Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale on
Wednesday 6th December 2017
On view:
3 December 2017 12:00 to 16:00
4 December 2017 10:00 to 19:00
5 December 2017 10:00 to 17:00
Lots: 301-350 of 384
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Lot 301
AN 8 BORE FLINTLOCK CARBINE BY JOSEPH HEYLIN, CORNHILL, TOWER PRIVATE PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1760
with tapering sighted brass barrel formed in five stages with raised mouldings, signed, partially faceted breech struck with the maker's mark, engraved grooved tang, border-engraved stepped lock signed on a scroll, figured walnut full stock carved with a scallop moulding about the tang (small cracks), brass mounts comprising trigger-guard engraved with a rococo flower and with early acorn finial, engraved butt-plate and vacant rococo escutcheon, and a pair of moulded ramrod-pipes and associated horn-tipped ramrod
43.0 cm; 17 in barrel

Joseph Heylin was free of the Gunmaker's Company in 1757, became assistant 1773 and Master in 1777.
Estimate:  £1000 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 302
A RARE 25-BORE FOUR-SHOT FLINTLOCK FOWLING-PIECE, CIRCA 1730, AUSTRIAN OR GERMAN
with tapering sighted barrel, rotating octagonal breeches incorporating faceted pans and steels (springs restored), engraved stepped lock decorated with a crested coat-of-arms (worn, unclear, cock screw replaced), figured walnut half-stock moulded over the fore-end, about the lock and mounts (fore-end cracked, small chips), the butt with carved raised cheek-piece on the left, brass mounts comprising solid side-plate finely engraved with scrolling foliage inhabited by an exotic bird, trigger-guard with acanthus finial at the rear and iron forward section acting as breech release, butt-plate decorated with scrolls and with pronounced heel (dented), escutcheon decorated with a bust, and faceted ramrod-pipe (ramrod missing)
103.0 cm; 40 1/2 in barrel

The arms appear to be those of the Counts von Spork.
Estimate:  £2500 - 3500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 303
A .680 CALIBRE FLINTLOCK DOUBLE RIFLE BY JOVER AND SON, FROM THE ARMOURY OF THE NIZAM OF HYDERABAD, LONDON PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1790
with rebrowned twist barrels rifled with nine grooves, fitted with gold fore-sight and signed in gold capitals on the rib, breech inlaid with two gold lines, gold vents , stamped with proof marks beneath and with police numbers on the left barrel, engraved grooved breech tang decorated with a gold sunburst, signed stepped bevelled detented locks engraved with trophies-of-arms on the tails, fitted with cocks engraved en suite, semi-rainproof gold-lined pans, and steel springs with rollers, highly figured walnut half-stock, chequered grip, the butt with raised cheek-piece carved with a scroll on the left, engraved steel mounts comprising broad scrolling trigger-guard decorated with a tiger shaded by a palm tree (worn) and with pineapple finial, butt-plate en suite with the trigger-guard, and fore-end cap forming the rear ramrod-pipe, border-engraved vacant silver escutcheon and barrel bolt escutcheons, and associated iron ramrod
80.5 cm; 31 ¾ in barrels

Jover and Son are recorded at 337 Oxford Street circa 1784 until 1796 when they became bankrupt.
Estimate:  £5000 - 7000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 304
A .750 CALIBRE INDIA PATTERN FLINTLOCK MUSKET, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
of regulation type, with tapering sighted barrel struck with proof marks and moulded at the breech, border-engraved rounded lock with 'Tower', 'GR' crowned and Ordnance mark, figured walnut full stock stamped with the letter 'M' opposite the lock and '6H' crudely incised beneath the butt, regulation brass mounts, iron sling swivels, iron ramrod, and bayonet stamped 'JOHN GI-…'
100.4 cm; 39 ½ in barrel
Estimate:  £700 - 900 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 305
A .750 CALIBRE EAST INDIA COMPANY TRANSITIONAL PATTERN FLINTLOCK MUSKET, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
of regulation type, with sighted barrel, rounded lock signed 'Wilson' with East India mark on the tail (rubbed), full stock (cracked), brass mounts (one lock retaining screw missing) and iron ramrod
96.5 cm; 38 in barrel


Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 306
A .750 CALIBRE EAST INDIA COMPANY PERCUSSION SAPPER'S CARBINE, CIRCA 1851-5
with sighted barrel, border-engraved lock with the East India Company rampant lion, full stock, brass mounts including trigger-guard and butt-plate, the former with brief Indian inscriptions, iron ramrod, and iron sling swivels (two missing)
76.5 cm; 30 1/8 in barrel

See Harding 1997, pp. 258-9.
Estimate:  £400 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 307
A .650 CALIBRE PERCUSSION THREE BAND MUSKET, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, MID-19TH CENTURY
with blued sighted barrel struck with Ordnance and proof marks at the breech, case-hardened lock engraved with a crown on the tail, full stock, brass mounts, iron ramrod, and two sling swivels
99.5 cm; 39 1/4 in barrel



Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 308
A .577 CALIBRE VICTORIAN THREE-BAND SNIDER-ENFIELD RIFLE, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, DATED 1873
with browned barrel by T. Turner, stamped 1563 on the right of the ladder back-sight, hinged breech cover (defective), dated lock, full stock, chequered fore-end and grip, and iron mounts (clearing rod and one suspension loop missing)
93.0 cm; 36 3/8 in barrel

