Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale
on Wednesday 27th June 2018
On view:
Sunday 24th June: 12noon to 4pm
Monday 25th June: 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 26th June: 10am to 5pm
Lots: 303-352 of 516
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Lot 303
AN ARGENTINIAN NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD, 20TH CENTURY
with etched blade by Wilkinson of London, decorated with foliage, a fouled anchor 'Armada Argentina' a man-of-war and the National arms, brass hilt cast with openwork foliage, a fouled anchor and a marine monster, and white composition grips, in its brass-mounted scabbard
74.5 cm; 29 3/8 in blade

Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 304
A VENEZUELAN NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD, 20TH CENTURY
with etched blade decorated with foliage, the national arms and 'Fuerzas Armadas de Venezuela', brass stirrup hilt cast with the national arms on the langet, lionhead pommel, composite grip, in its leather scabbard with brass mounts cast with a fouled anchor on the locket and middle band
70.8 cm; 27 7/8 in blade
Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 305
A CONFEDERATE STATES NAVAL ENGINEER OFFICER'S SWORD BY L.HAIMAN & BROTHERS, COLUMBUS GEORGIA, CIRCA 1860-65
with slightly curved single-edged blade double-edged at the point and formed with a long fuller, etched with scrolling foliage, 'Deo Vindice', 'C.S.' and the maker's details on one face and further designs around a vacant panel on the other, brass hilt cast in low relief with open designs of foliage enclosing the letters 'C.S.' on the shell, with knuckle-guard and cap pommel and the grip with a portion of its wire binding (loose), in its iron scabbard with brass mounts
83.0 cm; 32 3/4 in blade

See Bezdek 1994, pp. 418-9 and 626.

Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 306
A U.S. MODEL 1850 OFFICER'S SWORD
with French regulation blade signed 'Coulaux & Cie Klingenthal' on the back edge, etched with scrolling foliage, 'U.S.', a Federal Eagle, and 'E Pluribus Unum', gilt-brass regulation hilt, wire-bound grip, in its brass-mounted iron scabbard with two rings for suspension
82.0 cm; 32 1/4 in blade


Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 307
A CONFEDERATE STATES CAVALRY SWORD, CIRCA 1860
with curved single-edged blade formed with a three-quarter length fuller on each face, brass triple-bar hilt, cap pommel, and wire-bound leather-covered grip, in its iron scabbard with two brass bands each fitted with an iron suspension ring
90.0 cm; 35 1/2 in blade

Swords of this form are associated with the maker Louis Froelich and his Confederate States Armory in Kenansville, North Carolina.
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 308
A U.S. MODEL 1852 NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD BY W. H. HORSTMANN & SONS, PHILADELPHIA
with etched regulation blade formed with a long fuller, decorated with trophies-of-arms, a federal eagle, fouled anchors, 'U.S.N.' and a panel framed by stars, regulation brass hilt cast with openwork foliage and 'U.S.N.', wire-bound grip, in its brass-mounted leather scabbard
69.0 cm; 27 1/4 in blade

Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 309
A U.S. MODEL 1840 CAVALRY SWORD
of regulation type, the blade stamped 'C & J' at the forte, regulation brass triple-bar hilt, and wire-bound leather-covered grip
92.0 cm; 36 1/4 in blade


Estimate:  £60 - 80 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 310
A MODERN COPY OF A U.S. CONFEDERATE OFFICER'S SWORD
with fullered blade double-edged towards the point, brass hilt cast with foliage and 'C.S.', and leather-covered grip
77.5 cm; 30 1/2 in blade

Estimate:  £50 - 80 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 311
A U.S. CAVALRY SWORD, CIRCA 1860, PROBABLY CONFEDERATE
with curved blade double-edged towards the point and formed with a long fuller on each face, brass triple-bar hilt, cap pommel, and wire-bound grip with some of its original covering
88.0 cm; 34 5/8in blade



Estimate:  £80 - 100 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 312
A FRENCH ANXI CUIRASSIER'S SWORD, CIRCA 1810
of regulation type, with fullered single-edged blade stamped with marks at the hilt (rubbed); regulation brass hilt with Versailles stamp, wooden grip retaining a portion of its leather covering, in its iron scabbard
97.5 cm; 38 3/8 in blade


Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 313
A FRENCH MODEL 1784 'GARDE DE BATAILLE' DRAGOON OFFICER'S SWORD
with tapering blade formed with two long fullers, double-edged towards the point, inscribed 'Manufacture de Klingenthal' on the back-edge and stamped with the control mark of François Antoine Bisch, regulation brass hilt including pierced outer shell-shaped guard (one bar broken), cap pommel and leather-covered grip bound with plaited brass wire
89.7 cm; 35 3/8 in blade

See Ariès 4 fascicule 1967.
Estimate:  £200 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 314
A FRENCH MOUNTED INFANTRY OFFICER'S SWORD, CIRCA 1800-05
with curved blade double-edged towards the point and formed with a long fuller on each face, etched and gilt with trophies-of-arms and foliage and with traces of bluing at the forte on each face, regulation brass hilt including down-curved moulded quillon, fluted knuckle-guard, and gadrooned cap pommel with faceted neck and fluted hardwood grip (hairline crack on the reverse)
81.5 cm; 32 in blade



Estimate:  £120 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 315
A FRENCH OFFICER'S SWORD, MID-18TH CENTURY
with tapering blade signed on each face at the forte (indistinct), formed with a pair of half-length fullers on each face, iron hilt comprising flattened globular quillon, knuckle-guard and pommel all decorated with spirally fluted designs, and the grip bound with plaited wire and copper ribband between iron collars
81.5 cm; 32 1/8 in blade


Estimate:  £250 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 316
A CONTINENTAL OFFICER'S SWORD, MID-19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY AUSTRIAN
of model 1854 type, with curved fullered blade formed with a clipped-back point, etched with trophies and foliage at the forte within a long fuller, iron stirrup hilt up-turned at the rear, with scrolling quillon and pierced for a knot, in its scabbard with two suspension rings
83.5 cm; 32 7/8 cm blade
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 317
A RARE FRENCH ROYAL ARTILLERY OFFICER'S SHORT SABRE, CIRCA 1772
of regulation type, with broad fullered blade double-edged towards the point, etched 'Coullier Fourbisseur de la Maison du Roy, Rue St Honoré no. 574 a Paris' in a panel at the forte on each face, gilt-brass hilt comprising a pair of border-engraved curled quillons and integral grip formed as a maned eagle's head
67.8 cm; 26 ¾ in blade

See Bottet 1910, p. 38, pl. XI
Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 318
AN 1856 PATTERN MARK I DRUMMER'S SWORD; A BANDSMAN'S SWORD, CIRCA 1820; A MILITIA SWORD, LATE 18TH CENTURY AND TWO NAVAL SWORDS, 19TH CENTURY
the first of regulation type, in its scabbard; the second of regulation type (scabbard missing); the third with Shotley Bridge blade (pitted), and brass hilt inscribed 'M Huntingdon' '4/14' (loose, pommel missing); the fourth with straight single-edged blade and brass stirrup hilt and the fifth with slightly curve fullered blade and brass stirrup hilt with an additional bar at the front
the first: 49.0 cm; 19 1/4 in blade
(5)
Estimate:  £200 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 319
A RUSSIAN 1834 MODEL SAW-BACK SHORT SWORD; TWO FRENCH MODEL 1831 SHORT SWORDS (COUPE CHOUX) AND FOUR FURTHER EDGED WEAPONS
the first of regulation type, with saw-backed blade, stamped with an arsenal mark at the forte, dated brass hilt, in its scabbard; the second and third of regulation type, one by Talabot Freres and dated 1832 at the forte, the other numbered 1042 on the cross-piece; the fourth and fifth brass-hilted bayonets of Brunswick type, and a Prussian infantry sword (cut-down); and a massive fighting knife, 20th century, with brass cross-guard
the first: 49.0 cm; 19 1/4 in blade
(8)
Estimate:  £400 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 320
A BAVARIAN MODEL 1855 INFANTRY OFFICER'S SHORTSWORD AND ANOTHER, MID-19TH CENTURY
of regulation type, the first with blade by Hörster of Solingen, brass hilt, in its scabbard; the second with single-edged blade, brass hilt and banded grip, in its brass-mounted leather scabbard
the first: 48.0 cm; 18 7/8 in blade
(2)
Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 321
AN AUSTRIAN MODEL 1889 STATE OFFICIALS SABRE, A NORWEGIAN OFFICER'S SWORD, A CONTINENTAL CAVALRY TROOPER'S SWORD AND A BROADSWORD, 19TH CENTURY
the first of regulation type, with etched blade including the Imperial cypher of Franz Joseph I, stamped 'Weyersberg & Stamm, Solingen' at the forte, gilt-brass hilt, in its brass-mounted leather scabbard cast with the Imperial cypher on the locket; the second of regulation type, with brass hilt incorporating the crowned Royal arms, in its scabbard; the third with curved blade, iron stirrup hilt, in its scabbard; and the fourth probably Austrian, with tapering blade of flattened-diamond section, iron cruciform hilt, moulded pommel and integral grip
the first:76.0 cm; 30 in blade
(4)
Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 322
A BRASS-HILTED SHORTSWORD, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY RUSSIAN AND A SILVER-HILTED SMALL-SWORD, LONDON, LATE 18TH CENTURY
the first of regulation type, with slightly curved blade double-edged towards the point, brass hilt including spirally cast grip; the second with hollow-triangular blade, silver hilt (losses), including shell-guard engraved with the crest of the Barons Riversdale of Ireland, and urn-shaped pommel
the first: 63.7 cm; 25 1/8 in blade
(2)


Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 323
TWO 1875 PATTERN ARTILLERY CARBINE BAYONETS
of regulation type, each with saw-backed blade struck with ordnance marks at the forte, iron stirrup hilt, and composition grips
65.5 cm; 25 3/4 in blades
(2)
Estimate:  £200 - 250 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 324
SIX 1856 PATTERN ENFIELD BAYONETS; AN 1875 PATTERN ARTILLERY BAYONET; AN 1855 PATTERN LANCASTER BAYONET AND AN AUSTRIAN 1867 MODEL BAYONET
the first six comprising one with blade by Parker Field & Sons, etched on one face with 'Prize Rifle 2nd Company / Seaford, 1859. / Won by Sergeant H. Groves', in its scabbard (grips worn, the chape detached), four with scabbards (one missing its press stud), and one without scabbard (blade pitted, losses to grips); the seventh with saw-backed blade; the eighth with hatchet point and brass hilt, missing its scabbard
(9)
Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 325
A GROUP OF TWENTY-FIVE SOCKET BAYONETS
comprising six Brown Bess musket bayonets; one 1842 pattern bayonet; nine 1853 pattern Enfield bayonets, and eight further socket bayonets
(25)
Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 326
FOUR BRITISH 1888 PATTERN, FOUR BRITISH LEE ENFIELD NO. 7 BAYONETS AND ELEVEN FURTHER BAYONETS
the first eight in their scabbards; a socket bayonet; a spike bayonet; eleven further bayonets and a fighting knife
(22)

Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 327
FIVE BAYONETS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
comprising three British 1888 pattern dated '91, '95 and '95; and two yataghan bayonets, struck with the Weyersberg King's head mark, iron hilt with quillon, chequered grip, in its scabbard
the fourth: 55.5 cm;21 7/8 in blade
(5)
Estimate:  £250 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 328
THIRTEEN BRITISH 1907 PATTERN BAYONETS AND FIVE FURTHER BAYONETS
comprising three 1907 pattern bayonets with quillons, in their scabbards; ten 1907 second pattern bayonets, in their scabbards; three British 1917 pattern bayonets, in their scabbards and two further bayonets, in their scabbards
(18)

Estimate:  £250 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 329
FIVE FRENCH 1866 MODEL CHASSEPOT SABRE BAYONETS; FIVE FRENCH 1874 MODEL GRAS BAYONETS; THREE FRENCH 1886 MODEL LEBEL BAYONETS; TWO FRENCH 1890 MODEL LEBEL BAYONETS AND TEN SOCKET BAYONETS
the first fifteen of regulation type, nine in their scabbards; ten further bayonets including a Canadian C1 Model rifle bayonet; together with three bayonets repurposed for a fireplace set, a United States Army pouch and a WW2 British Army Royal Engineers field saw, in its pouch
(30)
Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 330
TWO FRENCH CHASSEPOT AND TWO GRAS BAYONETS
the first with St Etienne arsenal inscription and dated 1872; the third and fourth each with St Etienne arsenal inscription and dated 1877, and each in its scabbard
the first: 57.2 cm; 22 1/2 in blade
(4)
Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 331
A MODERN COPY OF AN AMERICAN DAHLGREEN BAYONET MARKED AMES MFG CO CHICOPEE, MASS
the forte with the spurious date 1862, brass hilt, in its leather scabbard
30.8 cm; 12 1/8 in blade

