Historic Firearms & Early Militaria

Historic Firearms & Early Militaria

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Cowan's Spring auction features a wide variety of fine arms and memorabilia spanning over 500 years of military and sporting arms innovation.

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American Restocked French Model 1777 Marine Musket

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 460)      

.73 caliber, 39.6875" round barrel, secured by three barrel bands. Bright finish, brass and iron furniture, walnut stock. 6.25" slightly rounded flintlock with removable bridled brass pan. Rounded reinforced cock with old replaced top jaw screw, and possibly top jaw as well. Lock bears no legible markings. The gun appears to be a re-conversion to flint. A composite restock of what appear to be mostly French M1777 Colonial & Marine musket parts, with three brass bands, the upper double strapped. The lower is spring-retained, while the upper two are nail retained. Middle band with brass swivel. Sideplate, triggerguard and buttplate are of iron. Stock appears to be cherry with a deep reddish tone and has a semi-Roman nosed profile and somewhat pronounced comb and moderate rail. A lug for an angular socket bayonet is present under the barrel, .9" from the muzzle. An old, trumpet-shaped iron ramrod that is slightly short to be functional is in the ramrod channel. While the consignor's notes suggest this musket was Revolutionary War era American rebuild, it is difficult to confirm that assertion. Overall an interesting composite musket that has certainly been in this configuration for a very long time, but that is impossible to verify as Revolutionary War period and is more likely an example of the early Federal Era musket rebuilding and refurbishment programs undertaken by the fledgling government.

Condition: Good. Metal with a deeply oxidized plum brown patina and some scattered pitting, particularly around the breech that suggest time spent used in a percussion configuration. Examination of the breech with a remote camera shows what appears to be a very old welded repair at the breech as part of the re-conversion. The breech plug tang shows old damage, suggesting it was roughly removed at some point in time. A previous owner's social security number is electric penciled into the left side of the barrel. Lock is mechanically functional; bore is dark, dirty and moderately pitted. Stock good with numerous cracks and repairs, particularly around the wrist and lock mortise area.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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Continental Flintlock Musket

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 460)      

.70 caliber, 42" barrel secured by three flat bands with springs, no S/N. Bright finish, European walnut stock. Unmarked externally with the exception of the assembly number 8 throughout, and a small inspection mark at the breech that appears to be a deeply struck SP. Lock remains in original flint configuration with matching assembly marks on both external and internal parts, barrel in original flint as well. No traditionally recognizable proofs are present on top or under the barrel. The musket appears to be Germanic copy of a French pattern musket, based upon the French M1822 from the second quarter of the 19th century. Retains the socket bayonet stud on top of barrel, 1.125" from the muzzle, the full-length button head ramrod with threads at end and both sling swivels.

Condition: Very good. Metal cleaned to bright, some of the assembly numbers weak from cleaning. Some very minor arms of light pinpricking are present, as well as some lightly scattered surface oxidation. Mechanically functional, moderately oxidized bore with light even pitting. Stock lightly cleaned with crisp edges and lines, showing some scattered bumps, dings and minor mars. There is some minor slivering around the triggergaurd tang that appears to be from poor fitting and a small chip out behind the breech plug tang.

EST $ 1000 - 2000...more

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Raised Carved Kentucky Flintlock Fullstock Rifle By John Shuler

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 460)      

.42 caliber, 43.25" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, faux striped maple finished stock. Flat stepped flintlock with roller frizzen and fenced waterproof pan marked R/ASHMORE/WARRANTED in three lines with single set trigger. Lock is likely a replacement as rifle is a reconversion to flint. Barrel signed John Shuler in script and marked 42 at breech. Engraved four-piece brass Daisy Head patch box, lightly engraved toe plate and two-screw side plate. Stock with a graceful Roman nosed profile and raised carved cheek rest with engraved German silver crescent moon inlay, carved leaf pattern decorations and carved moldings along the toe line. 1.85" brass nose cap, two round thimbles and and a brass entry pipe with an old wood ramrod that is likely a replacement.

