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  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £9750
Scottish Scroll Butt Pistol by Thomas Murdoch of Doune dating to circa 1770. Doune was a well-known centre for the production of high-quality steel pistols in Scotland in the 18th century and before. This pistol is typical of the high standards attained by the pistol makers there and is most likely one of a pair. Pistols of this distinctive scroll butt type and date were popular with officers in Scottish Highland regiments on service in North America through the Revolutionary War period and in Europe. Thomas Murdoch's baptism is recorded on 9th May in 1735 as the son of John Murdoch and Margaret McMien in Tenemon. He was married on 18th December 1766 to Ann Buchanan in the Parish of Port of Menteith when he was probably established as a gunmaker in Doune. Both events are detailed in the Kilmadock Parish Register. This is an administrative area which recorded births, deaths and marriages in the Doune region of Perthshire. Some recorded Doune gunmakers were interred at Kilmadock burial ground which is a short distance from Doune. In 1774 Thomas is recorded as “Gunsmith in Leith”. Leith was the main port for Edinburgh and Thomas was based at “Leith Walk”. Presumably he moved his business from Doune to Leith as demand for traditional pistols made in Doune continued to shrink in the Highlands due to the disarming measures taken by the Hanoverian government after the failure of the '45 Rebellion. Previously the Highland Clans had been an important market for the Doune gunmakers. During this period some other Doune based gunmakers, like Thomas, moved their businesses elsewhere to supply other markets, particularly the military. The later pistols made by Thomas Murdoch sometimes have his place of work “Leith” marked near to his usual signature on the lock plate. The pistol described here, like his others, is a handsome example of the Doune  gunmaking craft. According to the Scottish Statistical Account a pair of pistols made by Thomas Murdoch, “a tradesman taught in Doune”, were presented by the City of Glasgow to the Marquis de Bouille in 1784 (see Charles E Whitelaw, “Scottish Arms Makers”,  page 43).  Thomas is recorded as active in Leith in 1774, 1780, 1782 and finally in 1790.  It seems he was succeeded in the family business by his son William first recorded in 1793 at Leith Walk. Presumably William inherited the business and its premises from his father. Another gunmaker with the name of Murdoch, Alexander, was working in Leith at the time but only two examples of his work are known. The pistol is a sturdy piece of work mounted with a 20 bore four stage 7.75 inch (just over 19.5 cm) barrel built with a flared octagonal muzzle. It is unusual for Scottish barrels in the 18th century to be proofed. However, this barrel is punched with two Tower “View” marks each consisting of a letter “V” underneath a crown inside an oval near the breech. This may be one of a number of barrels sent to London or Birmingham for proofing by Thomas and the peculiar marks of two View marks, rather than a View and a Proof mark, may be the contemporary way of marking barrels as proofed which were sent in to these proof houses by gun makers that were not members of either gun company. This was undoubtedly an initiative by Thomas to broaden the attractiveness of his pistols to people that placed greater importance on proofed barrels than the Scots in general had in the past. The whole of the stock, lock, belt hook and barrel are decorated with panels with lined and wavy borders infilled with bold patterns of floral fans and scrolls. A horizontal seer extends through the lock plate which holds the cock in the half-cock position. A silver roundel is bedded into each side of the butt. Intended to contain the engraved monogram or initials of the owner these roundels have been left plain. The button trigger and pricker are of steel and engraved with lines that radiate from the tang end in the middle.  Underneath the locks the space is decorated with fine linear engraving of scrolls, parallel lines and waves, crossed by two bands of silver engraved with a chain-like pattern. The belt hook is attached to the stock with a screw from the outside. The lock plate is signed “T” with “MURDOCH” at the base, with a downward pointing scroll extension emanating from the right side leg of the letter “R” which extends to the front of the name then upwards and back to curl around the letter “T”, in typical form for the signature of this maker when he was working both and Doune and in Leith. The overall length of the pistol measured from extremity to extremity is just over 12.75 inches (32.5 cm). The pistol is in fine condition with a crisp working action and retains all of its original parts including the ramrod. Provenance: Bonhams Auctions, London, “Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns, Arms, Armour & Militaria, Thursday 7th February 1991, lot 147. Although not stated in the catalogue by repute the pistol came from Mar Lodge in Scotland.