Estimate:  £20 - 30 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 332
TWO JAPANESE MODEL 1897 ARISAKA BAYONETS, A U.S. CONFEDERATE BAYONET AND FIVE FURTHER BAYONETS
the first two, in their scabbards; a Swedish 1896 pattern bayonet, in its scabbard and four further bayonets
(8)


Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 333
FOUR GERMAN SEITENGEWEHR 1898/1905 PATTERN BAYONETS AND EIGHT FURTHER BAYONETS
comprising four 'Butcher knife' bayonets, each with saw-backed blade, in its scabbard; two further 1898/1905 bayonets with plain blades; a Seitemgewehr model 1898 bayonet, in its scabbard; and five further bayonets
(12)

Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 334
A VICTORIAN OFFICER'S HELMET OF THE 1st KING'S DRAGOON GUARDS, ALMOST CERTAINLY THAT OF MAJOR WALTER CLOPTON WINGFIELD
an 1847 Pattern 'Albert' helmet, with gilt-brass skull and fittings. To the front a QVC above an ornate cartouche, flanked with sprays of oak and laurel leaves, and mounted with a white metal star, bearing a gilt strap inscribed with the regimental title with VR cypher in the centre. Foliate decoration to the peaks. A "candlestick" plume socket with acanthus base, containing a black horsehair plume. Burnished gilt chin-chain lined with black velvet, with rose finials. Shaped internal headband of red leather, bearing initials (indistinct), with silk lining above. The skull with minor dents and some rubbing to the gilt; the bayleaf spray with one leaf defective; plume not original.

The initials on the headband of this helmet, though difficult to decipher, appear to be those of Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, who served with the King's Dragoon Guards from 1851 until 1861, and is credited with being the inventor of Lawn Tennis. When he was commissioned, his helmet, in common with those of all the Dragoon Guards and Heavy Dragoon regiments, would have been fitted with a black plume. Plumes of regimental colours were introduced in 1854, those of the King's Dragoon Guards being scarlet. Wingfield was serving in the United Kingdom in the early 1850s and would clearly have replaced the black plume on his helmet by a scarlet one at that time. See Alexander 1986.
Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 335
AN OFFICER'S CROSSBELT OF THE 13TH HUSSARS
Gold "Herringbone train" lace with white central stripe, on a pale leather backing. Buckle, tip and slide of "Light Dragoon" pattern in silver (Birmingham hallmarks of J&Co) with finely-engraved edges. Six white metal labels mounted with regimental battle-honours finely incised in gilt. Pickers, chains and chain-boss replaced by items with crude engraving not matching the other fittings. Leather of belt frayed and flaps at both ends torn. Together with an infantry helmet of blue cloth by Pulford & Sons, originally of officer's pattern, now lacking its gilt backpiece and fitted with ORs' brass spike.
(2)


Estimate:  £200 - 300 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 336
A BRITISH MILITARY DRUM, 20TH CENTURY
the body painted with the Royal Arms in polychrome on a blue field, painted hoops and with its tension strings and leather tabs
36.0 cm; 14 1/4 in high

Estimate:  £50 - 100 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 337
A VERY RARE GEORGIAN COLOUR OF NO. 15 COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS
an 1814 Issue silk colour of No.15 Company, Coldstream Guards. A Union flag, 68 in. x 78 in., with painted decoration. The centre bearing St Edward's Crown above the company symbol (Carolingian crown), 'EGYPT', the Sphinx between laurel sprays, 'BARROSA', a bugle-horn , 'PENINSULA' and 'WATERLOO'. The horizontal arm of the cross inscribed 'LINCELLES' and 'TALAVERA'. The numeral 'XV' in the canton. This colour was recently discovered in near-relic condition and has been expertly restored on a museum quality mount to display the obverse face.
172.5 cm x 194.5 cm, the colour

On pages 155-6 of Major Dawnay's definitive work on the Standards and Colours of the Household Division, it is stated that the three original battle-honours (Lincelles, Talavera and Barrosa) appeared on the 1814 issue of colours of the Coldstream Guards, and that the honours for Peninsula and Waterloo were subsequently added officially to the inferior arm of the cross in the only space available, i.e. beneath the bugle-horn in the case of the Light Infantry Companies. The next two issues of colours (which were presumably of similar design) took place in 1821 and 1828. Fig. 93 shows the 1828 issue to No. 15 Company, in which the bugle-horn has reverted to its normal place below all of the battle-honours.

