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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.

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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980) A Large Greener (or Greener-type) Whaling Gun circa 1860. 36" long barrel, 3 1/2" wide at breech, approx. 1 3/4" bore. Brass action with hinged lid (rear tip of lid broken off), single large hammer fired by lanyard that passes through hole to underside of stock. Solid stock with reinforcing straps on handle/grip; brass plates at swivel bolt hole. Length overall 56" ; weight 75 lbs. No visible markings, barrel has uniform light pitting overall. Percussion lock appears to be in working order, has a powerful mainspring. I have not pulled it back to full cock for fear the original (and very tender) rope lanyard would tear apart rather than operate the sear. This action does not have the double nipples said to be a feature of Greener's guns. Whether this is a Greener or perhaps one of the very similar single-barrel guns made by Cordes & Rechten of Bremerhaven, Germany, circa 1856, I cannot say. In any event, it is a completely original c. 1860 whaling swivel cannon. PS: I know of one website where an original Greener harpoon alone is priced at $5550.00 . Incidentally, there is another site which provides quite good looking reproduction harpoons forged with the correct slotted shank with ring, at reasonable prices.   $4,000  
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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  Reduced to $300  
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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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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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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  Reduced to $500  
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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  Reduced to $1,250  
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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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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 17001821", 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 $3,400    
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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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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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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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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  Reduced to $475  
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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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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  Reduced to $650  
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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 (18761950). Mr. Mayer, son of a Civil War veteran, and himself a veteran of WW I, owned an extensive collection of military accoutrements.
   $950  Reduced to $700  
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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  Reduced to $1,200  
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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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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  Reduced to $4,750  
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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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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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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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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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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.
   $2,500  Reduced to $2,000  
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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.
   $1,750    
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1612) Very fine European Crossbow c. 15801600. 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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1615) British Light Company or Rifle Regiment Officer's Sword c. 1805. Strongly curved 27 1/2" flat blade (measured on the chord), 11" false edge, etched for 2/3's its length with floral and vine designs, Britannia with shield, "WARRANTED", Royal Arms under Crown (appears to be post1801 Arms), Winged Victory, etc. Etching is worn and faint, but can mostly be made out - it was never deep etching to begin with. Blade is smooth with no pitting to speak of, just a surface patina. Steel hilt, grip retains original shagreen and silver wire wrapping, it is partially cracked at upper end near pommel, but not broken through. Steel scabbard has but two very shallow dents - you must look quite closely to see them at all. Missing the lower suspension ring, leaving a small hole in the band where it was afixed. Hilt and scabbard have overall matching smooth patina but almost no pitting.   $1,250  
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1616) Wilkinson Brass Mounted Cutlass c. 1860. 28" flat blade with 7" false edge, very similar in form to RN Pattern 1845 blade. Sturdy brass guard, grip retains all shagreen in fine condition, but is missing all its wire wrapping except for one turn. Stiff leather scabbard solid no cracks, crimps or repairs, seam intact, surface flaked; brass mounts undented. Blade smooth with mottled surface staining but not pitted.   $700  
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1619) Pair of English Coat Pistols c. 1840-50. 4", .54 cal., octagonal barrels with hook breeches with platinum inlay lines, maker's name "J.C.REILLY LONDON" (Joseph Charles Reilly 1830-58). Engraved locks marked "REILLY". Fine+ stocks retain most original varnish, no cracks or repairs, engraved iron mounts, silver barrel key and wrist escutcheons. Smooth clean metal with sharp edges, all engraving, markings deep and clear. Locks in ex.+ crisp working order. Nice pair of above average quality and condition.   $1,800    
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1629) British Pattern 1839 Infantry Musket. 39", .75 cal barrel, Government proofs on breech (Crown, Broad Arrow, Crown over crossed sceptres). Lock marked "CROWN / VR / TOWER 1850"; lock inspector's stamp; in ex. crisp working order. Fine condition solid stock, uncleaned, no cracks or repairs, stamped with various inspectors' stamps and Pimlico Arsenal rondel "PIMLICO / Crown over Broad Arrow and WO / 1860". Original rammer and sling swivels. Gun sent to Pimlico in 1860 for complete refurbishing which also included fitting a block backsight to bring the P-39 into line with the P-42. Smooth clean metal overall, original browned finish blending with age patina. Fine, untouched example   $1,600    
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1630) British Issue P-53 Bayonet. 17" triangular blade with Enfield marking; smooth and clean with tiny areas of surface stain. Socket retains all original blue in ex. condition. Brass-mounted scabbard stamped with Broad Arrow and "WD" , and unit markings. Fine solid leather, no repairs, intact seam.   $175  
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1634) Nice Pair Ketland Flint Pistols c. 1790. 7 7/8", .55 cal. brass barrels, London proofs, engraved "LONDON". Sharp eyed readers will note the "London" proofs are not entirely correct, and suspect that since these pistols were without doubt made for the American market, the wily Ketlands applied the value-enhancing "London" proofs themselves, and sent the guns straight to Philadelphia, thus avoiding the Proof House fees. Locks marked "KETLAND & Co." (Philadelphia 1789-99). Locks in fine working order, except that one lock will not quite hold a full-cock, though the half-cock position is fine. Fine+ solid stocks, no cracks or repairs, engraved brass mounts, open-work sideplates. All original in every respect, never cleaned, untouched. A fine pair of a type very popular with U.S. Militia during this era.

Note:This pair would go very well with Sword # 1606 on this list above.