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : £9750.00
Superb Pair of Flintlock Pistols by Nicholson. A Superb Pair of Brass Barrelled Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistols by Nicholson. With round swamped barrels, fitted with underslung bayonets and side-mounted ramrods with horn tips and worms, stamped at the breech with London proofs and Nicholsons own barrel smith mark, beautifully engraved box-lock actions decorated with stands of arms and foliage, signed to the left within ovals, ‘NICHOLSON’ ‘CORNHILL’ ‘LONDON’ steel cocks decorated en suite, finely chequered walnut grips with unusual pierced escutcheons, with white metal grotesque mask, steel trigger guards decorated on the bow with foliage, incorporating bayonet release triggers. NICHOLSON William Free of Gunmakers Co. by redemption, 1780. Took Livery, 1788. Elected Assistant, 1790; Master 1793. Gunmaker, 17 Houndsditch, 1779-86; 45 Cornhill, 1786-94. Contractor to East India Co., 1779-94. Trade label advertised new-invented HOUSE GUNS, that, when fired in the Centre of the Room, will turn to the door and or windows, and fire, if attempted to be forced open in the night or any other time by Robbers. Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA. Dimensions: Bore: N/A Barrel Length: 24.5 cm (9.65 Inches) Overall Length: 38 cm (15 Inches)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £9750
Click and use the code 23517 to search for this item on the dealer website Most Rare & Superb, Original, Imperial Roman Legionary´s & Cavalryman´s Spatha Long Sword, Late 3rd Century Over 1700 Years Old
  • Nation : German
  • Local Price : £9500
Click and use the code 21508 to search for this item on the dealer website Wonderful, Original, German ´Zweihander´ Great Sword 16th Century
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : 11,800.00 USD
RARE EUROPEAN HAND AND A HALF SWORD C.1550. This is a superb example of a rare sword form, generally identified as Swiss, though used in southern Germany (Bavaria) as well. Iron hilt with semi basket guard formed of two quarter  bars connected with a deeply curved S form bar. Recurved cross guard with trefoil loops forward and thumb ring opposite. The bar junctions and center finely chiseled as ghostly faces with inset latten eyes, flanked by stylized foliage. The quillon terminals chiseled as monster heads with the pommel matching. The construction is clearly wrought iron with details of the forged joints shown. Black leather covered hock bottle grip. 40 3/8” curved triple fullered blade with long raised false edge, marked with six Gothic crosses enclosed by circles (globes?). See Kunst-und Antiquitaten Antike Waffen und Rustungen, Fischer 2003, #25 for a sword of this exact type lacking the embellishments on this example, and dated C.1530-50. The finest example we have seen of a very rare, early and important type. 