The Coldstream Guards were represented only by the 2nd Battalion at Waterloo, and the only colours carried were those of the Colonel and of XIII Company. These survived the battle and were laid up in the Guards' Chapel. Their remnants are illustrated on page 164 (Dawnay op. cit), having been destroyed by a German V1 bomb in 1944.
Estimate:  £12000 - 18000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 338
A COLLECTION OF MILITARY INSIGNIA, BUTTONS AND MISCELLANEA
Including Infantry Regiment collar-badges and shoulder titles, Officer's headress fittings, Air Force insignia of the Canadian and Australian air force, a large collection of cigarette cards, a pair of Staffordshire flat back Equestrian figures of General French and Lord Kitchener, RAF Central Band Insignia and a selection of Scottish Officer's badges.
(Lot)

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 339
INFANTRY HEADDRESS PLATES
Three OR's shako-plates including an 1861 pattern plate of the 2nd Regiment; an 1869 pattern plate of the 13th Light Infantry; and an OR's 1878 pattern helmet-plate of the 97th Regiment
(3)
Estimate:  £40 - 60 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 340
A BOARD OF SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE INSIGNIA (1920-1921)
one card mounted with cap and collar badges, titles and buttons including School Cadets; NCO's, above chevrons; Air Staff 1959; W.O.'s and o.r's Republic of South Africa badges 1961 onwards; Navr.-Bombaimer, 1937; Air Staff, 1959; and an embroidered and gilt metal Officer's below Colonel cap badge, 1954. Together with a group of pamphlets and magazines.
Estimate:  £100 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 341
‡ A FRENCH HELMET FOR AN OFFICER OF THE CENT-GARDES, CIRCA 1854-70
with iron skull, brass mounts including crest, helmet-plate and associated chin-scales (plumes, crest and lining missing, surface rust and areas of wear)
27.0 cm; 10 5/8 in high
Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 342
A FRENCH COMPOSITE CAVALRY CUIRASS, THE BACKPLATE DATED 1828, A MORION IN EARLY 17TH CENTURY STYLE AND A PAIR OF SOUTH AMERICAN SPURS
the first comprising breastplate by Coulaux Frères and numbered '150', with medial ridge and brass regulation rivets, the back-plate dated, inscribed 'Manuf Rle de Klingenthal', numbered 1645 and complete with its shoulder straps (worn); the morion formed in two pieces, joined at a notched comb, and with a broad brim rising at the front and rear; and the spurs each with large multi-spiked rowel and white metal heel bands
the first: 39.0 cm; 15 3/8 in high
(5)


Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 343
A CAP-A-PIE FIELD ARMOUR WITH ETCHED DECORATION, 19TH CENTURY IN THE NORTH ITALIAN STYLE OF CIRCA 1560
of excellent workmanship, comprising close helmet with rounded skull formed in two pieces joined by soldering along the crest of a low medial comb and fitted at its front with visor, upper bevor and lower bevor attached to it by common pivots with dome-heads, the forward-sloping visor pierced at its front with a centrally-divided vision-slit, the upper bevor of blunt prow-shaped form, the upper and lower bevor in each case fastened at the right side by a swivel-hook and pierced-stud, the lower edges of the skull and lower bevor flanged outwards in each case to receive a single gorget-plate; collar of a single plate front and rear, the former descending to an obtuse; breastplate of deep-bellied fashion formed of a main plate and an upward-overlapping waist-lame flanged outwards at its lower edge to receive a fault of one lame fitted to either side of a semi-circular cut out with a pair of straps supporting a pair of pendent tassets each of nine lames terminating in winged poleyns of three lames; backplate formed of a main plate and an upward-overlapping waist-lame flanged outwards at its lower edge; large symmetrical pauldrons each of even lames overlapping outwards from the third and connected by turners to fully articulated tubular vambraces with winged couters of three lames open at the insides of the elbows; right gauntlet with flared and pointed cuff closed at the inside of the wrist by an overlapped and riveted join and fitted with three metacarpal-plates and a knuckle-plate, the latter decorated with a transverse roped rib, fitted at its front edge with a hinged thumb-defence of five scales, and shaped at its distal end to receive scaled finger-defences now represented only by detached fragments; and tubular greaves attached by rivets to the poleyns, and in each case fitted at the rear with a separated articulated heel-plate, and at the front with an integral broad-toed sabaton of five lames overlapping outwards from the fourth; the main edges of the armour formed with plain inward turns, and the secondary edges bordered by single incised lines, the whole etched in bands and borders on a plain blackened ground with foliate scrolls, symmetrical in the bands and asymmetrical in the borders, and in cartouches on the fronts of the pauldrons with similar ornament encircling in one case a representation of St George and the Dragon, and in the other an armoured figure possibly representing St Joan
Estimate:  £8000 - 10000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 344
A NORTH ITALIAN CLOSE HELMET FOR HEAVY FIELD USE, CIRCA 1550-60
with rounded one-piece skull rising to a high boldly roped comb (its crest slightly damaged at two points), pierced over each ear with nine circular auditory-holes, fitted at the nape with a brass plume-holder (restored) and at the front with a visor, upper bevor and lower bevor attached by common dome-headed pivots (restored), the visor with strongly-stepped centrally-divided vision-slit fitted at the right of its lower edge with a lifting-peg (restored), the upper bevor with slightly concave profile cut at the right of its upper edge with a rectangular notch to accommodate the lifting-peg, pierced at the same side with nine small circular ventilation-holes and fitted at its lower edge with a pierced stud to accommodate a swivel-hook attached at the right of the lower bevor, the latter fitted at the right of the neck with a pivoted visor-prop (restored), the lower edge of the skull and lower bevor each flanged outwards to receive two gorget-plates (the lowest in each case restored, the uppermost one at the front patched at each end), the main edges of the helmet formed with file-roped inward-turns, accompanied in the case of the those bordering the face-opening with single incised lines, and the subsidiary edges bordered by pairs of such lines (moderately heavily pitted overall)
32.0 cm; 12⅝ in

Provenance
Stanley V. Durrant, London

Estimate:  £3000 - 4000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 345
A RARE SOUTH GERMAN CLOSE HELMET FOR FIELD USE, CIRCA 1510-15
with broad rounded one-piece skull strongly shaped to the nape and formed with a broad low hollowed medial comb (the crown patched and the face-opening restored), 'bellows' visor formed with three transverse ridges each enclosed by a pair of incised lines, the top ridge forming a step beneath a centrally-divided vision-slit, the other two surmounted in each case by two pairs of horizontal ventilation-slots, bevor (with small riveted patched at right of neck) and neck-guard of three lames, the visor and bevor attached to the skull by later common pivots and secured at the right side in each case by a later spring-catch, the main edges of the bevor and neck-guard decorated with plain ribs, and expertly blackened throughout (minor losses)
28.5 cm; 11¼ in high

The helmet is of notable size. Its proportions can be compared with those of an example formerly in the collections of William Burgess, Sir Guy Francis Laking and Dr Richard Williams, now belonging to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds (Laking 1920-2, Vol. 4, p. 89, fig. 1165). Its plain skull and broad low comb identify it as an early example of its kind.
Estimate:  £10000 - 14000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 346
AN ARMET, 19TH OR 20TH CENTURY IN THE SOUTH GERMAN SYTLE OF CIRCA 1510-15
with a rounded skull rising to a triple medial comb and fitted at each side with a pair of cheek-pieces hinged at the rear and overlapped and fastened to one another at the chin by a swivel-hook and stud, and a pivoted visor of "bellows" form with a stepped centrally-divided vision-slit and pierced between transverse ridges with numerous small ventilation-holes arranged in rows, the lower edges of the skull and cheek-pieces formed with an internally-hollowed rim, separately attached and designed to lock over and rotate on the upper edge of a collar (the surface bearing superficial corrosion overall)
27.0 cm; 10⅝ in
Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 347
A MINIATURE CAP-A-PIE ARMOUR WITH ETCHED DECORATION IN THE 16TH CENTURY STYLE, 19TH CENTURY
of steel, comprising close helmet with two-piece combed skull, pivoted visor and bevor, the former pierced with ventilation-holes, and a single fixed gorget-plate front and rear; breastplate and backplate, each of one plate, the former medially ridged and fitted at its lower edge with a skirt, one-piece tassets and flat codpiece; large symmetrical pauldrons connected by turners to three-piece vambraces with winged couters (the left perforated at the point of the elbow); full legharness with winged poleyns and integral articulated sabatons; the front of the armour etched overall with scrolling foliage on a blackened ground involving, at the centre of the breastplate, an escutcheon charged with a rampant lion and shield; on a wooden stand with a black-painted wooden base
52.0 cm; 20½ in
Estimate:  £250 - 350 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 348
A CAST IRON STATUETTE OF A MAN IN FULL ARMOUR, BY NESTORS OF ENGLAND, EARLY 20TH CENTURY, IN THE EARLY 16TH CENTURY STYLE
formed with a hollowed rear, separate lower arm-defences and a separate detachable two-hand sword, and mounted on a stepped square base (patinated overall)
65.5 cm; 25¾ in

