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A FINE VICTORIAN ERA COPY OF A 16th/17th CENTURY VAMBRACE (FOREARM-DEFENSE FOR A SUIT OF ARMOUR), ca. 1890: In overall fine untouched condition with lightly stained and patinated steel surfaces and approx. 55%+ polish. Of heavy gauge, two-piece construction with its both of riveted hinges, a later leather securing-strap and its brass buckle. The lames with curved cuffs and neatly folded borders: the upper lame’s rear with two (2) attachment-cuts. Of fine quality Victorian Era construction with lightly oxidized and patinated, generally smooth, steel surfaces. Some scattered patches of pitting and discoloration. The interior with smooth, dark, untouched, blackened surfaces. In overall fine condition. A very nice example of a Victorian Period 16th/17th Century (ca. 1570-1600) Vambrace, ca. 1890. Overall length, 7 1/2”.

Price: $225.00

A VERY GOOD EARLY 17TH CENTURY SWEDISH PEAR-TOP MORION "CABASSET" HELMET, ca. 1620: In overall very good+ condition. Of two (2) piece “Munitions Grade” construction with a hand-forged and sweated, 8 1/4" high body with a 11" wide, wire brim. The underside of the brim and the inner surfaces with evident hammer marks and minor surface-lamination—--the result of hand-forged construction; and the body with smooth, lightly patinated steel surfaces with some scattered discoloration and signs of use. Very good steel surfaces with a nicely roped edge, toned gunmetal-gray age-patina and the apex with a fine sculpted “Pear top” finial. Of rare Swedish form with a wide, slightly upward curved brim, a well-defined medial seam and a "pear-stem" top. The edges of the body with their original plain iron rivets. Very good interior with untouched forge-roughned surfaces. A fine example of a scarce early 17th Century Swedish Cabasset Helmet, ca. 1620. The type of Military Helmet worn by soldiers, during the 30-Years War and by colonists, in North America with similar examples found at New Stockholm, (Del.) etc. For additional information & a similar example, please see Harold L. Perterson's: “Arms and Armor in Colonial America 1526-1783”.

Price: $2,575.00

A FINE ORIGINAL 30 YEARS WAR PERIOD LATE 16TH/EARLY 17th CENTURY GERMAN BURGONET HELMET, ca. 1580-1620: In overall fine condition. Of typical, early 17th century German “Munitions-Grade” design; and of Two (2) piece construction with hand riveted seams, borders and its original tubular Plume-Holder. Finely made bowl with deeply embossed flutes of Nuremberg style; and a wire-rim outer brim. A matching neck defense and replaced ear-defenses with inner hinges and leather securing-strap. The crown with a nicely rope-turned crest, a tight medial lap-seam and the inside of the body with lightly forge-roughened, aged, steel surfaces with rust-patinated and oxidized surfaces, in the protected recesses. Generally smooth, black-painted (90%), outer surfaces with evident forge/hammer-marks and minor surface-laminations-- expected on original 16th/17th Century Armor. Of very good quality Late 16th/Early 17th Century/30 Years War Period manufacture, ca. 1580-1620; and of German typical form with two (2) hinged, side-mounted, locking ear-defenses: the borders with wire edges, en suite with the bowl and brims. Of “Munitions/Field-Grade” and in very good+ condition with smooth steel surfaces and expected signs of use wear. Of likely German manufacture and marked with a “XX” rack marking, on the inner surface of the neck-defense. For similar examples, please see Harold L. Peterson’s: “Arms and Armor in Colonial America 1526-1783”, pg. 117, plt. 129.

Price: $3,575.00

A VERY FINE 18th/19th CENTURY CHINESE GREEN JADE/JADITE ARCHER’S RING, ca. 1800: In overall very fine+ untouched condition with choice, deeply toned, “Glassy”/Imperial-type, Green, jade surfaces. Of very fine quality with Hand-carved contours with near perfect symmetry without cracks or fissures. Large, rounded, “Band” form body with a 1” outer diameter: made to protect the thumb of an Archer from the tension of the bow-string. Deeply, green-colored, “Glassy”, dark, Green Jade/Jadite with a very fine natural grain pattern without cracks. A very nice and high quality example of an 18th/19th Century Chinese Archer’s (thumb) Ring, ca. 1800. For similar examples, please see Stone’s: “Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor”.

Price: $675.00

A 15th/16TH CENTURY GERMAN? WAR-TYPE LANCE HEAD, ca. 1450-1600: In overall very good untouched condition. The elongated, tapered, pyramid-form point with an integrally wrought-forged rounded socket with lap-welded seams and two, (2) long, pierced langets for attachment to a haft (missing). Retains a rough forge-darkened age patina with numerous hammer/forge-marks and generally sharp untouched, rust patinated and pitted steel surfaces. Of most likely German make and dates to, ca. 1450-1600. Of heavy “War” type weight; and made with an armour piercing/reinforced & weighted tip. In very good untouched condition with generally smooth, dark brown surfaces and some patches of forge-roughness and pitting. A large and impressive Military Lance Head, measures 17 3/4”. Weight, approx. 3 lb. For a similar example, please see G. C. Stone's: "A Glossary of the Construction Use & Decoration of Arms...", pg. 408.