   $2,800    
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1638) British Light Company Officer's Sword c.1812. Strongly curved blade measures 28" across the chord, 8" false edge, etched with panoply of arms, etc., Royal Arms surmounted by Crown, maker "T.BATE'S / WARRANTED" in scroll. Fine blade retains approx. 50% original faded blue and gilt, the remainder of the blade smooth and clean. Steel hilt retains all original shagreen and wire wrap. Steel scabbard in fine condition, smooth clean surface matching hilt, just two almost invisible minor dents.   $2,300  
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1639) British Cut-Steel Hilted Smallsword. 32" hollow-ground blade etched with scroll designs, smooth clean fine condition. Cut steel hilt with multi-facetted pommel, grip and knuckle-bow set with many diamond-cut steel points. Open-work guard ensuite. Unlike most surviving examples of this type, this sword has never rusted or even acquired much of a patina, making it possible to gain a good appreciation of the meticulous and brilliant workmanship, and how the sword looked when new.   $750    
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1643) British Brown Bess India Pattern Musket, Second Type. 39 1/4" , .75 cal. barrel with correct Government proofmarks "Crown over GR over Broad Arrow", "Crown over Crossed Sceptres", maker's initials "TL", barrel inspector's stamp near touch hole. Lock marked with Crown over "GR", "TOWER", maker's initials "TL", and lock inspector's stamp of Crown over Broad Arrow. Solid, uncleaned stock with usual nicks and dings, chip out at tail of lock (a frequently seen occurrence), no repairs or restoration, original sling swivels and ramrod. Lock is in ex. crisp working order with powerful springs, original top jaw and screw. Smooth untouched matching age patina overall. An unusually honest and untouched Brown Bess - I have known this gun for about 45 years, having owned and sold it back then. It is a 100% British Issue musket, that could have been with Wellington in Spain, or any of the 181214 War battles from the Niagara Frontier to New Orleans, or Waterloo.   $3,500    
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1644) A Close Helmet of Savoyard Type, c.1620-30. Two-piece skull joined at comb, fitted at back with plume holder and flared at base to form rear neck defense with rolled and guttered border. Hinged peak with rolled and guttered border over visor, engraved lines on edges and decorative cusps where it is shaped to cover comb. Visor with engraved edge lines, oval sights with raised edges for strength and to help deflect missiles, small "V" shaped "mouth" (working life repair below "mouth"; front right edge of peak has another period repair to approx. 1 1/2" X 3/8" of its edge). Hinged bevor with rolled and guttered border, lower edge flared to rivet on a wide single plate neck defense with rolled and guttered border. One hinge is good later replacement. Probably North Italian, this type was widely distributed. Many very similar helmets are preserved in the Zeughaus of Graz, Styria. A helmet of the 30 Years War era, as well as being a form much employed against the Turks.   $4,500  
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1646) French Model 1778 Hussar Saber. 31 3/4" blade, etched both sides with large fleur de lys, marked on back "KLINGENTHAL", stamped with poincons of Juchereau (crown over J) and Bisch (crown over B). Blade with light pitting overall, but still in VG condition. Brass hilt with unit marking "M / 35", small "X" stamped underside quillon, retains all original grip leather and leather throat washer. Undisturbed tang button. Fine leather covered wood scabbard, original leather with intact seam, brass mounts, long lower mount shows service dings but nothing serious, steel drag and suspension rings. Complete, no cracks or breaks, no restoration or repairs. A scarce and all-original Hussar saber.   $5,500  
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1647) Sharps & Hankins Navy Carbine. Standard 24", .52 RF cal. barrel retains full original leather cover in VG+ condition, seam fully intact along barrel, slightly frayed where it extends down over receiver front. Bore VG with some light pitting but fairly bright with distinct rifling. Receiver has standard markings, smooth light patina, SN 5478. Action in fine working order. Buttstock has small chip out left side near buttplate tang, missing swivel though base is present, varnished overall. VG+ condition overall; leather in far above average condition.   $1,800  
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1649) U.S. Emerson & Silver New Jersey Contract Cavalry Saber. 35 1/2" Model 1840 flat-backed blade stamped "N.J." on obverse ricasso; also "EMERSON & SILVER / TRENTON N.J." in "football" shaped stamp. Blade has light mottled patina, smooth with no pitting. Brass guard with 1860 pattern grip of characteristic Emerson shallow groove "crude / plump" shape (see J.H.Thillmann, "Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers", pp. 177-8 for this exact pattern sword). Original leather and brass wire wrap; original leather throat washer. Original scabbard in fine undented condition, exhibits the large drag mentioned by Thillmann. Unusual type, combining the 1840 blade with the 1860 hilt."   $850  
