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SKINNER: Important American Military Arms from the Steve Andrews Collection, Oct 5th

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Bonhams Skinner sale of Oct 5th  features an impressive selection of rare and historic arms from the collection of  Steve Andrews. Highlights include a rare American Light Horse cavalry sabre, an unsigned Jeremiah Snow cavalry sabre as well as 1794 and 1798 Contract muskets. Several 1797 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Contract muskets including a regimentally marked piece will also be offered.

War of 1812-era arms are well represented with a selection of U.S. Model 1795, 1808, and other contract muskets, several with state militia associations. A group of arms from the second quarter of the 19th century and Civil War round out the sale with a selection of U.S. Model 1833 Dragoon sabres including a fine enlisted man's example for the National Lancers. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Czerny's Auctioneers Szarna in Italy is presenting an Exceptional Collection of Historical Firearms and Artifacts, for auction on September 20th and 21st. Among the standout offerings is a pair of wheel-lock pistols (pictured) from Saxony dated1587.
The auction encompasses a diverse selection of early armor, including noteworthy pieces like an elegant man-at-arms half armour in Pisan style dating around 1580 from Milan. Also included is an important Italian full suit of armor from the third quarter of the 16th Century, as well as a cuirassier's complete composite armor from the 17th Century.

The catalog features a remarkable 18th Century Indian kandshar adorned with intricate stone decorations, exemplifying the opulence of the Moghul era. A beautiful Pesh Kabz with lapis lazuli grip scales will also cross the block. Notable lots with noble provenance include an exceptional pair of Lebeda pin-fire pistols once owned by William Duke of Brunswick.  A double-barreled Lamat centerfield revolver is also in the catalog as is a finely crafted Algerian toe-lock gun, dating back to 1801 and featuring intricate engravings on its earlier lock
Collectors of Japanese arms will find their interests piqued with a full Tosei Gosoku armor and a Yoroi armor available for bidding. An early and attractive Caylonese Kastane blade, dated 1759, is another highlight among the beautifully crafted edged weapons in the catalog.

The lineup also includes a rare double wheellock short carbine from around 1630 in Brescia, as well as a Greek silver-mounted Roka-style flintlock pistol from the late 18th Century. Interested bidders can find more details by clicking on the provided image link to the sale.

Antique Arms & Armour Landshuter Rüstkammer: September 22-23rd

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The Landshuter Rüstkammer September Auction includes 1340 lots of European and eastern antique arms and armor and guns from the 1500’s to the 1870’s as well as militaria from the First and Second World Wars.

For collectors of antique edged weapons, there is a large selection of daggers, swords and rapiers including a much sought after example of a Wolfgang Standler Munich town guards sword pictured. Related lots include swords dating as early as 950 to around 1650, in addition to European helmets, shields and suits of armor. A particularly fine closed helmet, German or Italian circa 1540, has a starting price 11.000 Euro.

Pistols and rifles offered range from matchlocks and wheellocks pistols to cased pairs of pistols of the 19th century. A superb high quality crafted pair of short flintlock rifles by the gunsmith Balthasar Zellner from Austria around 1740 (Lot 190) have a starting price 12.000 Euro.

Also included is in the sale is a group of oriental arms and armor with highly decorated daggers, swords, shields and firearms. In part 2 there is a large offering of German, Austrian and French edged weapons with over 200 swords, sabers and bayonets. Click on the image for a link to the sale.



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Scollard auctions are holding an upcoming auction featuring a diverse range of historical items on Sept 14th. Among the lots offered is a spectacular Gothic 'Houndskull' Bascinet Suit of Armour in the 15th Century Style. Several other helmets and elements of armor will be sold.

 Among the edged weapons are a pierced and engraved Spanish Cup Hilt Rapier (from the 17th-18th century, with an inscription "Sin al Es Dios Ceste R Si Dios" as well as a rapier of the type often used in the colonies and Caribbean. Other swords and daggers include a German Damascus Steel Lion Head Pommel Artillery Officer's Sword, a British Model 1803 Infantry Officer's Sword and several kindjals including a scarce example from the Black Sea.

Among the guns offered are an 18th C .French Silver-Mounted Brass Barreled Flintlock Pistol by Carrier Du Molard, and an attractive  Spanish Colonial Escopeta "Catalan" Miquelet Flintlock Carbine. Click on the image for a link to the sale.