Price: $875.00

A VERY RARE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD “HESSIAN/GERMAN” OFFICER’S SPONTOON & ORIGINAL HAFT w/ GROUNDING-IRON, ca. 1760-17700: In overall very fine+ untouched condition with a 12 1/4", finely forged, pierced and etched head of typical Germanic/Hessian design. An integral ringed-type socket, two (2) nail-fastened, 20”, wrought-iron langets; and a finely sculpted, 8”, leaf-form blade with a delicately contoured base and a 4 ¼” cross-bar with pointed ball finials. Both sides deeply engraved with a Crown & stylized cursive script “CR”? Royal Cypher with scroll accents. Retains choice, smooth, steel surfaces with a lightly toned age-patina, very fine cutting-edges, sharp contours and some expected light signs of use and handling. Complete with its original, dark colored, 69”, tapered and rounded, blackened hardwood, haft/handle with choice wooden surfaces and some minor handling-marks/abrasions. The base with its original, 3 3/8”, cast brass “grounding-iron” with a pointed and turned tip. In overall very fine condition with choice steel and wood surfaces and much finish. Some light signs of use. The base of the haft with an old (19th century) paper collection-tag with a “22” inventory number. A very fine and rare example of an original Revolutionary War Period German/Hessian Officer’s Spontoon, ca. 1760-1770. For similar examples, please see G. C. Neumann's: "Swords & Blades of the American Revolution", pg. 220-221. Overall length, 83”.

Price: $5,875.00

A FINE VICTORIAN ERA ARMORER’S COPY OF A 15th/16th CENTURY (ca. 1550) GERMAN KNIGHT’S JOUSTING GAUNTLET, ca. 1890: In overall very fine+ condition with dark, forge-blackened steel surfaces, much of its polish and evident hammer-marks. Heavy gauge single-piece construction with an integral thumb-defense and downward pointing knuckle-guard/finger-defense. The inner surfaces with dark untouched patination and some light patches of surface-oxidation. Of typical Victorian Period, blacksmith/Armorer forged construction with a nicely sculpted and finished wrist and cuff. The exterior with evident forge/hammer marks and retains its smooth “forge-blackened” finish with some light patches of discoloration/patina. The interior with matching smooth, untouched, surfaces. In overall very fine+ condition and a nicely made and classically styled, early to mid-16th Century German “Jousting”-type Gauntlet made, ca. 1890. Overall length, approx. 17".

Price: $500.00

A VERY FINE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD ENGLISH OFFICER'S GORGET w/ GEORGE III ROYAL CYPHER, ca. 1780: In overall very fine untouched condition with lightly toned, engraved bronze surfaces: the reverse side retaining (95%+) of its dark dimpled and jappaned-lacquer finish. Rolled borders with fine contours: the upper loops with piercings for a suspension cord and the interior surfaces with an untouched age-patina: some expected light patches of discoloration. The central panel with a crisply engraved George III Royal Cypher with a large Crown/"GR" within an acanthus leaf vine border. Of very fine handcrafted quality with a sharp attention to detail and finely etched accents. Crisp engravings with a nicely jeweled Crown. A very fine original example of an American Revolutionary War Period English Officer's Gorget, ca. 1780. For a similar example, please see Neumann & Kravic's: "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution".

Price: $1,875.00

A GOOD DEN-TYPE DECORATIVE MID-to-LATE 20th CENTURY COPY (ca. 1960) OF A 16th/17th CENTURY EUROPEAN BALL & CHAIN TYPE WAR-FLAIL OF, ca. 1550-1650: “Machine-made” manufacture with a light-weight, open-link, steel chain with evenly sized, slightly open “round-stock” links. Roughly cast, striking-ball with a defined medial seam/sprue and fitted with numerous tapered cylindrical iron Spikes. In good untouched condition with a deep russet patina, active surface-oxidation and generally smooth iron surfaces to the chain and spikes. The White Metal “Zinc/Aluminum” Striking-Ball with various casting pocks/flaws, a somewhat rough sprue and oxidized and blackened surfaces. The Cast, Spiral/Roped form, White-metal and iron handle/grip with pitted/cast-pocked surfaces and an integral ball-type finial. The top of the handle with a central, welded, steel mount for the flail’s chain. Steel suspension chain with open-type, round links, scattered rust and surface-patination. Of typical 20h century decorative/”Den Weapon” make, as made of “modern” materials and not of the quality found with original examples. Generally untouched and lightly oxidized steel & White-metal surfaces, en suite with the ball and chain. Of decorative/”Den Weapon” construction & not ruggedly made. Complete with its original components and in untouched condition. Overall length: 22 1/2” Chain Length Approx. 14” Grip: approx. 5 1/2” Ball Diameter: approx. 3”.

Price: $325.00

A VERY GOOD UNTOUCHED THIRTY YEAR WAR/ENGLISH CIVIL WAR PERIOD ENGLISH/DUTCH LOBSTER-TAIL POT HELMET, ca. 1620s: The bowl of typical, 17th century, single (1) piece construction with a hand-forged, 7" high body with a 9" wide wire brim: the apex with its circular hanging-ring with star-shaped base. The inside of the body with dark, untouched, oxidized surfaces having some minor lamination and expected forge roughness: retains 90% of its blackened finish with scattered rust patination. Generally smooth, russet toned and moderately pitted, untouched outer surfaces with scattered discoloration. Of typical English/Dutch make, ca. 1620s with its original sliding/adjustable nasal-bar face-defense with trefoil finial, its heart-shaped retaining-screw and its riveted and articulated "Lobster-tail" neck-guard. The heart-shaped ear defenses with their original iron hinges and adorned with vent-piercings. A very good and untouched example of a classic 30 Year/English Civil War Period Lobster-tail Cavalry Helmet, ca. 1620s. For similar examples, please see H. L. Peterson's: "Arms and Armor in Colonial America 1526-1783", pg. 118.