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £9,450.00
Volunteer Baker Flintlock Rifle by I. Gill, fine. SN 9021. A Fine Volunteer Baker Flintlock Rifle by I. Gill. 46&157; overall, 30&157; 16 bore 7 groove twist barrel stamped with Tower Private and Ordnance proofs at breech and&194;&160; blade fore sight, block for bayonet on the underside of muzzle, leaf rear sights, one fixed and two hinged, the hinged leaves with V’s to top and sighting holes at a lower level, flat bevelled lock border line engraved, with stepped tail signed ’I. GILL’ and Crown G.R. cypher, semi waterproof pan, roller to frizzen, a ring neck cock, detented action. Regulation brass mounted, figured, full walnut stock without slit for ramrod, with raised cheek rest, small brass patch box lid, the wrist escutcheon engraved ’T. W. W. IIII’, sling swivels and iron ramrod. Circa 1802&194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160;&194;&160; This is a superior example with a fine stock, barrel&194;&160; rebrowned. Bore good with seven grooves making one turn in 30&157;. (standard Baker is 1/4 turn in 30&157;.). Made to be used with a socket bayonet. Provenance: This rifle was produced for a volunteer rifle company by John Gill of Birmingham who took over the family business from his father Thomas Gill in mid-1801. A quantity of these Baker rifles were sold at Sotheby’s many years back and spread over a number of sales. There were two different grades, the superior grade such as this example had fast twist rifling, detented actions and superior sights. The standard grade had normal Baker rifling, standard sight and actions, all were marked "T. W. W" and a number. Apparently a quantity had been brought into Sotheby’s by a couple who had bought a large country house and found a rack of these rifles in one of the outhouses.&194;&160; Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (https://antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £8995
Click and use the code 24421 to search for this item on the dealer website Original, Rare, 4th Century Roman Legionary´s Sword. An Amazing Original Sword of The Roman Empire
  • Nation : German
  • Local Price : $8995.00
German Two-handed Sword, Last Quarter 16th C. Impressive and heavy Landsknecht “Zweihander”of gigantic proportions. German and Swiss Landsknechts (mercenaries) of the 15th and 16th Centuries usually carried two swords. The smaller sword, the Katzbalger, was used primarily for one-on-one combat. The second sword, the huge Zweihander (two hander), was often used to attack pike squares, cutting the heads off the pikes to make them vulnerable to cavalry attack. Only the biggest and strongest soldiers carried these massive swords, which could cut a man in half with one blow. Soldiers who carried these were known as Doppelsoldner, or double soldier, because they received double pay for their strength and expertise. This example features iron hilt with original blackening. Quillons and large side rings formed of diamond-section bars; the quillons each with three scrolled finials. Fleur de lis on each side extending from the quillon block within the side rings (old collection tag attached). Spiral twisted wood grip with its original leather wrap (worn, dry, and flaking) and the remains of textile tassels at the top and bottom. Segmented conical pommel with rounded top and button finial. Iron parts chiseled with simple floral and geometric decoration. Double-edged 48″ blade of lens section with stamped maker's mark on each side and two large side lugs, showing lamination and widening at the point. The long flat ricasso with its original wood and leather covering (dry with losses).  Guard is loose due to shrinkage of the wood and leather over time. Overall length 64″. A large and impressive sword in untouched original condition.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £8950
Click and use the code 22607 to search for this item on the dealer website Exceptionally Beautiful Gold Hilted Sword With &#acute;Laminated Damascus&#acute; Pattern Steel Blade. A Sword of Highest Museum Quality. An Indian Prince´s Tulwar, Accompanied With His Oriental Annual 1838
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : £8950.00
Cased Pair of Irish Flintlock Pistols. A Good Cased Pair of Flintlock Officers Pistols by Murphy of Dublin. With round sighted barrels, cut with a central sighting groove, stamped ‘DUBLIN', border engraved steel tangs cut with a sighting groove, border engraved locks, signed MURPHY below the pans and decorated with sprays of foliage at the tails, French-style cocks, decorated with foliage, full-stocked in walnut, cut with chequering at the grips, white metal mounts, comprising vacant oval escutcheons and barrel bolt escutcheons and butt caps, engraved steel trigger guards, decorated with shields surrounded by foliage on the bows, turned ramrod pipes and horn tipped ramrods; in a contemporary lined and fitted case, complete with bullet mould, powder flask and turn-screw. MURPHY Dimensions: Bore: Barrel Length: Overall Length:
