spanish taste, each retained by a pierced shaped brass band, moulded girdles, octagonal breeches stamped with the brass-lined barrelsmith's mark, in an oval the letters 'BL' divided by a flaming torch, polished tangs numbered '1', '2', '3', and '4', bevelled locks signed 'Lichtenfels' in block capitals (one steel missing, cock missing its upper half), figured walnut half-stocks impressed '23', '26', '24', '25', moulded over the fore-ends, carved with scrolls about the tangs, the butts with raised cheek-pieces carved with a spray of scrollwork behind, brass mounts of shaped outline, comprising flat pierced side-plates, butt-plates, faceted trigger-guards with foliate rear terminals, two pierced ramrod-pipes and fore-end caps, steel sling swivels (one missing) and two retaining their horn-tipped wooden ramrods (the other two associated)
94 cm; 37 in barrels (nos 1 and 2)
93.5 cm; 36 7/8 in barrels (nos 3 and 4)
(4)

Estimate: 3500-5000

4800
424

A PAIR OF GERMAN 22 BORE FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUNS BY F. G. FLITTNER A CARLSRUH, CIRCA 1790
with blued barrels formed in two-stages and fitted with silver fore-sights, border and scroll-engraved tangs numbered '1' and '2', signed locks decorated with hunting trophies, and a crouching hound respectively, fitted with engraved cocks incorporating an additional scrolling bar at the front, semi-rainproof pans with water drains (one side nail glued), figured walnut half-stocks impressed with the numbers '29' and '30' respectively, carved with rococo scrolls and flowers in low relief about the rear ramrod-pipes and the tangs, the butts with carved raised cheek-pieces decorated with sprays of foliage behind, steel mounts engraved with differing rococo hunting scenes, comprising broad trigger-guards with pineapple finials, butt-plates, side plates and ramrod-pipes all including pineapples en suite, a pair of sling swivels, steel fore-end caps, and steel-tipped wooden ramrods
89.3 cm; 35 1/8 in barrels
(2)

Probably by Johann Georg Flittner, recorded in Karlsruhe, Baden circa 1771-1810, became Hofbüchsenmacher in 1801.
Estimate: 2500-3500

3200
425

A PAIR OF 28 BORE GERMAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUNS BY FR. STUBLANITZ, RASTATT, CIRCA 1760
with blued Italian barrels formed in two stages, fitted with silver 'spider' fore-sights, struck with the silver-lined maker's marks (Neue Støckel 7723 and 7724) and a series of silver-lined fleur-de-lys marks over the breeches (one barrel bent), rounded locks, one signed 'Fr. Stublanitza Rastatt' (the other a working association), figured walnut half-stocks impressed '39' and '40', carved with scrolls over the fore-ends and behind the tangs, the butts with raised cheek-pieces and carved with scrolls on each side, brass mounts of shaped outline, including solid side-plates, numbered butt-plates, trigger-guards incorporating a wooden rear portion, sling swivel (one missing), and a pair of pierced ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end caps, and horn-tipped wooden ramrods
94 cm; 37 in barrels

Frantz Stublanitz (Stuplanitz) is recorded in Rastatt, Baden, circa 1740.

Estimate: 1500-2000

1800
426

A PAIR OF 18 BORE GERMAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUNS BY JOH. LICHTENFELS, CARLSRUH, CIRCA 1790
with blued sighted barrels, white tangs numbered '1' and '2' respectively, rounded locks inscribed by the maker and 'Carlsruh' respectively, fitted with semi rainproof pans and rollers acting on the steel springs, the steels each fitted with a spring at the front operating an additional blued safety pan-cover (one missing), figured walnut half-stocks impressed '35' and '36', moulded fore-ends, carved with a capercaillie behind the tangs, basket-weave chequered grips, the butts with carved raised cheek-piece inset with a star design in contrasting colours of horn and a shaped brass panel on the left, full brass mounts comprising broad trigger-guards, solid side plates, butt-caps and a pair of ramrod-pipes, steel sling swivels, horn fore-end caps, and horn-tipped wooden ramrods
(one associated)
82.5 cm; 32 ½ in barrels

Johan Bernhard Lichtenfels, son of a gunmaker of the same name and Hofbüchsenmacher, is recorded in Karlsruhe, Baden circa 1800. These guns were probably made for stalking capercaillie.