Price: $3,775.00

A VERY GOOD QUALITY VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN PERIOD GERMAN CLOSED-HELMET, ca. 1620/1900: In overall fine untouched condition. Of 17th century style, German “Munitions-Grade”. Two (2) piece construction with a plain brim, a finely roped comb and round-head, brass rivets. The crest with a fine and tight, lap seam and the inside of the body with untouched lightly oxidized smooth steel surfaces. Generally smooth, lightly patinated, outer surfaces with fine steel-gray patina, some light patches of discoloration and surface-oxidation. Of very good quality Victorian/Edwardian Period make, ca. 1900; and styled after the typical Northern European/German, light weight “Munitions-Grade” Closed-Helmet/Armet of, ca. 1620. The hinged lower face-defense with its riveted, gorget-plate, hammered chin-defense and spring-release-peg. The rear of the helmet’s bowl with an integral neck-defense. The outer face-guard/Bevor, en suite with its embossed brass bosses, at the hinges and its side-mounted Hook & Eye securing-latch. Two (2) rectangular, eye-slits, a pointed nasal-section and pierced and cut breathing holes, within decorative, circular floral borders. Of classic 17th century form and in fine smooth, untouched condition with nicely toned and gunmetal-gray, steel surfaces. An archetypal example of a 17th Century Style German/Northern European Closed Helmet of, ca. 1620. The type of fine quality, handmade/Armourer’s Copy Victorian/Edwardian Era helmet used to adorn the Stately Homes of the Era. Of likely German manufacture and possibly from the Schmidt workshops, ca. 1900. For similar examples of this style, please see H. L. Peterson's: "Arms and Armor in Colonial America 1526-1783”.

Price: $1,250.00

A VERY GOOD QUALITY VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN PERIOD COPY OF A 16th/17th CENTURY GERMAN BURGONET, ca. 1900: In overall fine condition. Of early 17th century style, German “Munitions-Grade”. Two (2) piece construction bowl with a rope-turned brim and a matching neck defense. The crest with a fine and tight, medial, lap seam and the inside of the body with slightly rough, artificially aged, steel surfaces. Generally smooth, lightly patinated, outer surfaces with a steel-gray “patina”, some light patches of discoloration and surface-oxidation : artificially aged. Of good quality Victorian/Edwardian Period make, ca. 1900; and of unusual form with two (2) hinged, side-mounted, locking ear-defenses that form a near complete face-defense, when closed. Their borders with rope-turned edges, en suite with the bowl. Of “Munitions/Field-Grade” and of the style of, ca. 1580-1600. In very good+ untouched condition with nicely toned, gunmetal-gray, steel surfaces and light signs of wear. Nicely roped borders and well-made with tight lames and riveted hinges. Of likely German manufacture and possibly from the Schmidt workshops, ca. 1900.

Price: $675.00

A FINE 30 YEARS WAR PERIOD/EARLY 17th CENTURY GERMAN TOTENKOPF “DEATH’S-HEAD” CLOSED-HELMET, ca. 1620: In overall fine condition. Of typical, early 17th century German “Munitions-Grade” design; and of Two (2) piece construction with a hand riveted medial seam, wire-borders, round-head rivets and its original conical Plume-Holder, on the rear of the bowl. A matching neck defense, gorget and hinged visor with their original bosses and cut-washers. The crown pf the bowl with a defined crest and a tight medial lap-seam. The inner surface with lightly forge-roughened, untouched, steel surfaces and a deeply toned russet age-patina with traces of old blackened finish. Generally smooth, steel-gray outer surfaces with evident forge/hammer-marks and minor surface-laminations. Of 17th Century/30 Years War Period, ca. 1620 with its two (2) piece, hinged, visor/face-defense with its original side-mounted locking-hook: the borders with wire edges, en suite with the brim of the bowl. Of “Munitions/Field-Grade” and in fine condition with generally smooth steel-gray surfaces and the expected signs of military use and wear. Some minor surface discoloration and light scattered pitting. A fine example of a 17th Century Mounted Knight’s/Cavalry Officer’s Closed Helmet, ca. 1620. Of Totenkopf/Death’s-Head form with a stylized visor and matching face-defense. The type of Late Period European Armor often worn with a ¾ Suit of Armour. Also of the style used in the New World-- with similar examples found at various Colonial American Settlements. For similar examples & additional information, please see Harold L. Peterson’s: “Arms and Armor in Colonial America 1526-1783”, pg. 117, plt. 129.

Price: $4,875.00

A VERY GOOD QUALITY MID-16th CENTURY GERMAN ETCHED BREAST-PLATE, ca. 1540: In overall very good+, cleaned/polished condition with generally smooth, bright, steel surfaces with a fine patina. Untouched inner surfaces with a dark patina, some patches of oxidation and light scattered pitting. The outer surfaces with fine quality, original, double thread-engraved etchings, along the borders of the midsection, waist, neck, belly and arms. Of classic mid 16th Century German form of, ca. 1540 and of Field weight construction with a heavy hand forged medial ridge nicely roped edges and various piercings—for the attachments of leathers. Original and decorative, domed, brass rivets with several replaced leather securing-straps/rivets. In very good+, condition with scattered patches of discoloration, fine scattered pitting, some minor losses, at the edges and very fine quality line/thread etchings. The steel surfaces and evidence of Combat use—several old dents, abrasions, etc.. The inner body with dark untouched surfaces with age-staining and rust patination. A classic early Etched German Breast-plate, for a Field Armor, ca. 1540. For a similar example, please see: G. C. Stone’s: “A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms & Armor”. Measures, approx. 18” x 20”.

