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The following Napoleonic era British swords: 1796 Heavy Cavalry Officers and Troopers swords; 1796 Light Cavalry Officers swords; 1803 Infantry Officers swords; Scottish Officers swords; any officers sword with Regimental device, markings, etc., on hilt or blade. Naval officers swords, dirks. (all the above must be in VG to fine or better condition and with scabbards, no restoration) Good examples of British military firearms pre-1898.

WANTED: Fine British Military Firearms, Pre-1898; also, British Military and Naval swords, Enlisted and Officer's Patterns. Also, Scottish and British Basket-Hilted Swords.

809) British "Lead Cutter" Sword by Wilkinson. Blade 28 1/2" long, 1 3/4" wide at hilt, etched with panels "LEAD CUTTER N. 1" and "WILKINSON / PALL MALL / LONDON" . Serial # 20395 (made 1875-76).With its heavy blade, the Lead Cutter was used as a practice arm to chop through uniformly cast lead bars. Wilkinson made four incrementaly heavier Lead Cutters, the No.4 being the heaviest. As the swordsman's strength and skill progressed, he could move up to the next weight of Cutter. Condition VG, clean blade with light stains, 4 or 5 edge nicks, markings fine and clear, iron hilt retains about 80% original paint.   $750  Reduced to $600  
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847) French M.1866-74 Gras Infantry Rifle. 32 1/2" barrel with various arsenal poincons, "1874 S 79" (constructed as needle-fire Chassepot 1874, modified to Gras 1879), bayonet bar # AB 93866 ( matching ramrod, bolt and all bolt parts, barrel near chamber, and stock - an all-matching gun).Receiver marked "MANUFACTURE D'ARMES / CHATELLERAULT" and "Mle 1866-74" (in this case, the "74" means the Model year the Gras was adopted). Right side buttstock carries Chassepot rondel dated 1874, left side the Gras modification rondel dated Sept. 1879 above serial # AB 93866. Along with the much-modified Chassepot bolt, the Chassepot chambers were fitted with an insert to handle the 11 X 59R Gras cartridge. Condition overall is excellent - retains all fine arsenal conversion blue on barrel and receiver, bolt has light age patina and much dried grease (easily cleaned). Bore bright and sharp as new. Ex. Working order. Stock solid, almost no dings, no cracks or repairs, never touched with deep clear conversion markings. Finding these much-used rifles in such great condition is getting hard these days - and moreover, many were converted to 8mm Lebel.   $1,150  Reduced to $900  
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1062) A Levaux Patent Revolver Retailed by W. Haw. 5" oct. barrel, .380 cal., engraved "H. HAW" on topstrap, Birmingham proofs, # 10628, stamped "ACIER FONDU" ( "fluid steel" , a superior steel-making process at the time), "D.D. LEVAUX / Bte" (patent). 6-shot cylinder with Birmingham proofs, letter "S" in circle stamped on front. Frame with Birmingham proof. Fine checkered wood grips, ex. condition. Hinged barrel with automatic extractor. Spur barrel release above hammer. Pollard's "History of Firearms" records the French maker Levaux making this model in .450 and .380. Ex. tight working order and indexing, ex. bright bore with sharp rifling. Retains 50-60% original good blue, balance drifted to smooth plum. Sharp edged metal overall. Interesting gun in nice condition.   $1,150  Reduced to $975  
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1082) French M-1866 Chassepot Rifle. Standard 32" barrel serial # 46478 on chamber and bayonet bar, dated 1868, various inspectors' poincons. Left side action flat stamped with same "E" that appears on barrel, also marked "CAHEN - LYON et cie / GLISENTI A BRESCIA", "Mle 1866" and etched most unusually (like the spines of French swords) "EPREUVE / DES MANUFACTURES IMPLES / ST. ETIENNE = 1869". Bolt and clearing rod #'s do not match gun #, though the bolt is the correct early type with checkered bolt knob and early contour cocking piece; has needle and obturating washer. Original sling swivels. Solid stock has same # as gun, worn by arsenal cleaning but enough visible to show it is same 46478. Action in fine working order, bore fine+ with bright sharp rifling, some small areas of light pitting. Smooth dull steel color overall, all markings in metal very clear. This is the first Cahen-Lyon marked Chassepot I've owned (and that's been several dozen), so if they're not rare I'd say they were relatively scarce. I've never seen any Chassepot with the curious etched inspection by St. Etienne. Cahen- Lyon obtained a contract for 100,000 Chassepots, and subcontracted to Potts & Hunt in England, Placencia in Spain, and Glisenti in Brescia.   $800  
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1118) Indian Kirach, 18th Century. Broad, 31 3/4" incurving blade with 8" false edge, stamped with two armourers' marks. The elongated wavy patterns of the blade's welded damascus can be seen on its surface. Tulwar hilt with two silver bosses, traces of a checkerboard pattern of Koftgari remain. The kirach was used mostly by the Marathas of southern India. Overall the sword shows wear and use; the powerful blade and obvious age give it character and command respect.   $425  
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1221) Imperial Austro-Hungarian Issue Model 1870 Gasser Revolver. 7 1/4" barrel, 11.2mm Fruwirth/Werndle Carbine cal., breech stamped with Austrian double-headed eagle, date "871" (1871 in Austrian practice), "L.GASSER / WIEN", serial # 25438 (matching on barrel, frame, cylinder, ejector rod). Frame has previous unit markings canceled in Germanic style with cross-hatching, new unit markings "9 TD" with the gun # 164 canceled and re-numbered 105. Fine working order, fine bright bore with sharp rifling, smooth light age patina overall. Original checkered wood grips solid, no cracks or repairs, do show some smooth service wear. Unusual to find an actual Austrian issue example.   $1,600  
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1282) Black Watch Plaid Brooch. 3 1/2" in dia. Dates late 19th, early 20th century. St. Andrew on cross, battle honour Sphinx over "EGYPT". Motto "NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT" (both the regimental and Scotland's motto). Cast in white metal, with fine hand chased detail. Ex. condition.   $400  
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1346) Martini-Henry Line Throwing Gun. 18 1/2" smooth bore barrel marked on Knox-form with nitro proofs and "577-450 / CORDITE 25 GR 469 / 15" ROD" (469 is gun #; rod is projectile to which line is attached). Fitted with spring catch for line carrier/rack. Backsight fitted with pendulum as rough aid in estimating barrel elevation. Entire buttstock is a heavy, hollow, iron casting that duplicates the configuration of the wooden original. This iron stock brings the weight of the gun to an even 14 lbs, evidently a recoil-reducing measure. Action works fine, all metal surfaces retain about 70-80% original rust preventing black paint.   $750  
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1348) Belgian Model 1864 Whitworth System Rampart Rifle. 39" barrel with various inspectors' poincons, dated 1866, rifled with Whitworth 6-sided rifling nominally 17.5mm ( minor dia. .70 cal; major dia. .76 cal.). Sighted to 1400 meters, and fitted with swivel. Weight of gun 33 1/2 lbs. Removable breechblock with grasping wings (length 5.270"), secured in breech by pivoting lateral block fitted with spring loaded folding lever. .70 cal. chamber with depth of 4.70" . Approximately 3/8" of chamber spigots into barrel where it butts up against rifling; this chamber extension formed of the thick-walled chamber itself, encircled by a thin-walled steel ring that closely fits into the barrel and expands at the instant of firing to seal the breech. Receiver and lockplate with various poincons. Fine, dark uncleaned stock shows little wear, no cracks or repairs, bears deeply stamped rondel of the "MANUFACTURE d'ARMES d'ETAT" (State Arms Factory - the Belgian Royal Arsenal equivalent to Royal Manufactory Enfield - see Stockel, Vol.3, p.1629, # 8624 for this mark). This arsenal eventually became FN. Lock is crisp as new, fit of breechblock like new, bore is bright with some minor pitting near muzzle which, taken with the pitting on the buttplate, suggests the gun was set upright in a warehouse corner for years. Overall condition is smooth unpitted age patina with sharp edges and clear markings. No damage and complete in all respects. $3500.00

Note: When in 1850 England established a committee to choose a new rifle for universal issue, it was ultimately the Belgian version of the Delvigne-Minie system developed at the Manufacture d'Armes d'Etat that was chosen for the Pattern 1851 Rifle.
