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MORPHY AUCTIONS: EARLY ARMS & MILITARIA : MAY 18TH


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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.



ROCK ISLAND PREMIER AUCTION: MAY 14TH


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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.