Price: $4,975.00

A VERY GOOD 16TH CENTURY FRENCH WAR SCYTHE, ca. 1550: In overall very good lightly cleaned condition. The crescent form wrought iron blade with an inner cutting edge and a reinforced rounded base. The hand forged integral socket with lap welded ring and outer securing ring with a piercing for a rivet. In overall very good condition with a lightly cleaned silver gray age patina and evidence of hard use: a working-period, forge-welded, blacksmith's repair to the base and socket. Of heavy military-type construction and the type of dual purpose weapon commonly associated with the "Peasant War" of the 16th century. Retains all of its components with some minor nicks to the original cutting edge, ca. 1550. For similar examples, please see G. C. Stone's: "Glossary of the Construction, Decoration & Use of Arms and Armor". Overall length, 18".

Price: $850.00

A 20TH CENTURY COPY OF A 17th CENTURY INDIAN FIGHTING-AXE, ca. 1990: In overall very fine+ condition with extensive cast “engravings” overall. The large, heavy, 8" x 5” cast-steel, semi-bearded axe-blade with a flat, faceted, rectangular rear “hammer”; and both sides of the axe-head with cast depictions of a leopards and gazelles within floral scroll and leaf accented borders. The integrally cast socket with a nicely roped pattern and ringed collar. In overall very fine+ condition with smooth, lightly toned, steel-gray surfaces. A very nice and decorative 20th Century copy of a 17th Century Indian/Indo-Persian Fighting axe. Overall length, 12".

Price: $100.00

A 20TH CENTURY (INDIAN MADE?) COPY OF A CELTIC-TYPE BEARDED FIGHTING-AXE, ca. 1990: In overall very fine+ condition with extensive cast “engravings” overall. The large sized, heavy, 8" x 5 3/4” cast-steel, Bearded axe-blade with a flat rectangular rear “hammer”. Cast, on both sides with a Celtic type scrolls and its integral cylindrical socket with a nicely roped pattern and a ringed collar. In overall very fine+ condition with smooth, lightly toned, steel-gray surfaces. A very nice and decorative copy of an Early Celtic “Bearded” Fighting axe. Overall length, 9 1/4".

Price: $100.00

A VERY GOOD VICTORIAN ERA ARMOURER’S COPY OF A NORMAN/VIKING "SPANGENHELM" HELMET w/ NASAL-BAR, ca. 1000/1890: Heavy weight, hand hammered, two (2) piece, steel bowl of typical, 10th century, Norman/Viking construction with a pointed reinforced apex, numerous round-head rivets, and riveted ,“Band-type”, defensive strap-work. The apex with a reinforced point and the brim-band with its riveted and etched Nasal Bar of classic Norman/Viking form: the sides with several piercing for (missing) ear-defenses. The interior with untouched, oxidized and black-painted surfaces with dark rust-stained highlights. Cleaned, smooth and pitted, outer, steel surfaces with scattered discoloration and minor surface- oxidation. Of fine quality Victorian Era Armourer’s Grade; and a well-made and faithful reproduction of the Norman “Spangenhelm” (Banded Helmet) of, ca. 1000 AD. The nasal-bar/face-defense with a sculpted and pointed finial with an engraved border and Arrow? design. A classic 19th Century example of a William the Conqueror Period Norman/Viking Helmet, ca. 1890. For similar examples, please see G. C. Stones: "Construction, Decoration & Use of Arms…". Measures 9 ½” (h) x 8 ½” (d).

Price: $975.00

A VERY GOOD 19TH CENTURY VICTORIAN PERIOD COPY OF A ROMAN SUIT OF PLATE-ARMOUR {BRIGANDINE}, ca. 1880:In overall very good untouched condition. The quilted and hand sewn, heavy, red-colored, cloth body with very good untouched surfaces having several old holes, minor stains, abrasions, signs of use and tears. In very good condition. The outer surfaces with numerous, hand-sewn-attached, brass, plate defenses with smooth, untouched, mustard toned surfaces. The plates of embossed rectangular form with pierced corners and integral, central, raised bosses: of classic Roman design. Some expected handling marks, minor dents, losses, abrasions and several old holes/damages. The jacket with a lightly oxidized age-patina, untouched surfaces, some light patches of discoloration, age stains, handling marks and wear. Buff-colored interior liner with matching hand-stitching, untouched and age-stained surfaces and some isolated patches of discoloration and wear. In very good condition with some minor losses and fine brass plates: several old holes/minor tears. A decorative and unusual example of a very fine quality Victorian Period Copy of a Roman Style Plate-Armour Jacket/Brigandine, ca. 1880. For similar examples, please see G. C. Stones: “Construction & Decoration of Arms…”.

Price: $975.00

A VERY GOOD+ PAIR OF 16th CENTURY EMBOSSED GERMAN TASSETS, ca. 1580: In overall very good+/fine condition and constructed of heavy-gauge single lames with dome-head rivets and roped edges. Retains generally smooth steel-gray outer surfaces with finely embossed central diamond designs and nicely sculpted borders. Fine, lightly toned, steel-gray surfaces with scattered discoloration and some expected fine pitting. The interiors, en suite with patches of pitting and oxidation. Retain vestiges of their leathers, one with its embossed bronze buckle. A very good+/fine, heavy-gauge and nicely embossed pair of 16th Century German Tassets, for a Suit of Armour, ca. 1580. Measure: approx. 11” x 8”. For similar examples, please see: George C. Stone's: "Glossary of the Construction, Decoration & Use of Arms...", pg. 606.