Condition: Good. Barrel with a mottled and oxidized plum brown and gray patina with some scattered light pitting that heavy at the breech from use as a percussion rifle. Reconverted to flint. Lock mechanically functional with some pitting. 8-groove bore with crisp rifling and scattered pitting. Brass with an uncleaned patina, German silver deeply tarnished. Stock with numerous bumps, dings and mars, showing extensive repairs through the lock mortise area, and some smaller repairs in the forend. A chip is missing from the toe, as well as a piece of the toe plate.

EST $ 3000 - 5000...more

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Breech-Loading Flintlock Rifle by Sykes

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 460)      

.65 caliber, 37"round barrel, no S/N. Blued finish, walnut stock with checkered wrist, brass furniture. Stepped, bolted flint lock with waterproof pan and roller fizzen marked SYKES / OXFORD . Barrel with London commercial proofs and {CROWN} / IW barrel makers mark. Spanner operated screw open breech with interrupted threads. Full-stock altered to half-stock with two barrel lugs removed. Fixed rear sight, blade front sight. Missing a flip up long range sight that was mounted on the breech. Includes a Sykes patent brass loading device marked for 1 1/4oz of shot and for powder. This was likely produced by Sykes & Sons working under Thomas Sykes' patents for various flasks. The rifle is likely the work of John Sykes II who as a London gunsmith ca 1796-1817. A well made and interesting flintlock breechloading rifle from the first decade of the 19th century.

Condition: Good. Retains traces of blue on the barrel with an evenly oxidized plum brown patina with some scattered surface roughness. Mechanically functional, clear markings, good bore with some pitting. Breech screw cap with mars and wear from inappropriate and forced removal. Forend shortened, remaining stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars. Charger very good.

EST $ 2000 - 3000...more

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North Carolina Long Rifle Signed DG

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 460)      

.40 caliber, 45.5" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, hardwood full stock. Flat rounded flint lock with roller frizzen and fenced waterproof pan, marked N MELCHIOR / WARRANTED is likely a replacement. Rifle is reconverted to flint. Barrel signed D*G in script. Double set triggers. Engraved four-piece patch box, with two screw side plate and toe plate engraved with the same simple floral and geometric motifs. Stock with raised carved cheek piece with brass vent pick holder and loose Rococo carving on butt. Carved molding along forend with German silver false wedges, carved molding around lock, terminating in arrow finials. Carved apron around breech plug tang with leaf motif, terminating in a leaf finial. German silver thumb plate at wrist and oval cheek rest inlay. 2.4375" brass nose cap, three faceted brass thimbles and a faceted brass entry pipe, no ramrod present. Consignor notes attribute this rifle to David Gross, who worked in Guilford County, NC ca 1805 (Sellers). However, comparison with known Gross guns suggests that this is by another maker. A very similar rifle signed "DG" and depicted as rifle #58 in William Ivey's North Carolina Schools of Long Rifles 1765-1865 suggests that the maker of this gun was from the Rowan School of rifle makers, likely in the North Carolina Piedmont area. A really lovely North Carolina rifle from the first quarter of the 19th century.

Condition: Very good. Metal with mottled brown and gray patina with some surface oxidation and light pitting. Moderate pitting around breech attests to the time this rifle spent as a percussion gun. Some vise marks are present around the breech area and the tang shows some minor vise damage as well. Lock with moderate pitting, remaining mechanically functional, 7-groove bore very good with crisp rifling and scattered pitting. Brass with a medium golden patina, German silver with a thick, uncleaned patina. Stock very good showing scattered bumps, dings, impact marks and mars. A small repair is present at the toe, some pins in the forend are replaced and others are missing.

EST $ 3000 - 5000...more

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Flintlock Kentucky Rifle

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 460)      

.33 caliber, 38.5" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, full-length stock with lightly engraved four-piece patchbox. Illegible stamped marking on top flat of barrel. Reconverted flint lock with flat beveled swan neck cock, secured by a single lock bolt. Brass furniture includes buttplate with separate toe plate, triggerguard with finger spur extension, flat side plate, two faceted ramrod pipes and an entry pipe, 1.5" nose cap. Includes wood ramrod.

