Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale
on Wednesday 30th June 2010

Lots: 301-330 of 472

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301

BISLEY AND THE N.R.A.
a fine and comprehensive photograph album of Bisley Camp and its ranges c. 1900-9, featuring the competition and the ranges and also King Edward VII's visit, tooled and gilt binding, dated Bisley 1909. Rare. Presented by Gale & Polden Ltd. Photographer
Estimate: 500-1000

Nil

    

900

302

CHRISTIE'S ARMS AND ARMOUR, MILITARIA AND SPORTING GUN AUCTION CATALOGUES
including sales in London, Dublin, Geneva and New York during the period 1966-2008, including the collections of McDonald-Peattie, Harold L. Peterson, Albert J. Weatherhead III, J. C. L. Knapton, The Armoury of Their Serene Highnesses the Princes zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck (Part 2), W. Keith Neal and R. T. Gwynn

A full listing is available on request
(73)

Estimate: 300-500

Nil

    

200

303

SOTHEBY'S ARMS AND ARMOUR, MILITARIA AND SPORTING GUN AUCTION CATALOGUES
including sales in London, Florence, Johannesburg, Monte Carlo, Zurich, Sussex and New York during the period 1970-2005, including the collections of William Goodwin Renwick (parts I and IV), Her Majesty's Tower of London (2 parts), John A. Williams, John F. Hayward, Visser (two parts), Alexander Davison and The Royal House of Hanover

A full listing is available on request
(92)
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

    

200

304

NIOX & MARIAUX (editors). La Musée de l Armée. Armes & Armures Anciennes et Souvenirs Historiques les Plus Précieux. Paris: Hôtel des Invalides 1927, second volume, quarto, unbound and in original folder with laces. ONE OF 400 COPIES.
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

    

    

305

ELGOOD, Robert. Islamic Arms and Armour. 1979: CAMERON STONE, George. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor. 1961: HAWKINS, Peter. The Price Guide to Antique Guns and Pistols. 1973: PAYNE-GALLWEY BT, Sir Ralph. The Crossbow. 1974: MOWBRAY, E. Andrew. Arms and Armour from the Atelier of Ernst Schmidt Munich. 1967: MANN, Sir James. Wallace Collection Catalogues, European Arms and Armour. 1962 (2 Volumes): LAKING, Guy Francis. Wallace Collection Catalogues, Oriental Arms and Armour. 1964. With 22 others of related interest. (30)
Estimate: 150-250

Nil

    

190

306

FOURTEEN ENGRAVINGS RELATING TO LORINERY, 18TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
comprising five from a very large series of horse bits, numbered 11, 18, 49, 51, and 56; three, probably from the same series, including details of bits and tools, and five further prints including The Great Horse Armoury in the Tower of London, all framed and glazed
(14)

Estimate: 150-250

Nil

    

    

307

A LARGE ITALIAN CEREMONIAL HUNTING HORN, 19TH CENTURY
of stained cow horn (light worm damage), with white metal mounts chased with neo-rococo motifs including scrolls and foliage, basal cap with low domed cover retaining some silver-plating, applied with the arms of Este, a crowned Eagle displayed upon a pair of crossed oak branches, and retaining some early suspension cord in the Ducal colours, blue and white, and a pair of blue and white pom-poms
66cm; 26in

The decoration and size of this horn would suggest that it was used by the Master of the Duke of Modena's hunt.
Estimate: 800-1000

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800

308

A HORN POWDER-FLASK, 18TH CENTURY AND THREE EMBOSSED COPPER POWDER-FLASKS, 19TH CENTURY
the first with plain body, wooden basal cap, turned nozzle fitted with a turned stopper, and iron belt hook; the second with plain body and brass nozzle signed P. Frith, the third embossed with three equine profiles in a cartouche, and the fourth decorated with an eagle in a foliate frame
the first: 19cm; 7 1/2in
(4)
Estimate: 200-300

Nil

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200

309

A FINE SOUTH GERMAN FRUITWOOD POWDER-FLASK, CIRCA 1680
with circular body formed in two halves around a central hole, carved over its entire surface with a doe attacked by two pairs of hounds, in high relief over the front, fitted with engraved gilt-brass nozzle with spring cut-off, and three gilt-brass rings for suspension
18cm; 7 1/8in high

This flask belongs to a group commonly attributed to the workshop of the distinguished carved Johann Michael Maucher of Swäbisch-Gmünd, also active in Augsburg and Würzburg. See C. Blair 1974, pp. 395-400.