Price: $1,275.00

A VERY GOOD LATE 19th/EARLY 20th CENTURY {Victorian Period} COPY of a 16th/17th CENTURY EUROPEAN BALL & CHAIN TYPE WAR-FLAIL of, ca. 1550-1650: Of hand forged blacksmith manufacture with a wrought-forged, open-link, chain made of evenly-sized, open “bar-stock” links. The large-size, two-piece, steel ball with a defined medial seam and fitted with numerous hand-wrought Conical-form Spikes. In very good untouched condition with a deep russet patina, active surface-oxidation and generally smooth surfaces. Hand forged, blacksmith made chain with open-type links with evident forge-patination. Of typical Late 19th/ 20h century make as made of “modern” steel/iron with evident welding “pock-marks”: untouched lightly rusted patina with oxidized and aged surfaces. The “Ball” with its Conical steel spikes and generally smooth dark surfaces with some patches of discoloration, welding pocks—at the spike-bases and pitting/forge-roughness. Mounted to a cylindrical form, forged-iron handle with pitted and aged surfaces, en suite. The top of the handle with its matching circular/discoid knuckle-guard with six raised decorative bosses and a central mount for the flail’s chain. The disk with untouched and rusted steel surfaces, en suite with the ball and chain. The short grip/handle with moderate to heavy pitting and a russet patina. A classic “Victorian Period Decorative Weapon”, ca. 1890. Complete with its original components and in untouched (not cleaned) condition with the expected signs of age. Retains a forge-darkened and rust-stained age-patina with some scattered patches of roughness and moderate pitting. Overall length: 32”, Chain Length 24”, Grip: approx. 8”, Ball Diameter: approx. 4”.

Price: SOLD

AN EXCELLENT & RARE FRENCH & INDIAN/AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR COLONIAL AMERICAN PERIOD (NEW ENGLAND TYPE) PIERCED HALBERD w/ ORIGINAL HAFT, ca. 1760: In overall very fine+/excellent and a high quality example of an American Halberd. In complete condition with an approx. 13 1/2" x 18”, finely wrought American blacksmith made, decoratively pierced, Halberd-type blade of fine quality Colonial American design with its pierced, leaf-form spear-point with reinforced tip and matching axe-head with triangular form rear fluke. The finely sculpted and cut, smooth steel surfaces with extensive piercings of classic Colonial American (New England) form of, ca. 1750. The adornment consists of numerous circular holed/punch-type Piercings, finely cut openwork Diamonds and Daggers. Finely turned and chiseled base with its brazed, collar-type socket and finely turned borders on its neck. The axe blade, en suite with a nicely sculpted and contoured, stylized crescent form blade and various decorative piercings. Retains choice, smooth steel surfaces with lightly toned, gunmetal gray age-patina, very fine and sharp cutting edges; and only some light signs of use and wear. Complete with its original, tapered, turned, hardwood haft/handle with choice, richly patinated and oxidized, smooth wooden surfaces with some expected minor handling-marks/abrasions. The top of the haft with two (2), nail-fastened, 8”, rectangular langets. An extremely rare example of an excellent condition and complete Colonial American Period Decoratively Pierced Halberd, ca. 1750. Of classic mid-18th Century New England form and in a near excellent state of perseveration. Virtually identical to examples from the famed Kienbusch Collection of Philadelphia, PA and to those pictured in Rodney H. Brown's: "American Polearms 1526-1865”, G. C. Neumann’s: “Battle Weapons of the American Revolution”, “Sword & Blades…” and in G. C. Neumann & F. Kravic’s: “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution”. Other such examples also found in the collection of noted Author/Collector William Guthman; and a similar example from his collection was sold as, Lot No. 204 at Bonhams Auction’s: Sale Oct. 12, 2006. Overall length, approx. 80”.

Price: $14,275.00

A 16TH CENTURY CUFF TO A GAUNTLET, ca. 1570: In overall fine condition (as is) with bright steel surfaces, much of its original polish and finely roped details. Of heavy-gauge wrought-forged steel with finely riveted lames. The inner surfaces with square-cut iron and dome-head rivets: missing the entire forehand. Finely sculpted and finished wrist with rope-turned borders/cuff. In overall fine condition with much (90%) polished finish. The interior with a dark, black-painted patina and some minor pitting and signs of use, age and wear. A nice and example of an original element of a mid-16th Century German Gauntlet, ca. 1570. Overall length approx., 5 1/2".

Price: $375.00

A VERY GOOD MID to LATE 16TH CENTURY GERMAN ETCHED GAUNTLET, ca. 1560: In overall very good condition with smooth gunmetal-toned, “bright”, exterior, steel surfaces. Retains much polish with finely articulated lames and roped cuff. Of very good quality mid to late 16th German manufacture with heavy-gauge, fully articulated lames with riveted borders (minor damage) and a hinged cuff with a spring-type locking device. Of classic mid-16th Century German Style with fully articulated and simply thread engraved/etched joints/knuckle-defenses: the fingers missing. The inner surfaces, en suite with a deeply aged, russet-toned patina and the expected surface-rust/oxidation. Riveted wrist borders with turned edges and the top of the knuckle with a nicely rope-turned & embossed lame. Fully articulated hand-guard with decoratively sculpted forward lames. In overall very good generally untouched condition with choice gunmetal-gray surfaces with light scattered patches of discoloration and wear. A very nice and classically styled mid to late 16th Century German Gauntlet, ca. 1560—--for an etched suit of armour with a finely roped cuff, embossed knuckle-bar and thread engraved lames. Overall length, 9".