Estimate: 1200-1800

1700
427

A PAIR OF 28 BORE GERMAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUNS BY G. LICHTENFELS, A CARLSRUH, CIRCA 1790
with sighted barrels retaining almost all their original brown marbled finish, chiselled with scrolls about the medians, numbered breeches, signed rounded locks engraved with a spray of scrollwork on the tails, fitted with blued pans and cocks with blued top-jaws (one action inoperative), figured walnut half-stocks impressed '27' and '28' behind the locks, carved with scrolls of foliage over the fore-ends and a bouquet about the tangs, the butts with carved raised cheek-pieces decorated with rococo foliage and flowers on the left, steel mounts including broad trigger-guards with moulded finials, butt-plates with tangs matching the trigger-guards and the rear ramrod-pipes en suite, horn fore-end caps, and horn-tipped wooden ramrods (one missing its horn)
90.5 cm; 35 5/8 in barrels
(2)

Probably by Johann Georg Lichtenfels recorded in Karlsruhe, Baden circa 1800 and Hofbüchsenmacher.
Estimate: 1500-2000

3200
428

A FINE AND RARE .600 CALIBRE FRENCH PRESENTATION FLINTLOCK RIFLED CARBINE BY BOUTET, DIRECTEUR ARTISTE, MANUFACTURE À VERSAILLES, NO. 277, CIRCA 1800-05
with blued swamped octagonal polygroove rifled barrel, fitted with windage adjustable fore-sight on a punched and gilt bed, signed in italics on the left of the breech 'Boutet Directeur Artiste No. 277', inscribed on the right 'Manufre à Versailles' and stamped beneath with the control mark of Daniel Boussavy, and the abbreviated italic inscription 'Manu' and 'V lles.' in italic, gold lined oval vent, the top of the breech chiselled with a garland of flowers beneath a triangular panel filled with a flower head, all on a punched and gilt contrasting ground, stamped with a series of marks including 'Boutet' in miniscules, and 'NB' (Neue Støckel 95), fitted with blued back-sight of two folding leaves, engraved tang decorated with neo-classical ornament including a pair of entwined serpents enclosing a smoking urn, stepped lock with moulded borders (small dents), signed 'Boutet Directeur Artiste', chiselled with beadwork along the step, fitted with engraved cock decorated with a garland of flowers, gold-lined pan engraved with a pair of volutes, with scrolling rear fence, blued steel spring with roller, engraved button safety, and detents, steel engraved en suite with the pan, set trigger, figured walnut full stock, impressed '47', carved with a panel of fine chequering over the fore-end and the grip, carved with a moulding along the length of the barrel on each side and inlaid with a running design of silver foliage beneath, the muzzle carved with anthemion and neoclassical foliage (one very small repaired crack), further foliage about the rear ramrod-pipe and the lock, each enriched with further panels of leafy conventional foliage in engraved silver, the tang enclosed with a raised fluted moulding and a pair of neo classical demi flowers, the butt with carved raised cheek-piece inset with a large pierced and engraved silver flowerhead, the base of the butt encircled by a broad panel of silver pierced chased and engraved with geometric panels filled with scale pattern and a band of waves (a small area with minor lifting), burnished steel mounts comprising chiselled trigger-guard with a neo-classical flaming urn finial, the bow with foliage at each end and an engraved rear finial, the rear portion continued by a scrolling panel of pierced ebony decorated with neo classical foliage (very small chips), two-piece vestigial side-plate engraved with a garland and a flowerhead respectively, the right enclosed by two engraved silver dragons breathing thunder-bolts, butt-cap chiselled with an urn on the tang, rear ramrod-pipe chiselled with a leafy garland and beadwork, four further faceted ramrod-pipes with beadwork mouldings, contemporary horn-tipped wooden ramrod, and remaining in very good condition throughout
70.5 cm; 27 ¾ in barrel