Condition: Good. Metal a mottled brown and gray patina with scattered oxidation. Metal mostly smooth with an old cleaning and pitting around the breech suggesting a reconversion to flint. Rear sight an old replacement. Lock needs mechanical attention, bore evenly pitted and oxidized with good rifling. Stock with wear, some added finish, a couple of repaired cracks and slivers in the forend, a repaired crack under the lock and some missing and replaced wood around the pins.

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Flintlock Kentucky Rifle by Leonard Reedy

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 460)      

.40 caliber, 39.75" wedge retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, full-length stock. Commercial English flintlock marked METCALFE / LONDON / WARRANTED . Otherwise unmarked. Mounted with a simply engraved, open work four-piece patch box with release in butt. Buttplate with separate toe plate and arrowhead decorative plate along the stock comb. German silver escutcheons at the wedges, German silver thumb piece at wrist. Graceful Roman nosed stock with raised cheek rest set with a German silver six-pointed star, and simple incised lines along the forend and stock toe. Includes a lead tipped wood ramrod. Leonard Reedy worked ca 1794-1810 in Berks County, PA and ca 1825-1835 in Dauphin County, PA (Sellers).

Condition: Good. Metal with evenly oxidized brown patina showing some moderate pitting around the breech suggesting a reconversion to flint from a percussion drum. Markings legible, lock needs adjustment to be reliable. Bore moderately pitted with strong rifling and is quite dirty. Brass mostly unclean with a nice mustard patina. Stock lightly sanded and refinished with some minor repairs to cracks minor damage in the foreign, with a more major repair around the rear of the lock mortise where added brown finish attempts to conceal the work. Otherwise with the usual scattered bumps and dings.

EST $ 2000 - 4000...more

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Flintlock Kentucky Rifle by LWP with Two Patchboxes

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 460)      

.40 caliber, 38.25" wedge retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, full-length hardwood stock. Barrel signed LWP in script, otherwise unmarked. Reconverted flint lock with fenced water proof pan, roller frizzen and added flat, beveled swan neck cock. Roman-nosed stock with awkward, paddle-like profile set with four-piece acorn finial patchbox in obverse and smaller oval patchbox in reverse, under cheek rest. Buttplate with separate toe plate, triggerguard with extended finger rest, double set-triggers, thick two-screw side plate. Decorated with a German silver six-pointed star on the cheek rest and a pair of brass fish on either side of the forend between the lock and rear sight. Forend spliced at entry pipe and replaced to muzzle. includes a wooden ramrod.

Condition: Good as restored. Metal with plum brown appearance that appears to be a combination of age and chemical patination. Tang repaired, lock reconverted, toe plate damaged. Lock mechanically functional, good bore with even oxidation and scattered pitting. Forend replaced, stock sanded and refinished with repaired cracks forward and to the rear of the lock.

EST $ 1500 - 2500...more

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Fullstock Flintlock Rifle

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 460)      

.53 caliber, 42.25" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, full-length stock. Externally unmarked flint lock with faceted, fenced pan and flat beveled swan neck cock, marked CS on the interior indicating that it is a Charles "Bud" Siler lock. Stock with rudimentary four-piece daisy head patch box with release in toe, buttplate with separate toe plate. Additional brass furniture includes a simple geometric two-screw side plate, brass triggerguard with extended grip spur, two faceted pipes and an entry pipe. Stock with graceful, subtle Roman nose profile, raised cheek rest and simple carving on the reverse butt which measures 1.75" in width. A German silver quarter moon is present on the cheek rest and German silver escutcheons are present along the forend, which shows some simple incised line carving. A German silver thumb plate is present at the wrist as well. Fixed notch rear sight, dovetailed blade front sight, wood ramrod.

Condition: Good. Metal with a fairly even plum patina with patches of oxidation and some light pitting around the touchhole and the breech. Breech plug tang (and accompanying plug) may be of more recent vintage, as is the modern lock. Lock mechanically functional, bore good, heavily oxidized and showing even pitting with deep rifling. Most of the brass furniture has an uncleaned patina. Stock good with the usual minor repairs to the forend with numerous repaired cracks and some added pieces of wood. Numerous wood repairs are present around the lock, with a large piece replaced between the lock and tang and piece missing forward of the lock. Stock sanded and refinished with some areas of additional finish added in an attempt to conceal repaired cracks and areas of added wood. A repaired crack is present at the toe as well.