  • Nation : Austrian
  • Local Price : £8,750.00
Snaphaunce Musket c1630. A very rare early Snaphaunce Musket c1630 possibly earlier and Austrian or German. The musket is full stocked with a curve profile below the barrel line running the full length and with iron ramrod pipes, pins and muzzle end. The ramrod in original with horn tip matching the inlay to the stock. The barrel with excellent engraved decoration to the beech and flared muzzle. The stock with sliding small patch box with basic catch and a named detailed in ink Von ?? possibly the Austrian – German connection however the stock is stamped with A P and under the lock L H which could indicate the property of Col Alexander Popham of Littlecote House c 1605 – 1669 complete with iron large trigger guard and trigger Please note the lock has been cleaned and a small age repair to the forend which is hardly visible overall length 44 inches 112cm the barrel 37.75 inches 88cm
  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £8750
Click and use the code 24044 to search for this item on the dealer website What an An Exceptional Katana, And a Great Privilege to Own, A Sword Bearing the Name of Bizen Osafune Ju Yokoyama Sukenaga with a Breathtakingly Beautiful Choji Midare Hamon
  • Nation : Dutch
  • Local Price : $8500.00
Rare Documented Dutch Wheellock Sporting Gun, ca. 1630. From the famous Henk Visser collection, this gun is featured in “The Visser Collection Vol. 1, Part 4″, catalog no. 765 on pages 210 and 211. Similar style stocks are noted on three wheellock carbines attributed to Utrecht makers now in the Kremlin Armoury (see pages 82-87 in “Dutch Guns in Russia” by Yablonskaya). Octagonal 52″ swamped barrel of 28 gauge is very graceful and is fitted with dovetailed low profile brass front blade and rear notch sights; struck with three marks at the breech and a “PG” maker’s mark. Large flat lock secured with two screws, external wheel, manually operated pan cover that slides over the edge of the pan, and acorn-shaped finial on the tail of the lock that matches the tails of the long trigger plate and trigger guard. The full-length walnut stock is fitted with a mix of iron and brass mounts, including pierced brass accents on the wrist and side flat, a sliding wood patchbox lid, and octagonal butt with graceful drop. Wood brass-tipped ramrod with worm. Visser Collection inventory number “1183” marked in white on the reverse side of the stock. Very good condition, the steel cleaned to a silver-gray patina with scattered surface pitting, aged patina on the brass, some older replacement parts, restored stock with filled insect holes and subtle repairs, and mild dings and scratches. Lock not tested. A very attractive and unusually long wheellock sporting gun. Overall length 66 1/4″. Provenance: The H.L. Visser Collection.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7995
Click and use the code 23371 to search for this item on the dealer website Fabulous Quality King George IIIrd Cased Double Barrel Sporting Gun By World Renowned Gunsmith S.Nock, Early Transitional Flintlock To Percussion
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7995
Click and use the code 23230 to search for this item on the dealer website Circa 600 ad Middle Ages Sword Blade, Re-Hilted Around 1000 Years Ago At The Time of the Norman Invasion in 1066
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7995
Click and use the code 22370 to search for this item on the dealer website Original, Incredibly Rare ´Damascus´ Presentation Sword, Presented to the German Fuhrer of 1898, An Imperial German, Damascus Steel, Blue & Gilt, Presentation Fuhrer´s Sword. Set With Genuine Rubies and Silver Crossed Cannon
  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £7995
Click and use the code 23998 to search for this item on the dealer website Fine Shinto Samurai Katana Signed By Mino Swordsmith, Nodagoro Fujiwara Kanesada Circa 1720 Around 300 Years Old, With a Horai-zu Style Tsuba
  • Nation : Dutch
  • Local Price : £7950
Click and use the code 22160 to search for this item on the dealer website Possibly The Finest 17th Century Silver Sword Cum Plug-Bayonet, Complete With It&#acute;s Original Scabbard & Belt Mount, Outside of the Royal Collection..
  • Nation : -
  • Local Price : £7,950.00
Pair of flintlock Pistols by Winckhler – Munich c 1700. Three stage barrels octagonal then round with muzzle rings blued and rifled cal 13mm. Brass outlined master&#acute;s mark appears above each powder chamber in the form of a standing lion below W between the signature Hanns Winchhler. Curved locks the floral engraved domed lock plates with masks. Adjustable back triggers one spring tired lightly carved walnut stocks with dark horn fore-end caps plus open iron work decoration on the side plates complete with ramrods with horn tips overall length of each pistol 53.5cm. Hans Winckhler is known in Munich between 1680 and 1710. Early pair of pistols in beautiful condition.