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1650) An Unusual British Family Sword Commemorating Several Generations Of Service. 33 3/4" blade etched with Royal Artillery devices, Victorian Cypher, Royal Arms, cannon over "UBIQUE", maker "HAMBURGER / ROGERS & Co / KING St. / COVENT Garn . LONDON" (at this address 1840-1917).Obverse etched near shoulders "CHARLES FELIX PHILLIPS, Esqr / DIED in INDIA 21st APRIL 1869 - IN HIS 26th YEAR / 3rd (K.O.) HUSSARS". On the reverse "HERBERT PHILLIPS FLETCHER DSO / CROIX de GUERRE / MAJOR. MIDDX. HUSSARS & R.F.C. / KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE 3 AUG. 1916 AGED 44". It is the name "Phillips" that connects these two men.As originally provided as a Royal Artillery sword, this blade had a Light Cavalry style 3-bar hilt, which would have been correct also for the young hussar who died in India, the sword probably given to him by a related ex-artillery officer. However, in 1896, the Heavy Cavalry hilt now on the sword was decreed for all cavalry officers (Light or Heavy). As a consequence, many L.C. officers had their blades re-hilted with the H.C. guard - it was a very common practice rather than buy an entire new sword. This was done to this blade, and the tang professionally checked to perfectly match the pommel. Major Fletcher, as an hussar officer who joined the R.F.C. (it did not become the R.A.F. until April, 1918) could continue to wear this sword since R.F.C. officers wore the sword of the branch of the service they came from. Blade and hilt in fine condition, grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap; field service scabbard leather scuffed with a partially open seam.. Original sword knot and leather throat washer."   $900  
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1651) British Pattern 1856 Mk.I Drummers' Sword. 19" double-edged blade smooth with some surface darkening and a few areas of very light pitting. All brass hilt in fine condition. Brass mounted scabbard VG, seam partially open, locket engraved "V / TH4 / 27". VG overall."   $375  
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1652) British Pattern 1895 Drummer's Sword. Double-edged 13 1/4" blade stamped "MOLE / BIRMh / obverse; reverse with Broad Arrow, crown inspector's stamp. Condition of blade is absolutely mint.Brass hilt in ex. condition, as are scabbard mounts; leather is somewhat scuffed but perfectly solid, seam intact."   $375  
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1656) British Basket Hilt Cavalry Sword c. 1750-60. 34 1/2" blade of "Harvey" style, engraved with "GR" under crown. Sturdy full basket hilt of "Glasgow" type, though British made - possibly Harvey. Oval reins opening. Built with the distinguishing feature of these Guards baskets, a connecting bar beneath the outboard junction plate. This bar rarely if ever seen on any other Scottish or English basket hilt. Original shagreen covered grip retains original brass wire wrap. The outboard junction plate is not pierced in the usual fashion, but left solid so that a monogram consisting of "RO" entwined with its mirror image. I was at first inclined to think this was an officer's personal sword, but an alert colleague sent me a picture from a past auction catalog showing an identical hilt (same type blade too) with the identical "RO" engraving. Only difference was that the sword in the catalog had its upper obverse guard bar broken off and missing. No attribution was given in the sword's description (see pics). See article by Anthony Darling in Man-at Arms May-June 1991 magazine "Officers Basket Hilted Swords of the Royal Horse Guards", which illustrates the identical style of the baskets (same connecting bar below junction plate) and blades, though the RHG swords (blades marked "Harvey 1755") have conventional piercings in their outboard junction plates. The surviving number of these Harvey 1755 swords makes me question whether they are in fact perhaps the troopers' swords of these elite Household Cavalry. While mere conjecture, is it of significance that the Colonel of the First Troop Grenadier Guards had for its Colonel Lt.General Richard Onslow from 1745 to 1760 ?"   $4,500    
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1657) British Indian Presentation Chiefs Rifle c.1835-42. 31 1/8" rifled barrel, .62 cal. This barrel, and all the barrels in this group, was obtained from a Government scrapped Baker rifle, fitted with a hook breech percussion breech plug, and bear the Crown proofs ("GR" Crown, Broad Arrow, etc.) of the original flintlock configuration. In addition, a Crown inspector's stamp of "Crown over B8, was applied at the time of conversion. Barrel retains original 2-leaf Baker rear sight. Lightly engraved back-action lock in fine working order. Full stock with engraved brass mounts, silver escutcheon with arrows, quiver, dagger, tomahawk. Checkered wrist with restoration.See article I reproduce, and the "Appendix No.62" dated 1842 which describe "Indian Present Goods, etc." in which are included percussion rifles. The stamp of a Crown over B8 show this (and the gun described in the article) to have been officially inspected after conversion, for no flintlock Baker barrel ever bore such a mark. Moreover, there are no commercial British proofs, whether Tower commercial, London or Birmingham.Such converted barrels were by strict law subject to re-proof, and only the Crown could have ignored the regulations. The conversion and re-stocking could have been done in the Birmingham Government depots, or let out to a private contractor. In any case, the Crown retained ownership.
Over the years, I have owned 3 of these rifles, and seen at least that many more. They were all identical in every respect - form, markings, engraving - everything.
Generally good or better condition except for repair at wrist, but stock otherwise uncleaned and solid. Comes with another identical trigger guard purchased years ago at a flea market by previous owner. It could be used to replace the repaired original t.g. for it is in better shape and certainly from another one of these rifles."