Price: SOLD

A VERY FINE VICTORIAN ERA ARMOURER’S COPY OF MID 16TH CENTURY GERMAN PAIR OF GAUNTLETS ca. 1900: In overall very good condition with bright, exterior, steel surfaces, much polish and finely articulated lames. Of good quality Victorian Period manufacture, as made of heavy-gauge, cold-hammered steel with articalted lames and riveted borders. Of classic mid-16th Century German Style with fully articulated joints/knuckle-defenses: the fingers missing. The inner surfaces with heavy surface-rust/oxidiation and traces of a black-painted finish. Riveted wrist borders with turned edges. Fully articulated hand-guard and knuckles with decoratively sculpted forward lames. In overall very good condition. The interior with a dark and oxidized age patina with some pitting and rusting. A very nice and classically styled Large Pair of Victorian Period (ca. 1900) Armourer’s Copies of mid-16th Century German Gauntlets, ca. 1570—for a suit of armour. Overall length, 13".

Price: $475.00

A VERY GOOD EARLY 17th CENTURY GERMAN/EASTERN EUROPEAN MILITARY HORSEMAN’S FIGHTING AXE, ca. 1600: In overall fine untouched condition. The tomahawk form, 7 3/4" x 2", hand-wrought, forge-laminated-steel, curved axe-blade with a curved cutting edge and an integral rear pointed Armour Piercing ”Crow’s-Break”. Rivet-fastened, steel, Belt-Hook and forge welded, 10” side-langets. The head and axe-blade with evidence of heavy use, wear, repeated sharpening and a working-life brazed repair, on the sides. The Spike/Crow’s Beak with matching dark surfaces with evident forge-lamination. Retains an untouched age patina with scattered patches of discoloration and light pitting. The langets, en suite with evident forge/hammer marks and dark, light lightly pitted surfaces. Replaced, faceted, hardwood handle/haft with nicely "aged" dark surfaces: hammered-copper fasteners/rivets. In overall fine+ condition and a classic example of an early 17th Century Eastern German/(Polish/Hungarian) Military Horseman’s Fighting Axe with Belt Hook, ca. 1600. In very good untouched condition with generally smooth, deeply toned, steel surfaces and some scattered patches of pitting and discoloration. The faceted haft smooth dark surfaces and some light scattered handling marks: pierced for a loop or display. A very nice, example of an Early 17th Century German/Eastern European (Hungarian/Polish) Battle-Axe, ca. 1600. Overall length, 22 5/8".

Price: $2,275.00

A FINE PAIR OF VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN ERA COPIES OF 16th CENTURY EMBOSSED GERMAN KNEE DEFENSES, ca. 1580/1910: In overall fine condition and constructed of heavy-gauge roll-pressed steel with turned edges. Smooth steel-gray outer surfaces with finely embossed medial ridges and borders. The lightly toned, steel-gray surfaces with scattered discoloration and some expected fine pitting. The interiors with black-painted surfaces and some scattered discoloration/pitting. A fine, heavy-gauge and well-made Victorian/Edwardian Era pair of 16th Century style German Knee Defenses, for a Suit of Armour, ca. 1580. For similar examples, please see: George C. Stone's: "Glossary of the Construction, Decoration & Use of Arms...".

Price: $275.00

A VERY GOOD PAIR OF VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN ERA COPIES OF 16th CENTURY GERMAN KNEE DEFENSES, ca. 1910: In overall very good untouched condition with generally smooth steel-gray outer surfaces with scattered discoloration and light pitting. The interior surfaces with rust-stains, heavy surface oxidation and discoloration. Fully articulated lames with riveted knees and complete with their leather straps and iron buckles. Of heavy-gauge, cold-hammered/forged steel; and the borders with simple rolled edges. In overall very good complete condition and a nice pair of 16th century Style German Leg Defenses from the Victorian/Edwardian Period, ca. 1910.

Price: $275.00

A FINE UNTOUCHED SECTION (TASSET?) of 17TH CENTURY EUROPEAN RIVETED CHAIN-MAIL, ca. 1620: In overall fine condition and of classic 17th Century European form with nicely riveted chainmail rings forming the open sleeve/body. In overall fine condition with smooth brown-steel-gray surfaces, fine riveted rings/mail and some light scattered discoloration and rust patination. Of very good quality and a nice example of 17th Century, European Riveted, chain-mail ***For similar examples, please see G. C. Stone's: "A Glossary of the Construction Use & Decoration of Arms...". Measures, approx. 16” x 5”.

Price: $475.00

A VERY GOOD 17TH CENTURY EASTERN EUROPEAN (POLISH?) HORSEMAN'S HAMMER, ca. 1650: In overall very good condition with a 5 1/2" wrought-iron head with a rear Spike/Crow’s-Beak finial. Faceted Hammer-head with a squared face. The sides of the head with their wrought forged, steel, side-terminals/langets with matching surfaces. One langet with old/working period damage/crack. In overall very good condition with generally smooth steel-gray surfaces, a nicely toned age patina and some scattered pitting. Mounted on a replaced faceted hardwood handle/haft. The handle with scattered light abrasions and dark, smooth surfaces. A nice example of a mid-17th Century Eastern European (Polish?)Horseman's Hammer, ca. 1650. Overall length 20".