Estimate: 3000-4000

Nil

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3000

310

THIRTY-ONE VARIOUS POWDER-AND SHOT-FLASKS, 19TH CENTURY AND LATER
including a horn flask, a leather bandolier, a number of embossed brass flasks and a reproduction of a Colt reloading flask
(31)
Estimate: 200-300

Nil

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400

311

A GERMAN GILT-BRONZE POWDER-FLASK, POSSIBLY AUGSBURG, LATE 16TH CENTURY
of triangular form with slightly in-curved sides, the sides and base cast with geometric border ornament, the outer and inner faces cast and chased with classical scenes, engraved tapering nozzle with spring closure, and a pair of rings for suspension
7cm; 2 3/4in high
Estimate: 500-700

Nil

    

350

312

A GERMAN ENGRAVED POWDER-FLASK, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
of flattened cow horn, the inner face decorated with a series of concentric rings, and the outer with Hercules slaying the Nemean lion and a further warrior (worn, nozzle and suspension rings missing), and fitted with a wooden basal cap, perhaps the original
20cm; 8in long
Estimate: 300-500

Nil

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313

A CONTINENTAL LEATHER POUCH, 19TH CENTURY
formed of two leather flaps closed by a pair of shaped brass buckles, fitted with later wooden core with provision for eighteen cartridges on each side, and with two pairs of brass loops for suspension
21.5cm; 8 1/2in wide x 14.5cm; 5 3/4in

Estimate: 250-350

Nil

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314

TEN SHOT AND POWDER-FLASKS, 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
including three embossed leather shot flasks; three copper powder flasks, one by Dixon & Sons; a smaller brass pistol powder flask, together with two reproduction leather shot flasks and an ebony-mounted shot ladle
(10)
Estimate: 200-300

Nil

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315

EIGHT SHOTGUN LOADING TOOLS, 19TH CENTURY
comprising a boxwood tamper for a loading machine; four 12-bore turnover tools; two capper, decapper machines and a modern nipple pricker (some worn)
(8)
Estimate: 100-150

Nil

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100

316

A LARGE COLLECTION OF GUN AND PISTOL ACCESSORIES, 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
including a good ebony pistol loading mallet; a double leather shoulder shot flask with Irish charger; a leather shot flask; a Curtis powder tin; oil bottle and loader for a shotgun; two steel rifle bullet moulds; three shotgun chargers; two wad cutters; a bronze 450 rifle mould; a pistol bullet mould; four cap tins; a circular cap dispenser; three ladles; a turnover tool; five brass cleaning accessories
(29)
Estimate: 500-550

Nil

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500

317

A FLINTLOCK POWDER TESTER BY E. BAKER, LONDON, CIRCA 1820
with short blued 'barrel' fitted with an engraved bracket beneath holding a blued wheel graduated from 0-12, side-hammer action engraved with a trophy-of-arms on the left and fitted with 'French' cock on the right, signed on the top-strap and engraved with foliage on the tang, and faceted flat-sided walnut butt
17.8cm; 7in
Estimate: 600-800

Nil

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600

318

AN ENGLISH STONEBOW BY BARKER, WIGAN, CIRCA 1780 AND A NORTH EUROPEAN CROSSBOW, THIRD QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY
the first with slender steel bow fitted with later string, figured walnut tiller incorporating engraved steel gaffle, the latter fitted with signed folding back-sight, and button trigger, moulded steel finial, and folding fore-sight (the steel parts pitted and cleaned); the second with robust steel bow, tiller of gun-stock form, fitted with two large steel side panels over the forward portion, fitted with a screw in spike terminal also retaining the bow, carved bolt channel, brass nut and action, a pair of steel lugs for a goat's foot lever, and moulded trigger (the steel parts pitted); together with a goat's foot lever, 20th century
the first: 74cm; 29 1/8in tiller
(3)
Estimate: 550-750