The Annuaire of the Versailles Manufactory for this period includes the following entry:

Prince de Bade - Carab. doub. détente, acier cis. damasq., placage argent, fr. 6075 AN XI (September 23, 1802 to September 23, 1803)

The use of silver inlay in the stock and steel mounts, as opposed to silver mounts, might suggest presentation to a high ranking military officer.

The proximity to France of the territories of Charles-Frederick, Margrave of Baden (1756-1811), together with his initial opposition to the French revolution and its effects, resulted in the devastation of Baden by French armies in the mid-1790s. Thereafter, having indemnified France and ceded some territory to that republic, Baden remained under the sway of its powerful neighbour until 1813. In November 1802, the margrave - having lost his eldest son in the previous year and clearly prescient regarding the ambitions of Napoleon - wrote France's First Consul a fulsome letter in which he thanked Napoleon for his continuing protection and assured him of his admiration and loyalty: significantly, he chose to send his third - and favourite - son, Prince Louis, to France with the letter. In April 1806, by which time the margrave had become an electoral prince, ties between Baden and France were strengthened by the arranged marriage of the elector's grandson and heir, Prince Charles, to the Emperor Napoleon's adopted niece and newly created imperial princess, Stéphanie de Beauharnais. The elevation of the elector to the rank of grand-duke - an elevation approved and arranged by Napoleon - followed in July 1806 and further bound Baden to the fortunes of Napoleonic France.

Elements of Baden's small army served alongside that of France in several campaigns between 1805 and 1812: against Austria in 1805, Prussia in 1806, Britain (in Spain) in 1809 and Russia in 1812. Prince Charles, heir to his grandfather after 1801 and husband of Napoleon's adopted niece from April 1806, was welcomed by personal letter into Napoleon's military entourage in September 1806 - 'J'approve le désir que vous avez de faire la guerre'. The prince was summoned to meet Napoleon at Bamberg early the following month and was with the French army at its decisive victory over that of Prussia at Jena on 14th October 1806, after which Napoleon wrote to Prince Charles's widowed mother to reassure her that her son had done well at his first battle - '...il s'est bien comporté à la bataille et supporte bien la fatigue'. In 1807, Prince Charles commanded the Baden contingent at the siege of Danzig and continued on active service until 1808. Succeeding his grandfather in 1811, Charles maintained Baden's support for France until the battle of Leipzig in 1813 demonstrated that the tide of war was no longer flowing in France's favour.

The political, military and personal ties that bound Baden to France from the late 1790s until 1813 must account for the existence of this carbine in the descendant family of the Grand Duke of Baden. It is possible that it originally belonged either to Prince Louis, who visited Napoleon at his father's behest in 1802 and remained in Paris for some years, or to his nephew, Prince Charles, who served alongside Napoleon in his campaigns between 1806 and 1808: given the martial qualities of the weapon, the latter seems the most likely of the two princes to have been its original owner.

Nicolas-Noël Boutet (1761-1833) the distinguished maker of armes de luxe inherited the position of gunmaker to Louis XIV from his father-in-law, Pierre de Sainte (active 1747-88). In 1792 he became technical Director at the new Versailles Manufactory and in 1800 rose to Directeur Artiste with overall control. He held this position until the closure of the manufactory in 1818. Boutet died fifteen years later in poverty, his career having survived six French Political regimes.

Daniel Bouyssay was controller at the Versailles Manufactory from Year II (1793-4) until Year XIV (1805).