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : £7950.00
Cased Pair of Percussion Pistols. A Superb Cased Pair of Percussion Officers Pistols Mapplebeck & Lowe. With sighted octagonal barrels retaining much original finish, foliate engraved, case-hardened breeches with single gold lines and platinum vents, signed border engraved locks decorated with sprays of foliage, the cocks decorated en suite, full-stocked in walnut, cut with chequering at the grips, with horn fore-ends, engraved steel mounts retaining nearly all of their original finish, with stylised pineapple finials, engraved butt caps with traps, and blued belt hooks: expertly cased in a contemporary pistol box, re-lined in blue baise and fitted with all accessories, including a three-way powder flask, turn screw and nipple key, oil bottle and bullet mould. The exterior of the box with brass corners and circular brass escutcheon. A nice set in superb order. Mapplebeck & Lowe Dimensions: Bore: Barrel Length: Overall Length:
  • Nation : French
  • Local Price : £7,850.00
Cased Pair of flintlock Pistol By T. Gill London. Cased Pair of flintlock Pistol By T. Gill London with browned twist octagonal barrels engraved ‘ London’ along the top flat at the breech, patent breeches each with two brass lines and brass-lined touch-hole, foliate engraved tangs each incorporating a back-sight, signed engraved flat bevelled locks each with French cock, safety-catch, rainproof pan and roller, figured walnut full stocks with chequered rounded butts, iron mounts retaining traces of original blueing including trigger-guards each with pineapple finial and engraved with a Britannia shield against foliage on the bow, vacant silver escutcheons and barrel-bolt escutcheons, and original horn-tipped ramrods each with iron worm: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with some accessories including 3 way powder-flask, the exterior of the lid with brass flip up handle plate engraved G A Welch Esq Arle Lodge near Cheltenham, 24 cm. barrels – Thomas Gill is recorded as a sword cutler and gunmaker at 83 St. James’s Street between 1806-24
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7750
Click and use the code 21774 to search for this item on the dealer website Singularly Beautiful Napoleonic Wars Presentation Quality 1796-1803 Sword
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : £7500.00
Scarce Tatham Over & Under Flintlock Pistol. A Rare Flintlock Over & Under Pistol by Tatham of London. With browned round barrels with blade sight, stamped with gold poincon ‘TATHAM LONDON’ at the breech, with single platinum line and platinum touch holes, foliate engraved tang fitted with rear-sight, steel ramrod and belt clip fitted to the right hand side of the barrels and stamped below ‘WS’. Stepped bevelled locks, signed ‘TATHAM’ at the rear and decorated with sprays of foliage, unusual cocks border line engraved, top-jaws engraved with a sun-burst, half-stocked in walnut, cut with chequering at the grip, engraved steel mounts comprising foliate engraved butt-cap, border engraved trigger guard decorated with foliage and numbered on a shield, some engraving refreshed. An incredibly scarce pistol. TATHAM Henry born 1770. At Firth St. Sword Cutler and Beltmaker-in-Ordinary to George III, 1798; Gunmaker to Prince of Wales, 1798. Gunmaker & Sword Cutler, 37 Charring Cross, 1800-33 (in partnership with Joseph Egg as Tatham & Egg at the same address, 1801-14). Also at 60 Firth St., Soho, 1805-8. Supplied Ordnance with Malaysian ‘Cresses’ [Kris] 1801, presentation rifles for Indian Chiefs, 1816. Died 1835. Succeeded by Henry. Dimensions: Bore: 15 Bore Barrel Length: 7.5 Inches (19.05 cm) Overall Length: 12.5 Inches (31.75 cm)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7500
