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Sale date:

Arms and Armour Sale on Wednesday 28th June 2006

Lot numbers:

419-448 of 459

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Description & Estimate

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419

A FRENCH MODEL 1822/41 PERCUSSION CADET MUSKET of regulation type, with 27 3/4in barrel retained by three steel bands (the forward band cut-down), complete with its steel ramrod (cleaned) 108cm; 42 1/2in overall £200-300

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420 AN INDIAN TWO-BAND PERCUSSION CARBINE, THE LOCK DATED 1857 with sighted barrel, blued dated lock stamped 'Tower' and with crowned VR, hardwood full stock stamped with the date on the butt, and regulation brass mounts; and an Indian three band percussion musket, third quarter of the 19th Century, with sighted barrel fitted with adjustable folding back-sight, plain lock, hardwood full stock, and regulation brass mounts (each refinished) the first: 52cm; 20I in (2) £200-250

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421 A RARE AMERICAN MODEL 1860 SPENCER REPEATING RIFLED SPORTING CARBINE, NO 59446 with blued sighted barrel fitted with adjustable folding backsight calibrated to 750 yards, the breech block stamped with standard inscription, case-hardened frame and breech block, the action tang fitted with blued adjustable peepsight (eye-piece missing), highly polished figured walnut half-stock, case-hardened trigger-guard, case-hardened butt-plate with tubular magazine, fore-end cap retaining traces of silver-plated finish, and retaining much original finish throughout (the steel parts with light surface rust) 62cm; 24G in barrel Approximately 2000 rifled sporting carbines of this type were manufactured circa 1866-67 £1200-1800

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1400
422 AN AUSTRIAN WERNDL-SYSTEM TARGET RIFLE BY JOH PETERLONGO IN INNSBRUCK, CIRCA 1870 with octagonal barrel signed in gold, rifled with eight groves, fitted with adjustable back-sight and inlaid with silver scrollwork over the breech, engraved lock and action each decorated with scrolling foliage the latter stamped 'WERNDL' within an oval, plain action tang fitted with adjustable peep-sight, set trigger, figured walnut half-stock, chequered grip, engraved steel trigger-guard fitted with an additional horn grip at the rear, hinged patchbox-cover engraved with scrolling foliage and a seated hound, engraved steel butt-plate, and with no provision for a ramrod (sling-swivels missing) 76.8cm; 30D in barrel £1000-1200

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700
423 AN AMERICAN PERCUSSION PLAINS RIFLE, MID-19TH CENTURY with heavy octagonal sighted barrel with provision for a calibrated folding back-sight, coarsely engraved breech and breech tang, the latter with provision for an additional sight, flat lock engraved en suite, figured walnut half-stock (small chips, bleached), carved cheek-piece inlaid with an engraved German silver alligator, the right side of the butt carved with a additional cheek-piece and inlaid with an engraved German silver a hunter taking aim at a squirrel, inlaid with further naively engraved German silver plaques including stars and scrolling panels on the butt and over the fore-end, engraved German silver mounts including trigger-guard decorated with a rabbit on the bow, butt-plate and ramrod-pipe all matching the lock, and engraved German silver fore-end cap (ramrod missing) 85.4cm; 33 5/8in barrel £700-1000

5%

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424 A SPANISH MIQUELET-LOCK FOWLING-PIECE, SECOND HALF OF THE 18TH CENTURY with two-stage swamped barrel fitted with silver 'spider' fore-sight and retained by a single engraved brass band, stamped with gold-lined barrelsmiths mark of V Rusta of Eibar over the breech, sparsely engraved lock stamped with maker's mark of Jose Astiazaran, figured walnut halfstock fluted over the butt, engraved steel mounts including trigger-guard with a further maker's stamp and associated steel ramrod (the steel parts pitted, the stock with chips) 94cm; 37in barrel £300-400

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300
425 A FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS, CIRCA 1740 with two-stage barrel formed with an elliptical muzzle and octagonal breech, built with an earlier lock inscribed 'A Sedan', fitted with pivot safety-steel, figured walnut full stock carved with raised foliate mouldings about the barrel tang, rear ramrod-pipe, and ahead of the trigger-guard, carved with scrolls about the cheek-piece (the stock with small cracks and repairs), moulded brass mounts including square-tipped trigger-guard, a pair of moulded ramrodpipes, and solid side-plate, horn fore-end cap and original horn-tipped wooden ramrod 88.5cm; 34P in £500-700