EST $ 6000 - 9000...more

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Fullstock Flintlock Kentucky Rifle By JH

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 460)      

.44 caliber, 39.5" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, brass furniture, full-length hard wood stock. Barrel signed JH in script, but is otherwise unmarked. Flat, stepped flint lock is an old, ill-fitting replacement. Rifle with a simple four-piece daisy head patch box with release in toe, flat, 2-screw side plate and a triggerguard with finger extension. Buttplate with separate toe plate that is damaged and missing brass at both ends. Two brass pipes with entry pipe damaged and upper pipe missing, 2" brass nose cap. Fixed notch rear sight and dovetailed front sight. Stock with a subtle Roman nose profile, raised cheek rest and measuring 1.6" wide at the butt. Some simple incised line carving is present in the forend. Includes a wood ramrod.

Condition: Good. Metal with a mottled and moderately oxidized patina showing areas of brown and gray with some surface roughness, scattered pitting and more moderate pitting at the breech. Rifle is likely reconverted to flint from a percussion drum conversion, based upon the significant erosion at the breech. Mechanically functional, good bore with strong rifling is very dirty and evenly pitted. Brass furniture is mostly untouched, except for the bright entry pipe. Stock sanded and refinished with several repaired cracks in the forend and significant amounts of wood loss along the upper edges of the forend on both sides. Additional repairs are present around the lock mortise where some wood is added and through the triggerguard area and the reverse butt, where added finish conceals apparent repaired cracks.

EST $ 3000 - 6000...more

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Fullstock Flintlock Kentucky Rifle By William Kelsay

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 460)      

.50 caliber, .45.125" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, full-length striped maple stock with brass furniture. Top of barrel is signed William Kelsay. Commercial flint lock appears to be an old replacement and is slightly undersized with a repealed cock. Erosion and pitting on the barrel suggest a reconversion to flint from a percussion drum alteration. Furniture includes a simple, lightly engraved two-piece daisy head patch box, a 1.75" wide buttplate with separate toe piece, a two-screw geometric side plate, a triggerguard with a semi-pistol grip extension to the rear, two faceted ramrod thimbles, a faceted entry pipe and a 1.25" nose cap. The buttplate tang, triggerguard and pipes all show the same simple faceting decorative motif. Stock with simple incised line decorations along the forend, a simple floral apron carved around the breech plug tan, rudimentary carving around the tail of the lock and counterpane and more simple incised lines along the toe of the stock and along the lower edge of the raised cheek rest. Sights are a simple fixed rear and brass blade front. A modern brass tipped wooden ramrod is included. William Kelsey is listed in Sellers as being born in 1792 and working in Pioneer and Huntington, OH circa 1850-1860s and eventually Kelseyville, CA after 1867. Sellers lists him as dying in 1868, and two other listings appear to be Kelsay's sons John (ca 1819-99) and Nathaniel (ca 1825-?) both of whom are listed as working in Ray County, MO prior to ending up in Kelseyville, CA as well during the late 1860s and early 1870s.

Condition: Good. Metal with a mottled and oxidized brown and gray coloration, showing some surface roughness and scattered pitting, particularly around the breech where the pitting is more significant. Mechanically functional, bore is dark, dirty and heavily oxidized with deep rifling. Brass with a nice untouched ocher patina, with the exception of the entry pipe that has been cleaned to a golden color. Stock with wear, scattered bumps and bruises and the usual small repairs in the forend. There is about a 5" repair along the stock line on the reverse at the nose cap, with a similar repair about half that length on the obverse in the same general area. A grain crack runs about half the length of the ramrod channel, starting at the nose cap, and there is the usual wood loss around many of the pins and at the breech plug tang. A couple of small cracks are also present around the lock area and at the rear lock screw. The stock appears to have been lightly sanded as well.