Rare .780 Calibre Land Pattern Musket for Dragoons dated 1759 on the Lock. This pattern of Dragoon Carbine was a modification of the more numerous  Land Pattern Musket produced for infantry. It was issued to dragoons from the early 1740s until it was replaced with a regular Dragoon Carbine in 1770. The carbine is mounted with a 42 inch barrel which is 4 inches shorter than the usual infantry Land Pattern length of 46 inches. This shorter length barrel was later adopted by British line infantry from 1768 and referred to as the “Short” Land Pattern. In this respect the dragoon barrel length was the forerunner of the change in barrel length adopted for infantry. The carbine differs in some other minor ways in that the ramrod is of wood with a brass tip and the rounded fore-end is without a brass cap. In the 1760's some new carbine designs appeared for dragoons with a smaller bore of .65 inch from which carbines evolved into more of a specific class of firearm of their own rather than as a modification of the Short Land Pattern. The bevelled lock of this musket is of 1740 Pattern engraved around the border and stamped with a crown over GR in front of the cock, with the government ownership mark stamped beneath the pan. The tail is stamped “TOWER” over the date “1759”. The sighted barrel is stamped “4” at the breech with two unclear ordnance marks nearby. The barrel is retained by three pins and the upper swivel screw. The musket is mounted with a full stock with typically high butt comb, regulation brass mounts and four cylindrical brass ramrod pipes of standard Land Pattern type. The side plate is of the usual Land Pattern rounded form. The lock-side of the butt is stamped with a Georgian store keeper’s mark and the reverse side is deeply incised with the letters “B B”. The stock is stamped twice beyond the tail of the trigger guard with worn inspectors' stamps. See pages 46 and 47 of British Military Longarms 1715-1815 by D.W. Bailey.
  • Nation : -
  • Local Price : $7495.00
Fabulous Pair of Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistols Made for an Ottoman Potentate. Featuring two-stage tapering 11 1/4″ barrels of approximately .65 caliber (some pitting); the breech inscribed ‘London’, engraved with a crescent amid stamped stars, and stamped with three rectangular trellised marks and a crowned “M” on the left side. Rounded locks in the French manner, each inscribed ‘Wilson’ in script and featuring semi-rainproof pan and roller. Figured hardwood full stocks profusely inlaid with silver wire foliate scrollwork highlighted with pins and with silver pellets surrounding each lock. Silver mounts cast and chased in relief with martial trophies and foliage; comprising side-plates, escutcheons, spurred pommels, trigger-guards (one expertly repaired), turned ramrod-pipes, and false ramrods en suite with the stocks. Turkish silver marks and tughra, probably from the reign of Mahmud II (1808-1839). Mechanically very good with strong mainsprings. Exceptional workmanship overall. Total length 17 3/4″.
  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £7450
Click and use the code 24472 to search for this item on the dealer website Superb 15th Century, Ancient, Signed Samurai Sword, From the Famous Sukesada Line of Early Samurai Sword Smiths
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7400
Flintlock Blunderbuss by Robert Silke of London circa 1680. A scarce late 17th century English blunderbuss by Robert Silke. This gunmaker was part of the notable dynasty of gunmakers by the name of Silke that worked in London. The earliest records of this name extend back to 1610, and it was  heavily represented in the 17th and into the 18th centuries. Robert Silke was a prominent gunmaker and this blunderbuss is a fine example of his work. The blunderbuss is mounted with a heavy brass barrel of octagonal section at the breech marked on one of the flats with the initials of Robert Silke as the barrel maker, plus the Proof Mark of the London Gun Company and View Mark both under a crown. An arched rib reinforces the breech from which the iron tang extends and beds into an apron moulded into the stock. Beyond the octagonal flats towards the muzzle the barrel is shaped  in hexadecagonal section for a short distance terminating with an engraved parallel-lined band after which the barrel is of smooth rounded section gently narrowing then widening towards the muzzle. The bowed lock has a nippled tail bedded into a moulded apron on the stock. The cock, the area behind it, and in front, is engraved sparingly and attractively with leafy scrolls. The maker’s mark of R SILKE is engraved underneath the scroll in front of the cock. The lock is secured to the stock by three screws with dome heads visible on the reverse side. The trigger terminates in a backward scroll, and the trigger guard is of iron, underneath which the head of the screw which secures the barrel tang to the stock is visible. The stock is