   $1,250  
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1658) Webley Model 1883 Police Revolver. 2 1/2", .450 cal. barrel with Birmingham proofs, correct German silver foresight. 6-shot cylinder with Bir. proofs in flutes, face stamped ".450" and "892" (last 3 digits of SN on frame). Frame marked with serial # "88892 , .450 / POLICE / WEBLEY'S / handcuffed hands / M.P. /1430" and Bir. proof. Topstrap marked "P.WEBLEY & SON / LONDON and BIRMINGHAM". Solid uncleaned checkered grip, no cracks or repairs, several shallow pressure marks on right side. Ex. crisp like new working order and indexing; ex.+ bright bore with sharp rifling. Metal retains 20% original bright blue, remainder smooth honest service wear with a small areas very light pepper-salt. This exact model was derived from the famous RIC revolver, and adopted by the Metropolitan London Police in 1883, as well as by many other police forces throughout the Empire. The # 1430 is the issue # of some police force, so well-stamped I believe it was applied by Webley as part of the order. Regarding the handcuffed wrists, I quote from Dowell's "The Webley Story", p.66 "....the frame is stamped with the Webley trade mark depicting a pair of handcuffed hands. This trade mark was used on weapons issued to police forces"; see also pl.38c for the identical model."   $1,400  
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1659) British General Officers Sword, Mid-Victorian Era. 32 1/2" flat blade with raised false edge ("yelman"), etched with foliage, crossed baton and sword, "Crown over VR", reverse near shoulder etched in oval with unknown device consisting of two individuals carrying flags. Original leather washer at throat.Hilt with gilt mounts; cross-guard with baton and sword, ivory grip scales in ex. condition with no cracks or repairs. Original infantry sword knot. Fine all-brass scabbard, some wear to drag and lower section close to drag some dents from spurs, stirrups, but nothing that detracts. Ex. condition overall, blade retains 95% original bright polish, remainder just very light surface stain. Ex. original condition, and a nice example."   $1,250  
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1662) Quality Double Barrel Liege Pocket Pistol c.1840-50. Side-by side .38 cal turn-off barrels 1 3/4" in length. Well-engraved frame with Liege proof, folding triggers. Action in ex. tight working order, like new, with powerful springs. Figured burl grip in ex. condition, inset with silver shield escutcheon. All engraving and edges sharp and crisp. Nice little pistol."   $750  
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1663) British Coast Guard Pistol. 6" barrel, .65 cal., stamped with Crown over "GR" and Crown over crossed sceptres Government proofs, also Crown over "MR" (thought to mean Royal Manufactory). Lock with Crown over "GR", lock inspector's stamp and "TOWER" on tail (partly covered by bolted safety). Ex. crisp working order. Solid uncleaned stock, no repairs, deeply stamped with Broad Arrow over "BO" (Board of Ordnance). Completely original in all respects. This pistol is likely one of the first group ordered for the Coast Guard in 1832, many (like this one) using earlier Georgian era parts that had never previously been set up. Fine condition overall."   $1,000  
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1666) British Pattern 1803 Light Infantry Officer's Sword c. 1810. 29 3/4" heavy and stiff pipe-back blade with pronounced 8" false edge. Hilt of regulation pattern, retains 90%+ fine original gilding. Grip retains all fine original shagreen and wire wrap. Original leather throat washer. As was often the case with quality swords of this era, the blade tang peen or nut is completely covered by a gilt plug chiseled to blend seamlessly with the lion's mane. Leather scabbard in fine condition, leather solid, no repairs, seam intact; three gilt brass mounts retain 75%+ fine original gilding. Only one or two very minor dents on reverse of chape. The original leather suspension straps with gilt buckles are retained. Upper mount (locket) engraved "R>JOHNSTON / LATE / BLAND & FOSTER / SWORD CUTLER & / BELT MAKER TO HIS MAJESTY / 68 St. JAMES Str /LONDON". Richard Johnston at this address 1798-1840 (Bland & Foster had enjoyed the same royal patronage that Johnston was heir to). The original Georgian sword knot is present - I unwrapped it carefully to show the perfect, undamaged, knuckle bow, but did not attempt to remove it entirely, it is too fragile. The blade is of especial interest. In "Classic Arms", Vol.7, Issue 1, p.36, Richard Deller shows a pipe-back blade of this exact same type and dates it c.1810. Robson "Swords of the British Army" Revised Ed., pl.171, p.180, shows an identical pattern blade (slightly more curved) mounted on a 90th Scots infantry officer's sword dated c. 1810, mentioning that the 90th regarded themselves as light infantry. Blade is overall smooth and clean with small areas very light pitting, and very small spots of medium pitting. There is no indication it ever had any etching, and it is bright and clean and free of pitting for about 14" from the hilt - exactly where any decoration would be.   $3,250  
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1667) Cased Pair of Italian Double Barrel Pistols c. 1850. 6 1/2" , .69 cal. barrels with hook breeches retain much original genuine twist finish, ribs engraved "A.SCARPATI NAPOLI". Back-action locks engraved "A.SCARPAT" (obverse; "NAPOLI" (reverse). All four locks in ex. crisp like new working order; nipples show no wear. Fine+ stocks, never cleaned, no restoration, ex. checkered grips, engraved steel mounts smooth with no pitting. Buttcaps are spring-loaded to swivel sideways to provide storage for spare caps. Original brass tipped ramrods with threaded ends.
Cased retains fine original green baize lining. Original mold, cleaning tools and steel rod threaded to accept wire brush and steel jag. Screwdriver missing. Three fitted brass boxes for wads, caps, and bullets. Sixteen holes, 11 at front and 5 at back, to hold prepared paper cartouches, providing four reloads for both guns. This explains the lack of a powder flask or a space to hold one. Leather tabs allow entire compartmented interior to be removed from case. Case fitted on both ends with flush-fitted folding brass handles. Case exterior has several grain cracks, scratches, small bit of veneer missing from one bottom corner, though overall condition is good. A gunmaker named Scarpati is dated as working in Naples 1770-92; while obviously he could not have made these pistols, he is likely an ancestor.
Suitable for a traveling gentleman or military officer, these pistols date from an era of turmoil in Italy, the time of Garibaldi and Risorgimento, and eventual unification as the Kingdom of Italy in 1861."