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 309
A .577 CALIBRE GREENE'S (BRITISH TYPE) RIFLED CARBINE BY THE MASSACHUSETTS ARMS CO., DATED 1856
with browned sighted barrel, blued breech with 'A2' crowned, back-action lock with VR crowned, Mass Arms Company inscription and Maynard's primer, double trigger, the forward trigger for barrel release, walnut half-stock, iron patchbox cover, iron butt-plate, and trigger-guard, and in good condition with some original finish, with a copy of 'Directions for using Greene's Carbine'
45.7 cm; 18 in barrel

Provenance
Robin Wigington, Arbour Antiques Ltd, 18th November 1990

See Flayderman 1998, pp. 503-4.

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 310
A RARE AMERICAN 40 BORE JENNINGS PATTERN PERCUSSION GUN, CIRCA 1830
converted from flintlock, with octagonal sighted brass barrel stamped '12' beneath the breech and fitted with a broad pierced sleeve fitting over the action, the latter of brass, inscribed 'New York' (rubbed) on top, extending to an iron breech block with six protruding teeth corresponding with the breech apertures, engraved stepped iron lock fitted with engraved side-hammer (screw replaced), brass grip, hardwood butt, brass butt-cap and trigger-guard
83.0 cm; 32 3/4 in barrel

Isaiah Jennings invented his all-metal breech-loading rifle in New York in 1818. It would appear that relatively few examples are extant.
Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 311
A .46 CALIBRE DUTCH PERCUSSION RIFLE BY J. G. ZELLER TE ARNHEM, CIRCA 1850
with browned octagonal barrel formed with a recessed muzzle for a loading tool and fluted over the forward portion, adjustable back-sight (fore-sight missing), scroll-engraved breech, scroll-engraved tang, signed scroll-engraved lock (hammer missing), double set trigger (the forward trigger missing), figured walnut half-stock, the butt with raised cheek-piece on the left, the spine with provision for a tang-sight (removed), engraved iron mounts including trigger-guard shaped for the fingers and engraved with a quiver of arrows, scroll-engraved flush-fitting side-plate, spurred butt-plate, and sling swivel, horn fore-end cap and brass-tipped ramrod
77.3 cm; 30 1/2 in barrel


Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 312
A 15 BORE D.B. PERCUSSION SPORTING GUN BY KITHER, DARTFORD, LONDON PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1840
with browned twist barrels signed on the rib, engraved breech with gold lines, pierced platinum plugs, signed border and scroll-engraved back-action locks, highly figured walnut half-stock (fore-end cracked through), chequered grip, and engraved iron mounts en suite with the tang and locks, comprising trigger-guard (terminal extended) and butt-plate, and brass-tipped ramrod
71.0 cm; 28 in barrels

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 313
A .56 CALIBRE 1801/16 PATTER FLINTLOCK SHORT SEA SERVICE PISTOL
of regulation specifications, the barrel struck with Ordnance marks at the breech, border-engraved lock with 'GR' crowned and 'Tower', border-engraved ring-neck cock, figured walnut full stock (repaired above the lock), carved with a moulding about the tang, regulation brass mounts including pommel punched '25' on the right, iron belt hook and ramrod
22.8 cm; 9 in barrel

See Brooker 2016, pp. 179-180.
Estimate:  £1500 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 314
A 14 BORE FRENCH MODEL AN9 FLINTLOCK PISTOL, DATED 1810
of regulation specifications, the barrel dated at the breech and with the model number on the tang, lock with St Etienne arsenal inscription, stock dated on the right (fore-end cracked), regulation brass furniture, and iron ramrod
20.0 cm; 7 7/8 in barrel

Estimate:  £400 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 315
A BELGIAN .650 CALIBRE PERCUSSION CAVALRY PISTOL, LIÈGE PROOF, CIRCA 1860
of regulation type, the lock by Dresse Laloux & Cie, three-quarter stock, brass mounts comprising side-plate, trigger-guard and butt-cap, later iron muzzle band, back-strap and ramrod
19.5 cm; 7 3/4 in barrel
Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 316
A .700 CALIBRE CONTINENTAL PERCUSSION CAVALRY PISTOL, CIRCA 1840
with tapering barrel retained by a single brass barrel band, regulation lock fitted with scroll-engraved hammer, full stock, and regulation brass mounts (worn, repairs)
19.2 cm; 7 5/8 in barrel