Estimate: 30000-40000

58000
429

A .451 CALIBRE KERR'S PATENT VOLUNTEER PERCUSSION SHORT RIFLE BY THE LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY, NO. 512, DATED 1863
with heavy barrel stamped 'Kerr's Patent' and numbered 512, fitted with windage adjustable fore-sight (blade missing), graduated ladder back-sight (one arm slightly bent), border-engraved dated lock signed 'L. A .Co.', the tail with crowned 'VR' cypher, fitted with engraved hammer and detents, the nipple with contemporary brass flash shield, figured walnut full stock cut with a panel of chequering over the fore-end and the grip, iron mounts of regulation type, rear sling swivel, forward sling swivel eye, and iron ramrod with brass tip
76.2 cm; 30 in barrel

See C. H. Roads 1964, p. 136.

Estimate: 1500-2000

2600
430

A .577 LANCASTER OVAL BORE RIFLED CARBINE BY C. LANCASTER, 151 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON, CIRCA 1855
with blued sighted barrel of oval bore retained by two blued bands, stamped with London proof marks and the signature over the breech, fitted with bayonet lug on the right of the muzzle, and ladder back-sight graduated to one thousand yards, border-engraved case-hardened signed lock, figured walnut full stock, regulation brass furniture, two blued steel sling swivels, iron ramrod, with much original finish and in near new condition
80.5 cm; 31 ¾ in barrel

Estimate: 800-1000

1900
431

A .577 CALIBRE VICTORIAN 1853 PATTERN ENFIELD RIFLED MUSKET, AMERICAN MANUFACTURE, DATED 1855
with sighted barrel retained by three bands, ladder back-sight, dated lock inscribed 'Windsor', regulation full stock, regulation brass mounts, and steel ramrod (the iron parts pitted, sling swivels missing)
99 cm; 39 in barrel

See C. H. Roads 1964, p. 77.
Estimate: 250-350

320
432

A 15 BORE PERCUSSION GUN, MID-19TH CENTURY; A .750 PERCUSSION MUSKET, DATED 1864; TWO FURTHER PERCUSSION PISTOLS AND A POWDER-FLASK
the first from a military musket, with two-stage barrel struck with Birmingham proof marks, plain lock (hammer missing), walnut half-stock (the butt chipped), iron mounts of regulation type (the iron parts pitted), and white metal fore-end cap; the second of regulation type, with dated lock stamped with Enfield arsenal inscription, and brass mounts (stock cut down, extensively worn); the third probably for export to India, with brass mounts (swivel ramrod missing, worn); the fourth a Continental pocket pistol (hammer chipped, worn); and the flask embossed with a trophy of arms
the first: 84 cm; 33 in barrel
(5)
Estimate: 150-200

200
433

A .800 CALIBRE FLINTLOCK REGULATION DRAGOON PISTOL, LATE 18TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel stamped 'T.Y.3250' and with proof marks, rounded lock with 'GR' crowned and 'Tower' (barrel and lock pitted), walnut stock (fore-end replaced), and brass mounts of regulation type, including trigger-guard with feint markings, perhaps Tipperary (ramrod missing)
23.5 cm; 9 1/4 in barrel

Estimate: 300-500

    
434

A RARE .650 CALIBRE QUEEN ANNE FLINTLOCK REGULATION PISTOL, THE LOCK BY I. SIBLEY, CIRCA 1702-14
with tapering barrel stamped with marks at the breech (pitted), associated contemporary signed lock retained by two side nails, numbered '7' on the tail, with 'AR' crowned and crowned broad arrow mark, full stock carved with an apron moulding about the tang (chipped about the tang and the rear of the lock, fore-end cracked), brass mounts comprising solid side-plate, trigger-guard with rounded finial, border-engraved butt-cap with 'AR', ramrod-pipe (loose) and associated steel ramrod
30.5 cm; 12 in barrel

John Sibley is recorded as supplier of complete arms to Ordnance circa 1688-1711.