   $3,500  
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1349) Bavarian Model 1855 Cavalry Pistol. 8 7/8" barrel, .71 cal (17.8mm). Unmarked lock in fine crisp working order. Iron mounts with various inspectors' poincons and initials. Buttcap unit marking "1AE / 219". Uncleaned stock with minor dings, thin almost invisible grain crack on wrist though stock is solid. Smooth overall age patina.   $875  
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1357) English Flint Pistol by Sharpe, Made for the American Trade. 9" round brass barrel, .58 cal., Birmingham proofs, breech stamped "SHARPE EXTRA PROOF". Lock marked "SHARPE", roller frizzen spring, fine crisp working order. Brass furniture with light engraving. Silver wrist escutcheon. Solid stock, no cracks or repairs, uncleaned and retaining nearly all original varnish with untouched raised grain surface (feathering). Rammer is an old replacement, correct in style. Pistol has strong character and is a nice example of a class of pistol that armed many Militia officers and Militia cavalry troopers, wagon drivers and canal and river boatmen, as well as citizens from New York to St. Louis in the 1800 to 1840's era.   $1,450  Reduced to $1,200  
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1361) An Edwardian Era HLI Officer's Plaid Brooch. 3 7/8" diameter, extremely well-cast with sharp lettering and detail with same 30 battle honours as listed on above dirk blade. Appear to be silver plated white metal. Ex. condition overall, and quite impressive.   $425  
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1364) Pair French Rifled Pocket Pistols c. 1850. 3", .44 cal. turn-off barrels marked "PORTER Gie / 120 METRES / JFFA" (apparently claiming a range of 120 metres), half round/half octagonal, gold bead foresights, V rear. Fine working actions and folding triggers, nipples a bit battered from dry firing but deep hammer noses hide this. Bores are ex.+ bright with deep sharp rifling. Barrels retain much original blue, frames show fades gray case color. All edges crisp, markings, engraving like new. Ex. carved ebony stocks, no cracks or repairs. Good quality pair.   $1,600  
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1369) French Cuirassiers Armour, Helmet "Casque a cimier de cuirassiers Modele 1874". Steel skull with embossed brass mounts, chin scales, etc. All original. Braided horse hair tail. Leather liner with some wear and tear. Heavy breastplate and lighter back with arsenal marks, serial numbers, original brass, leather and chain shoulder straps. Original detached waist belt. all in good original un-fooled with condition, brass has matching patina overall.   $2,400  Reduced to $2,000  
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1380) Chilean Model 1895 Mauser. Standard issue 7mm Chileno Modelo 1895 in all respects. All matching numbers C9691; cleaning rod, floorplate,receiver,stock,bolt,smaller parts like safety,cocking shroud, etc., are numbered 91. Receiver marked with Chilean crest, "MAUSER CHILENO MODELO 1895 / MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN". Left side buttstock stamped with Crest over "ME". Retains 98% fine original blue overall, bolt has most original bright polish, action like new, bore bright and sharp ex.+ to new, stock solid never cleaned or sanded, shows only minor dings. Complete, ex. condition overall, and all original. Note that all Ludwig-Loewe Chilean M-1895 rifles are considered "Antique" by BATF. The 1896 merger of Loewe with Mauser to form DWM which completed the contact is considered the line between antique and modern.   $475  
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1403) "Armurier et Arquebusier". 54 plates and text. Circa 1760 tome containing the full-size ( 10 X 15 1/2" ) military plates and text of Diderot's Encyclopedia. Plates illustrate gun manufacturing and tools; military musket components; 5 plates of infantry musket drill; 15 plates of complex infantry formations and evolutions (too many to picture all); Vauban fortification plans and siege methods; canno, mortars, carriages, siege weapons, etc. Marbled covers detached from spine, which has above title in gold letters. All plates and text pages are in fine condition   $750  
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1405) Four Acts of Parliament relating to Royal Navy. 1) "Anno Regni George II" 1747. "An Act to prohibit Assurance on Ships belonging to France, and on Merchandizes or Effects laden thereon, during the present War with France". 5 pages, complete

2) "Georgii IV Regis" 1825. "An Act to make further Provision for the Payment of the Crews of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels.

3) "Georgii III Regis" 1814. "An Act to continue for One Year certain Acts for the better Prevention and Punishment of Attempts to seduce Persons serving in His Majesty's Forces..." etc. 2 pages, complete

4) "Georgii III Regis" 1814 "An Act for regulating the Payment of Navy Prize Money...".etc.

All four are in complete, fine condition, genuine and printed on the dates noted.
   $75  
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1412) Indian Kirach / Tulwar, 18th Century. 31 3/4" heavy, flattened oval section blade of welded damascus, stamped at ricasso with "gurda" or sickle mark. The intentional downward inclination of the point is so slight that I pondered whether to call it a kirach or tulwar. Conventional tulwar hilt of iron retains 50 - 60% original silver. Smooth and clean blade retains faded welded damascus patterns over entire surface.   $475  
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1419) Spanish or Mexican Pistol circa 1840-50. 7 1/2" , .67 cal., octagonal to round barrel. Back-action lock with miquelet mechanism in fine working order. Brass-mounted stock VG, single barrel band. Original ramrod with worm on end. Barrel and lock with dark patina and scattered pitting (especially around nipple). Interesting back-action miquelet mechanism.   $400  
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1422) British Customs Sword c. 1800-20. 29 1/4" blade, unmarked, similar to 1796 L.C. type, and of solid serviceable weight. Smooth, unpitted surface, and still fairly sharp. Brass guard with ribbed cast iron grip. Knuckle-bow period engraved "CUSTOMS". Original brass-mounted scabbard, solid leather with no damage and intact seam, only a few minor dings to mounts. Good example of a type widely employed aboard British Revenue and Customs Cutters during an era remarkable for its smuggling activity.   $750  Reduced to $550  
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1454) Fine British Officer's Hanger c.1770-75. 25 3/4" curved double fuller blade of typical period English form. Fine quality pierced and chiseled steel hilt with gadrooned pommel (spiral chiseled grooves). Ex. grip with original shagreen covering and original silver tape wrap. Blade clean with light pitting/patina overall; hilt in fine matching condition. An fine, all-original example of a popular officer's sword of the Revolutionary War period.   $1,600  
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1461) French Cavalry Officers Model 1883 Sword. Stiff 36 1/2" thrusting blade etched on back as manufactured at Chatellerault Oct. 1883, Officers Model of 1883, and with the name of the in-house fourbisseur "Entreprise Henry". Note that at a later stage in production, the officers' models were handed over to an in-factory private cutler for finishing and any required special work (this hilt has the owner's initial "T" engraved on pommel). Relief decorated bronze hilt with original horn grip and silver wire wrap. Undented steel scabbard with smooth light patina. Blade bright with minor staining near hilt, struck near throat washer with 3 poincons.   $500  
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1466) British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer's Sword with Unusual and Fine Quality Blade. 35", flat unfullered slightly curved blade with fine quality etching of "Crown over VR" scroll designs and maker/retailer "ANDREWS / 9 / PALL MALL / LONDON" , proof mark on obverse, back marked "PROVED". Steel guard, grip with original shagreen and silver wire wrap (wear to inboard/reverse shagreen indicates sword was carried a good deal). Steel scabbard, no dents, light pitting overall matching hilt. Blade is bright and clean, etching clear and sharp of the best quality. John and William Andrews occupied 9 Pall Mall from 1821 to 1868. With its heavy and flat-sided blade, this is obviously the choice of a cavalry officer with strong opinions regarding blade design.   $800  
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1469) British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Troopers Saber. 32 5/8" blade stamped with Crown over 8 inspector's mark, maker "DAWES" on back ( W.&S. Dawes, Birmingham, prolific Napoleonic Wars era contractor of edged weapons). Guard with fine original leather covering. Fine smooth steel scabbard with only a few very minor service dings. Blade is smooth, bright and clean. Regulation issue pattern in all respects. One of the most famous swords of the Napoleonic Wars (the French thought it was barbaric, but then they thought everything from the British Isles was), and employed by the 19th Light Dragoons in the 1812-14 War in Canada, and the 14th Light Dragoons at New Orleans.   $1,250    
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1470) Scottish 90th Highland Borderers Light Infantry Officer's Sword. 32 1/2" blade etched with scrolls, "Crown over VR", obverse with scrolls and "HIGHLAND BORDERERS" enclosing Light Infantry strung bugle below "90": proved punch mark obverse, reverse retailer "J.H.UTRECHT / GEORGE ST. / EDINGURGH". Blade is smooth, clean, with clear prominent etching. Hilt (and blade) of post-1845 Light Cavalry Officers' type, retains all original shagreen and copper wire wrap. Steel scabbard, smooth and undented with light patina matching hilt. Untouched and in fine overall condition. Robson, p.185, cites various Scottish regiments whose officers used, in the field, the 1821 Light Cavalry Officers saber.
The Highland Borderers became the 3rd Battalion Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders in 1881. They started life as the 90th Regiment of British Militia, but received the Highland Borderers title in recognition of the high number of members who enlisted in the regular army.
