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Kramer Auctions next sale of August 6th Includes a wide range of fine sporting shotguns. Among the offerings are collectible Ithaca doubles, a Winchester model 21 grand American, a20 GA LC Smith Ideal grade featherweight, and AYA sporting 20 GA game gun and a prewar Winchester model 12 black diamond grade trap gun.  The sale also includes fine collector pistols such as the Colt 1902 pictured as well as a S&W 357 in its original box from 1936.
Among the fine rifles in the sale are a rare Winchester 30-06 1895 musket and a model 1886 take down rifle in 45-70. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Anthony Cribbs sale of the 20th includes a food selection of Georgian presentation swords. A variety of volunteer infantry and cavalry sword examples include one presented by the Ayr and Kilmarnock Volunteer Riflemen to their colonel in 1804, another by the Peterhead Corps of Volunteer Infantry in the same year and a Madras artillery example presented in 1810. Several fine blue and gilt cavalry sabres are also offered. Among the earlier edged weapons is the very attractive Italian 16th C rapier pictured, this example is mounted with a flattened pierced blade and the hilt is decorated with silver busts.
A wide selection of antique firearms will be sold including two examples of Rigby target rifles as well as a cased pair of dueling pistols by Wilson London and a flintlock pair of blunderbuss pistols by Heylin, A good selection of Mughal & Persian swords will be sold in addition to  Japanese and Ottoman arms.  Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Sofe Designs’ next sale of the 26th Includes the sale includes this fine German presentation sword given to Prince Friedrich of Hessen by the officer of the Holsteinischen Infantry regiments. There are several fine lots with German or Austrian associations a including finely inlaid pair of wheellock pistols, a wheellock rifle and a highly unusual combination matchlock wheellock.
Edged weapons in the sale include a Glasgow school Scottish broadsword, one of several Scottish swords and dirks, a good Polish hussar saber and a fine Ottoman/Serbian Shamshir. The sale also includes Persian and Mughal arms as well as Russian, English, French and American collectible arms. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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Czerny’s next sale is June 25th and includes many spectacular lots such as the cased set of arms pictured. I was given by Queens Isabelle II to Marquis Louis De Turgot in 1854. The highest Estimate is for the superb Consulate period pair of dueling pistol by Boutet at 35-45.000 Euro.  The sale also includes several fine sets of armour, beautifully inlaid wheellock rifles, a rare pair of Berselli repeating flintlock pistols and a wide selection of other firearms, swords and edged weapons from around the world.
Czernys are holding a sperate sale on the 24th with a catalog dedicated to rare weapons of the Malay Archipelago. This sale includes arms from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia a collecting area of growing interest and scholarship. Click on the image for a link to the sales.


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Antikvity Praha’s June sale of the 19th includes a broad selection of fine longarms, armour, swords and related militaria. Pictured are some of the lots in the sale. Including in the edged weapons  are a fine French gilt 18th C smallsword,  an early silver 19C Greek silver mounted presentation shamshir and a spear of the guard of the Emperor Ferdinand the 1st dated 1588.

Among the guns offered are a fine French double flintlock fowler and a rare  Austrian System Aydt Schuetzen rifle by Reid. Not pictured are several large early two-handed processional swords, a range of European military sabres, percussion and early cartridge firearms including American and English revolvers. The sale also include some elements of armour, easter arms and a range of fine antiques.Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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The leading gun in Thomas Del Mar’s sale other the 30th is a rare Colt Paterson No2 revolver. The example of this rare, early and iconic America revolver is inlaid with German silver decoration and has mother of pearl grips.  The sale includes a wide range of lots in all price ranges from a range of cultural context and historical epochs.
Among the early European lots are a fine south German burgonet with bevor, a pair of German wheellock pistols, a late 17th C German executioners’ sword, a German or Swiss hand-and-a-half sword, and several early elements of armour.  A fine English silver encrusted rapier is included in the sale, as are a very rare pair of attractive 17th C English enameled copper alloy stirrups.
Other swords offered include a Russian presentation example dated 1857, a Qajar garniture of sword and dagger, an Indian sword with gem-set Jade hilt, a fine Siamese Dhab, and a selection of smallswords. Guns in the sale include dueling pistols, sporting and military arms from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Click on the image for a link to the sale.


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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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