   $4,000  
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1669) An Excellent Webley-Government Revolver. 6" barrel with correct german silver foresight, stamped "455 / 476", "ENGLAND", barrel rib marked "WEBLEY & SON LONDON & BIRMINGHAM", Bir. proof, serial # "826" (full serial # 13826 on frame), top strap left side "WG ARMY MODEL". Cylinder face marked with caliber".476" and matching serial # "826". Frame serial # 13826, "WEBLEY PATENTS" beside Webley Winged Bullet trademark. Original hard rubber grips in ex.+ , near new condition, no cracks, chips or repairs. Action is tight, like new, perfect indexing. Bore is bright, ex.+ to mint, with sharp rifling. Gun retains 95% ex. original high polish Webley blue. The Webley Government (or "Green" if you prefer) possesses what is likely the most incredibly smooth, crisp, friction-free action of any revolver, wherever or whenever made. Webley spared no effort to produce this, their best and most expensive model. Their accuracy and reliability made them a favorite of British officers and target shooters."   $2,500  
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1670) Dutch Old Model M-1873 Revolver. 6 1/4" octagonal barrel marked on bottom flat with serial # "M 1718" matching (all matching - frame, barrel, cylinder, cylinder pin, trigger guard, internal parts, grips inside, etc.). 9.4 mm caliber. Exterior stamped with various deep inspectors' stamps. Manufactured by De Beaumont / Maastricht. All edges sharp and crisp. Ex. like new working order and indexing. Bore ex.+, bright with sharp rifling. Revolver retains 95% original fine blue, just slight wear on some edges. Grips fine+, no cracks or repairs. Ex. condition overall. Both the Old Model and New Model had rugged actions designed by Nagant of Liege."   $1,200  
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1673) British Indian Army Mountain Artillery Senior NCO's Sword. 30" strongly curved blade with 10" back edge, is identical in form to British Mountain Artillery Pattern 1896. Stamped with maker's mark "JOHN ROUND & SON / LIMITED / SHEFFIELD" , this mark partly overstruck with date '8 '15 (possibly '13) and inspector's stamp. Obverse with Broad Arrow and twice struck Crown over 1D over E ( I'm pretty sure it's "1D" and not "ID"). John Round & Son Limited is listed in Sheffield at Tudor St. from 1874 to 1932 as a "Silversmith, Electroplater, Knife and Swordmaker" (R.H. Bezdek, "Swords and Sword Makers of England and Scotland", p.214). Hilt is of some base metal, probably brass, non-magnetic, heavily silver plated. The silver shows virtually no wear, though it is tarnished black in some areas. Grip covered in shagreen, bound with silver and copper wire. Tang button is undisturbed. Blade is smooth, no pitting just light patina; grip and guard are ex. condition, showing no appreciable wear. I am not entirely certain of my attribution, but the hilt has the subtle look of the Indian Army version of the 1821 L.C. guard. Combining this with the date (1913 or 1915), the Crown ownership and the form of the blade, plus the quality silver plate, I conclude it to be a sword of a senior NCO of the Indian Mountain Artillery.    $450  
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1674) Highland Regimental Officer's Claymore. 32" double-edged blade of "claymore" pattern, etched with Crown and cypher of George VI, thistles, Royal Arms. Blade is smooth and clean, all etching in fine condition. Original leather throat washer. Smooth clean iron basket guard, retains original buff leathe/red baize liner (some wear), and red pommel fringe. Grip retains all original shagreen covering and silver wire wrap. Leather-covered field service scabbard with correct lengthy, ball-ended Scottish chape (some scuffing to leather)    $800  
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1675) British Pattern 1788 Light Cavalry Trooper's Sword. 32" blade with broad, shallow fuller, 7" false edge with clipped point. Blade is smooth, clean with patches of light surface patina. Iron guard with langets extending down over scabbard and up over grip. Grip retains all original leather covering over cord-bound wood core. Undisturbed tang button. Fine iron scabbard, smooth age brown patina matching guard, dent-free but for one minor ding on obverse near drag. VG+ untouched condition overall. Unmarked by maker, as were many British swords (though the tang often was stamped with a maker's mark, this was covered by the grip) until the introduction of the 1796 Patterns, when the Government finally insisted on a system of uniform marking with makers' names and Crown inspectors' stamps. A good honest example.    $1,250    
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1676) An Exceptionally Fine Pre-1845 British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer's Sword. 32" pipe-back blade with 5" false edge, crisp etched VR cypher under Crown both sides, the regulation pattern etching for this model. Blade retains most original polish, just small areas of surface stain. Hilt with regulation Crown over VR (no rose, shamrock or thistle - these first appeared in 1845), folding counter-guard. Original leather washer at throat, original patent leather liner with typical age-induced pebble grained surface, original buff leather sword knot. Grip retains all original excellent shagreen and wire wrap. As is often found on these early examples, the tang peen is covered by an untouched circular gilt plug. Hilt retains 100% original gilding in like new condition. Ex.+ scabbard, leather solid with no repairs and intact seam, mounts retain all original gilt except for slight wear on locket caused by friction of buff leather frog - this sword could be worn with waist belt and slings, or from shoulder belt and frog. A great example of the standard 1822 Infantry Officers sword.    $975  
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1677) Italian Model 1891 Carcano Bayonet. 11 3/4" blade, stamped with maker "GNUTTI", fine clean condition retaining 80% original blue. Hilt mounts retain 90% original blue, wood grips are in fine condition.