Estimate:  £120 - 180 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 317
THE BARRELS AND STOCK OF THREE ENGLISH PISTOLS AND A PISTOL SIGNED CLARKSON, 18TH CENTURY AND LATER
the first mid-18th century, converted from flintlock, with three-stage barrel, full stock (cut-down) and brass spurred pommel with grotesque cap; the second mid-18th century, with tapering barrel (pitted), and brass grotesque mask butt-cap and openwork side-plate; the third early 19th century, with rebrowned octagonal barrel inscribed 'London', and the fourth composite, with tapering barrel, signed lock and brass mounts (each worn throughout)
the first: 22.3 cm; 8 3/4 in barrel
(4)
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 318
A FINE CASED .450 CALIBRE RIFLED PERCUSSION PISTOL BY ALEX THOMSON, EDINBURGH, CIRCA 1835-40
with signed rebrowned twist octagonal sighted multi-groove rifled barrel, engraved case-hardened breech with platinum plug, engraved case-hardened grooved tang, signed engraved case-hardened flush-fitting lock with side hammer decorated en suite, figured walnut three-quarter stock, finely chequered butt, engraved case-hardened iron butt-cap with trap and barrel bolt escutcheons, engraved blued trigger-guard, vacant silver escutcheon, carved horn fore-end cap, and no provision for a ramrod: in original fitted oak case lined in plum velvet, the lid with trade label for 16 Union Place, complete with accessories including three-way flask, associated bullet mould, nipple-wrench and rammer
16.7 cm; 6 1/2 in barrel

Alexander Thomson is recorded at this address circa 1833-44.
Estimate:  £3000 - 4000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 319
§The Property of a Gentleman

AN EXCEPTIONAL CASED PAIR OF 30 BORE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS OF PRESENTATION QUALITY BY JOHN MANTON, LONDON, NO. 1921, LONDON 1790/1, SILVER MAKER'S MARK OF MICHAEL BARNETT, PROBABLY MADE FOR FRANCIS INGRAM SEYMOUR-CONWAY (1743-1822), 2ND MARQUESS OF HERTFORD
with heavy octagonal browned twist scratch rifled barrels signed in gold capitals, fitted with gold fore-sights, the breeches with blued steel back-sights, inlaid with a gold line and with gold-lined vents (two very small areas of light pitting, minor scratches), engraved case-hardened tangs decorated with trophies-of-arms and scrolls, signed stepped case-hardened bevelled locks fitted with cocks en suite, engraved case-hardened steels with rollers, blued bolt safety-catches also locking the steels, gold-lined semi-rainproof pans, detents, and blued set triggers, highly figured walnut half-stocks with finely formed chequered swelling 'bag-shaped' butts, very fine full silver mounts en rocaille comprising trigger-guards engraved with trophies-of-arms on the bows and each struck with Paris petite garantie mark used from 1819, the terminals chased with trophies involving a classical helmet, side-plates chased in high relief with elaborate trophies-of-arms, butt-caps decorated with further trophies centring on a Satyr mask at the front and with a classical armour beneath a canopy at the base of the spine, each struck with Paris mark en suite with the trigger-guards, escutcheons with small traces of the owner's engraved crest (partially erased) and with borders chased en suite, rear ramrod-pipes chased with further trophies and a rococo bow, silver fore-end caps, silver barrel bolt escutcheons, original horn-tipped ramrods, retaining most of their original finish and perhaps unfired: in their fitted mahogany case, probably the original (cracks, ivory key escutcheon replaced), the interior with green baize (perhaps early), with leather-covered imitation tortoise shell three-way flask (small losses), and cleaning rod, with a small card typed and inscribed with provenance details
25.5 cm; 10 in barrels
38.2 cm; 15 in overall

Provenance
Probably, Francis Ingram Seymour-Conway (1743 - 1822), 2nd Marquess of Hertford
Major Hugh Pollard, sold December 1922 for £30
Major H. W. Hall, sold Sotheby's 1967
Macdonald Beathy, sold 1968
Wilfred Ward, sold Christie's King Street, 27th October 1993, lot 105, £32,200

These pistols have been associated with a Marquess of Hertford since the early 20th Century. What remains of the crest would reinforce this attribution though insufficient detail remains to be absolutely certain of this. The attribution of the original owner to Richard, 5th Marquis of Hertford, must be discounted as he was born in 1818. The second Marquis, cited above is perhaps the most plausible candidate, passing to his son, Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess and from him to Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess, whose widow founded the Wallace Collection. The latter spent his early life in Paris and this might explain the later French marks on the trigger-guards and butt-caps.

Francis Ingram-Seymour-Conway, Second Marquess of Hertford (1743-1822), was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford followed by a grand tour with his tutor, the antiquary Walter Bowman, in 1764-5. He entered the House of Commons in 1766 as member for Lostwithiel and took over the borough of Orford in 1768. He spoke regularly in the House of Commons and was credited 'if not with eloquence, at least with knowledge of the subject'. During the American War of Independence he was a reliable supporter of Lord North's administration and held ministerial offices including lord of the Treasury and a privy councillor for Great Britain from 1780. However, he never attained the post of secretary at war to which he aspired. While a strong supporter of the political links between Britain and Ireland, he argued against the formal political and commercial union of the two countries. In the later part of his career in the Commons he was generally associated with the Foxite opposition against Pitt, but in 1793 spoke in favour of the Aliens Bill, seconding Pitt's address to the king, which paved the way for the abandonment of neutrality in favour of war with revolutionary France. Later in the same year he was employed as an informal roving ambassador to the king of Prussia and to other German courts, and was given a military mission in that area the following year. In 1797 he acquired the lease of Manchester (later Hertford) House which became his principal London residence, and it remained within the Hertford family until the establishment of the Wallace Collection by his grandson. On Pitt's return to government in 1804 Hertford was appointed master of the horse (1804-6) and later installed as a Knight of the Garter. Through his wife's influence at court he became lord chamberlain of the household (1812-21). He died on 17 June 1822 at Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, and was buried in the family vault in Ragley, Warwickshire.