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700
426 A GERMAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN, CIRCA 1760 with two-stage sighted barrel, plain stepped lock, figured walnut half-stock carved with a rococo flower behind the barrel tang and the rear ramrod-pipe, raised cheek-piece carved with a scroll enriched with rococo flowers and inlaid with a star in contrasting colours of horn and bone, brass mounts of shaped outline, horn fore-end cap (one repaired crack), and one steel sling swivel (rear sling swivel and ramrod missing) 109.5cm; 43B in barrel £300-400

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427 MARKS, 19TH CENTURY with sighted barrel, iron lock of characteristic form stamped with an elephant and 'Warranted', hardwood full stock, plain brass mounts, and iron ramrod 99.4cm; 39B in barrel £150-200

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150
428 A FINE BOHEMIAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING RIFLE BY LEOPOLD BECHER, CIRCA 1760, with blued octagonal swamped sighted barrel in the Spanish style taste, with seven grooves, decorated with a band of gold scrollwork about the fore-sight, signed within an elaborate scrollwork frame over the breech and stamped with two gold-lined maker's stamps (Neue Støckel 5757 and 5758), signed lock-chiselled with a mounted hunter and a hound pursuing a male and female stag all against a gilt fishroe ground, the cock decorated en suite, set trigger, highly figured walnut full stock carved with rococo strapwork about the barrel tang, rear ramrod-pipe and over the butt, sliding patchbox-cover applied with a large giltbrass plaque finely cast and chased with a boar-hunting scene, gilt-brass mounts cast and chased in low relief, including solid side-plate decorated with a hunting scene, trigger-guard decorated with a pair of stags, butt-plate with a classical hunter beneath a canopy and a further scene from the chase, and fore-end cap with a rabbit hunting vignette (ramrod replaced) 70.8cm; 27P in barrel Loepold Becher worked for Prince Johann Georg Christian Lobkowitz. He made a number of firearms with barrels in this distinctive Spanish manner, see Neue Støckel 1978 - p.72 £3500-4500

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429 A BOHEMIAN FLINTLOCK GUN BY PAUL IGNATIUS POSER, CIRCA 1750 with swamped sighted etched twist barrel rifled with seven grooves (reblued), inlaid with gold scrolls and flowerheads around the muzzle and further gold designs including celestial motifs over the breech, signed lock chiselled with Diana seated ahead of the cock and a boar set upon by a hounds on the tail, double set trigger, highly figured walnut full stock carved with rococo scrolls about the barrel tang, and further scrolls and shell ornament about the rear ramrod-pipes and over the butt, sliding patch-box cover inset with a brass plaquette cast and chased with Diana in her chariot, gilt-brass mounts finely cast and chased with rococo ornament including solid side-plate decorated with a boar hunting scene, butt-plate decorated with Diana seated beneath a canopy and attended by putti, vacant rococo escutcheon, and shaped fore-end cap (ramrod and sling swivel replaced) 76.8cm; 30D in barrel £4000-5000

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4800
430 A RARE BRESCIAN FLINTLOCK SPORTING GUN, CIRCA 1645-50 with bevelled lock decorated with a monster's head finely chiselled in low relief behind an engraved panel of foliage at the rear, signed 'Carlo Botarelo: Brescia' (sic) on the inside, the pan and steel also chiselled in relief, the latter decorated with a grotesque mask and the cock finely chiselled in the form of a further monster entwined in openwork with its own tongue, figured walnut stock (the rear half of the fore-end an early working replacement retaining the original decorated iron plaques and ramrodpipe, the forward half an 18th century replacement), the remainder boldly carved in relief, involving monsters' heads on the underside of the breech, achanthus leaf mouldings, and the massive figure of a lion, sejant, supporting an oval escutcheon on both sides of the butt, and incorporating the two-part signature 'Barolomeo Paina' on the right and 'Brescia Fecit' on the left, the stock inset with a series of flat iron plaques finely pierced and engraved with scrolling patterns of flowers and delicate tendril foliage (some very slightly chipped), the butt-plate, trigger-guard and one ramrod-pipe all pierced and engraved en suite, and the trigger pierced and chiselled in the form of a wyvern (the barrel and ramrod each replaced, almost certainly in Italy and probably within the 18th Century) 93cm; 36K in barrel The decorative treatment of the lock-plate and its components is closely related to the themes (notably of monsters and grotesques in this instance) published in Paris by François Marcou in 1657. Torsten Lenk, in his study of the published patterns and their application to the decoration of firearms in the middle of the 17th century, notes that the designs published by Marcou, were a retrospective rather than an innovational compilation. See T.Lenk (English Edition), London 1965, pp.135-7. Carlo Bottarelli was an iron-chiseller of consummate ability. His signature appears in a variety of forms, some inevitably the spurious renditions of contemporary Brescian copyists. See N. Carpegna, 1997 pp. 155-6 Bartolomeo Paina (1615-circa 1686) is recorded as a dealer in firearms rather than as a maker; as such the present wording of his signature is notable. £3000-4000