Estimate: 600-800

950
435

A COMPOSITE .600 CALIBRE FLINTLOCK REGULATION PISTOL, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel struck with Ordnance marks at the breech, border-engraved lock with crown and 'Tower' (one side nail missing), full stock (areas of wear), and regulation brass mounts (later steel belt hook), and associated horn-tipped ramrod
31 cm; 12 1/4 in barrel
Estimate: 600-800

550
436

A .650 CALIBRE WILLIAM IV NEW LAND PATTERN FLINTLOCK PISTOL
with tapering barrel stamped with Ordnance marks, stepped bolted lock with 'WR' crowned and ordnance mark, full stock marked 'BO' (the butt with a small hole), regulation brass mounts and steel stirrup ramrod
22.8 cm; 9 in barrel


Estimate: 600-800

1100
437

A .577 CALIBRE VICTORIAN PERCUSSION SEA SERVICE PISTOL
of regulation type, the barrel struck with Ordnance marks, fitted with stirrup ramrod beneath, stepped lock with 'VR' crowned and 'Tower', walnut stock, brass mounts and steel lanyard ring
15.2cm; 6 in barrel

Estimate: 300-400

280
438

A .44 CALIBRE SIX-SHOT COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER, NO. 117038 FOR 1863
the barrel with traces of New York address, engraved stepped cylinder, brass trigger-guard, ivory grips with later engraving (worn throughout), and later holster
20.3 cm; 8 in barrel

Estimate: 1200-1800

850
439

A .44 CALIBRE SIX-SHOT REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER, CIRCA 1863-75
of standard production specifications, with iron back-strap and brass trigger-guard (worn throughout)
20.3 cm; 8 in barrel
Estimate: 300-500

500
440

A RARE ENGLISH DOG-LOCK BLUNDERBUSS, DATED 5TH DECEMBER 1689
with three-stage brass barrel swelling towards the muzzle, stamped 'E. M. 5 Dec 1689', with London proof marks, the barrelsmith's mark (indistinct, perhaps IF crowned) and a raised moulding incorporating a sighting grove at the breech, iron tang (screw replaced), stepped lock retained by three side nails, stamped with an O-shaped mark on the inside, fitted with screw-in pan, and flat deep bellied cock with shaped catch, full stock (extensively wormed, losses), brass butt-plate, iron trigger-guard and a single moulded brass ramrod-pipe
41.5 cm; 16 3/8 in barrel

Provenance
The Reverend Charles Chester Higgs
Estimate: 800-1000

2100
441

A .375 CALIBRE AMERICAN PERCUSSION RIFLE WITH LOCK BY J & W ASTON, MID-19TH CENTURY
with octagonal sighted barrel rifled with seven narrow grooves, long tang retained by three screws, signed border and scroll-engraved lock, double set trigger, striped half-stock inset with numerous geometrically shaped German silver plaques, the butt with carved raised cheek-piece inset with two further engraved German silver plaques, brass mounts comprising trigger-guard, butt-cap and fore-end cap, scroll-engraved German silver side plate, and brass-tipped wooden ramrod (incomplete) perhaps the original
94 cm; 37 in barrel