of walnut mounted with a brass butt plate secured to the stock with seven iron tacks flush with the surface of the plate. The tapered ramrod has a brass cap at the wide end and is mounted with an iron worm at the tip. The ramrod is secured to the stock by a tube bored into the stock and a single ramrod pipe. The absence of a side plate, and tail pipe for the ramrod, combined with the method of securing the butt plate with flat headed iron tacks, together with the entry method of the barrel tang screw into the stock from underneath, are, amongst other features, indicative of a late 17th century date for the blunderbuss. Following the Restoration of the monarchy in England in 1660 blunderbusses increased in popularity in civilian life and in the Services, particularly the Navy. A manuscript dated 1684 shows that ships were entitled to a number of blunderbusses represented as a proportion of the number of cannon employed on board. Robert Silke was apprenticed to his father, John, the fourth Silke of that name,  in 1659.  He obtained his Freedom of the Gunmakers' Company in 1666, and submitted his proof piece in 1667. Robert was elected as Assistant to the Company in 1679, and progressed to be elected as Master of the Company in  1689, 1696 and once more in 1700. He was based in the Minories in London and worked as a gunmaking Contractor to the Ordnance 1667-1701, to the Hudson's Bay Company 1678-1701 and to the Royal African Company 1683-1701.  In 1689 Silk was appointed Chief Gunmaker of the Tower of London and also became a Captain of the London Trained Bands (the London Militia) from circa 1690.  Robert Silke died in 1701. It is unlikely that the signature on this blunderbuss is that of the second and only other recorded Robert Silke, who was the son of the first described above, due to his short career, the absence of many surviving works attributed to him, and the fact that he predeceased his father. He was apprenticed to his father in 1686, made free in 1693 and was deceased by 1696.  Possibly he worked in the Minories with his father for a short time after being made free and is recorded like his father as  a Contractor to the Ordnance for a short time in 1694/5. References: D R Baxter, “Blunderbusses”, Arms and Armour Press, 1970 and Howard L Blackmore, “A Dictionary of London Gunmakers”,  1350-1850, Phaidon – Christie’s Limited, 1986. The blunderbuss is in fine condition with some minor speckling and staining to the iron parts as visible in the photographs. The wooden stock is in fine condition with some minor dents. The barrel is just over 16″ (41 cm) long and the overall length of the blunderbuss measured extremity to extremity is 31 inches (just under 80 cm).
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : 9,200.00 USD
FINE SCOTTISH BASKET HILTED BACKSWORD. Second-quarter of the 18th century. The hilt of alternate vertical and saltire form scalloped edge panels pierced with stylized hearts and enclosed by scalloped flat bars. The broad scroll forward quillon intact. Grooved conical pommel with bun form button. Fish skin (?) grip with brass band wrap and ferrules. The 30 ¼” s.e. blade stamped with the king's head mark four times each side. The marks alternation with the letter pairs AN  DR  EA  and  FE  RA  RA. Andrea Ferarra blades, of course, are the most valued on Scottish basket hilted swords.    Each side with short narrow fullers above and below the marks. Walter Allen famously made swords incorporating these elegant and imaginative elements. Swords of this quality and complexity are often described as from the “circle of Walter Allen” though it is probably more accurate to describe them as influenced or inspired by Walter Allen. They were carried by clansmen who could afford them and served in the frequent interclan battles as well as in the Scottish Rebellion of 1745 which ended tragically at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7350
Click and use the code 24093 to search for this item on the dealer website Beautiful, Inscribed, Elizabethan Tudor & Renaissance Nobleman&#acute;s Rapier 16th Century, Circa 1570
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £7350