Estimate:  £30 - 50 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 349
A COMPOSITE NORTH EUROPEAN PIKEMAN'S ARMOUR, IN MID-17TH CENTURY STYLE, LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY
comprising pot with one-piece egg-shaped crown fitted within its lower edge with a separate slightly down-turned brim and at each side with a pendent scutiform cheek-piece; one-piece medially-ridged breastplate with V-shaped waist-line, fitted at each side of the chest with a swivel-hook and pierced stud to secure the shoulder-straps of the backplate, and at each side of the waist with restraining-hooks for its waist-belt, its lower end formed with a deep flange supporting on a pair of hinges at each side a one-piece trapezoidal tasset embossed to simulate five lames and decorated with round-headed rivets; and one-piece backplate with straight lower edge, fitted to either side of its neck-opening with a scaled shoulder-strap (detached, its leathers replaced) and to either side of its lower end with a waist-belt (replaced); the neck-opening of the breastplate and backplate each struck with a trio of dots; the main edges of the armour formed with plain inward turns accompanied by recessed or engraved borders (the whole painted black over a partly oxidised surface)
Estimate:  £300 - 400 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 350
A NORTH ITALIAN BREASTPLATE, CIRCA 1600
formed of a medially-ridged main plate cut with a deep neck-opening, fitted at each of its arm-openings with a moveable gusset, and at its lower edge with two medially-ridged waist-lames of shallow V-shaped form, the lower of them flanged outwards at its lower edge (split at two points) to receive a fauld of one lame fitted to either side of its central semi-circular cut-out with a pair of later round-headed rivets for the attachment of tassets and pierced near them with several holes of later date, the main edges of the breastplate formed with file-roped inward turns (the main plate fitted within each shoulder with a later extension-plate, and the surface of the whole finely patinated overall)
39.5 cm; 15½ in

Provenance
Robin J. Wigington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 351
A NORTH EUROPEAN PIKEMAN'S BREASTPLATE, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
of vestigial peascod fashion, formed in one piece with shallow neck and arm-openings and a deep flange at the waist supporting at each side, on a pair of later hasps, an associated one-piece tasset of trapezoidal form (its outer edge trimmed in each case) embossed to simulate seven lames, its margins in all cases pierced with pairs of stitch-holes for attaching a lining, the second simulated lame pierced with two pairs of holes to attach it original hasps, and the main edges of both the breastplate and tassets formed with plain inward turns accompanied in the case of the tassets by recessed borders (showing a mottled medium patina overall and patches of active corrosion at each shoulder)
55.0 cm; 19⅝ in

Provenance
Robin J. Wigington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 352
A HIGH-QUALITY CAST OF A STEEL TARGET WITH EMBOSSED AND CHASED ORNAMENT, PRODUCED IN THE FACTORY OF THE COUNTS OF ILSENBURG AM HARTZ , CIRCA 1880-90 IN THE NORTH ITALIAN STYLE OF THE THIRD QUARTER OF THE 16TH CENTURY
of notable weight, circular in form, rising at its centre to a prominent six-sided pyramidal point, formed around its margin with an elaborate simulated roped turn accompanied by a recessed border, and decorated in relief within that border and within a narrower concentric border interrupted by three grotesque masks, with lively scenes of classical warriors in combat involving, before a city, Helen of Troy being taken to a boat, all finely chased on a stippled ground, and the rear bearing at its left a circular seal inscribed around a central coat of arms with the words GRAFL. FACTOREI · ILSENBURG, at its centre the painted inventory number 796, and its upper end a sturdy welded suspension-bar
54.7 cm; 21½ in diameter

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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