Literature
John A. Atkinson, The British Duelling Pistol, p. 74
D.H.L. Back, The Mantons, 1993, p. 33
B. Dickens, "M·B" The Gun Makers' Silversmith - A Question of Attribution" in Journal of the Arms & Armour Society, March 1999, pp 110 - 114.
W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back, The Manton Supplement, 1978, p.54
Wilfrid J. Ward, Duels & Duelling, in, Guns Review, June 1983, p.449,
British Pistol Duelling & its Weapons in Man at Arms, volume six, number four, July/August, 1984, p.10 and front cover
Weapons of Honour, in Country Life, 3rd October, 1985, p.965
An Honourable Affair - The Duelist's Code, in Lloyd's Log, November, 1985, p.42

An x-ray of the trigger-guards reveals hallmarks including the date letter for 1790/91. The x-ray also shows evidence of a trigger-guard spur that was probably not fitted.

These pistols belong to a group of only four known examples by this maker with exceptionally elaborate silver mounts, all of the same design, by Michael Barnett. The others comprise: a cased pair, formerly in the Keith Dill collection, with serial number 2837 and hallmarked for 1797, sold Rock Island Auctions, 6 May 2017, lot 2169 (£80,500 ($103,500), including premium); an uncased pair attributed to the ownership of General James Hope Grant, formerly in the collection of Norman Dixon, with serial number 1166 and hallmarked for 1789 sold Bonhams, Knightsbridge 18th April 2012, lot 317, (£31,250 including premium); and another pair, serial numbered 1919 and hallmarked for 1790, remain in the Keith Neal Collection. The present pair is the only example in the group that are half-stocked, a notably early feature. It is also the finest of the group to be offered for sale.

Further information, including x-rays, a discussion of the provenance and the silver mounts, is included with this lot and will be available to prospective bidders.



Estimate:  £35000 - 45000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 320
A PAIR OF 20 BORE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK TURN-OFF PISTOLS BY T. RICHARDS, CIRCA 1770
with cannon barrels moulded at the muzzles, struck with the maker's mark, Birmingham private view and proof marks at the breeches, tangs of shaped outline, signed rounded locks (signatures worn, top-jaws and screws replaced), figured walnut half-stocks (repairs), inlaid with silver wire scrolls and pellets about the tangs, silver mounts cast and chased in low relief, comprising openwork dragonesque side-plates, grotesque mask butt-caps, and vacant escutcheons, and engraved iron trigger-guards with acorn finials
14.5 cm; 5 3/4 in barrels
(2)

Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 321
AN 18 BORE FLINTLOCK LIVERY PISTOL BY GRIFFIN & TOW, CIRCA 1772-82
with tapering barrel inscribed 'London' within a linear frame extending to a loop over the breech, struck with the barrelsmith 's mark and proof marks, signed rounded lock (cock retaining screw replaced, cleaned), full stock (fore-end replaced), brass mounts including engraved flush-fitting scrolling side-plate, trigger-guard with finial of shaped outline, spurred pommel, and border-engraved vacant escutcheon (later ramrod)
17.8 cm; 7 in barrel

Joseph Griffin and Benjamin Tow were in partnership 1772-82.
Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 322
A 140 BORE FLINTLOCK MUFF PISTOL BY COOK, BATH, CIRCA 1800
with turn-off barrel engraved with foliage around the muzzle, box-lock action signed in an oval carried by trophies-of-arms on the left and inscribed 'Bath' on the right, sliding thumb-piece safety-catch also locking the steel, folding trigger and flat-sided walnut butt
2.8 cm; 1 1/8 in barrel

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 323
A 54 BORE FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL BY BENNET SOUTHAMPTON, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1830, AND ANOTHER SIGNED NOCK, LONDON, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1830
each with run-off barrel, box-lock actions engraved with trophies and signed on the left, sliding thumb-piece safety-catches also locking the steels, the first with folding trigger and the second with engraved trigger-guard, and flat-sided walnut butt (the iron parts pitted)
the first: 4.0 cm; 1 1/2 in barrel
(2)
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 324
A 32 BORE PERCUSSION POCKET PISTOL BY FOWLER, DUBLIN, CIRCA 1820 AND ANOTHER, 54 BORE, BY COLE, WHITCHURCH
the first with turn-off barrel retaining traces of blued finish, box-lock action signed within an oval carried by trophies-of-arms on the left and inscribed 'Dublin' within an oval on the right, sliding thumb-piece safety-catch, folding trigger, flat-sided walnut butt vacant silver escutcheon; the second with turn-off barrel, box-lock action signed on a trophy-of-arms on the left, sliding thumb-piece safety-catch also protecting the nipple, and flat-sided walnut butt
the first: 4.0 cm; 1 1/2 in barrel
(2)
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 325
A 56 BORE PERCUSSION POCKET PISTOL SIGNED NOCK, LONDON, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1840 AND A BELGIAN PIN-FIRE REVOLVER, LIÈGE, CIRCA 1870
the first with tapering turn-off barrel, signed box-lock action, sliding thumb-piece safety-catch, flat-sided walnut butt and engraved iron trigger-guard; the second with octagonal signed barrel, plated cylinder and frame, the latter with loading-gate on the right, folding trigger, and ebonised butt
the first: 6.0 cm; 2 3/8 in barrel
(2)


Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 326
A 16 BORE TRAVELLING PISTOL BY BARNETT, LONDON, CIRCA 1810 AND A 16 BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL OF EAST INDIA COMPANY TYPE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
the first with tapering sighted barrel formed with a long flat, signed stepped bolted lock (top-jaw and bolt replaced), figured walnut full stock, engraved iron trigger-guard and stirrup ramrod (the iron parts polished and with areas of pitting); the second with tapering barrel, rounded lock of regulation type, full stock impressed opposite the lock, brass mounts including flat butt-cap with iron ring for a lanyard and no provision for a ramrod
the first: 23.0 cm; 9 in barrel
(2)


Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 327
A HIGHLAND FLINTLOCK DRESS PISTOL BY CHRISTIE, TOWER PRIVATE PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1820
with blued iron barrel with fluted breech and faceted muzzle, the middle section engraved with a broad band of symmetrical scrollwork inhabited by a bird-of-prey against a matted ground, signed lock decorated en suite, fitted with matching cock and sliding bolt safety, gilt-copper stock chiselled in low relief with elaborate patterns of scrolling foliage and flowers over its full length, demon mask butt-cap, blued iron trigger-guard and associated iron ramrod (the iron parts reblued, the gilding rubbed on the high points)
18.5 cm; 7 1/4 in barrel

A similar pair of pistols by this maker, formerly on loan to the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, were sold Sotheby's Olympia, 7th December 2001, lot 271 (£17,550, including premium).

John Christie is recorded working in the Small Gun Office, the Tower of London 1794-1830.
Estimate:  £2500 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 328
A 28 BORE GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, CIRCA 1640-50
with tapering octagonal barrel, rounded lock retained by three side nails (one shortened), fitted with external wheel retained by a small bracket and sliding pan-cover with button release, figured walnut full stock moulded about the tang and over the fore-end, compressed swelling butt bound with an iron band, iron mounts comprising trigger-guard, ramrod-pipe and iron fore-end cap, and iron-tipped wooden ramrod (the iron parts polished bright)
46.4 cm; 18 1/4 in barrel

Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 329
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

A FINE 18 BORE FRENCH SILVER-MOUNTED ROYAL FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL MADE FOR JOHN V, KING OF PORTUGAL (1689, 1706-50) BY LE HOLLANDOIS A PARIS AUX GALLERIES
CIRCA 1726
with lightly swamped barrel octagonal over the breech, formed with a long shaped flat decorated with gilt scrollwork, monsterhead tendrils, a mask and the barrelsmiths monogram (Neue Støckel 8128) the underside of the barrel with some early blued finish, engraved tang decorated with a classical profile and with the inventory number '31', bevelled lock decorated with a delicate dog tooth border, chiselled with a monstrous espagnolette mask on a gilt ground on the tail, signed in a rectangular frame observed by a putto above and with a trophy-of-arms on the right, chiselled and gilt cock, chiselled top-jaw and steel , the latter en suite with the tail, engraved faceted pan, highly figured walnut full stock moulded over the fore-end, carved with delicate leafy tendrils and strapwork about the rear ramrod-pipe and the tang, decorated with a small scalloped moulding ahead of the lock side-plate and behind the tang, full silver mounts cast and chased in low relief against a finely matted gilt ground (rubbed, gilding missing in some places), comprising side-plate decorated with two trophies-of-arms within a dogtooth framework, spurred pommel decorated with tendrils matching the stock, trophies-of-arms, a mask on each side, and a further trophy on the cap, trigger-guard decorated with a framed profile portrait of Diana the huntress beneath a canopy with a trophy-of-hunting suspended from the frame, two ramrod-pipes decorated with leafy tendrils carrying a monstrous mask, and escutcheon decorated with the crowned Royal Arms (later ramrod)
31.0 cm; 12 ¼ in barrel

Provenance
Rainer Daehnhardt

By tradition this was presented to King John V of Portugal in 1727 following the fire that devastated the Portuguese Royal Manufactory the preceding year.

Le Hollandois was the son of the gunmaker of the same name who worked in partnership with Thuraine in the third quarter of the 17th century, perhaps best known for the remarkable pattern books that bear their names. The younger Le Hollandois was called Adrien Reynier, and is recorded in Paris as a journeyman in 1705, received French nationality 1711, became Arquebusier Ordinaire du Roi 1723 and was given a logement at the Louvre on 18th January 1724, as successor to Bertrand Piraube. See Hayward 1963, p. 47 and Lenk 1965, p. 80.
Estimate:  £8000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 330
A 180 BORE LIÈGOIS FOUR BARRELLED TAP-ACTION FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL BY AUGUST FRANCOTTE, CIRCA 1830
with tapering barrels arranged in a cluster, border-engraved breech stamped with the maker's mark (Neue Støckel 1257) on the left, engraved box-lock action with a bouquet on each side, fitted with tap-lever on the left and with sliding thumb-piece safety-catch also locking the steels, chequered walnut butt carved with palmette behind the action, fitted with a hardwood oval at the base, and engraved trigger-guard
3.0 cm; 1 1/8 in barrels