Brass mounted leather scabbard Fine+, leather solid, seam intact, no dents in mounts

$125 -for item above


1677a) Japanese Type 30 Bayonet. 15 5/8" blade with Tokyo Arsenal mark, in ex.+ condition. Hilt mounts ex.+, retain 95% original blue; screw-fastened wood grips ex. Pommel stamped with serial #. Steel scabbard with ball finial, retains 95% original blue, no dents or scratches. Interior diameter of muzzle ring is .555". Ex.+ condition overall, a fine piece to mount on a mint or near mint Arisaka.
   $175  
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1678) British Officer's Sword of the 2nd Dragoons (Queen's Bays). 36" slightly curved blade etched with Crown over VR, "S.J.PILLIN / 31 GERRARD St / LONDON / W" (at this address 1881-1922 when absorbed by Wilkinson) "DRAGOON GUARDS / 2nd / QUEEN'S BAYS" Royal Arms, "LUCKNOW" and owner's initials "TW". Serial # on back "99122". Nickel-plated Heavy Cavalry guard retains most original finish, grip with original shagreen covering and silver wire wrap. Early pattern field service scabbard of very thick, stiff leather with two nickel-plated mounts, chape with usual dings inflicted by spurs, stirrups, etc. Partial crack in leather on reverse near chape, not serious and scabbard is still sound. Blade has areas of light pitting, wear, but all etching is clear and very legible. The initials T.W. are those of Brigadier Thomas Ward CMG (Companion of the Order of St.Michael and St. George), commissioned from the ranks in 1890. Though the Pillin records have been lost, a rough Pillin chronology has been built up from named swords, battle honours, etc., and this sword's number is consistent with an 1890 date. It is the sword worn by Ward in the two photos reproduced in the pics. During the South African ( Second Boer) War, serving as Squadron Leader of "C" Squadron, Captain Ward was wounded in combat, and mentioned in Despatches by Lord Kitchener. In 1904, he was seconded to the Denbigh Hussars. Ward ended his Great War service as a Brigadier. Further info accompanies sword.    $1,150  
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1679) Swedish Model 1850 Studser (rifled) Cavalry Pistol. 11 3/4" .58 cal. barrel rifled with 4 lands and grooves of equal width, Thouvenin pillar breech. A .58 Minie bullet enters the muzzle with about the same clearance as it enters a .577 or .58 Minie rifle muzzle. The Thouvenin piller can be easily seen by shining a bore light down the barrel. The bore has uniform light pitting, but all the rifling is deep and very distinct. Brass foresight; simple "V" block rear sight. Barrel is stamped near bolster "HB" and "LIB" and Crown over "C" (same cypher stamped on lock). Barrel numbered 1001, matching on lock and brass buttplate. Dated 1853 on lockplate and stock - faint on stock, but can be made out. Steel backstrap designed to be fitted with detachable shoulder stock. Lock is in fine positive working order. Overall condition is very good, stock has not been sanded or cleaned. This pistol, the rifled "Studser" version, was apparently issued as one of a pair, with a single shoulder stock to fit either one. The other pistol, the "Flankor", was identical in appearance but set up as a larger caliber smoothbore (perhaps for buckshot or ball in close encounters).    $750  
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1680) British 1821 Heavy Cavalry Trooper's Sword of the 4th Dragoon Guards of Balaclava Fame. 36 1/4" blade bears Crown inspector's stamp, initials "WS", back stamped "ENFIELD 1848 Crown and VR". Original leather throat washer. Steel bowl guard, stamped on both sides of quillon "4 /DG" and "C / 28", with initials "WS". Grip retains all original leather (these swords never had any wire wrap) with several worm holes. Scabbard in fine condition, no dents, smooth with very light pepper & salt patina that exactly matches the guard. !821 H.C. swords are scarce, especially those marked to regiments that participated in the Heavy Cavalry Brigade charge which which drove back, uphill, at least three times their number of Russian cavalry. "Meanwhile, the 4th Dragoon Guards were making their charge under Col. Hodge on the west flank of the Russian main body; and this proved the most successful of them all, for Col.Hodge fought his way from flank to flank followed by his troopers" (John Selby, "Balaclava: Gentleman's Battle", p.139. On this same day a short while later, the Light Brigade launched their tragic but eternally famous charge into the "Valley of Death". Sword and its markings guaranteed completely original.    $2,200    
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1681) British Officer's Light Cavalry Pattern 1796 Saber. 32 1/4" blade, etched on back "JJ RUNKEL SOLINGEN", on obverse with trophies of arms, sun-in-splendor, Crown over GR; reverse with floral panoplies and large post-1801 Royal Arms. Blade smooth with light patina, all markings very clear, edge with some light nicks - nothing serious, none deep, and not detracting. Steel guard, grip retains original shagreen and silver wire wrap, note minor damage on reverse side grip near pommel (see pics), could be easily repaired. Steel scabbard with smooth patina matching hilt, undented except for very small dings - one on either side of drag, missing lower suspension ring. A good representative example at a good price.    $750  
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The following three swords are from the same collection, and were clearly chosen for their superior condition.

1682) British Pattern 1822/45 Infantry Officer's Sword. 33" blade etched with scrolls, Victorian Cypher "VR" under Crown, retailer "RANKEN & Co / CALCUTTA", center of percussion arrow on back, the proofmark is that of Thurkle of Soho, London (Rankin was not a swordmaker; the firm imported from England). Blade in excellent bright original condition. Original leather throat washer. Fine gilt brass hilt of regulation pattern, retains 75-80% original gilding, ex. original shagreen grip retains all original wire wrap. Ex.+ brass scabbard with but several almost invisible little dings. Rankin & Co. were Civil and Military Tailors and Outfitters, Accoutrement Makers (as their labels declared). Established in Calcutta in 1770, with the passage of time and extension of British Raj, they opened sales branches in Simla, Delhi, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Muree. Perhaps the pre-eminent firm of their type in India, they were "By Appointment" to the East India Company and, later, the Governor-General.
