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Morphy Auctions are holding their sale of Early American Arms on May 18th.  Among the many rare and fine lots offered is the only known example of a sergeant’s sword of Sir William Pepperell’s Regiment, the first American raised regiment of the British army in the French & Indian war.

Marked #2 of the 280 made in England in 1754, this sword would have been present in the fighting in upstate New York including at the battle of Oswego. The defenders were massacred and only one partial hilt is known prior to this example.  A rare revolutionary Virginia Grenadiers sabre, purchased in France, with partial scabbard is also offered. This model of sword was ordered in 1778 and was the type  surrendered By Virginia major Alexander Stuart at the Battle of Guilford Court House. They saw extensive use in specifc revolutionary campaigns.

Other lots offered include a Potter sabre, several superb carved map horns, a range revolutionary war long arms and a historic Kentucky long rifle presented by Lafayette to his Indian guide Chief Tunis. Click on the image for a link to the sale.

The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour, Sothebys May 11th

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Sotheby's  sale of Japanese arms and armour happens this week on Tuesday May 11th. The catalog includes a superb offering of armour with several fine examples of  Nimai-do gusoku, armour,. from the  late 16th century onwards as well as Katana, Tachi and  Tanto from all periods. A  rare late 17th/early 18th C folding screen of 12 panels depicting the battles of Ichinotani and Yashima is the first lot in the sale. A six panel example is in the Metropolitan Musuem of Art.

Pictured is an Edo period Tachi signed Zen Hakushu Nobutaka nyudo. Also included inthe the sale is and edo period Katana Signed Chikuzen kuni Minamoto Nobukini Heijiro Yoshinao saku and an Etchu tachi Attributed to Norishige, Late Kamakura - early Nanbokucho period (14th C) . Click on the image for a link to the catalog.


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Crowning the lots offered in Rock island’s premiere sale of May 14th is a pair of pistols owned by Alexander Hamilton. Rarely do guns as historically important as these come to the market. Accompanied by Hamilton’s epaulettes this pair of pistols comes with a provenance through General Philip Schuyler, Hamilton’s father-in-law and by descent in the family.

The premiere sale also includes many other museum quality lots, among them an Ulrich exhibition relief engraved Winchester Model 1873, a Confederate Columbus Arsenal 9 pounder bronze cannon, a Lloyds Patriotic Fund sword with Trafalgar presentation and a Krieghoff F42 paratrooper machine gun. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Sofe Designs’ next sale of May 8th is comprised of a single owner collection of fine and rare Asian arms. The sale includes some exceptionally fine quality examples of Indonesian and Philippine weaponry with damascus steel patterned blades and exquisite mounts that are rarely encountered on the market. Pictured is lot 220, a superb gold mounted early 20th C keris with finely carved horn hilt. Also included are barong, kampilan, mandau, balato and parang weapons. A number of very fine Ottoman and Indo-Persian sabers with fine wootz blades, as well as some rare examples of large tribal shields and armour, spears, clubs, Dayak trophy’s and superb
 carved wood keris-holder statues are included in the sale. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Probus Auction Stockholm are holding their spring sale on April 19th. The sale includes a wide selection of fine antique arms, orders and militaria. Carrying the highest estimate of $15000 is a beautiful pair of Dutch early 18th C pistols by Jan De Wyka, Utrecht with the muzzles engraved “Lucky is he who escapes me”.  Other fine guns in the sale include a Swedish wheellock pistol C 1690, a German flintlock pistol by Bongarde Dusseldorf and German flintlock rifle C 1680 with a fabulously carved stock.  Among the edged weapons offered are a Swedish M1701 sword, a rare unmodified M1685 infantry sword as well as fine Chinese, Russian French and English examples.

A range of American revolvers in the catalog includes examples by Rogers and Spencer, Remington, Colt, Bacon, Alan & Wheelock and Starr. Among the unusual lots in the sale are an Indian revolving multi-barreled matchlock with finely chiseled work and an early 20th C. Hungarian presentation sabre. The catalog also includes a selection of medals and orders with a wide range of estimates. Click on the image for a link to the sale. 


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Czerny’s April sale catalogue is now online. The sale includes a French cuirassier armour C. 1630 pictured as well as other amours and defensive elements, 17th C and later.  Among the antique guns in the sale are several pairs of cased pistols, some fine artistic examples of Dutch and Brescian pistols as well as a superb French swivel flintlock pistol C 1700.  Among the long guns are exotic examples of English and Spanish grenade launching guns as well as matchlocks and wheelocks. Some of the most desirable lots in the sale are among the antique sporting arms. A selection of superb French, Italian and German sporting guns offered includes many highly decorated and embellished flintlock and percussion examplesand includes the French example by Gauvain pictured. Several modern English doubles are also offered, guns by Chrles Boswelll among them.
A good section of early European swords in the sale includes rapiers, schiavonas, smallswords, falchions, processional two-handed swords and early medieval broadswords. A selection of US arms includes Henry’s and early leaver auction Winchesters. A collection of Naval arms is also. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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A superb Holland and Holland double ejector rifle for .30 super flanged cartridges is being offered by Carol Watsons Auction on March 13th.  It was made in 1954 and carries and estimate of 30,000-$40,000> Other top lots in the sale include an Gemmer, St Louis, sporting or Buffalo rifle, a Sharps New Model 1859 percussion rifle, two good Colt 1873 Single action Army’s and a Purdey back action rifle with good historical provenance

Also in the sale is a good collection of Browning guns offered including an exhibition grade Browning superposed 2bbl set, a Browning Midas grade OU 2barrel set and several factory engraved superposed guns. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Reata Pass’s Cowboy and firearms sale of the 30th includes this fine engraved S&W 44 Russian with Wexall and DeGries patent gilt and relief metal grips. Other rare antique lots offered include a WWI Steyr M95 sniper rifle, a colt 1871-72 open top .44 RF, A British 1803 flintlock Baker flintlock cavalry rifle and a martially marked Colt 1860 Army.

Among the modern sporting guns offered are a cased Beretta Orvis Uplander two barrel set, a Marlin whitetail special in 45-70gvt, a Weatherby mark V 300 Weatherby magnum, a cased SKB M 385 two barrel set, and a Winchester model 70 featherweight in 358 Winchester. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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An engraved Winchester/Miroku Model 1873 Grade 4 lever action is a lot to snap up in Rock Island’s last sale of the year. The online sale closes on the 29th and among other nice long guns in the sale are a Winchester Model 12 slide action 28 gauge shotgun, a Winchester Jack O'Connor special edition model 70 bolt action rifle and a Heckler & Koch model SL6 semi-automatic rifle. 
Pistols in the sale include a scarce Beretta Model 96 combat semi-automatic pistol, a HK4 Semi-automatic pistol with box and .22 LR conversion kit. a Colt New Service .38 W.C.F. double action revolver, a silver mounted Collumbell percussion conversion screw-barrel Pistol and a Colt Third Generation Single Action Army revolver. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Czerny’s sale of December 19th includes this fabulous pair of presentation flintlock pistols by Vignat Marseilles. A wide selection of superb lots includes several sets of full and ¾ armour, an outstanding French renaissance dagger circa 1570,  an exceptionally fine  Dresden rapier from the same period, a 17th C Mughal tulwar, property of emperor  Jahangir with laddered wootz and a pair of early 18th C German bronze cannons.  

Among other lots in the sale are an exquisite pair of Greek Roka style pistols, a rare and early Wheelock pistol C 1560 and an American Henry rifle .

Click on the image for a link to the sale.

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