J. & W. Aston are recorded in Birmingham, England circa 1828-49.
Estimate: 800-1000

850
442

A FINE .700 CALIBRE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK SPORTING RIFLE BY JOVER & SON, LONDON, LONDON PROOF MARKS, LONDON SILVER MARKS 1785, MAKER'S MARK M.B.
with browned twist swamped barrel rifled with nine grooves, fitted with silver fore-sight and case-hardened steel back-sight, the breech signed 'Jover & Son London' in gold block capitals, inlaid with an engraved gold line, gold lined vent and stamped with the barrelsmith's mark of William (1) Jover beneath, finely engraved tang decorated with scrolls enclosing flowers and foliage, stepped lock signed finely engraved with a stag on the tail, a sunburst and a trophy-of-arms enclosing a signed gold oval beneath the pan, fitted with cock engraved en suite, gold-lined semi-rainproof pan, engraved steel incorporating an additional separate blued pan-cover released by a blued button on the outside, blued steel spring fitted with rollers for both the steel and the pan-cover, sliding safety-catch, the inside with blued steel fittings and detents retained by a pierced circular plate, set trigger, highly figured walnut half-stock, applied with an engraved silver panel on the left of the breech, inlaid in silver with a stag hunting scene and a vacant escutcheon opposite the lock (the hound's head missing), carved with a rococo moulding about the tang, finely chequered grip, the butt with raised cheek-piece on the left and patchbox with silver cover on the right, the latter released by an engraved silver button on the butt-cap and enclosed by a silver framework surmounted by an elaborate trophy-of-arms, full silver mounts comprising trigger-guard with a trophy-of-hunting on the bow, elaborate pineapple finial and scrolling rear terminal with a rococo flower, butt-plate decorated with garlands of flowers and a reclining stag on the tang, two pairs of engraved barrel bolt escutcheons, and rear ramrod-pipe, two further browned steel ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end cap, and original horn-tipped ramrod with slotted steel terminal
92 cm; 36 ¼ in barrel

William Jover & Son worked in partnership circa 1784-96.

Estimate: 8000-12000

12000
443

‡ A PAIR OF 60 BORE FRENCH PERCUSSION RIFLED OFFICER'S PISTOLS BY LEPAGE, ARQUEBUSIER DU ROI A PARIS, NO. 3568, DATED 1835
with heavy octagonal rifled sighted barrels, etched with scrollwork and foliage within shaped panels on each face, with further matching panels inscribed by the maker 'Lepage a Paris', 'Arqer du Roi', 'Acier fondu' and the proclamation 'Par esse no licet', recessed breeches stamped with the date and the serial numbers beneath, inlaid with platinum lines, pierced platinum plugs, engraved case-hardened serial numbered tangs fitted with adjustable back-sights, signed scroll-engraved back-action locks, fitted with scroll-engraved hammers, set triggers, highly figured walnut half-stocks, stamped with the serial numbers next to the breeches, boldly carved with a shell at the fore-end, the butts cut with a panel of fine chequering and incorporating an asymmetrical rest carved en suite with the fore-ends at the base for steadying, engraved blued spurred trigger-guards, silver barrel bolt escutcheons, and no provision for ramrods
24.7 cm; 9 ¾ in barrels
(2)

Jean André Prosper Henri Lepage is recorded in Paris circa 1792-1854. He was arquebusier du Roi to Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis Philippe. He was awarded the silver medal at the Paris Industrial Exhibitions of 1823, 1827, 1834, and 1839.

Estimate: 3000-5000

2000
444

A .600 CALIBRE GERMAN SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK OFFICER'S PISTOL BY KLEINSCHMIDT A LIPSTADT, CIRCA 1760
with swamped barrel signed 'Pauli a Munster' on a long flat, fitted with silver fore-sight and rifled with seven grooves, the tang incorporating the back-sight, border-engraved lock signed on the bevelled forward edges, double set trigger, full stock, full silver mounts struck with the maker's mark 'BWB' (rubbed), comprising solid side-plate of shaped outline, trigger-guard with moulded finial, a pair of ramrod-pipes, pommel of near beaked from, and escutcheon engraved with the owner's coat-of-arms, horn fore-end cap, and associated ramrod
22.8 cm; 9 in barrel

Peter Kleinschmidt is recorded in Lipstadt, Westphalia circa 1710-30.