Price: $1,275.00

A FINE EARLY 17th CENTURY GERMAN/EASTERN EUROPEAN FIGHTING AXE, ca. 1640: In overall fine untouched condition. The tomahawk sized, 8" x 5", hand-wrought, forge-laminated-steel, curved axe-blade with a rounded and sculpted socket and an untouched gunmetal-gray age patina with smooth steel surfaces. Additionally adorned with simple line engraved borders and retains its original sharp cutting edge. Mounted on replaced/modern hardwood handle with a nicely "aged" patina, en suite with the blade. In overall fine+ condition with smooth, lightly toned, steel-gray surfaces and some light scattered patches of fine pitting/discoloration. A nice, example of an authentic early 17th Century German/Eastern European (Hungarian/Polish) Battle-Axe, ca. 1640. Overall length, 20 1/2".

Price: $1,100.00

A VERY GOOD LATE 17th/EARLY 18th CENTURY COLONIAL AMERICAN/SPANISH-COLONIAL (MEXICAN?) BILL, ca. 1700: In overall very good, untouched condition. The hand-forged, 28 1/4" (l) x 5" (w) steel blade of classic 17th century European design, with a forge-welded, rearward pointing, 3" fluke, two (2) diamond shaped points, at its base and a large, flat, fascine-knife-shaped cutting-blade. The head/blade with sculpted and contoured edges, untouched deeply patinated hand-forged steel surfaces with blacksmith hammer-marks and a large curved “bill”-type blade. The apex with its 11”, hand-forged, tapered, flat spear-point with a sharp tip. The spear made from a recycled file, as evidenced by the vestigial tools-marks. Retains untouched, deeply patinated, dark, steel surfaces with scattered patches of discoloration, fine pitting and some expected wear. Both sides of the head with decoratively engraved geometric patterns of a slightly crude/provincial design: typical of Colonial manufacture. Integrally forged, open-type, cylindrical-form socket with evident hammer marks, surface lamination and matching, untouched patina. Mounted to the dark-colored hardwood haft by a rough-cut securing-pin; and the base of the haft with its matching, pinned, forged-steel grounding-iron. In very good untouched condition, the blade and grounding-iron with deeply toned, brown-gray, steel surfaces, sharp edges and fine contours: expected signs of use wear and pitting. The engraved decorations of typical Colonial/Provincial design with simple and slightly crude, engraved patterns of a “Folkish” nature. Very good haft with scattered handling marks, minor abrasions and age-stains. A classic example of a Colonial American Period (Spanish Colonial) 17th/18th Century Bill, ca. 1700. For similar examples, please see: R. H. Brown’s: “American Polearms 1526-1865”, pg. 43, fig. 48 & G. C. Neumann’s: Swords & Blades of the American Revolution”. Overall length, approx. 70". ***From an old Mass. Collection and purported to have been discovered, ca. 1960, in Northern Mexico.

Price: $2,775.00

A VERY 17th CENTURY GERMAN/EASTERN EUROPEAN MILITARY HORSEMAN’S FIGHTING AXE-HEAD, ca. 1650: In very good untouched condition. The tomahawk form, 1 1/2" wide, curved axe-blade with an angled cutting edge and an integral rear-pointed Armour-Piercing ”Crow’s-Break”/Spike. In very good, dark, rust-patinated, untouched condition with generally smooth, deeply toned, steel surfaces with scattered patches of pitting and discoloration. A nice example of a 17th Century German/Eastern European (Hungarian/Polish) Battle-Axe, ca. 1650.

Price: $475.00

A FINE PAIR OF VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN ERA COPIES OF 16th CENTURY EMBOSSED GERMAN LEG DEFENSES, ca. 1910: In overall fine condition and constructed of heavy-gauge roll-pressed steel with roll-turned borders. Generally smooth steel-gray outer surfaces with finely embossed medial ridges and borders. Riveted and functional hinges with nice articulation and complete with their leather securing-straps and buckles. Toned, light pitted, steel-gray surfaces with scattered discoloration and some expected fine surface-pitting. The interiors with black-painted (approx. 50%) surfaces with scattered discoloration, rusting and pitting. A fine, heavy-gauge and well-made Victorian/Edwardian Era Pair of 16th Century style German Leg Defenses for a Suit of Armour, ca. 1580. For similar examples, please see: George C. Stone's: "Glossary of the Construction, Decoration & Use of Arms...". Overall length, 16”.

Price: $475.00

A FINE UNTOUCHED 13th/14th CENTURY GERMAN HORSEMAN'S AXE, ca. 1200s-1300s: In overall fine untouched excavated? condition. The 5 1/2", unmarked, hand-forged axe blade with an oval socket aperture with an extended protective collar and smooth untouched black-brown surfaces: scattered pitting. Retains a dark age patina with scattered patches of forge roughness and surface oxidation. Sharp blade: the (edges) with a minor nick. In overall fine untouched excavated? condition with a dark smooth age patina. A Nice example of a 13th-14th Century German Horseman's Axe, ca. 1200s-1300s. Mounted on fine quality replaced/modern hardwood haft with hand-carved contours and flat faceted sides. Overall length,".. .

Price: $1,425.00

A 20TH CENTURY (INDIAN MADE?) COPY OF A DECORATIVE PARTISAN/SPEAR HEAD, ca. 1900: In very fine condition and adorned overall with cast, baroque, floral vine scroll “engravings”. Partisan form, pointed, double edge, 17”, Spear blade with a pronounced medial ridge and deeply cast and embossed floral scroll decorations, on its sculpted base. The integral rounded socket with faceted contours and a ringed base-collar. Very fine and bright, smooth, steel-gray surfaces with nicely detailed “baroque” sytle “etchings”. Of most likely Indian make, ca. 1990; and of the style of European (German) Partisan of, ca. 1580. Overall length, 22 ¾”..