   $1,350  Reduced to $975  
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1472) Merwin Hulbert .38 CF Medium Frame Revolver. 5 1/2" barrel with 2-line M-H address and patent dates on rib. 5-shot cylinder, bird's head butt. Frame marked "38 CAL". Matching # 3200 on barrel, cylinder and frame. Ex. indexing and crisp working order double or single action, bore VG with some spots light pitting. Retains overall 95% fine original nickel finish, traces of case colors on trigger guard, original grips ex. no cracks or repairs. Overall gun shows little wear and no abuse. Nice example.   $1,350  
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1474) A Rare Spanish Model 1752 Cavalry Pistol. 11 3/4" , .72 cal. octagonal to round barrel, full-length sighting flat, stamped with "Crown over R", "EX" and near touch hole what appears to be "AM". Lockplate bears an unclear stamp under pan, and on the tail the maker's cartouche "ZAGVD" (a similar cartouche with other, indistinct, letters appears on inside of sideplate). Lock is in fine working order. Brass mounted stock, escutcheon of Crown over R sign of Royal ownership that equates to British Broad Arrow. Stock has minor damage just ahead of lock near barrel - original splinters glued back - and minor splinters missing at muzzle. Considering age of gun, and hard usage most Spanish arms received, this stock is in exceptional original condition. All brass furniture is original. On the upper left wrist near the tang beavertail is stamped a Crown over R above an indistinct 5 or 6 letter stamping which appears to begin with "A". Iron ramrod is old, and according to Brinckerhoff & Chamberlain, "Spanish Military Weapons in Colonial America 1700-1821", p. 48, wood rods were usually replaced by iron in 1755. The Model 1752 they illustrate is the same as this pistol, and the authors note the pattern was introduced after 1728 and made officially standard in 1752. I include in my pictures the original Spanish plates reproduced in the book showing the Model 1752 Musket, Carbine, and Pistol. Spanish operations against the British in Florida and up the Mississippi during the Revolutionary War are well documented. Relic parts of this pattern pistol have been unearthed at Spanish sites in the US Southwest. Aside from the ramrod as noted, all components of this pistol are original   $4,200  Reduced to $3,700  
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1480) Allen & Thurber .36 cal. Dragoon Pepperbox. 5 3/4" , 6-shot barrel cluster marked "ALLEN & THURBER WORCESTER". Hammer marked "ALLEN'S PATENT / 1848". Engraved frame. Fine working order. Original solid wood grips, no cracks or repairs. Smooth metal overall.   $1,600  
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1489) Prussian Model 1850 Cavalry Pistol. 8 3/4" barrel dated 1851, several inspectors' stamps. Lock with hinged nipple protector, inspectors' stamps, arsenal "SAARN". Solid stock with various markings, never cleaned, short shrinkage grain crack behind lock (not broken off). All mounts matching # "33"; unit markings on trigger guard. Lock in ex. crisp working order, generally smooth patina overall, markings clear. All mounts matching # "33". Unit markings on t.g. Lock in ex. crisp working order. Generally smooth patina overall, markings clear.   $1,200  
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1493) Western Balkan Silver Mounted Flint Pistol c. 1800. 12 1/2" round barrel, .63 cal., silver band and chiseled relief panel at breech stamped with Muslim armourer's punchmark; another, larger punchmark on left side breech; a typical illegible attempt at a European barrelsmith's signature appears on top of barrel. Well-made lock in fine working order with powerful springs, grooved frizzen face shows period wear, usual spurious European lock maker's markings. Solid stock is relief carved and silver wire inlaid, no cracks or repairs, engraved iron t.g. and sideplate, silver longspur engraved buttcap and embossed silver muzzle band. A genuine all-original Balkan fighting pistol from an extremely turbulent era.   $1,500  
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1499) British Lancaster Pattern 1855 Bayonet. 24" pipe-back blade stamped with Broad Arrow, inspector's stamp of Crown over "S" over 4, ( Solingen based British inspector) and maker's trademark Helmet of C.Kirschbaum, Solingen. Brass hilt with checkered leather gips in ex. condition, pommel marked "V / RAMC / 319" - in later years, long after the rifle was retired from service, these attractive bayonets were issued to the Royal Army Medical Corps as a sidearm. Deep clear markings overall, blade clean, bright and smooth with only a few spots of minor pitting.   $375  
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1503) Early Irish Percussion Pocket Pistol. 2", .45 cal. turn-off barrel with Birmingham proofs. Engraved frame, "DUBLIN" on obverse, "CALDERWOOD" on reverse. This would probably be Thomas Calderwood, who worked in Dublin from 1810. Although the pistol was made in Birmingham, the engraving is in the Irish style and probably done in Calderwood's shop. Folding trigger. Solid checkered grip with silver escutcheon. Fine working order. Although appearing to be a conversion (and certainly some were), this was purpose-built - there is no sign of a pan recess. It is an early percussion lock with a small frizzen-like spring tensioned retainer to secure the brim of the early top-hat caps. Since the hammer can reach the nipple with the retainer down, it is not a form of hinged safety as seen on some Germanic pistols. As standardization of nipple and cap sizes proceeded fairly quickly, the need for such retainers passed, and comparatively few are seen today.   $675  
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1505) A Good Quality Liege Pocket Pistol in the Style of the Paris Masters. 1 1/2" turn-off barrel, .47 cal. Box-lock frame engraved with dog both sides (similar to Boutet style), stamped with Liege proof. Folding trigger. Action in fine working order; sliding safety locks frizzen down on pan. Fine, solid, checkered grip with silver stud and wire inlay. All original including top jaw and screw.   $975  
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1506) British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Troopers Saber. 32 3/4" blade of regulation pattern and size, marked on back "_________ SOLINGEN" , stamped with Crown inspector's mark of crown over 1. Guard of regulation pattern, original grip of leather shrunk over cord (minor leather wear exposing some of the cord). Regulations accepted either this form of grip covering or leather over grooved wood. Undented original scabbard with patina matching hilt. Blade is smooth and clean, VG+ to Fine condition. The "Solingen" marking is absolutely identical to other known "J J RUNKEL SOLINGEN" markings, and the space before the "Solingen" evidences just enough hints to make it 99.9% certain that it was JJ Runkel, and moreover, that it was removed intentionally - not by wear, or over cleaning, since the Solingen is perfectly clear and deep. Exactly how to explain this is unclear, but no British sword collector can be unaware of the bitter controversy surrounding British versus imported German blades in this era, nor the fact that John Justice Runkel was heavily fined for smuggling German blades into the UK on one occasion. Was it found expedient at one point to remove his name from the blades whilst retaining the Solingen origin, an origin that was widely considered desirable? After all, to most informed individuals the controversy was not that good German blades were inferior to those of British manufacture, but whether blades produced by certain well regarded British makers had at least attained equality with the imported ones. An interesting sword.

Note: "On 11 March 1806 it was reported that Runkel having considerably undervalued 1650 swords and blades which he had imported in the "Taube" from Emden they were 'detained for the benefit of the Crown' " (from May & Annis, "Swords for Sea Service" , p.302).
   $1,100  
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1511) Large English Fowling Gun by Henry Nock c. 1790, Period Modified to Hudson Valley "Club-Butt" Style. 40 1/4" , 12 bore genuine twist barrel engraved "H.NOCK MAKER LONDON", hook or "patent" breech, 17" octagonal section with very thick barrel walls at breech for heavy charges, platinum vent plug, barrel secured in stock by two barrel keys, and retains smooth uncleaned surface with faded twist pattern. Lock of fine quality engraved "H.NOCK" , roller frizzen spring, ex. crisp working order - Nock was hands-down one of the best and most innovative London gunmakers. Uncleaned stock, silver wrist and barrel key escutcheons, horn fore-end tip, engraved brass trigger guard, fine crisp checkering at wrist. Buttstock has period modification to club-butt style, undoubtedly done in America. Ramrod is replaced. Overall condition is VG to fine (discounting the club-butt mod), gun must always have been well maintained during its working life and afterwards.   $1,250  
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1514) European Pin-Fire Revolver Made For US Market. 3" oct. barrel with engraved top flat, 9 mm cal., proof mark of star over M, batch assembly # 19 (this # 19 also stamped on cylinder and trigger), "HM" in oval on obverse flat. Engraved cylinder and frame, cylinder marked "THE GUARDIAN AMERICAN MODEL OF 1878". Action is ex., like new working order and indexing. Although grooved at muzzle to imitate it, the bore is not rifled. Ex. crisp checkered grips. Gun retains much of its original bright polished finish, hammer and trigger still show "straw" heat treatment color. A good example of the sort of inexpensive import that actually armed much of America, both good and bad.   $450  
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1515) Blunt & Syms Pepperbox. 2 3/4", 6-shot fluted barrel cluster with crowned muzzles, .31 cal, stamped "6" on barrels and cylinder arbor screw. Engraved frame with flared butt. Fine working order. Grips retain 90%+ fine original varnish, slight chip missing both sides at rear of flared butt. Barrels retain 95% fine original blue, frame retains small amount original blue, remainder toned to very light smooth plum. Fine + condition overall.   $1,550  
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1516) Allen & Thurber Pepperbox. 3 1/4" fluted, 6-shot, .31 cal barrel cluster (measured from front edge of nipple shield), stamped in flute "PATENTED 1837 CAST STEEL". Top of bar hammer stamped "ALLEN'S PATENT", side marked "ALLEN & THURBER / NORWICH C-T" . Engraved frame. Fine+ grips with silver escutcheons, no cracks or repairs, never cleaned. Ex. tight working order. Barrels retain nearly all original blue, slightly thinning. Frame and nipple shield bear much original blue, now thinning also but retaining high polished surface; hammer and trigger retain much original polish and traces of case colors. Fine+ overall, a sharp specimen.   $1,500  