Estimate: 800-1000

1050
445

‡ A 22 BORE FRENCH SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL BY BALOCHE A PARIS, DATED 1724
with lightly swamped barrel, signed in gold on a long flat, fitted with silver fore-sight enclosed by encrusted gold scrolls, further scrolls and an espagnolette mask over the breech, gold-encrusted tang decorated en suite (the gold with losses), stepped bevelled lock engraved with a trophy-of-arms on the tail, signed and dated beneath the lock and decorated with a reclining classical figure, (top-jaw, screw and steel replaced), figured walnut full stock moulded over the fore-end (cracked through and repaired), carved with delicate leafy mouldings about the rear ramrod-pipe, ahead of the trigger-guard and behind the tang, inlaid with silver wire on the spine of the butt (losses), finely decorated full silver mounts comprising side-plate pierced and chased with scrolling foliage and strap work carrying a portrait profile medallion, trigger-guard with leafy finial, spurred pommel engraved with trophies on each side and chased with a classical warrior profile on the cap, trigger-guard with leafy finial, vacant escutcheon carried by a pair of herms, and a pair of faceted ramrod-pipes, and horn-tipped ramrod, perhaps the original
35.2 cm; 13 7/8 in barrel

The design and decoration of the mounts are inspired by earlier Parisian pattern books. Few firearms by this maker appear to be recorded.


Estimate: 3000-4000

    
446

A 25 BORE D.B. CONTINENTAL PERCUSSION PISTOL, CIRCA 1870
adapted from pin-fire, of rudimentary construction, with tip-down octagonal barrels, released by a transverse bolt beneath, the breeches each fitted with a removable steel cartridge with percussion nipple, engraved box-lock action, and chequered butt (worn)
14 cm; 5 1/2in barrels



Estimate: 80-120

180
447

A BELGIAN FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS PISTOL BY MICHEL BERLEUR, CIRCA 1800
with steel barrel swelling towards the muzzle and formed with raised mouldings, fitted with sprung bayonet beneath, box-lock action signed 'Michel' and 'Berleur' beneath swags on the respective faces, sliding thumb-piece safety-catch also locking the steel, chequered walnut grip inlaid with wavy patterns of silver wire (some loose, small losses), engraved steel butt-cap and engraved sliding trigger-guard releasing the bayonet
13.5 cm; 5 1/4 in barrel

Michel Berleur is recorded in Liège circa 1780-1810.
Estimate: 500-700

500
448

A 22 BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, CIRCA 1760, PROBABLY GERMAN
with two-stage brass barrel formed with a decorated band around the muzzle, silver beadwork over the median and chiselled over the breech, rounded lock, carved full stock moulded over the fore-end and carved about the rear ramrod-pipe and the tang, brass mounts including rococo sideplate, pommel chiselled with a grotesque, and a pair of moulded ramrod-pipes, and horn-tipped ramrod (restorations and repairs)
25 cm; 9 7/8 in barrel

Estimate: 400-600

450
449

A PAIR OF 24 BORE PERCUSSION DUELLING PISTOLS BY MURDOCH, LONDON, LONDON PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1820
with octagonal swamped sighted barrels signed on the flats, inlaid with gold lines and fitted with engraved percussion bolsters at the breeches, engraved tangs decorated with trophies-of-arms and fitted with nipple shields, signed stepped bolted lock decorated with scrolls, sunbursts and trophies, figured walnut full stocks (bruises, cracks), set triggers, flat sided butts cut with panels of chequering, engraved steel mounts including trigger-guards with pineapple finials, and butt-caps decorated with trophies-of-arms, and silver escutcheons engraved with the owner's initials 'A.C.' and crest (patinated, ramrods incomplete)
23cm; 9 1/8 in barrels

The crest is that of Campbell, Chisholme, Clive, Cooke, Cruell, Cruikshanks or Crull. John Murdoch is recorded in the Small Gun Office at the Tower of London from 1781 until his death in 1822.
Estimate: 1000-1200

1300
450

A PAIR OF 50 BORE PERCUSSION BELT PISTOLS BY HARVEY, PLYMOUTH, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1840
with signed browned twist octagonal sighted barrels, engraved case-hardened breeches, engraved tangs incorporating the back-sights, engraved case-hardened side hammer actions decorated with foliage, fitted with bolt safety-catches and blued belt hooks, folding triggers, finely chequered walnut butts, and vacant silver escutcheons
9 cm; 3 1/2 in barrels
(2)

John Harvey is recorded in Plymouth, circa 1835-43.
Estimate: 500-700

620
 
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