Estimate:  £1000 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 331
A 22 BORE FRENCH FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL BY CHASTEAU A PARIS, CIRCA 1760
with tapering barrel fitted with silver bead fore-sight and formed with a flat, chiselled with scrolls enclosing a warrior rondel over the breech on a gilt ground, engraved grooved tang, stepped lock signed on a scroll beneath the pan, engraved with trophies-of-arms and scrolls on a gold ground, full stock carved with scrolls of foliage in low relief (rubbed), iron mounts chiselled and gilt en suite with the lock and breech, comprising openwork side-plate, trigger-guard with moulded finial, and spurred pommel (the iron parts with areas of pitting, rubbed and patinated)
20.5 cm; 8 in barrel

Chasteau was arquebusier du Roi to Louis XV, see Hayward 1963, p. 45.
Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 332
A 32 BORE NORTH ITALIAN FLINTLOCK PISTOL, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
with tapering barrel formed in four stages, signed 'Domenico Bomo' over the breech, plain tang, rounded lock chiselled with a green man mask on the tail, engraved with a reclining putto beneath the pan, chiselled lock, pan and steel, moulded walnut full stock (fore-end replaced), carved with a raised moulding about the tang, iron mounts comprising finely pierced and engraved side-plate involving a demi-figure on an elaborate panel of scrolling foliage, spurred pommel and trigger-guard each chiselled en suite with the lock, two engraved ramrod-pipes, and later ramrod
23.0 cm; 9 in barrel

The signature is perhaps a version of Domenico Bonomino whose name appears on a large number of firearms. In this instance it might be for one Domenico B, possibly a merchant, recorded buying barrels in 1697 and 1720. See Carpegna 1997, pp. 153-4.

Estimate:  £700 - 900 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 333
A PAIR OF 54 BORE BELGIAN PERCUSSION POCKET PISTOLS, LIÈGE, MID-19TH CENTURY AND A 50 BORE PERCUSSION POCKET PISTOL, 19TH CENTURY
the first with octagonal brass barrels moulded at the muzzles, integral brass box-lock actions, walnut butts and iron trigger-guards; the second with octagonal barrel, box-lock action, walnut butt and iron trigger-guard
the first: 6.0 cm; 2 3/8 in barrels
(3)

Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 334
A PAIR OF 15 BORE AUSTRIAN FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS BY IOHANN ZEFFEL IN WIENN, CIRCA 1720
with swamped barrels grooved inside the muzzles, signed in full on a long flat and fitted with brass fore-sights, the breeches chiselled with an engraved strapwork panel enriched with a gilt fish-roe ground, engraved breech tangs numbered '1' and '2' respectively, strongly bevelled brass locks chiselled with foliage and grotesques (one inoperative, one steel chipped), full stocks moulded over the fore-ends, about the locks and the mounts (small cracks and repairs), carved with foliage and a flower in low relief about the tangs, inlaid in silver wire with the owner's initials 'FN' in a shield, full brass mounts including openwork side-plates involving scrolling foliate demi-figures, trigger-guards chiselled with grotesques on the bows and with foliate terminals, spurred pommels decorated with strapwork, and a pair of ramrod-pipes, horn fore-end caps and each with horn-tipped wooden ramrod, perhaps the original
35.2 cm; 13 7/8 in barrels
(2)

Johann Zeffel of Wiesenthal is recorded as master gunstocker in Wiener Neustadt 22 June 1711. See Schedelmann 1944, p. 35.
Estimate:  £3500 - 4500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 335
TWO SAXON LONG WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS, DRESDEN, CIRCA 1610, ALMOST CERTAINLY MADE FOR THE TRABANTENLEIBGARDE OF THE PRINCE ELECTOR CHRISTIAN II
almost forming a pair, with long slender barrels formed in two stages, chiselled with a band of beadwork over the octagonal breeches, stamped 'HS' for Hans Stockmann (Neue Støckel 3099) and with a series of decorative marks, plain locks retained by two side nails, fitted with domed iron wheel-covers, sliding pan-covers with button releases, and moulded dogs, fruitwood full stocks inlaid over their length in staghorn with foliate plaques about the tangs (one incomplete), with further engraved staghorn pellets, including rosettes, and, about the side nails, a snail and a marine monster, the rear portion set within segmental lines, fluted lemon-shaped pommels decorated en suite (one stock cracked, small losses), engraved horn ramrod-pipes and fore-end caps, iron trigger-guards, one incorporating trigger-return spring (the other missing), and horn-tipped ramrods, probably the original
48 cm; 18 7/8 in barrels
(2)

Provenance
The former Saxon Electoral Armoury, Dresden

Hans Stockman is recorded working in Dresden from 1590 until his death in 1639. He became a master of the gunmaker's guild in 1603 and Burger of Dresden in 1605. He made a number of arms for the Electoral Armoury of which well over one hundred still remain. See Schaal 1975, p. 46.