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3400
431 A GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK SPORTING RIFLE (MÜLLER BÜCHSE) BY SIBOLD, HANAU, LATE 17TH /EARLY 18TH CENTURY with signed swamped octagonal sighted barrel rifled with seven narrow grooves (signature rubbed), flat lock engraved with a flower and foliage, engraved raised wheelcover, engraved pierced dog decorated with scrolling marine monsters, figured walnut full stock carved with a leafy moulding behind the barrel tang, raised cheek-piece carved with foliage, sliding patchbox-cover, engraved brass mounts including butt-plate incised 'No29', trigger-guard with achanthus finial, bone fore-end cap, and original horntipped wooden ramrod 68.2cm; 27P in barrel The maker is probably Johan Siebold, recorded in Darmstadt and Hanua circa 1712. £1000-1500

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432 AN EXCEPTIONAL GERMAN LONG WHEEL-LOCK BELT PISTOL DATED 1559 with slender barrel formed in two stages, slightly swamped at the muzzle, decorated over its entire surface with two etched panels of differing strapwork interlace, each on a contrasting blackened ground filled with tightly scrolling fine tendrils, with bands of acanthus leaves at both ends and the median, strips of cabling along the lower edge of the breech section and the tang etched with interlaced scrolls, flat lock and low domed wheel-cover, safety-catch, sliding pan-cover with button release and plain moulded dog, fruitwood full stock inlaid over its full length with engraved horn plaques arranged within horn segmental cabling, including bold running patterns of flowering tendrils inhabited by a crawling grotesque opposite the lock and by birds and animals over the fore-end, a frieze of exotic, mythological and game animals on both sides above the ramrod channel, three human masks about the barrel tang and with the Temptation of Adam and the Creation of Eve each below, fitted with staghorn pommel engraved with the Baptism of Christ together with the date 1559 and with a further Biblical subject, possibly the Wisdom of Solomon (bone basal cap replaced), with a further horn plaque over the ramrod aperture decorated with a griffon, moulded iron trigger-guard, engraved horn fore-end cap, iron belt hook, and in fine condition throughout (ramrod replaced) 73cm; 28N This pistol belongs to a distinctive typological group, of which the most distinguished examples are the series of pistols with silver-encased stocks made for the Archduke Ferdinand von Habsburg in 1555. These are attributed to the Saxon master HS. Three examples with comparable inlaid fruitwood stocks are preserved in the armoury of the Palazzo Ducale, (Inv. Nos. B90, B93 and B94). The etched designs on the barrel and lock of the present example are closely comparable to those on a mid-16th Century all-steel over-and-under pistol in the Tojhus museum, Copenhagen (Inv. No. B36). A near-identical etched barrel and lock are on a German long-wheel pistol formerly in the Charles collection, Paris (Ader Tajan, première Vente, Hôtel Drouot, 13th May 1993, lot 28, erroneously attributed to circa 1600). See H. Schedelmann 1972, pp.5-7; U.Franzoi 1990, Nos. 462, 465 and 466 and F.Askgaard 1988, pistol No 12. £15000-20000