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1525) Large European 19th Century Crossbow. Strong steel bowstave 29" wide, overall stock length 39". Stock fitted at front with iron pivot slot for goats-foot type spanning lever; brass fore-end tip houses windage dial adjustable fore sight. Swiss-type elevating rear sight. Lock appears to be in working order, spring-loaded bowstring release hook snaps up when trigger is pulled. Solid, uncleaned, massive stock with brass mounts, no cracks or repairs. A good Flemish, German or Swiss crossbow for hunting or target. I previously offered this bow for $1600, but recently cleaned the brass (it was black with patina), and have now lowered the price   $1,250  
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1528) Royal Navy Pattern 1804 Cutlass. 28 1/2" blade stamped with inspector's mark of "Crown over 12". Regulation "figure 8" iron hilt, with original leather washer at blade shoulders. Blade is smooth and clean, never stamped with GR cypher, as many others were not also. Apparently some makers were excused the requirement of a stamped cypher to expedite production or keep the price lower, or both. VG condition overall.   $800  
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1533) 19th Century European Cuirassier Back & Breast Plates. Heavy-weight breastplate stamped with inspectors' marks and # "49". Backplate of lighter weight (as was normal), numbered "649" and "13305". These plates are of matching type and are genuine 19th century military issue. They have been modified with the addition of lower plates in the style of the 16th century, probably in late Victorian times, and now show genuine aging. They would be a good start for a composite suit.   $750  
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1544) Italian Model 1870-87 Vetterli-Vitali Infantry Rifle. 33 1/2" barrel, 10.35X47R cal., breech with various markings, including SN MO2011. Barrel retains 95% fine original blue, bore is mint. Receiver shows original light gray heat treatment color, now tinged with very light brown patina. Action in tight, like new working order. Fine uncleaned stock, markings as shown in pics, matching # MO 2011. Thin partial line crack at toe, not serious. Original rammer and sling swivels. Fine+ to ex. overall, all original.   $575  
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1548) A Fine Silver Stocked Albanian Miquelet Pistol c. 1800. 13 3/4" , .60 cal. barrel. Engraved lock stamped with maker's punchmark, ex. crisp working order. Solid, heavy silver stock of fine workmamship, extensively decorated by engraving and chisel-work. A fine example and all original.   $2,250  
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1549) A Rare Spanish 18th Century Rapier For a Boy. 24" d.e. blade of good quality and temper. Steel, double kidney guard of Bilbo type, a style popular from the late 17th century for both military and civilian rapiers. Ebony grip inlet with light color horn stripes. Quality of hilt, details and methods of construction fully equal to standards seen on military and many civilian examples. Fine condition overall, smooth unpitted age patina. Just how often youngsters were gifted with such arms we cannot know, though certainly the practice was not confined to Spain as there are rare survivals of boys' armor and arms of the 16th and 17th centuries in European museums. It is pictured with a full-size rapier to better show its proportions.   $900  
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1550) Scarce 19th Century Carpathian Shepherd's / Peasant's Axe. Well-forged steel head pierced with quatrefoils and a cloverleaf, inlaid with copper and silver bands. 30" carved wood shaft ending with a steel two-part finial, the lower part unscrewing to reveal a 3", double-edged dagger blade. Condition overall is fine - axe head is mottled age dark, copper and silver inlay with patina, no pitting. It would clean easily, though I left it as I found it. Shaft is solid, no cracks or repairs, though some of the surface shows wear - but nothing serious. The constant companion of the males of several ethnic groups in the Carpathian Mountains, known to Poles as the "ciupaga", to Slovaks as the "volashka", Hungarians as the "fokos", its use spread throughout the Carpathians from the 14th century, including parts of Hungary, Transylvania, Romania, Poland, the Ukraine and so on. It served as a masculine symbol, walking stick, tool and weapon; even, like the Highland Scottish claymore, appearing in folk dances. Amusingly, this axe is mentioned on several occasions in Stoker's immortal "Dracula"; for example, carried by the Slovak wagon drivers who transported the Count (concealed in his boxes of grave earth) to be carried by sea to England.   $800  
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1557) A Fine American Hope Saddle c.1860 - 90. Showing Mexican influence, this saddle retains all its requisite gear, iron-reinforced wood stirrups, girths, fenders, etc. Note the leather conchos. All leather still in fine condition, not breaking down or flaking. No damage or repairs.
This saddle de-accessioned from the Hershey, PA, museum (comes with papers). Previously from collection of N.W.Mayer (1876-1950). Mr. Mayer, son of a Civil War veteran, and himself a veteran of WW I, owned an extensive collection of military accoutrements.
   $950  
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1558) Merwin-Hulbert Small Frame Revolver. 3" barrel, .32 S&W Short CF cal. Full M-H address on rib, patent dates to Jan.9, 83. 5 shot cylinder. Barrel, cylinder and frame all have matching # 11913. Folding hammer spur. Original grips in ex. condition. Action in ex. like new working order; barrel lock-up to frame tight as new. Cylinder arbor and barrel exhibit the "pneumatic bounce" characteristic of a Merwin that has seen little use. Bore bright, ex. condition. Gun retains 90%+ original nickel in ex. condition, slight wear to backstrap and some light freckling right side lower frame. Ex. condition, entirely original.   $675  
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1559) Scarce Nagant-Remington Double-Barrel Model 1877 Constabulary Pistol. 5 1/2" barrels, 9.4mm cal. Rolling block action, twin rebounding hammers, single trigger fires right barrel first. All matching #'s - barrels, frame, hammers, breechblock. Frame marked "BREVET NAGANT" and, in circle "EM & L NAGANT LIEGE" (brothers Emile and Leon Nagant). These pistols were built in two models, of which this one is the second. The differences between were slight, mainly consisting of the method of attaching the barrels to the frame. About 1000 of each model were produced. Action in perfect like new working order, tight and crisp, bores are ex.+ bright with sharp rifling, gun retains about 75% good original blue, wear is mostly on sides of barrels from holster. Grips ex., show little wear, no cracks or repairs. From 1867, Nagant produced Rolling Block rifles under licence from Remington, they designed and introduced this pistol in 1877. Production quality of all Nagant arms was always to the highest standards.   $1,450    
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1560) South African Cape Gun. 32", .70 cal. octagonal barrel rifled with 3 shallow wide grooves for Minie bullet. Hook (patent) breech, genuine twist barrel marked "W.JOHNSON LONDON FINE TWIST", Enfield-style sight to 1000 yards. Bore rates VG+ to Fine, clean, slightly frosted in areas but no serious pitting, rifling very clear and sharp-edged even at muzzle. Lock in fine tight working order. Engraved german silver mounted full-stock, cheek rest, checkered wrist, barrel secured by 3 flat keys. VG+ stock shows minor dings and wear as you would expect from use, but is solid with no cracks or repairs, has not been cleaned. VG+ condition overall, completely original, including rammer.
Such guns were built to suite the tastes and needs of the Boer (Dutch) settlers of South Africa; the deep belly buttstock harks back to the first guns brought by the Dutch to South Africa in the 17th century, and is related to the Hudson River Valley fowler. In "Hunting Weapons", pl.92, Howard Blackmore illustrates a virtually identical gun, except it dates from c. 1820 and is in flint. The Boers had a marked affinity for multi-purpose guns, and this is no exception. In a pinch, the big caliber bore with its shallow Minie rifling could be used as a shotgun. Employed as a rifle, it used the same bullet as the British Pattern 1851 Minie Enfield Rifle; bullets / cartridges would have been available in the Cape Colony. The rear sight would serve well enough in a hunting capacity, but was also capable of filling a military role.
   $1,450  
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1561) Smith&Wesson Second Model Russian Contract. 7" barrel, .44 S&W Russian cal., rib marked in Cyrillic (trans: Smith&Wesson Arms Factory Springfield America) also stamped with Romanoff Double-Headed Eagle and Russian inspector's initials. Matching #'s 3140 on barrel, barrel latch, cylinder and frame. Ex. working order, crisp indexing, barrel-to-frame tight and it latches up to breech as tight as new. Bore is Fine, bright with sharp rifling, with only several small patches of light frosting. Original grips are Fine+, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, just several minor dings. Gun shows honest surface wear, and anyone with even a slight knowledge of Russian history from the time this gun was delivered until after the 1917 Revolution can understand why. However, it seems always to have been maintained well, and still shows glints of original bright blue in protected areas; All markings are deep and clear. The faint waved lines visible on the frame were produced in the steel by the original forging process. The same sweeping lines are often seen on Winchester rifle receivers of this era. A good and honest S&W Russian - scarce, too, since very few have ever come back.   $4,000    
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1564) American Silver-Hilted Sword of "Rhode Island" Type, Attributed to Seril Dodge. 33", triple fuller blade of so-called "Spanish" form, one of the most popular import blades of the Revolution. Hilt with silver lion head pommel, original silver wire wrapped grip, guard plate with turned edges and engraving, apparently made of silver covered "Sheffield" plate, a specialty of Seril Dodge, fitted with a locket sealing collar. For a further discussion of this type, see Mowbray "The American Eagle-Pommel Sword", p.48. Dodge's eagle-pommel sword there illustrated is dated c.1783, and it is thought the lion-pommel swords of his tend to be slightly earlier than the eagle motif. A group of virtually identical lion pommel silver swords appears in Hartzler's "Silver Mounted Swords - The Lattimer Family Collection", figs. 276 - 280. These swords share so many of the same features it is difficult to believe that they did not come from the same workshop. Number 276 also has a "...long, Spanish blade of the Revolutionary period..", and,"....is curved with three fullers at top". Its blade length is 33 3/4".
The hilt of the sword offered here bears a deep dark silver patina. It is missing the chain from pommel to guard, though both fittings to hold it are intact. The blade has a generally smooth dark age patina with some scattered pitting.