These pistols are almost identical to other examples made for the Electoral Guard. However, they do not include the Electoral Arms and the Archmarshallship of the Holy Roman Empire which are present on other examples.
Estimate:  £10000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 336
A CASED PAIR OF 28 BORE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD FLINTLOCK RIFLED OFFICER'S PISTOLS BY BOUTET DIRECTEUR ARTISTE MANUFRE A VERSAILLES, CIRCA 1794-1799
with signed octagonal swamped sighted polygroove rifled barrels stamped with the barrelsmith's marks (Neue Støckel 95 and 7249) at the breeches and fitted with standing back-sights, stepped bevelled locks inscribed 'Manufre a Versailles, one lock struck with a mark, 'V3' beneath a Phrygian cap, figured walnut full stocks, angular butts, iron mounts of shaped outline, comprising trigger-guard with shaped finial, oval butt-cap, a pair of moulded ramrod-pipes, and horn-tipped wooden ramrods, one perhaps the original: in a later case (interior stripped), with a mallet
21.3 cm; 8 3/8 in barrels

The mark on the lock is discussed in the 1993-4 Versailles exhibition of this maker's work, p. 90.

Estimate:  £5000 - 7000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 337
A FINE AND RARE CASED PAIR OF 28 BORE FRENCH FLINTLOCK PISTOLS OF PRESENTATION QUALITY BY BOUTET ET FILS A VERSAILLES, CIRCA 1800
reconverted from percussion, with lightly swamped octagonal sighted multi-groove rifled barrels decorated along their length with a finely matted pattern sown with minute gold stars, decorated with a gold band at the muzzles and with a broad band at the breech, the latter struck with gold-lined marks comprising the letters, 'LC', 'Boutet', and two further marks (Neue Støckel 95 and 97), engraved burnished steel tangs decorated with neo-classical designs and incorporating the back-sights, signed locks with fluted borders, formed with stepped tails decorated with a batwing design, set triggers, figured walnut full stocks, characteristic finely chequered butts encircled with silver nails around the base, full burnished steel mounts cast and chased in low relief, comprising trigger-guards with baluster terminals decorated with vine fruit and foliage and long foliate terminals involving three ram's heads, butts with oval caps decorated with foliage around the edges, two-piece bat-wing side-plates, rear ramrod-pipe en suite with the trigger-guard, moulded forward ramrod-pipe, early ivory-tipped whale-bone ramrods: in fitted case, perhaps the original, the lid veneered in burrwood (cracked) and with flush-fitting carrying handle, the interior lined in blue velvet, and complete with accessories including lyre-shaped flask, bullet mould, mainspring clamp, turn-screw, wad-cutter and oil bottle
31.0 cm; 12 ¼ in barrels

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. His son, Pierre-Nicolas, (1789-1816) worked with him as Boutet et Fils.
Estimate:  £20000 - 30000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 338
A CASED PAIR OF 32 BORE FRENCH PERCUSSION RIFLED TARGET PISTOLS BY VASSELLON A MARSEILLES, MID-19TH CENTURY
with octagonal etched twist sighted barrels inscribed 'Canons Damas De Paris' in gold script in a gilt linear frame, scroll-engraved breeches with pronounced fences about the percussion bolsters and stamped 'A Bernard' beneath, engraved tangs incorporating the back-sights, scroll-engraved stepped flush-fitting locks signed in gilt capital letters, blued triggers, highly figured walnut half-stocks carved with scrollwork over the fore-ends, fluted butts, engraved spurred steel trigger-guards and butt-caps, and no provision for ramrods: in their original case veneered in exotic wood on the outside, fitted interior lined in blue velvet, the lid with tooled and gilt leather maker's label, complete with accessories including copper powder-flask with a game vignette and bullet mould
25.5 cm; 10 in barrels
Estimate:  £3500 - 4500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 339
A CASED PAIR OF 100 BORE BELGIAN PERCUSSION RIFLED TARGET PISTOLS, LIÈGE PROOF, NO. 3611, CIRCA 1860
each with octagonal blued sighted multi-groove rifled barrel, scroll-engraved case-hardened breech, scroll-engraved case-hardened tang with adjustable back-sight, scroll-engraved case-hardened stepped flush-fitting lock decorated en suite with the breech and tang, highly figured walnut half-stock with finely chequered fore-end and butt, finely engraved case-hardened steel mounts comprising spurred trigger-guard (one with light rust) and butt-caps, no provision for a ramrod, and retaining much finish throughout: in their original veneered case with fitted interior lined in plum velvet, complete with accessories including moulds for ball and rifle bullets, nipple wrench and mallet
25.5 cm; 19 in barrels
Estimate:  £3000 - 4000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 340
A PAIR OF FRENCH 54 BORE PERCUSSION POCKET PISTOLS, MID-19TH CENTURY
with turn-off barrels, scroll-engraved actions, folding triggers, and fluted ebonised butts, in a later case
5.7 cm; 2 1/4 in barrels



Estimate:  £350 - 450 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 341
A COMBINATION TOOL IN 17TH CENTURY STYLE AND A BULLET MOULD
the first: of turned iron with brass centre, incorporating a wheel-lock spanner and a small pricker; the second of brass and formed of two hinged pieces, with provision for ball and conical bullets, and fitted with iron spru-cutter
the first: 16.0 cm; 6 1/4 in
(2)

Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 342
A 54 BORE FRENCH LEFAUCHEUX FIVE-SHOT SINGLE-ACTION PIN-FIRE PEPPERBOX REVOLVER, NO. 63, CIRCA 1850
with tapering browned twist barrel group each formed in two stages, scroll-engraved rounded action decorated with vine foliage signed 'Lefaucheux Brevete Fabricateur a Paris' and stamped with the maker's mark (Neue Støckel 7770) around the fence, ring trigger decorated en suite, and fluted ebonised butt
7.2 cm; 2 3/4 in barrels


Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 343
A 54 BORE SIX-SHOT PERCUSSION TRANSITIONAL REVOLVER BY PARKER, FIELD & CO., 233 HOLBORN, LONDON, CIRCA 1860
with signed rebrowned sighted barrel fitted with sprung rammer with scroll-engraved pivoting terminal on the right, plain cylinder with London proof marks, scroll-engraved action fitted with long spurred hammer, finely chequered butt, engraved iron trigger-guard and butt-cap, the latter with trap (areas of pitting)
15.5 cm; 6 1/8 in barrel


Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 344
A RARE 7.8MM (BERGMANN) BERGMANN NO. 5/1897 SELF-LOADING PISTOL, NO. 396, WITH SHOULDER STOCK NO. 534
with blued round barrel fitted with blued block-mounted pyramidal blade fore-sight, the slide stamped 'Pistolet Bergmann / Patent Brevete S.G.D.G.', frame with blued adjustable open-sights from '100' to '1000' metres, side-safety, associated box magazine (not numbered, probably later, top clip chipped and detached) with circular inspection ports corresponding to its housing, and chequered hard-rubber grips with Bergmann gothic 'B' on each face, with associated leather shoulder-stock holster serial numbered 534, with side pouch and suspension strap, and with some original finish throughout
7.7 cm; 3 in barrel
(2)

The Bergman model 1897 underwent trials by both the Swiss and British military before being ultimately rejected. The British rejected it as they were looking for a 11mm calibre weapon. Around 800 pistols of this type are believed to have been made most of which went to commercial customers. See Ezell 1981 p. 369.



Estimate:  £4000 - 6000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 345
A RARE 6.5MM (BERGMANN) BERGMANN NO.3/1896 SELF-LOADING PISTOL, NO. 468
with blued sighted barrel, the frame engraved 'Patent Bréveté S.G.D.G.' with German inspection mark and '278' above, side lever-safety on left, Bergman miner mark on the right, sprung downward loading gate with inspection ports on the right, chequered wooden grips, and integral iron lanyard ring
9.5 cm; 3 3/4 in barrel




Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 346
A RARE 8MM (BERGMANN) BERGMANN NO.4/1896 SELF-LOADING PISTOL, NO. 2634
with blued sighted barrel, the frame engraved 'Patent Bréveté S.G.D.G.' with German inspection mark above, side lever-safety on left, Bergman miner mark on the right, sprung downward loading gate with inspection ports on the right, chequered wooden grips, and integral iron lanyard ring
9.5 cm; 3 3/4 in barrel




Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 347
A RARE 8MM (BERGMANN) BERGMANN NO.4/1896 SELF-LOADING PISTOL, NO. 4133
with associated sighted blued barrel, the frame engraved 'Patent Bréveté S.G.D.G.' with German inspection mark above, side lever-safety on left, Bergman miner mark on the right, sprung downward loading gate with inspection ports on the right engraved 'Pistolet Bergmann', chequered hard-rubber grips with Bergmann gothic 'B' on each face, and integral iron lanyard ring
9.5 cm; 3 3/4 in barrel

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 348
A RARE 8MM (BERGMANN) BERGMANN NO.4/1896 SELF-LOADING PISTOL, NO. 3565
with sighted barrel, the frame engraved 'Patent Bréveté S.G.D.G.' with German inspection mark above and with side lever-safety on left, Bergman miner mark on the right, sprung downward loading gate stamped 'Pistolet Bergmann' and with inspection ports on the right, chequered wooden grips, and integral iron lanyard ring
16.0 cm; 6 1/4 in barrel
Estimate:  £800 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 349
A RARE 5MM (BERGMANN) BERGMANN NO.2/1896 SELF-LOADING PISTOL, NO. 1179
with blued sighted barrel, blued frame engraved 'Patent Bréveté S.G.D.G.' with German inspection mark and the number '611' above, Bergman miner mark and side lever-safety on left, sprung downward loading gate with inspection ports on the right, hard rubber grips with Bergmann gothic 'B' on each face, and integral iron lanyard ring
7.5 cm; 3 in barrel



Estimate:  £800 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 350
A 5MM SPANISH CHAROLA ANITUA PATENT SECOND MODEL PISTOL
with blued sighted barrel inscribed 'I. CHAROLA, EIBAR, CAL 5 m/m', blued action with registered mark on the left, polished bone grips, iron trigger-guard and iron lanyard ring
9.5 cm; 3 3/4 in barrel

Around 900 of these pistols were manufactured in the late 19th century.
Estimate:  £400 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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