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1100

319

A FRENCH TARGET CROSSBOW BY THIS, 43 BOULEVARD DU TEMPLE, PARIS, SECOND QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY AND TWO FURTHER CROSSBOWS, 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
the first with slender steel bow retained by two pierced moulded brass plaques, figured walnut tiller incorporating a rest beneath and with butt of gun-stock form, fitted with brass bolt channel, brass nut, and adjustable brass back and fore-sights, brass mounts comprising spurred trigger-guard and butt-plate, and fitted with a steel stirrup at the front; the second with later wooden bow, walnut tiller of gun stock form, inlaid around its border and on each side of the butt with later marquetry designs, carved bolt channel, small steel nut, and steel mounts including butt-plate of shaped outline; and the third with slender steel bow, hardwood tiller incorporating a scrolling rest beneath, and brass mounts
the first: 75cm; 29 1/2in tiller
(3)

This is recorded making crossbows at 43 Boulevard du Temple circa 1820-40.
Estimate: 400-600

Nil

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650

320

AN ITALIAN STONEBOW, 18TH CENTURY
with slender steel bow retained by a pair of irons, curved fruitwood tiller of characteristic form including a pierced central moulding, fitted with fixed fore-sight, engraved steel action, slender trigger with moulded finial folding back-sight, and later turned finial (the steel parts pitted, cleaned)
tiller 87.5cm; 34 1/2in
Estimate: 250-350

Nil

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650

321

A RARE HODGE'S PATENT ELASTIC GUN, NO. 22, CIRCA 1850
with walnut full stock fitted with rigid steel 'spreader', engraved brass action 'R. E. Hodges Patentee, London, 22', fitted with adjustable calibrated back-sight behind, chequered grip and fore-end, and engraved steel trigger-guard and butt-plate (the steel parts rubbed and with light pitting)
overall 118.7cm; 46 3/4in

In 1849 Richard Edward Hodges was granted a patent for 'Improvements in Mechanical Purchases which are also applicable whole or in part to projectiles', which incorporated the use of 'vulcanised caoutchouc' or rubber as opposed to the previously used sinew in crossbows. Another example of this type, numbered 11, is preserved in the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. See H. L. Blackmore 1971, p. 171, p. 209 and pl. 84
Estimate: 300-500

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900

322

A FINE AND RARE DUTCH 24 PDR. BRONZE CANNON BY CONRAD ANTHONISZ WILKES, THE HAGUE, DATED 1600,
in marine excavated condition, with tapering multi-stage barrel with raised astragal mouldings, moulded muzzle astragal and fillets, decorated with a band of foliage and an urn supported by a pair of lions amidst further scrolls of foliage on the second reinforce, the first reinforce decorated with the inscription 'Amsterdam' on a cartouche with the town arms charged with the letter 'P' on each side above, raised vent, signed 'Conraet Antoni Me Fecit Haga' and dated around the base ring, and inscribed with the weight number ahead, the cascabel chiselled with fleur-de-lys divided by acanthus leaves on a punched ground and drawn-out to a button formed as a mulberry fruit partially enclosed by foliage, a pair of plain trunnions, the lifting handles formed as a pair of finely-chiselled dolphins, and in green patinated condition with areas of mild corrosion
333cm; 131 1/8in barrel
15cm; 6in bore

Conrad Anthonisz Wilkes is recorded in the Hague circa 1591-1616 where he held the post Grosbusgieter. He also supervised the start of the foundries in Rotterdam and Enkhuizen. See R. Roth 1996, p.176 and A. N. Kennard 1986, p. 33.

This lot is on view at 25 Blythe Road by appointment with Thomas Del Mar Ltd.