   $6,500    
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1565) Fine American Silver Mounted Sword c.1810. 32" plain, unmarked blade with broad shallow fuller, 6" false edge, smooth with only some light staining, still sharp. Appears to be of American manufacture. Silver hilt with stirrup guard, relief design on birds head pommel, cross-guard with scalloped indents both sides below embossed lower grip collar, eagle-head quillon finial. Fine ivory ribbed grip. Fine condition scabbard, leather solid, seam intact, silver locket and mid-mount (no dents) retain original leather hangers, locket missing frog stud, leather slightly shrunken. The lost chape was replaced during the sword's working life with a tooled leather drag that itself shows use and wear. I believe this was the sword of a mounted officer. Flayderman & Mowbray "American Swords from the Philip Medicus Collection", plate 129, # 129b, illustrate a nearly identical silver hilt - same decorative design on pommel, same stirrup guard with indents below collar, same embossing on collar, same eagle head quillon. It has an unmarked, curved broad fullered blade 28", very similar to the one I offer here. Both hilts have ivory grips of the same profile, though the Medicus sword has downward angled grooves in its grip. Almost certainly both came from the same source. Fine, all original example.   $4,800    
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1566) Fine Quality Pair Eibar Spanish Pistols dated 1856. 6", .66 cal. barrels with turned and roped muzzle rings, octagonal at breech to chiselled and roped baluster turnings, silver inlay on barrel and muzzle turnings, extensive silver inlay designs on round and oct. sections, inlaid "EN EIBAR / ESTABAN URCELA / ANO 1856". Barrels smooth overall, retain good traces of original brown finish (W.K.Neal "Spanish Guns and Pistols", pp.43-44 notes that by the 1830's browning was replacing blue as the preferred finish). All silver inlay intact and in fine condition. Lockplates, hammers, breech snails are all engraved, chiselled, and retain much original polish. Locks are true miquelet type, with the additional refinement that the heels of the hammers are fitted with rollers where they contact the mainsprings. Locks are in perfect tight working order. Locks, sideplates, belthooks, and all stock mounts are polished steel and retain most of this polish, the balance only slightly dulled. Original horn-tipped rammers. Solid stocks in ex. condition, no cracks or repairs, checkering crisp and ex. condition. Excellent condition, all original pair of fine quality.   $3,250  
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1567) Fine Pair French Naval Officer's Pistols c. 1780. 5 1/8" barrels, .53 cal. One lockplate signed "AMAT" , the other "TULLE" , both locks in ex. tight working order. Brass-mounted stocks in ex. crisp condition, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, original belthooks and brass-tipped steel rammers, relief carved at fore-end, around mounts and lock, butts carved as ferocious mastiffs (Sea Dogs?!) with silver eyes. These two strongly resemble the French Navy Model 1779 boarding pistol, but whether the private market or the Navy first developed this unique type is not known to me. Tulle was the arsenal charged with providing firearms to the Navy and Marines, as well as certain other overseas French units and forces. Many private makers (who frequently contracted for government work) were located in Tulle, and certainly one of their specialties was providing arms for purchase by naval officers. Condition overall is excellent and sharp, a fine pair.   $6,200    
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1568) A Very Fine Silver-Mounted Neapolitan Gun in the Spanish Manner. 38" , .66 cal. octagonal to round barrel, silver spider fore sight, silver rear sight, silver rammer pipe and barrel band, silvered engraved tang. Stamped with deep square poincon "RF / Di / NAP" between fleurs-de-lys. This is the stamp of the Royal Neapolitan Arsenal; see Stockel p.1651, # 8642, for identical mark dated c.1768. W.K. Neal illustrates a Neapolitan miquelet pistol in the Ripoll style with a barrel marked by the Royal Arsenal in exactly the same austere style. Same square stamp with the same little cusp on each side, the only other marks being two fleurs-de-lys. This explains the absence of other fancy marks and gold inlays - the Royal Arsenal stamp says it all, no need for a plethora of private maker's stamps proving (or hoping to prove) authenticity. I can just imagine the penalty for faking the Royal Arsenal stamp.....
Excellent engraved miquelet lock of Spanish style (not a la Romana), gold lined deep maker's punchmark "M / AN / D?? / A" , flanked by engraved trophy of arms. Lock in crisp, tight working order. Fine+ to ex. stock of Madrid form, never cleaned, no cracks or repairs, only very minor few little dings, extensive high relief carving, all mounts of engraved silver consisting of barrel band, sling swivel, rammer entry pipe, trigger guard, sideplate, escutcheon plate, buttplate tang (plate itself is the original iron one to better take the wear of grounding). Only damage anywhere on gun is that the silver butt sling swivel has lost the lower part of its loop. Original wood rammer with silver tip and iron threaded ferrule on other end. Elegant gun of fine quality and condition, completely original, Fine+ to Ex. overall.
   $6,250  
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1569) Pair of Antique Ceramic Figures of Napoleonic French Cavalrymen. Height 12". Underside of bases stamped with numbers and the beehive mark of the Royal Austrian Ceramic Works circa 1870's (I am told). These are apparently two of a larger set. I have had these for some 20 years. Genuine antiques, completely intact with no repairs, and exhibiting great detail. The pair:   $700  
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1570) Scrimshaw British Horn Cup, Memento of the Boer War. 3 1/8" high, carved with image of British Infantryman with Long Lee rifle, and legend in arc "A. RALL SAPr ROYAL ENGINEERS" over "BOER CAMP / CEYLON 1901". Fine condition, no cracks or repairs, several worm holes. Ceylon was a POW site for Boer combatants during the South African War.   $70  
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1571) A Fine French Pelorus/Compass, Late 19th Century. 3 1/4" dia., all-brass, face marked with compass rose and 360 degrees. Folding sighting arms. Brass cover with knurled edge. Good quality and ex. condition.   $85  
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1572) Early US Eaglehead Hanger Late 1780's, Early 1790's. 25" curved blade stamped "HARVEY". Gilt brass mounted hilt, crossguard with finials formed by talons clutching balls, eaglehead pommel, original chain. Fine bone grip wrapped with copper tape. VG+ condition overall, and quite early English import.   $1,100  
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1573) Bronze Age Luristan Dagger Circa 1500 - 1000 BC. Overall length 14 1/4", blade double edged of flattened diamond section. Hilt with raised edges to enclose long-vanished grip scales (ivory, bone, horn, etc.). Blade shows wear from frequent sharpening during period of use over 3000 years ago. Completely genuine   $1,100  
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1574) Scarce bayonet for French Model 1878 Kropatschek Naval Rifle. 20 1/2", T-section blade with inspector's poincon, etched on back "Mre de STEYR, Mn de WERNDL 1879". Virtually same form as 1874 Gras bayonet, but lacks the "hump" found on the Gras grip. Stamped with anchor on crossguard and scabbard, as correct for French Naval issue. Bayonet # 13107; scabbard # 22766. Upper tang stamped "62 N". Blade ex.condition, bright and clean. Scabbard with original blue with thin surface freckling.   $600  
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1575) Firearms Curiousa: Belgian Box-Lock Pistol c. 1840-50. 3 1/4" turn-off brass barrel with moulded lion heads at muzzle. Engraved steel action, Liege proof. Solid checkered grip with german silver escutcheon and cap-box butt cap. VG untouched condition, but action needs attention to work. The monster-headed muzzle was intended to increase the appeal of an otherwise prosaic box-lock pistol in the Eastern market. Liege rarely missed a chance to exploit a market, wherever in the world it might be. There survives a remarkable Liege salesroom sample rack of more than a dozen longarm barrels with just such muzzle decoration (each different) and full-length engraving, all calculated to appeal to Eastern tastes.   $375  
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1576) French Flint Pocket Pistol c.1800. 3 3/4", .44 cal. barrel with octagonal breech. Lock with bolted safety, signed "F. DARDESPINNE". VG uncleaned stock, engraved iron mounts, thin line crack at fore end tip (no wood replaced or missing). Wood ramrod, probably a working replacement. Lock in fine working order; metal smooth and clean with just small areas surface freckling.   $850  
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1577) Southerner Deringer. 2 1/2" barrel, .41 RF, marked "SOUTHERNER" on top, Merrimack Arms Co. address and patent date on side. Good working order, bore rough, retains traces of original silver plate on brass frame. Frame SN # 472, same # inside on VG grips. Barrel # 28* ( for some manufacturers, a star beside a number indicates a return to the factory for repair or alteration).   $300  
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1578) Imperial Russian Light Cavalry / Hussar Saber, Late 18th Century. 35 1/2" blade stamped with poincon containing two letters (indistinct) on shoulder; 10" false edge "yelman". Iron mounted hilt with wood grip missing wrapping, stamped with same size poincin on upper quillon, two Cyrillic letters one of which is the Cyrillic "D" (see pics). The form of the hilt and the position of the poincon is exactly correct for the pattern. Tang button is undisturbed. There is a single nick in the blade edge at about the center of percussion - a 1" thin splinter was chipped out. This has the look of genuine battle damage. Depending on the source, I have seen this described as a pattern established from c. 1760 to 1790. Such early Russian issue weapons are very rarely encountered.   $1,500  
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1579) Rare Spanish General Officer's Mamluke Saber. 30" blade with 10" raised false edge. Etched with retailer's name "BENITO / MARTINEZ / EN / MADRID" and "F.N.D. To ANNO D 1844" ( National Factory of Toledo Year of Our Lord 1844), crossed oak leaves, crossed saber and baton, Crown over cypher "Y2" (Queen Isabella II of Spain). Fine quality hilt and scabbard closely styled after British 1831 General Officer's sword, but of somewhat larger and heavier proportions. Hilt retains 20% gilding, crossguard bears crossed saber and baton, fine condition grip with mellow age patina, no cracks or repairs. Fine condition brass scabbard retains some gilding, just some minor dents near drag. Blade clean and smooth with slight age patina, etching faded in small areas. Queen Isabella's reign was dominated by the Carlist Wars. Her Prime Minister was a General. She was forced to abdicate in 1868.