EST $ 3500 - 7000...more

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Fullstock Flintlock Kentucky Buck & Ball Rifle

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 460)      

.50 caliber, 42" wedge retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, full-length stock with brass furniture. Tryon marked commercial single screw flint lock with rounded and fenced waterproof pan and swan neck cock. Side plate appears to be signed S Bames , who Sellers lists as an "unlocated" maker of full-stock flintlock rifles. Brass furniture includes a four-piece patchbox with simple engraving in geometric patterns, a triggerguard with small extended spur at rear, crescent buttplate with separate toe plate, single-screw side plate, an entry pipe and two ramrod pipes and a 2.2" nose cap. Barrel wedges with lightly engraved German silver escutcheons. Stock with a graceful Roman nose profile, measuring 1.4" wide at the butt. Fixed notch rear sight, dovetailed German silver front sight blade. Includes wood ramrod of indeterminate age.

Condition: Good. Barrel with a fairly even oxidized plum patina showing some mottling and and scattered light pitting. Markings remain clear. Lock reconverted to flint with all external parts replaced and not currently functional. Bore smooth and moderately oxidized with some even pitting. Stock with wear and wood loss along the forend, where several slivers have been replaced along the top edge on both sides and a long repaired crack is present on the reverse. A crack is present running in the ramrod channel from the nose cap past the middle pipe. Both pipes may be replacements, and possibly the nose cap as well. Substantial amounts of wood are replaced around the lock mortise, with a 4.5" long piece added under the lock at the triggerguard. Other scattered areas around the lock and counterpane show small repairs and cracks. Stock refinished and showing scattered bumps, dings and mars. Despite the many short comings of the stock in terms of condition and repairs, the rifle remains very attractive with a graceful silhouette and nice furniture.

EST $ 2500 - 5000...more

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Rare 16th Century Combination Powder Tester, Primer And Spanner Wrench

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 460)      

7.75" overall length, tombstone-style top with measurements. Spanner wrench on the sides. Powder measure.

Condition: All metal is sharp and crisp with gunmetal gray look, some staining. Overall excellent for this rare 16th-century accoutrement.

EST $ 750 - 1500...more

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Early Engraved Flat Powder Horn G. Tobias Dated 1753

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 460)      

9" length, flat horn with carved spout with eyes. Horn based plug. Engraved on one side of the horn in three lines is G. TOBIAS, HALIFAX , DAUFIN CO. 1753. On the other side is an engraving of floral design with leaves.

Condition: Overall excellent with nice untouched dark yellow to amber patina. All markings are very sharp and clear.

EST $ 1700 - 2400...more

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16th &17th Century Cranequin (Crossbow Winder)

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 460)      

17" x 15". Iron with wood handle.

Condition: Darkening throughout with stable split in handle. Mechanically functional.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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The Last Testament of Wm G. Rutherford Mentioning His Lloyd's £100 Sword Won for Action at Trafalgar

Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 460)      

The Unique and Important Last Will And Testament of Trafalgar Captain William Gordon Rutherford (1764-1818) of H.M.S. Swiftsure for Which He Received the Magnificent 100 Pound Sword from the Patriotic Fund at Lloyds.

This unique last will and testament of the only British captain at Trafalgar born in America at Wilmington, North Carolina in 1764 is of the most compelling historical significance to the collector of Lloyds Patriotic swords or Napoleonica. The will is written in a masterful hand with the usual artistic flourishes used by notaries (lawyers) of the period in brown ink and repeatedly mentions Captain Rutherford's "Trafalgar medal and sword" stating that "I bequeath to such son my Trafalgar Medal and sword and if I should have no sons..." The heroic captain did not have any sons and his cased Patriotic sword was bequeathed to his nephew upon his death as per the will's instructions.

The will repeatedly mentions the medal and sword as they were of the utmost importance and value to the captain. In 1800 the pay for a British post captain of a First Rate ship of the line such as the Swiftsure was less than 400 pounds a year so a 100 pound sword represented more than a quarter of Rutherford's annual salary. Many captains chose a cash award rather than a Lloyds sword or a Lloyds silver vase in consequence. A portrait of Captain Rutherford in full dress uniform and cradling his beloved sword is on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The document remains in fine completely legible condition and would substantially enhance not only the monetary value but more importantly the historical value of the Rutherford sword. Regardless Rutherford's will delight any collector of arms and relics from the Age of Fighting Sail.