   $600    
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1683) British Pattern 1827 Rifle Regiment Officer's Sword c. 1860. Blade etched with profuse scrolls, Queen's Crown over strung bugle on obverse, Crown over "RIFLE VOLUNTEERS" , proofmark probably of Silver & Co. London and Liverpool. Blade in ex. condition. Steel guard of regulation pattern, grip retains 98% original shagreen (just very minor wear) and silver wire wrap. Guard and scabbard clean and polished, fine crisp edges. This was the era of intense English interest in military rifle competition. Renewed tension with France sparked a tremendous increase in Militia Rifle Volunteer units, and rifling systems such as Metford's and Whitworth's, to name just two    $550    
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1684) British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer's Sword made by Wilkinson, 1859. 32" blade etched with scrolls, Crown over VR, "HENRY / WILKINSON / PALL MALL / LONDON"; back stamped with serial # 9629. VG+ condition, some minor stain in areas, all markings deep and clear. Guard of gilt brass retains much gilding, grip retains all original shagreen and wire wrap. Original leather washer at throat. Leather scabbard with three brass mounts (mounts show traces of gilding), chape has a number of light dents that do not detract, leather intact no repairs, seam intact. A copy of the Wilkinson ledger accompanies the sword, recording that this "Regulation Infantry" sword was sold "26 / 3 / 59" to "W.Hood & Co." (probably a tailoring firm).    $600  
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1685) A Scarce Gordon Highlanders Officer's Sword by Wilkinson. 32 3/4" double-edged claymore blade etched with Crown over GR, Royal Arms, thistles, etc., "HENRY / WILKINSON / PALL MALL / LONDON", serial # 56538. Wilkinson ledger states this sword sold "20 /2 / 19" as an "X Hilt Claymore" to "Capt. C.G. Davey MC / 1st Gordon Highs" (note: "MC"= Military Cross, an award for gallantry in action). A cross hilt would indicate the field version, apparently this guard also accompanied the sword, though the clerk didn't bother to note that. This type of guard is described (and illustrated) by Brian Robson "Swords of the British Army", p.186 thusly: "Symmetrical steel basket with pierced thistle design and regimental badge. Removable. Same lining as broadsword. Blade: Regulation broadsword." Amongst the five regiments that used this type of guard, Robson lists the Gordons - of course, the badge would differ from regiment to regiment. The badge on this hilt is the Gordon's - a stag's head rising from a crown, over the regimental motto "By dand" (variously translated as "Stand Fast" or "Watchful"). As mentioned by Robson, this sword retains its liner and fringe in ex. condition, though I have removed them for photographic purposes.They can be easily re-installed in a minute without even dismantling the sword. Grip retains all original shagreen cover, and wire wrap in ex. condition. Nickel-plated steel scabbard with correct ball drag, no dents, plating in ex. condition matching guard. Condition of blade, hilt and scabbard ex. overall, some areas of very light freckling to scabbard and hilt plating are almost invisible. I have no other information about Captain Davey except that found in Hart's Army List: "Davey CGC (Captain Gordon Highlanders) 1914-9 - 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Military Cross". An attractive sword in great condition.    $1,100    
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1686) Webley RIC Pattern Revolver issued to Toronto Police Force. 3 1/2" barrel, correct german silver fore sight, Birmingham proofs. Frame with Bir. proof, marked on reverse side "TPF" (Toronto Police Force) in large engraved letters (this is a known group), "525", Webley trade mark of Winged Bullet over "W&S", "WEBLEY'S / R.I.C. / No.1.442 CF" over serial # 101748 (matching # 748 on rear of cylinder). The "525" is likely a TPF number, continuing a ledger record of guns that began long before this order to Webley, and from the look of it, stamped by Webley from a block of numbers sent by the police. Top strap stamped "P.WEBLEY & SON / LONDON & BIRMINGHAM". Crisp, like new working order and indexing, bright nearly mint bore and chambers, overall retains 85% original bright blue. Grip ex.+, looks almost new, shows no wear, dents, cracks or repairs. Revolver is in ex. all original condition.    $1,850  
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1688) A Rare and Fine Early British Cavalry Trooper's Pistol, Issued to the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards, 2nd or Queen's Troop, c. 1727. 14", slightly swamped, .60 cal. barrel with London Gunmakers' Proofs and maker's initials in punchmark "I.C." (Joseph Clarkson, London, c.1715-40), engraved with coronet and "HARTFORD". Lock without exterior bridle, engraved "CLARKSON", in entirely original flint configuration. Solid stock with no restoration or cracks, never cleaned, 3" thin sliver missing in front of lock along barrel, also missing a small piece below tail of lock. Brass mounts, some with sparse engraving, longspur buttcap with grotesque mask. Original ramrod. This pistol is one of 110 pairs ordered from Clarkson in 1727 by Algernon Seymour, Marquis of Hertford (sic), General and also Colonel of the 2nd or Queen's troop of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards from 1715 to 1740, at which point he took over command of the Blues. Seymour later became the Duke of Somerset, dropping the title Marquis of Hertford, upon the death of his father, the previous Duke. Note that although styled the Marquis of Hertford, he always signed his correspondence "Hartford", as many surviving documents show. All pistols of this group share the exact same details. I show another such pistol illustrated by Lewis Gordon, "Part 1, The British Cavalry & Dragoon Pistol", CJAC Vol.5, No.4, fig.3, p.114. Although Gordon dated these pistols as c. 1715, later research indicates the Clarkson contract at 1727. Like many other Colonels of these early times, the Marquis paid for these pistols out of his own pocket, and along with the swords he also bought (see pics), took them home when he changed commands. A scarce and fine original example.