An attractive sword in fine condition.
   $1,400  
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1580) A Rare French Officer's Presentation Sword dated 1828. 30" blade etched on back "MANUFre ROYALE DE KLINGENTHAL Str 1828 S.A." and in large letters in the obverse fuller "DONNE PAR LE ROI" (Given by the King). Blade retains much original polish, all etching sharp and clear as new. Brass hilt retains 10 - 15% gilding, leather covered grip missing brass wire except for a few turns near pommel. About 700 or so of these presentation Model 1821 Infantry Officers swords were given to graduating officers of the Ecoles Militaires from 1822 to 1830. Steel scabbard with mostly smooth dark age patina, 3 small dents on reverse near drag. Untouched VG condition.   $600  
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1581) Imperial German Model 1871 Cavalry Carbine. 20" barrel, 11mm cal. Usual profuse German proofs, barrel marked "OESTERR. WAFFFB. GES." (Austrian contract production for Germany). All-matching numbers, bolt, bolt head, receiver, barrel, barrel band, muzzle cap, screwheads, etc. Fine bright bore, sharp rifling, ex. tight working order. Solid, uncleaned stock with typical service dings and dents, no cracks. Barrel retains nearly all original blue; receiver (issued "in the white") now has a smooth mottled light age patina (not pitting). Complete in "as issued" condition.   $1,300  
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1582) British Pattern 1908 Troopers Cavalry Sword, Canadian Issue. Blade dated 1918, various inspectors' stamps, etc. Guard stamped with C Broad Arrow and "ALH" (Alberta Light Horse). Scabbard also Canadian issue unit markings "LSH". After the Great War, all Canadian CEF battalions were disbanded or reorganized, and most swords sent to stores depots where damaged swords and scabbards were discarded and good swords paired with good scabbards with little concern for matching unit markings. Condition overall is fine+, undented scabbard with smooth clean metal matching guard, both retain 95% original dull polish. Blade ex. condition, smooth and clean, all markings clear.   $600  
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1583) British Napoleonic Era Rifle Regiment or Light Infantry Officer's saber. 31", flat sided curved blade with "latch back" (stepped false edge). Iron hilt with shagreen grip, 3 iron rivets both sides. Blade smooth and clean with only some light staining, and, as is the case with many of this type, unmarked. Iron hilt and scabbard exhibit uniform light pitting and dark patina.   $1,500  
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1584) Spanish Cavalry Sword. 36" blade (measured from cup), stamped with various marks indicating Royal ownership, including "Cs IV (Carlos 4th) and "To 1801" (Toledo), other deep stamps on ricasso inside guard. The crossguard is twice stamped with Crowned "R" mark. Grip bound with original twisted copper wire in good condition. Good honest sword in all respects, well-marked. For identical type 1796 sword, see plates 150-151, "Spanish Military Weapons in Colonial America 1700-1821", Brinckerhoff & Chamberlain.   $1,550  
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1585) British Blunderbuss/Musketoon for Merchant Marine Service, c.1820-40. 18" , thick-walled iron barrel, bore is 1 7/8" at muzzle (barrel width at muzzle 2 5/16"). Birmingham proofs, barrel retains considerable original brown finish. Weight of gun is 11 1/2" lbs. Lock is a British military surplus New Land Pattern in ex. crisp working order; this lock is generally acknowledged to be the best designed and best built ever used on a British military flintlock musket. Marked with Crown over "GR" , "TOWER", lock inspector's stamp. Solid brass mounted stock in fine condition, no cracks or repairs, has seen little use as these arms were stored in an arms chest and only deployed when needed. Sea Service type trigger guard. Original rammer. The use of British military surplus parts, especially locks, on such arms as this was a widespread practice. It ensured that a gun which was kept as low-cost as possible got a reliable, crown inspected part at a fraction of the cost of a comparable quality new-made component. A real deck-sweeper!   $3,500  
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1586) British Merchant Marine Blunderbuss c. 1820-40. 16" heavy brass barrel, bore 1 1/4" at muzzle. London view and proof marks (unusual on a gun of this quality, and might mean barrel was from an earlier gun). British military surplus India Pattern lock in ex. tight working order. Solid uncleaned stock in fine condition with simple brass mounts - gun dispenses with sideplate. Certainly made to a price but perfectly functional. Original horn-tipped rammer with charge-pulling worm. Fine original condition overall.   $2,500  
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1587) British Flint Dueling Pistol by Westley Richards. 8" ,.60 cal. oct. barrel with platinum vent, retains faded but quite visible twist pattern overall. Lock of advanced type with waterproof pan, roller frizzen spring, and bolted safety; strong springs and ex. crisp working order. Solid stock with numerous little dings, no repairs, never cleaned, checkering on bag grip in fine condition, silver barrel key escutcheons, engraved iron mounts, vacant silver escutcheon on wrist, original ramrod. VG+, all original gun. Westley Richards was established by 1812, and quickly became known as one of the best English gunmakers.   $1,350  
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1588) French Model 1873 Ordnance Revolver. 4 1/2", 11mm cal., barrel marked "Mle 1873" , dated 1892, various inspectors' poincons, serial # 99188. Frame marked "Mre d'Armes St. Etienne" and # 99188 . Matching # 99188 on cylinder, cylinder pin, trigger guard, all interior parts, grips, screws "88", etc. Solid checkered grips in ex. condition. Original "in the white" condition, sharp edges and markings, some small areas of minor surface pitting. Ex. working order and indexing, fine bright bore with sharp rifling.   $725  
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1589) US Civil War Officer's Dirk. 8" overall length, 4 3/4" double-edged blade marked "WEST & SONS / IR_ _ _ ORKS / SHEFFIELD" (indistinct letters probably Iron Works). Bone handle nicely engraved "PRESERVE THE UNION". German silver cross guard and scabbard mounts. Upper scabbard mount engraved "CAPt / S.H. GRAY / 7th Ct. Inf. / 1861". Upper mount is missing its little frog stud, otherwise scabbard is in VG condition, no restoration, original leather showing its age with some edge wear. Captain Gray was commissioned into Co.K, 7th CT Infantry 9/13/1861, and resigned 1/27/1864. His service records along with those of the 7th Infantry accompany the dirk. A fine memento of stirring times.   $1,400  
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1590) French Chassepot Infantry Rifle made by Potts & Hunt, London. 31 1/2" barrel (standard length, sights, bayonet bar, etc.) bears several French inspectors' poincons, serial # 18269, date 1869. Receiver marked "POTTS et HUNT'S / a LONDRES / Mle 1866". Matching bolt # 18269. Ex. working order, retains rubber obturating washer and needle. Bore like new, bright mint. Smooth metal overall has light patina, no pitting. Ramrod # 31 matches #31 stamped on buttplate tang. Fine+ solid stock, never cleaned, almost no dings, matching # 18269 on left side butt. Buttplate bears anchor stamp of French Navy - I have seen it stated that many of the Potts & Hunt production went to the Navy. A fine+, all original complete example. The skill and courage of the French Naval Brigades, fighting as infantry in the Franco-Prussian War, is famous.   $1,300  
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1591) Prussian Dreyse Needlefire Model 1857 Cavalry Carbine. 15 1/4" barrel, standard issue backsight with folding leaf, marked "STAHL", "FW" under crown, serial # 896 (all matching 896 on receiver, bolt, cocking piece, trigger guard plate, every screwhead), barrel stamped with small Prussian eagle same stamp on bolt and receiver, 6 inspectors' stamps on barrel, 3 on receiver. Receiver marked "SOEMMERDA N.D. / Mod. 57" and dated 1861. Bolt has 2 inspectors' stamps. Uncleaned solid stock in ex. condition, no cracks or repairs, deep clear inspectors' stamps in obverse butt, plus 3 more on lower edge; virtually no dings at all. Action in ex. crisp working order, needle intact. Sharp edged metal with deep clear markings, smooth "as issued" in the white condition. Rear sight retains original blacking. Absolutely no pitting anywhere on gun and brass mounts are in ex. condition. Bore is like new, bright deep sharp rifling. Complete and in ex. condition overall, as good as you could find.   $6,500  
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1592) British Irish Constabulary Pistol. 4 1/2" barrel, .65 cal (17 bore), London view and proof marks, double-struck Broad Arrow (indicating sold out of Crown Stores), stamped with Crown over "O" over Broad Arrow, the "O" seems to have been stamped to obliterate "TP" mark (Tower Proof). Right side receiver engraved "TOWER / 1852", reverse side "CROWN VR". Grip stamped Broad Arrow over "BO". (Board of Ordnance). Right side grip with 2 crown insectors stamps. Grip solid no cracks or repairs, uncleaned, just a few light dings. Metal overall smooth age patina, deep clear markings, several small areas of minor corrosion. Action ex. crisp working order. Complete and all original. 500 pistols of this pattern were ordered from Hollis Brothers in 1848. This explains the London commercial proofs on a Crown owned arm. They were intended to arm Irish Constabulary personal "....when serving in plain clothes on special duty".   $2,000  
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1593) French Year 13 Cavalry Pistol. Standard An XIII in all respects. 8", .69 cal barrel dated "B 1813", tang "M An 13", inspector's poincon "GS" and star near vent. Lock engraved "MANUf IMP / de St ETIENNE", inspector's poincon "S". Exterior lock screws numbered "5" (probably inside too, but I didn't remove lock), both side nails "5" also. All brass mounts stamped with Crown over "G". Fine working order, all markings clear, generally smooth age patina with small areas minor corrosion. Original rammer. Solid fine+ stock, never cleaned, only few minor dings, stamped "I. FAURE" in counter-lock flat; obverse grip "P.C.1814" ; reverse stamped with small dies "WATERLOO MUSEE". Brass mounts with deep mustard patina. Fine, all original pistol. There were several museums set up in the vicinity of Waterloo. The most well-known was Sgt.Major Cotton's hotel and museum opened in 1826. Cotton collected several thousand items reputed to be from the battlefield - some certainly authentic relics of the battle, others less so. Though Cotton died in 1844, his descendants maintained the collection until 1909, when the 3000 item inventory was sold at auction in Brussels, and dispersed to the collectors of the world.   $1,550  
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1594) French Model 1770 Marechaussee Pistol. 5", .60 cal. barrel. Lock engraved "MAUBEUGE / MANUF Rle". Fine working order. Solid stock, uncleaned, no cracks or repairs. Smooth metal overall with light age patina. Original ramrod. Conforms to regulation model in all respects. This pistol was direct ancestor of the Year IX Gendarmerie pistol.   $1,500  
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1595) Webley .442 Revolver Retailed by Adams & Company. 3 1/2" barrel stamped with Birmingham proofs and Webley serial # 3062. Cylinder pin #3062; cylinder with tiny Bir. proofs and # 3062. Frame has Bir. proof and is stamped with Adams inventory # 3198 on front with different dies ( the Webley # 3062 would be on the frame under the one-piece grip which I did not remove because of the perfect untouched heads on the screws that hold it in position). Top strap engraved "ADAMS & Co / 9 FINSBURY PLACE SOUTH LONDON". Henry Adams, retail gunsmith, at 9 Finsbury Place South 1869 - 1879, moved to new address 1880. Ex.+ checkered one-piece grip, no cracks or repairs. Ex.tight working order and indexing. Retains about 50% bright original blue, balance drifted to light plum. Bore fine+ to ex., bright with deep clear rifling. The polished bright parts - loading gate, cylinder pin and ejector rod, hammer, trigger - retain most original polish. Fine unbuggered screw heads.