Captain Rutherford's superb 100 pound Lloyds sword sold at James D. Julia's March 2017 auction as lot 1231, for the world record price of $270,250.

Condition: EST $ 15000 - 25000...more

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Engraved Plaque for a Cased Lloyds of London Sword Presented to Lt. Thos. Robt. Pye

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 460)      

An extremely rare and historic engraved Napoleonic brass plaque taken from the mahogany case of a 50 pound Lloyds patriotic sword awarded to Lieutenant Thomas Robert Pye of His Majesty's Ship Boadecea 1809. A superb presentation plaque from the "Age of Fighting Sail and the Napoleonic Wars." Lieutenant Pye';s heroic role in the capture of St.-Paul's Island Bourbon is a most stirring tale of courage under fire and he well deserved his 50-pound sword. The present whereabouts of Lieutenant Pye's sword are unknown but the Lloyd's plaque commemorating his bravery is offered here at a fraction of the price of his sword.

Condition: Nice aged patina. Engraving is clear.

EST $ 1000 - 2000...more

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Engraved Plaque for a Cased Lloyds of London Sword Presented to Major Abraham Augustus Nunn

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 460)      

An extremely rare engraved brass plaque for a 50-pound sword from the Patriotic Fund Lloyd's of London to Major Abraham Augustus Nunn, 1805. Lloyd's patriotic swords are extreme rarities. A detached engraved plaque from the mahogany case of a Lloyd's sword is even rarer. This plaque is from the case of the sword presented by the Patriotic Fund to Major Nunn of the 1st India Regiment in 1805. The gallant major was wounded "while faithfully executing the orders of General Prevost" on the 22nd of February 1805 while defending the Isle of Dominica. The general ordered Major Nunn "not to yield to the enemy one inch of ground." The engraving is superb as expected and Major Nunn's plaque is a splendid relic of the Napoleonic Wars in the Caribbean and a testament to British valor.

Condition: The plaque has nice aged patina with sharp engraving.

EST $ 1000 - 2000...more

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Wheelock Pistol

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 460)      

.510 bore diameter, 12.25" octagonal-to-round barrel with two flutes separating the octagonal-to-round. An inlaid German military wheel-lock holster pistol 1st quarter of the 17th century. The barrel of Spanish form octagonal-to-round, the unadorned flattened convex lock with serrated outside wheel held by a stud at base in the Dutch manner. Steel ovoid pommel. Plain steel triggerguard, The dark walnut full stock sparsely inlaid with scrimshawed rectangular plaques of polished stag horn enriched with pellets. Staghorn tipped ramrod. The inlay possibly of later date. Overall condition is good with steel components polished in the European manner.

Condition: Barrel and lockplate have been cleaned in the European manner. The stock has blackened look. No repairs. Bone inlays with nice yellow patina. Overall a very good example of a 17th Century wheellock pistol.

EST $ 2000 - 3500...more

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Rare All Brass Boxlock Flintlock Pistol by Joyner

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 460)      

.620 bore diameter, 9" octagonal barrel. Engraved brass frame, and brass handle. Iron pins and screws, iron frizzen and hammer. Engraved hammer and frizzen with border. John Joyner was apprenticed to Charles Pickfatt in 1747, was free of the Gunmakers Company in 1758 and submitted his proof piece in 1761. He worked in London from 1758 to 1774.

Condition: Excellent overall, very sharp and crisp engraving. Nice mellowed look.

EST $ 1500 - 2500...more

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Early Austrian Flintlock Pistol by Peter Planer

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 460)      

.56 caliber, 14.375" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, brass mountings, beech stock. 5" flat faceted lock engraved with panoplies of arms and IO: PETER PLANER in a "v" shape under the unbridled, faceted pan. Also marked IN WIEN in an arc behind the cock. Frizzen with engraved front and curled toe, with flat, beveled swan neck cock. 4.75" of deeply chiseled martially themed decorations are present at the breech of the barrel. The brass side plate and triggerguard are engraved with panoplies of arms, while the balance of the brass mounts are engraved with flowing floral or geometric motifs. Stock with raised carvings around the tang and at the tail of the lock, with some additional carving between the triggerguard and entry pipe, terminating in incised lines that run the length of the forend. A horn tipped wooden ramrod is in the channel under the barrel.