Estimate: 15000-20000

Nil

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22000

323

A FINE DUTCH 24 PDR. BRONZE CANNON BY GERARD KOSTER, AMSTERDAM, DATED 1616
in marine excavated condition, with tapering multi-stage barrel, strongly moulded muzzle chiselled behind with foliage and mythical creatures ahead of a band of acanthus, the chase with a rampant lion (worn), the reinforce moulding inscribed 'anno domini 1660' ahead of a further band of ornament, the first reinforce with the inscription 'Die Stadt Amsterdam' on a cartouche with the town arms above, raised vent, the base ring signed 'CARHARDUS KOSTERUS ME FECIT AMSTERDAM', the cascabel chiselled with fleur-de-lys divided by acanthus leaves on a punched ground and drawn-out to a button formed as a mulberry fruit partially enclosed by foliage, plain trunnions, the lifting handles formed as a pair of finely-chiselled dolphins, heavy corrosion and areas of staining
339cm; 133 1/2in barrel
15cm; 6in bore

Gerard Koster I was town founder in Amsterdam circa 1606-18. His mother the daughter of Willem Wegewaert family of Deventer, another dynasty of well known Dutch gunfounders. See R. Roth 1996, p. 93 and A. N. Kennard 1986, pp. 99-100.

This lot is on view at 25 Blythe Road by appointment with Thomas Del Mar Ltd.
Estimate: 12000-18000

Nil

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12000

324

A FINE DUTCH 24 PDR. BRONZE CANNON BY GERARD KOSTER, AMSTERDAM, DATED 1617
in marine excavated condition, with tapering multi-stage barrel, strongly moulded muzzle, the chase with traces of a rampant lion (worn), the reinforce moulding inscribed 'anno domini 1617' ahead of a further band of ornament, the first reinforce with the inscription 'Die Stadt Amsterdam' on a cartouche with the town arms above, raised vent, the base ring signed 'CARHARDUS KOSTERUS ME FECIT AMSTERDAM', the cascabel chiselled with fleur-de-lys divided by acanthus leaves on a punched ground and drawn-out to a button formed as a mulberry fruit partially enclosed by foliage, plain trunnions, the lifting handles formed as a pair of finely-chiselled dolphins, heavy corrosion and areas of staining
339cm; 133 1/2in barrel
15cm; 6in bore

This lot is on view at 25 Blythe Road by appointment with Thomas Del Mar Ltd.


Estimate: 12000-18000

Nil

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12000

325

AN HISTORIC CHINESE 12 PDR. BRONZE CANNON, CAPTURED AT THE BOGUE FORTS IN 1841
with bronze multi-stage barrel, formed with pronounced astragal mouldings behind the muzzle, at each end of the chase and the reinforces, a pair of plain trunnions, moulded globose cascabel drawn-out to a moulded baluster-shaped button, incised with inscriptions over its length and an additional brief inscription on the first reinforce, and remaining in green patinated condition throughout (the surface with scratches and wear): on a stepped wooden carriage applied with a later plaque inscribed 'Captured in the Bogue forts (near Canton) by the expedition under Sir George Bremer in 1841, in consequence of which operations the Chinese agreed to cede Hong-Kong'
292cm; 115in barrel
11.5cm; 4 1/2in bore