NOTE: “COMPLETE ARMS. Regimental colonel’s muskets and bayonets, and pistols delivered in Dec. 1723 to: the Earl of Stairs [6th] and Col. Churchill’s [10th] Dragoons”. Entry under: Joseph Clarkson, London, p. 40, “British Board of Ordinance Small Arms Contractors, 1689-1840” by De Witt Bailey, PH.D
   $6,500  
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1689) Danish Model 1774 Infantry Musket. 41", .75 cal. barrel engraved with unit markings "HR E 10R" , brass foresight, bayonet lug under muzzle. Lock in fine positive working order, all original parts including top jaw and screw; stamped with inspector's initial in cartouche. Fine, solid uncleaned stock, no cracks or repairs, brass mounts include 4 wide-mouth rammer pipes. Original steel rammer engraved with same matching markings as on barrel (partially obscured, but the "E 10R" can be seen. Missing sling swivels; rear swivel secured under tail of trigger guard tang (as often seen on Scandinavian longarms), front swivel same as on Brown Bess. VG+ condition, smooth mottled patina on metal, all-original and complete except for swivels. Identified as Model 1774 from an illustrated group in the Tojhusmusee, Copenhagen, plates 565 to 572 - plate 569 is identical - "European & American Arms, c. 1100 - 1850", by Claude Blair.    $1,500    
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1690) Scottish Basket Hilt c. 1640-50. 33" backsword blade stamped both sides in twin fullers "XX ANDRIA XX / XX FARARA XX". Iron hilt with simple line engraving on junction plates, no breaks, repairs or missing elements (note that these hilts never had a quillon, Scots: "back ward"). Original grip of early type, 4-sided with chamfered edges, tapered at both ends. Wormed but solid, still bears marks of long-lost original wire wrap; at the top of the grip, sandwiched between the wood and pommel, is trapped a small remnant of the original multi-coloured wool fringe. This form of grip is also often seen on West Highland Ribbon Hilts/Beaknose Swords, when (very rarely) they retain their original grips. In a very rare survival, this sword retains its original thick buff leather liner, which bears the dark impressions made by the bars of the guard. This guard is identical in typological development with sword # 23, "Scottish Swords & Dirks" by John Wallace; it fits in the same group illustrated by C.Mazansky "British Basket Hilted Swords" examples D8 to D10 that he dates from c. 1600 to later 17th century. Further, the three swords illustrated by David Blackmore "Arms & Amour of the English Civil Wars" pp.30-31 also have baskets of this same type, but their pommels are English in form. One of these so-called "Irish" hilted examples was excavated at the site of Basing House, destroyed in 1645. Completely original in all respects, no restoration or repairs. Ex. Ken Drake collection.    $4,000    
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1692) British Snider Carbine for India Service. 22", .577 cal. barrel with carbine type rear sight to 500 yds, drift adjustable bead fore sight, engraved "J.C. & A. LORD LONDON BIRMINGHAM & BOMBAY". Birmingham proofs plus "25" (.577); I have tried a Kynoch .577 service round and it fits and extracts perfectly. Engraved lock stamped "J.C.& A LORD / LONDON". Receiver and breechblock with Bir. proofs, Snider Arrow trademark and "SNIDER'S / PATENT". Action and lock in fine working order. Half-stock with checkered wrist and fore arm, solid with no cracks or repairs, barrel is key-fastened, horn fore end tip, engraved iron mounts, original swivels. Original rammer. Bore is ex.+, bright with sharp deep rifling. Metal overall is smooth, muted "in the white" finish characteristic of many arms that saw use in India.   $700  
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1693) English Silver Mounted Hanger circa 1697. 19" curved, single fuller blade marked both sides with Solingen Running Wolf, blade smooth with just small areas scattered light pitting. Silver mounted hilt with staghorn grip in ex. condition, no cracks, repairs or any restoration. Knuckle bow stamped with "lion's head erased" and figure of seated Britannia introduced in 1697 to replace old silver marks and indicate a raised standard for sterling, compulsory until 1719 when the old marks and old standard for sterling returned. The maker's mark appears to be "KN", and though the date letter shows wear, it is likely that for 1697. A fine, all-original hanger with no restoration or damage, of a type much favoured by Naval officers of the period - see pic of Vice Admiral Thomas Hopsonn.    $1,800  
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1694) An Impressive French Hunting Dagger, Second Half 18th Century. 12 1/2" strongly curved, thick and heavy (to function as cleaver), 2 1/8" wide blade with pronounced clip point, of excellent workmanship to rival the best of any bladesmith's work. Smooth with no pitting and just small areas of light surface stain. Original green baize throat washer. Hilt with high quality brass mounts, finely hand chased and engraved, retain small traces of original gilding, ebonized spiral carved original grip capped with pommel ensuite with cross-guard. Brass mounted, leather covered wood scabbard retains 99% original leather with some slight surface scuffing that does not detract from the dramatic effect of the dagger which is in fine condition, no repairs or restoration, impressive in style, quality, weight and condition.    $2,600  
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