It was Webley's policy to supply guns unmarked with Webley name or trademarks to retailers that wished to put only their name and address on the gun. Due to some retailers passing off cheap guns as Webleys, this changed in August 1889, and henceforward no gun left the factory without Webly's name and trademarks. The quality of this revolver brand it as a Webley. An exact same type of revolver appears in plate 28b, "The Webley Story", by Dowell. It dates c. 1872.
   $1,400  
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1596) Spanish Deringer / Pocket Pistol c. 1835-40. 3 1/2" barrel, .67 cal., decorated with silver inlay design. Miquelet lock with hammer sculpted in the form of a lion; lock in ex. crisp working order. Solid uncleaned stock, checkered grip with steel buttcap, engraved steel mounts. A very distinctive style of pistol, still trying to maintain the standards of fine workmanship that had made Spanish guns and barrels famous in earlier years. Probably made in Eibar. In "Spanish Guns and Pistols", plates 93-96, W.Keith Neal illustrates guns with similar mounts and hammers. Fine overall condition.   $1,500  
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1597) A Fine Quality English Pistol by Staton, London, c.1780. 6 1/4", .56 cal., cannon muzzle turn-off barrel. Finely engraved frame, "LONDON" on obverse, "STATON" on reverse, stamped with Tower private proofs. Sliding trigger guard acts as safety, locking up action in either full or half cock position. Ex. crisp working order. Silver wire inlaid grip in ex. condition, retains 99% original wirs. Smooth clean metal overall, no pitting, shows little wear, all markings, engraving, deep and clear. Stockel gives but a single date for Staton, "worked London 1777". Carey dates him 1750 - 1790. Completely original and in fine condition.   $1,850  
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1598) An Early Canadian Navy Officer's Sword. 31", slightly curved blade of Wilkinson Pattern, maker "THURKLE / SOHO / LONDON", etched with scrolls, etc., and on both sides with a crown over an anchor, the letters "HMCN" set around the anchor. Hilt of Royal Navy 1827 Pattern, ex.+ original white shagreen covered grip and wire wrap, original porte epee. Oval cartouche contains crown, anchor and same letters as etched on blade "HMCN". Fine condition leather scabbard, no cracks, crimps, seam intact, 3 brass mounts, no dents. Blade retains much original polish, etching in ex. condition. The Canadian Navy was formed as the Naval Service of Canada in 1910; in 1911 it received Royal Sanction and became the Royal Canadian Navy. However, it was to be a few years before the term RCN won out completely, as evidenced by the following Clothing regulations issued in 1918 by the Department of Naval Service, Ottawa. "Uniform and Clothing Regulations for Chief Petty Officers, Petty Officers, Men and Boys of the Fleet, etc., of His Majesty's Canadian Naval Service" In these regulations, under the heading "Uniform" the following: "The Officers, Men, and Boys of His Majesty's Canadian Navy, shall wear such Uniforms as may be from time to time laid down, in pursuance of His Majesty's pleasure....etc., etc." In fairly short order, Canadian naval officers simply purchased the same sword as used by RN officers, following the practice of Canadian Army and RCAF officers. Based upon my experience, I would say a sword marked "HMCN" was every bit as rare as the Canadian Fisheries Protection sword, with its beaver pommel.   $1,200  
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1599) Early Issue Remington New Model Army. 8" barrel, early type german silver cone foresight, stamped on lower flat with SN 30259 (matching 30259 on rear of cylinder, inside trigger guard and frame under grips). Top flat of barrel marked "PATENTED SEPT 14 1858 / E.REMINGTON & SONS. ILION NEWYORK U.S.A." (note: early New Model production did not include "NEW MODEL" in barrel address). In-house inspectors' initials "J" and "A" on frame and barrel. Ex. grips, uncleaned, show nearly no wear, no cracks or repairs, deep stamped inspector's cartouche on left grip. Action in ex.crisp working order and indexing; bore ex.+, bright with sharp rifling. Metal retains 80% fine original blue overall, balance (mostly on frame) has drifted to smooth very light plum, all edges are sharp, all markings clear like new. Rates as ex. overall.   $3,400  
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1600) Colt Navy Revolver Made 1863. 7 1/2" 36 cal barrel marked "-ADDRESS COL. SAMl COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" Cylinder with full roll scene showing only slight wear; frame marked "COLT'S / PATENT". Solid grip, no cracks or repairs, retains about 60% original varnish. Barrel retains much original blue on lower flats, loading lever has muted case colors, frame also retains same muted case colors. Action is ex. with fine indexing. Bore is fine+, with bright sharp rifling. All metal edges are sharp. All matching numbers 154480 on barrel, loading lever, frame, cylinder, trigger guard, backstrap. Genuine period Colt wedge is numbered 30258 and 54480 during working life. I conclude the original wedge was lost (certainly the most common problem on Colts revolvers) and an armourer/gunsmith with cannibalized Colt parts substituted a wedge from a Navy # (?)30258 which he canceled by overstamping with # 5, before restamping the matching 54480 above it (see pics).   $2,700  
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1601) Calisher & Terry Sporting Rifle. 30" oct. barrel, approx. 50 cal. (receiver marked "40 BORE"), ladder sight to 900 yds, barrel retains overall dulled twist finish; top flat engraved "CALISHER & TERRY LONDON". Bore is deeply rifled, mint bright sharp rifling. Engraved receiver retains mottled faded case hardening, hammer and lockplate have fine quality engraving, marked "CALISHER & TERRY / LONDON". Action and lock in ex. working order, fine intact nipple. Solid stock, no cracks or repairs, retains 90% varnish, high quality sharp checkering, horn fore end tip, engraved steel mounts, trigger guard retains much original bright blue, engraved SN "4100". Original sling swivels. A fine untouched rifle.   $3,700  
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1602) British Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword, Unmodified. 35 1/4" original unmodified hatchet point blade, maker "DAWES" on back, crown inspector's stamp. Full, unmodified hilt retains all original leather on grip; original buff leather throat washer. Scabbard with dull steel finish matching hilt, neither hilt or scabbard were ever pitted. Lower scabbard above drag has several service dents and dings. Blade is smooth and clean, edge has several minor nicks that do not detract. A VG+ sword in rare unmodified condition.   $3,200  
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1603) British Officer's Cavalry Sword Carried by Lt.Hon.C.W.H. Cavendish, Killed in Action during the Boer War. 35" blade etched with Crown "VR", Prince of Wales Plumes, Henry Wilkinson address, #35862, Crown over "17" / Skull & Bones / "OR GLORY / DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE'S OWN LANCERS", owner's armorial device of a coiled snake (branch of the Cavendish family). Wilkinson's gold proofmark "HW". Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer's sword with "honeysuckle" guard, grip retains nearly all original shagreen and silver wire wrap. Field service leather and wood scabbard and hanger for San Browne rig. In 1896, an Army order of 1 June specified that Light Cavalry officers, as well as Lancers, would henceforward use the same sword as the H.C. officers. The field service wood and leather scabbard was ordered for all officers of all branches when on active service.