Condition: Fine. Metal cleaned to bright in the European fashion, with some scattered discoloration and light oxidation on the steel. Brass mounted cleaned to bright as well. Lock with crisp and clear engraving, mechanically functional and with a fine bore. Wood crisp with some tiny repairs to the forend moulding near the nose cap, a couple of grain cracks in the forend and some pin holes in the stock with wood filler.

EST $ 1500 - 3000...more

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Late 18th Century French Double Barrel Flintlock Pistol by Bichard

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 460)      

.52 caliber, 8" barrels, no S/N. Browned barrels, bright locks with iron furniture, walnut stock. Obverse lock engraved Bichard in script, reverse lock engraved St. Etienne . Top rib marked CANON TORDU in gold. Semi-banana-shaped flat locks with fenced, faceted pans. Locks with simple panoplies of arms engraved at their tails and floral motifs on the flat, faceted swan neck cocks. Double triggers, fronts of frizzes engraved, with curled toes. Lightly engraved steel mounts with a panoply of arms on the butt cap and floral motifs on the triggerguard. Barrels decorated with simple gold gilt floral and cornucopia themes. Stock with floral raised carving around tang and at rear of entry pipe, and a German silver escutcheon plate at the wrist. False wood ramrod. Marcel Richard worked at St. Etienne ca 1770-1793, serving as controller in 1792. A really outstanding pistol from the period of Louis XVI's reign, likely produced in the decade immediately prior to the French Revolution.

Condition: Very good. Barrels retain traces of finish with an attractive and lightly oxidized patina, retaining much of their gold gilt decoration. Mechanically functional, good bores with moderate oxidation. Stock very good with crisp raised carving, scattered bumps and dings, some minor repairs around the lock mortises and some likely repairs concealed by thickly added brown stain between the locks and the tang. A really lovely, late 18th century pistol.

EST $ 2500 - 5000...more

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Classic Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistol by Joseph Heylin Circa 1750's

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 460)      

.660 bore diameter, 9" tapered octagonal-to-round barrel. Two hallmarks on the breech. Nicely chiseled silver furniture; silver sideplate is shaped in a panoply of arms with the initials COB . Stepped flat lockplate and hammer, gold bushed touch hole. Walnut stock moldings around the lockplate and sideplate.

Condition: Barrel and lock have been cleaned long ago and has begun to patinate. Silver is excellent. The stock is excellent. An excellent example of early flintlock pistol silver mounted.

EST $ 2000 - 3000...more

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Three-Barrel Tap Action with Folding Bayonet by John Gardner

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 460)      

.40 caliber, 2.8125" barrels, no S/N. Bright finish, brass frame, smooth wood grip. Reverse of frame engraved with a panoply of arms and with the maker's name Jno Gardner . Obverse of frame similarly engraved and with the location NEWCASTLE . Proofs and makers' marks under frame, concealed by bayonet. Box lock, tap lock flint action with sliding pan locking safety and vent controlling barrel selector on left of frame. Snap bayonet under barrels, released by triggerguard. John Gardner worked in Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland from ca 1797-1837 (Bailey).

Condition: Very good. Barrels a mottled and oxidized brown and gray patina. Brass with a golden patina. Mechanically functional, safety does not lock the pan. Snap bayonet does not lock into place when deployed due to damaged locking spring. Bores good but oxidized, grip with scattered bumps and dings.

EST $ 2000 - 3000...more

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Early Bresican Flintlock Pistol

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 460)      

.480 bore diameter, 11" tapered octagonal-to-round barrel. Highly chiseled butt cap, triggerguard, ferules, sideplate, behind the tang and on the lock. Top of barrel engraved Lazarino Cominazo on the flat. Finely figured walnut stock with nice raised carving. Original cleaning rod. A beautiful example of highly chiseled work done in 1680.

Condition: The condition is excellent overall. With nice sharp and crisp lines. Metal with a dull gray look. The stock is excellent overall.

EST $ 2000 - 3500...more

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