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16000
433 A RARE GERMAN WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, CIRCA 1600, PROBABLY NUREMBERG, THE STOCK DECORATED BY THE SO-CALLED 'MASTER OF THE CASTLES' with two-stage barrel engraved with a symmetrical panel of scrolling foliage over the median and the breech (shortened), the latter formed with a raised moulding, flat lock struck with a mark and engraved with scrolling foliage retaining, minute traces of gilding, fitted with external wheel retained by a brass scalloped bracket, sliding pancover with quatrefoil-shaped button release, dog and dog spring each chiselled with scrolls, fitted with sprung safetycatch opposite the lock, full stock veneered in ebony, incised with scrolls, inlaid with staghorn panels engraved with scrolling foliage, cabled patterns, and an exotic bird behind the ramrod aperture, enriched with mother-of-pearl plaques pierced and engraved with running dogs, rabbits, monsterhead scrolls, an elaborate panel of scrolling foliage opposite the lock inhabited by a putto taking aim at an exotic bird, flattened ovoid pommel decorated en suite with the stock, fitted with a chased gilt-copper plaquette (the stock and pommel each with very minor losses and repairs), plain iron trigger-guard, engraved staghorn foreend cap, and later ramrod 62.2cm; 24I in A number of firearms stocked in this distinctive manner are stamped with Nuremburg marks and it is therefore likely that they originate from that area. Other firearms from this group are preserved in renowned European collections including the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (no. W1496), the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (No306611 and 6613), the Royal Armouries Leeds (No XII 1201-3), and the Tøjhusmuseet Copenhagen (NoB134). For a discussion of this group see J.F. Hayward 1962, p.162 and C. Blair 1974, pp.320-322. £15000-18000

5%

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434 A PAIR OF FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOLS BY RICHARDSON, MANCHESTER, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1825-30 with turn-off barrels engraved with a band at each end, signed round brass actions engraved with elaborate trophies on each side, waterproof pans, engraved sliding thumb-piece safety-catches also locking the steels, figured walnut butts with flat sides inlaid with silver scrollwork and differing flowers, the remaining surface cut with fine chequering, fitted with cast and chased lion mask butt-caps, and brass escutcheons engraved with the owner's initials, complete their barrel wrench and a copper powder-flask by C.J.Hawkesly 15.2cm; 6in (2) James Richardson is recorded at 21 Deansgate, Manchester, circa 1793-1830. £1200-1500

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2800
435 AN OVER-AND-UNDER FLINTLOCK TAP-ACTION PISTOL SIGNED W.SMITH, WITTINGTON, BIRMNGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1820 with turn-off barrels cut for a key, box-lock action signed on ovals carried by trophies-of-arms, fitted with tap lever on the left, sliding thumb-piece safety-catch also locking the steel (action defective, top-jaw replaced), and finely chequered figured walnut butt with vacant silver escutcheon 18.3cm; 7 1/4in £400-500

Nil

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550
436 A SPANISH MIQUELET-LOCK PISTOL, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY With two-stage barrel, stepped lock, moulded figured root walnut pommel of "bird's head" form, and steel ramrod, perhaps the original 19cm; 7I in £300-400

Nil

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550
437 A FLINTLOCK LIVERY PISTOL SIGNED H.NOCK, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1820 with tapering barrel, signed sparsely engraved lock, figured walnut full stock, and engraved brass mounts (the fore-end, forward ramrod-pipe and ramrod replaced); and a pair of percussion pocket pistols signed H.Nock, Birmingham proof marks, circa 1820, with turn-off barrels, signed engraved box-lock actions, sliding thumb-piece safety-catches, flat-sided walnut butts, and silver escutcheons engraved with the owner's crest 37cm; 14 1/2in £500-600

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438 A COMPOSITE ITALIAN ROMAN-LOCK BELT PISTOL, 18TH CENTURY With Balkan barrel decorated with silver flowers and foliage over its length, inlaid with a brass band at the breech, engraved lock of characteristic form, carved figured walnut full stock (fore-end repaired), iron mounts including pierced scrolling side-plate, engraved spurred pommel, long belt hook, and iron-tipped wooden ramrod 50.3cm, 19N in £400-600

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439 A FRENCH MODEL AN IX GENDARMERIE PISTOL of regulation specifications, with 5 1/4in barrel, plain lock, walnut stock and regulation brass mounts (cleaned) 26cm; 10 1/4in £400-500