The blade has been professionally edged for active service. It shows a few patches of pitting, especially near the tip, but except for part of the Wilkinson address, none of the important elements of the etching - the 17th Lancers attribution, Royal Cypher, Cavendish device, etc. - has been rusted at all. Hilt also shows some patches of corrosion, but is mostly clean. Scabbard is solid, undamaged, just some scuffing on drag. Quoting nearly verbatim from "The Peerage" : "Lt. Hon. Charles William Hugh Cavendish was born Sept. 13, 1878 at Clivedon, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. He was the son of Major General C.C.W. Cavendish, 3rd Baron Chesham and Lady B.C.Grosvenor daughter of the 1st Duke of Westminister. He died on 11 June 1900 at age 21 at Diamond Hill, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa, killed in action with his squadron....2nd Lt. in the service of the 17th Lancers" (See pics for copies of this and more info, along with bio of his father).
A full-size, plastic covered photocopy of Wilkinson's ledger accompanies the sword, and records that # 35862 ("35", Cavalry") was first sold to "J.M. Kineard Smith, 9th Lancers / Returned / Resold to the Hon. C. Cavendish, 17th Lancers". The previous owner, from whom I purchased this sword and who did the research, discovered that J.M.Kineard Smith almost immediately resigned the 9th Lancers and moved to the Colonial Office. A portrait of young Lt.Cavendish will accompany the sword also. A poignant grouping.
   $1,200  
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1604) A Scarce and Near-Mint Royal Air Force Sword, from the Reign of George V (1910-36). 32 1/2" blade etched with Royal Arms, scrolls, spread wings surmounted by Crown, gilt proof mark, # 16601, and marked "MADE IN ENGLAND" on back. Regulation hilt of gilt copper, oval cartouche in relief of crown over eagle, guard pierced with cypher of "GR V". Eagle pommel; white rayskin grip retains original wire wrap. Original porte epee. Blade is mint, retains all original polish, original buff leather throat washer. Hilt retains 95% gilding with just slight almost undetectable wear to outboard edge (and I do mean "slight"). Regulation scabbard mounts retain 90%+ gilding, no dents, leather ex.+ shows no wear, no cracks or repairs. An early RAF sword in magnificent condition.   $1,900  
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1605) A Fine Pattern 1857 Royal Volunteer Engineer's Sword. 32" blade etched with Crown, "VR", cannon, "VOLUNTEER / ENGINEERS" with corps badge, retailer "ALGAR / & WOOD / WARRINGTON". Blade retains all original bright polish, etching like new/mint (has 2 tiny edge nicks that are so small they do not detract). Brass guard retains all original gilding, is undented, ex. to mint condition; grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap in ex. condition. Original buff leather throat washer. Iron scabbard with smooth age patina, no dents whatever. A handsome and distinctive sword in ex.+ condition.   $975  
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1606) English Cavalry Saber made for American Market. Broad, curved 32 1/2" heavy blade identical to British 1796 Light Cavalry Pattern (same weight, dimensions, balance). Brass stirrup guard, grooved wood grip retains all original leather covering in fine condition. Impressive all-brass scabbard with usual dents and dings, not serious, and still very much in an attractive and acceptable appearance. Hilt and scabbard with matching and pleasing toned patina. Blade is fine+ to ex. condition, just some areas of minor staining over original polish, and still sharp.   $900  
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1607) Indian Katar with Guard, 17th - 18th Century. Wide, 12" multi-fullered blade. Reinforced curving handguard with engraved and scalloped borders, tiger head finial to central rib; engraved side bars. Shows great age, with several minor working-life repairs. Smooth dark age patina overall, no rust   $750  
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1608) Indian Katar, 17th - 18th Century. 12" triple-fullered blade cut down from Firangi (European) sword blade. Areas of guard chiseled with foliage patterns, remainder pierced with myriad small square holes. Shows fine workmanship and great age, though metal is generally smooth overall.   $675  
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1609) Good Indian Suit of Mail and Plate Armour. Composed of alternate rows of solid and riveted links, four large breast plates with lace loops, smaller plates at sides and five rows of overlapping scales on back These scales overlap each other by two-thirds, ensuring that any thrust or cut must penetrate the thickness of two layers. The suit's links are graduated in thickness and diameter, heavier on the upper body and becoming lighter towards the bottom (where there would be leg armour as well), and on the lower arms. There is an inscription on the upper right breastplate. Its type and location suggests this may have come from the known group of 16th and 17th century suits captured by Anup Singh, Maharajah of Bikaner, when, acting as the General of the Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb's army, he took by siege the Fortress of Adoni in 1689.
This generall style of mail, plate, and scale armour was widely popular from Turkey, Eastern Europe including Russia, Persia, Central Asia, and India for centuries. Condition is VG, suit is intact and complete.
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1610) Spanish/Italian Cabasset circa 1620. Hammered from one piece of metal, the skull exhibits the typical peak and flat brim with turned over edges, stamped with the mark of the Barberini family, a coronet over a shield bearing 3 bees. The Barberini family of Italian nobility rose to prominence in the 17th century. Cardinal Maffeo Barberini became Pope Urban VIII in 1623. He promptly appointed a nephew, Taddeo Barberini Prefect of Rome and Commander of Sant'Angelo, originally the tomb of Hadrian and for centuries the greatest stronghold in Rome. This helmet is one of a group of morions and cabassets from the old Papal armoury, many of which are now in the Museo Storico Vaticano in the Lateran Palace, Rome.

PS: Regarding Urban's desire to increase Papal armaments, many Romans were outraged when he removed ancient bronze beams from the portico of the Pantheon and sent the metal to the Papal cannon foundry.
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1611) British Baskethilt Cavalry Troopers Sword c. 1750. 38 1/2" blade with 19" false edge, of a distinctly English pattern. Basket of claymore form with oval reins opening, guard panels pierced with hearts, circles, and filed with scallop designs on edges. Retains original shagreen grip covering, wire missing. Basket is complete, no repairs or breaks in welds, no deformation. Original iron-mounted leather scabbard in very fine condition - completely intact, no cracks or repairs/restoration. Surface tooled with typical designs of lines and crosses. Upper mount (locket) fitted with long frog hook for shoulder belt suspension. Original iron chape. Thanks to the scabbard, the blade is in fine smooth clean condition, with just few small areas of minor pitting, and still quite sharp. A fine sword in fine condition. Not one in a hundred of these cavalry baskethilts retains its original scabbard.   $4,500  
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1612) Very fine European Crossbow c. 1580-1600. Heavy, powerful steel bow 25 1/2" tip to tip, 2 1/2" wide at the tiller (stock) and 7/16" thick. Front (belly) of bow chiseled with 5 parallel lines in relief, back stamped with two armourer's marks. One-piece steel stirrup, heavy bow-irons secure bow by the usual steel wedges. The original period bowstring is still present, frayed and missing a few strands. Weight of crossbow is 12 1/2 lbs. Entire stock is inlaid with green stained and white staghorn in a vine and leaf pattern, together with engraved MOP oval and circular panels. Steel spring curves over to hold nock of bolt against string. Just behind this is a folding backsight with a single peep hole and "V" notch at top. According to Payne-Gallwey, "The Crossbow", p.136, these sights used the head of the bolt as a foresight. The nut is carved from the traditional material, staghorn, and has a steel wedge inserted for the sear lever to bear upon. A series of spring-loaded levers is housed within the stock (you can see four cross pins which these levers pivot on in the stock); this mechanism is set by pushing a rod downward through a hole in the comb of the stock about 1 1/2" behind the rearsight hinge. This is a system commonly employed on many of the powerful crossbows of the 15th - 16th centuries, and through the mechanical advantage of leverage allows a reasonable trigger pull to release the great force of the steel bow. It is still in working order on this crossbow. A cranequin or windlass of some sort was used to span the bow, held in place by the slot in the butt. This slot is reinforced by a thick steel bolt which passes through from the comb to the bottom of the stock., where it is riveted over. This method of positioning the winder allows the upward curve which provides the shooter with a cheek rest, something a straight stock did not.
Every aspect of this crossbow exhibits quality workmanship, from the steel forgings to the inlays. There is no restoration or repair of any sort, nor does it need any. About four of the tiny leafs of the inlay are missing, you can scarcely notice this even when you look for it. No worming, no damage, no restoration - all original.
   $9,800  
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1613) Fine Italian Silver Inlaid Swept-hilt Rapier circa 1610. 43" blade (measured from crossguard), flattened diamond cross-section, signed on obverse "SEBASTIAN" and on reverse "HERNANDEZ", and stamped with the punch marks of Toledo and Sebastian Hernandez the Elder ("el viejo") working dates 1599- 1637. Three-ring guard, pommel, hilt bars and quillons spiral chiseled with flutes, and inlaid with silver - true inlay, not mere surface damascening. Original twisted wire grip and turk's heads. Blade in ex. condition, clean and smooth, no pitting, still sharp, deep clear markings (never rusted and then overcleaned). Hilt probably originally blued to accent the silver, now a smooth age dark patina, very little wear, silver inlay intact. No breaks, damage or repairs/restoration. An unusually fine condition original rapier, quite likely kept for centuries in one of the many private noble armouries dispersed by the tumult of the first half of the 20th century. Once the property of Sir Charles Clore (d.1979), London merchandising millionaire and art collector. A copy of the receipt obtained by the previous owner accompanies sword.   $12,000  
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