Price: $100.00

A VERY GOOD THIRTY YEARS WAR PERIOD EARLY to MID 17TH CENTURY GORGET & BACK-PLATE: In overall very good+ untouched condition with nicely rust-patinated, dark, steel surfaces. Original gorget for a suit of armour, most likely German, in origin. Nicely rolled collars with simply roped edges, original rivets and hand-cut washers. Fine exterior surfaces with an even and smooth gray-brown age patina with smooth surfaces, some scattered discoloration and fine pitting. The inner surface, en suite with rust-stained and heavy patination. Overall a very nice example of an early 17th Century Gorget and Back with its original components. In very good+ untouched condition with some light signs of use and wear. Dates to, ca. 1650.

Price: SOLD

A FINE EARLY 17th CENTURY EASTERN EUROPEAN FIGHTING AXE-HEAD, ca. 1600: In overall very good, dark, untouched condition. The tomahawk type, small-size, 3 1/2" x 3 1/4", hand-wrought, forge-laminated-steel, crescent-form, curved axe-blade with a rounded open socket and a smooth, dark, chocolate-brown age patina. In overall very good+ untouched condition with smooth, richly toned, dark surfaces and some light scattered patches of pitting and discoloration. A nice, well-used example of an early 17th Century Eastern European (Hungarian/Polish) Battle-Axe, ca. 1600.

Price: $450.00

A RARE UNTOUCHED 15th-16th CENTURY GERMAN HALBERD/POLEARM, ca. 1490-1550:In overall very good untouched condition. The body of early type construction with a heavy and wide blacksmith made blade with a single cutting edge and two forge-welded sockets for the haft (missing). The body with untouched chocolate brown surfaces with a rich age patina and some expected scattered pitting and discoloration. Retains its original cutting edge with some minor abrasions, wear and nicks. The sockets with fine lap-weld seams and matching surfaces. A very nice example of an early "Peasant's" type Halberd/Glave, ca. 1500. The type of weapon made infamous during the German Peasant Wars of the 16th century. Overall length, 19 1/2".

Price: $1,475.00

A VERY GOOD PAIR OF VICTORIAN/EDWARDIAN ERA COPIES OF 16th CENTURY GERMAN THIGH & KNEE DEFENSES, ca. 1910: In overall very good untouched condition with generally smooth steel-gray outer surfaces with scattered discoloration and light pitting. The interior surfaces with rust-stains, heavy surface oxidation and discoloration. Fully articulated lames with riveted knees and complete with their leather straps and iron buckles. Of heavy-gauge, cold-hammered/forged steel; and the borders with simple rolled edges. In overall very good complete condition and a nice pair of 16th century Style German Leg Defenses from the Victorian/Edwardian Period, ca. 1910.

Price: $375.00

MID 16TH CENTURY NORTHERN ITALIAN/GERMAN ALL-STEEL HORSEMAN'S MACE, ca. 1550: In overall fine cleaned condition with a 7 1/8" wrought-iron head with a ball finial and six decoratively pointed/sculpted flanges (in the Italian tradition). Octagonal to round, hollow, iron shaft with a raised ringed collar above the finely rope-turned grip (some wear to the roped decoration). The pommel with a decorative dome head with line-engraved surfaces and some wear to the engraving: the shaft pierced for a suspension cord. In overall fine, cleaned condition, with heavy pitting and generally smooth steel-gray surfaces with a toned age patina overall. The noted wear to the rope decoration on the grip-section. A well-made example of a 16th century, All-Steel, Northern Italian/SouthernGerman, Horseman's mace. Overall length 26". Similar examples preserved at the La Real Armeria de Madrid, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli & the Stibbert Museum.

Price: SOLD

A FINE EARLY COLONIAL PERIOD FRENCH MILITARY PARTISAN, ca. 1650-1700: In overall fine+ untouched condition. The hand-forged, 13", steel head of typical mid to late 17th century French Partisan design, having nicely sculpted "flame" type wavy external flanges, a central spear body of elongated leaf form and reinforced tapered spear-point. Mounted on later (19th century) faceted, hardwood shaft by its two integral iron langets and rivets. The haft with various light handling marks, minor stress-cracks and a dark patina overall. In fine+ condition. The unmarked blade with smooth evenly toned gunmetal gray surfaces, some light patches of discoloration and pitting and a pleasing age patina overall. Sharp contours and edges without significant nicks: some expected minor irregularity at the upper tip of the spear-point. The haft with sharp contours, minor scuffs, light abrasions and handling marks. A very nice example of a classic Early Colonial Period French Military Partisan, ca. 1650-1700. Overall length, approx. 100". For similar examples please see Harold L. Peterson's: "Arms & Armor in Colonial America".

Price: $2,750.00

A 19TH CENTURY DECORATIVE "St. GEORGE" SPEAR HEAD, ca. 1850-1900: n overall excellent untouched condition. The triangular form arrow point with an integral rounded socket with lap-welded seams. Retains a smooth forge-blackened patina with numerous hammer marks and sharp edges. Of most likely French or English make and was original part of a St. George slaying the Dragon statue. Dates to the mid to late 19th century, ca. 1850-1900 and is in excellent condition with no pitting or wear. A very nice decorative spear head with hard forged surfaces.

Price: $150.00

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