Fine Scottish Basket Hilted Sword circa 1740. A fine and stylish Scottish basket hilted sword dating to the second quarter of the 18th century. The sword has an imposing presence in hand and is a well balanced and robustly constructed weapon. The fully formed basket guard is manufactured with sturdy, strong, round section structural bars and well formed panels, of high quality workmanship, creating an aesthetically appealing shape with smooth contours. The hilt is similar to that of a sword shown held by John Campbell “of the Bank” in his portrait painted in 1759. His proven loyalty to the House of Hanover was demonstrated in his work with the Royal Bank of Scotland, which he joined at its formation in 1727, during the occupation of Edinburgh by the Jacobites in the 1745 Rebellion. This factor was probably instrumental in the portrait being allowed to feature a Campbell in full Highland regalia including traditional Scottish weapons which were proscribed elsewhere under pain of bitter penalties especially in those areas occupied by clans with Jacobite sympathies. The portrait is reproduced below. The front panels and side guard plates of the hilt are pierced with hearts, circles and engraved with angular border line decoration. The pommel is cone  shaped with four sets of double lines, with rows of dots between, radiating from the well formed, tall and deeply waisted button on top. The three upper arms of the guard are securely tucked into a groove cut around the lower half of the pommel. The sword hilt is tight and secure. Of tapering back sword form the blade has a short ricasso. The shoulders sit in a pronounced groove cut into the underneath of the cross guard bar. A broad  fuller extends from the hilt down the middle of the blade almost to the tip,  and tapers in proportion with the blade. A deeper, narrower fuller, runs from the hilt underneath the spine and fades away circa 10 inches (26 cm) from the tip. The blade has obviously seen use on more than one occasion. Some minor nicks to the cutting edge have been filed out over time, especially towards the tip, whilst  other, presumably more recent nicks, have been left unattended, now smoothed with age. The spirally grooved baluster shaped grip is of wood and covered with shagreen bound with a flat silver band in the grooves flanked by narrower wires. The remains of a leather liner at the base of the grip is still visible. An old red woollen fringe is present between the top of the grip and the pommel  base. This is a fine quality “meaty” sword which handles well with lovely proportions and  in fine overall condition, a nice example of its time. The blade is 35.75 inches (91 cm) and overall  the sword is 42 inches long (107 cm).
  • Nation : Indian
  • Local Price : £9¸000
Beautiful Antique Silver Indo-Persian Rulers Sword. Beautiful Antique Silver Indo-Persian Rulers Sword\"This is a long curved¸ early antique Mughal Blade and is very rare. It is almost last 17th and early 18th century old sword and belongs to North India (at that time). The Hilt of this sword is called kuftgari hilt and is Silver.
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : $6995.00
Exceptional Gilded Pappenheimer Rapier, ca. 1630. Symmetrical guard formed of diamond-section bars with large pas d'ane and three up- turned concentric rings extending from the lower end, the uppermost one joined to the knuckle bow. The opening inside the smallest ring is covered by a pierced shell-shaped plate attached with two screws. Vertically recurved quillons and shield-shaped quillon block. Knuckle bow with large finial unconnected and curved away from the pommel. Grip with flat and twisted iron wire wrap and finished with grooved ferrules top and bottom. Faceted ovoid pommel with button. Hilt retaining approximately 90% of its gilded finish. Straight hexagonal-section 41″ blade with three narrow 9″ fullers and long flat ricasso stamped on one side with a clear crowned “S” in a shield, possibly the mark of the famed Sahagun family of Toledo blade smiths. Very good condition for its age with very light pitting on the blade. Overall length 47 ½”. This style rapier named for Field Marshal Gottfried Heinrich Graf (count) zu Pappenheim, Imperial cavalry commander of Thirty Years War fame. A gilded pappenheimer rapier was carried by Swedish King Gustavus II Adolphus when he was killed at the Battle of Lutzen in 1632 and is preserved in the Stockholm Royal Armouries. Coincidentally, Field Marshal von Pappenheim was also killed in this battle.
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