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AN ITALIAN BROADSWORD FROM THE MAMLUK ARSENAL IN ALEXANDRIA, CHRISTIE'S, JULY 5th


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Among the rarest and most sought after swords are those from Maluk arsenal in Alexandria. Christie’s has one such example on July the 4th carrying and estimate of 200,000-300,000 sterling. These inscribed swords were presented as diplomatic gifts to the mamluk sultan Mailik Mu’ayyad Abu’l-Nasr Shaykh in 1419 by King Janus of Cyprus.

In 1517 the Ottoman Empire removed these swords to Istanbul following their defeat of the Mamluks Some were subsequently sold on the private market following world war I. They are, not surprisingly, a holy grail of collectors given the, antiquity, the historical context and the relatively fine condition these swords tend to have.
 



ROCK ISLAND REGIONAL AUCTION, JUNE 21st


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Rock island regional auction on June 21st includes many scarce collector arms. Among the lots offered is the Volcanic pistol pictured that carrier an estimate of $8000-$10,000. Related lots include a Henry rifle and a Winchester 1873 first model in 44 WCF. Other Iconic American arms in the sale are a Colt 1839 percussion revolving carbine and a cased Remington new model army revolver.
 
Among the military collectibles are a Springfield 1903 sniper rifle, and an Elgin cutlass pistol. Sporting arms include a William Evans Double, a Clayton Neslon Mauser 98 in 30-06, and a Winchester Model 21. There is a wide range of collector handguns from all historic periods as well as many modern examples of pistols shotguns and rifles for both collector and sportsmen. Click on the image for a link to the sale.



 
 
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