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400
440 a french model an. xiii flintlock pistol dated 1812 of regulation specifications, with 8in barrel, lock with Maubeuge arsenal inscription (rubbed), and the stock and mounts with arsenal and inspector's stamps (the steel parts with light pitting, the stock with one small chip ahead of the lock) 35.5cm; 14in £300-400

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441 A FRENCH MODEL AN. XIII FLINTLOCK PISTOL of regulation specifications, with 8in barrel, lock with St Etienne arsenal inscription (rubbed), and the stock and mounts with arsenal and inspector's stamps 35.5cm; 14in £300-400

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650
442 A .650 FLINTLOCK SERVICE PISTOL, EARLY 19TH CENTURY with 9in barrel (shortened), stepped lock signed 'Innes' and with crowned GR, walnut full stock, and regulation brass mounts (worn throughout, the metal parts corroded, ramrod missing) 39cm; 15D in £500-600

Nil

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443 AN AUSTRIAN MODEL 1798/1828 FLINTLOCK CAVALRY PISTOL, FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY the barrel struck with Liège proof mark, fitted with bevelled lock, figured walnut full stock and full regulation brass mounts including butt-cap with lanyard-ring (the lock acid cleaned, ramrod missing) 43cm; 17in £150-200

Nil

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300
444 A PRUSSIAN MODEL 1789 FLINTLOCK CAVALRY PISTOL with 11Iin tapering barrel fitted with brass fore-sight, regulation lock stamped 'Potzdam Magaz' and signed 'G S' [?] (steel spring missing), figured walnut full stock (a working replacement), regulation brass mounts including spurred pommel engraved with the crowned cypher FWR, for Friedrich Wilhelm II (1744-1797, reigned from 1786) and no provision for a ramrod 48.5cm; 19D in £800-1000

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445 A PRUSSIAN MODEL 1731 FLINTLOCK CAVALRY PISTOL with 14Nin tapering barrel fitted with brass fore-sight, regulation lock stamped 'Potzdam Magaz' and signed 'Set D' (trigger missing, action defective), figured walnut full stock with characteristic carving (cracked through, chips), and regulation brass mounts including escutcheon engraved with the crowned cypher FR for Friederich II (1712-1786 reigned from 1740), and faceted spurred pommel (the steel parts pitted, ramrod missing) 56cm; 22in £700-900

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446 A PRUSSIAN MODEL 1731 FLINTLOCK CAVALRY PISTOL with 14Iin tapering barrel fitted with brass fore-sight, regulation lock stamped 'Potzdam Magaz' and signed on the lower edge, figured walnut full stock with characteristic carving, and regulation brass mounts including escutcheon engraved with the crowned cypher for Friederich (1712- 1786 reigned from 1740), and faceted spurred pommel (the steel parts pitted, the stock with minor chips, ramrod missing) 56cm 22in £1000-1200

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447 A FLINTLOCK REGULATION PISTOL OF PRUSSIAN MODEL 1731 TYPE with 12 3/4in tapering barrel fitted with brass fore-sight (shortened), plain regulation lock with characteristic stepped moulded tail, carved figured walnut full stock, and regulation brass mounts (the steel parts pitted, the stock cracked and wormed, ramrod missing) 51cm; 20in £600-800

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448 A PAIR OF FRENCH PERCUSSION RIFLED TARGET PISTOLS BY GAUVIN BOULEVART DU MONT PARNARNASSE À PARIS 47, MID-19TH CENTURY each with signed browned twist multigroove rifled barrel (areas of pitting), engraved case-hardened tang incorporating the back-sight, scroll-engraved casehardened stepped flush-fitting lock, figured walnut halfstock, fluted butt, engraved spurred trigger-guard, engraved case-hardened butt-cap, German silver barrel bolt escutcheons, and with no provision for a ramrod: in their original fitted case veneered with mahogany and inlaid with brass band on the lid, applied with an escutcheon with the owner's initials, the inside lined in green felt (areas of wear), complete with a full compliment of accessories including a fine powder-flask signed B à Paris 40.5cm; 16in Alfred Gauvin was awarded a silver medal at the Paris exhibition in 1844 and a gold medal at the exhibition of 1849. He was also showing at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. £3000-4000

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3000

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