The capture by British forces of the 'Bogue Forts', at Zhu Jiang in the Chinese province of Guangdong, on 7th January 1841 was a major incident in the 1st China (or 'Opium') War between Britain and the Chinese Empire of 1839-42 and one that had great significance in both British and Chinese history. The forts were situated in the Bogue, or Bocca Tigris, a narrow strait in the Pearl River delta downstream from the port of Canton, or Guangzhou, which was (and still is) capital of the province of Guangdong. The forts' capture or destruction was necessary to British strategy in a war provoked by Britain in order to gain major trading concessions from the Chinese, particularly in relation to Chinese purchase of British opium, and the opening of Chinese ports to British trade. The forts, at Chuenpi/Chuanbi and Tycocktow (or Dajiaotou Dao), faced each other across the Bogue and represented a threat to British forces moving up stream to assault or threaten Guangzhou. All the forts possessed considerable numbers of guns, were well-entrenched and fortified and appeared to be resolutely defended. The forts at Chuenpi were the first to be assaulted, with a 1,500-strong force of sailors, artillery, infantry and Royal Marines being landed downstream and marching to attack their landward side, while two armed steamers, NEMESIS and QUEEN, moved into position to shell the forts from the river. The co-ordinated shelling and subsequent assaults by infantry and Royal Marines rapidly overcame the forts' defences and the Chinese defenders - while not lacking in courage - were unable to compete in ordnance with that deployed by the British attackers: the Chuenpi forts fell quickly with immense loss of life among the Chinese but few British casualties. The forts at Tycocktow suffered the same fate, from the same British tactics, as those at Chuenpi and by the end of the day of battle all the Bogue forts were in British hands, for the total cost of 38 British casualties. It was later estimated that 173 Chinese guns were captured from the forts on 7th January 1841 and so the one offered here is clearly one of that number. As a result of the capture of the Bogue forts, the port of Canton (Guangzhou) lay undefended and so the Chinese had no alternative but to agree to British demands and concessions, one of which was the granting to Britain of the island of Hong Kong (which had been captured by the British on 23rd August 1839). Hong Kong was formally occupied by the British on 26th January 1841, formally ceded to Britain in 1842 and remained in British hands until 1997. The plaque on the carriage appears to be misprinted, with Sir George as opposed to Sir Gordon Bremer. The latter being the Commodore who raised the Union Jack and claimed Hong Kong as a colony on 26th January 1841.

The inscriptions include 'Pingyi jingguan jiangjun', in translation, 'Barbarian Suppressing, pacifying General' and 'Bingbu', or 'Board of War'. The characters on the first reinforce give the weight of the cannon as 1309 catties. It should be borne in mind that the weight of a catty varied.

This lot is on view outside of London, by appointment with Thomas Del Mar Ltd.

Estimate: 12000-18000

Nil

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45000

326

TWO SMALL IRON SIGNAL MORTARS, PROBABLY 17TH CENTURY
the first with three-stage barrel formed with a raised astragal moulding behind the muzzle, recessed vent field for an ignition mechanism, with the initials 'B.V.A.' on one side, and flattened cascabel for vertical mounting; the second of cylindrical form, swelling at the base and notched on the opposite side to the vent
the first: 19.5cm; 7 3/4in barrel
3cm; 1 1/4in bore
(2)
Estimate: 200-300

Nil

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260

327

A BRONZE MINIATURE HOWITZER
with multi-stage barrel formed with raised astragal mouldings, globose cascabel drawn-out to a moulded button, and a pair of plain near rectangular lifting handles, on its iron-clad wooden field carriage with spoked cambered wheel
14cm; 5 1/2in barrel
2.5cm; 1in bore
Estimate: 300-400

Nil

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850

328

A .577 CALIBRE SNIDER PATENT BREECH-LOADING THREE BAND MILITARY RIFLE BY ALEXANDER HENRY, EDINBURGH, BIRMINGHAM PROOF MARKS, DATED 1865
with blued barrel retained by three blued bands, fitted with blued folding back-sight calibrated to 900 yards, case-hardened patent action, case-hardened lock stamped 'L.A. Co.', original nipple-defence, dated 1862 and with VR crowned, figured walnut full stock, chequered grip and fore-end, the butt with London Armoury stamp, and the date 1865 on the right, regulation brass mounts, original steel ramrod, original horn ramrod guide, and remaining in fine condition throughout with much original finish
92.5cm; 36 3/8in barrel
Estimate: 1000-1200

Nil

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1300

329

A .577 CALIBRE PERCUSSION ENFIELD THREE BAND MILITARY RIFLE, DATED 1867
with rifled sighted barrel retained by three bands and fitted with ladder back-sight, dated lock marked 'Tower' and with a crown, walnut full stock, regulation brass mounts, and complete with its steel ramrod
97.5cm; 38 3/8in barrel
Estimate: 300-400

Nil

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650

330

A .577 CALIBRE PERCUSSION ENFIELD THREE BAND MILITARY MUSKET, CIRCA 1860
for the Indian market, with blued barrel retained by two bands (the third missing), border-engraved lock marked 'Tower' a crown and the spurious date 1820, regulation full stock, brass mounts and complete with its steel ramrod
97cm; 38 1/4in barrel
Estimate: 150-250

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300

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