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AN EXCELLENT 17th CENTURY/30-YEARS WAR PERIOD GERMAN MILITARY WHEELOCK PISTOL, ca. 1640:: In overall excellent condition. Pin-fastened, 12 5/8", octagonal-to-round, iron, smoothbore, .50 caliber barrel with choice, smooth, steel surfaces, 95%+ polish, sharp contours and a very fine touch-hole & bore. Fine quality wheelock mechanism with an exposed/external wheel with a bottom mounted wheel-bridle, a beveled lockplate and a pierced, Gold Gilt, Bronze, Dog-Bridle. Very fine smooth steel surfaces, 95%+ “bright” finish and only some isolated light patches of discoloration. Retains its original lock components and is in functional & complete order. Molded & carved, original, Fruitwood fullstock of mid-17th Century German Military Wheelock Pistol design with a slender forestock and a curved grip. A relief carved, baroque floral scroll apron, around the barrel-tang and simple relief & incised carvings, on the the forestock. Retains 90%+ finish with light abrasions, minor age-shrinkage and an old repaired hairline, at the right side of the fore-end-tip. Military style, plain, iron furniture of mid-17th Century design. An angular screw-fastened trigger-guard with a pointed forward finial and the screw-fastened butt-cap with two long side-stirrups. A single baluster form ramrod-pipe and a plain muzzle-band, en suite. Retains its three (3) original iron sidebolts and is complete with its original, wooden ramrod with a brazed, iron tip. In overall very fine+/excellent condition with smooth metal & wooden surfaces. The stock with 90%+ finish, sharp carvings and some light scattered handling marks. Smooth, steel surfaces with 95%+ polish and light discoloration. A excellent condition scarce 17th-Century German Military Wheelock Pistol from the 30 Years War Period, ca. 1640. For similar examples, please see Claude Blair's: "European & American Arms...", A. Hoff's: "Dutch Firearms", & M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…”. Overall length, 20".

Price: SOLD


A VERY SCARCE LATE 16TH/17TH CENTURY GERMAN GANG-TYPE BULLET MOLD, ca. 1590-1640: In overall fine lightly cleaned condition. Of typical 16th/17th century form with two, long, rectangular mold-sections bored with six (6) cavities for .50 caliber balls. 6", hand wrought, integral handles with a central-mounted rivet/pivot. In overall fine condition with smooth, lightly pitted and discolored surfaces: retains a pleasing silver-gray age patina overall. The mold with fine cavities and a tight fit: the tip with its original securing pin, for locking the halves. A very scarce example of an authentic 16th-147th century German bullet mold, ca. 1590-1640. The type of bullet mold used with a Wheelock, Matchlock or Early Flinlock Arm. Overall length, 12 1/2"

Price: $1,250.00



A FINE & RARE LATE 16th/EARLY 17TH CENTURY GERMAN/ITALIAN COMBINATION MILITARY WHEELOCK SPANNER, SCREW-DRIVER & POWDER-MEASURE, ca. 1580-1620: In overall fine+ untouched condition with richly toned, smooth, steel surfaces and a finely turned and forged body. Of classic Late 16th/Early 17th Century Military form with a three (3) different-sized Spanner-key-head with a integral Screw-Driver, on its tip. Finely turned, and sculpted, sliding, sheet-steel, tubular barrel/powder-measure with a graduated rectangular shaft with numerous piercings/stops. The upper end of the barrel retains its original spring-operated cut-off mechanism and is fitted with its original lanyard-ring. In overall fine+ untouched condition with choice, smooth, deeply toned, steel surfaces with a fine age-patina, minor signs of use and handling. A very nice example of a Rare 16th Century German/Italian Combination Military Wheelock Spanner, Turn-screw & Powder-Measure, ca. 1580. Overall Length, 6 1/4” closed (9” fully extended).

Price: $1,775.00


A RARE EARLY 17th CENTURY BRESCIAN (NORTHERN ITALIAN) WHEELOCK MILITARY BELT-PISTOL, ca. 1620: Of classic 17th Century Brescaian/Northern Italian design and in very fine+ clean condition. Octagoanal, pin-fastened, 12 3/4", iron, smoothbore, .52 caliber barrel with smooth, steel surfaces and sharp contours with a deeply chiseled breech and a fine bore & touch-hole. Early 17th Century, Italian, Wheelock mechanism with a flat sculpted lockplate and an exposed wheel with a chiseled side-mounted wheel-bridle. Original faceted and chiseled dog with rectagular jaws and its rectangular-head jaw-screw. Retains fine smooth, steel-gray surfaces with 95%+ “bright” finish and some light scattered patches of discoloration. In mechanically functional order its original sliding pan-cover. European Burl-Walnut fullstock of early 17th Century Northern Italian Wheelock Pistol design with a Straight-type grip and a flared, “Dag”/Fish-tail shaped butt. A slender, molded and carved fore-stock with an integrally carved ramrod-channel and a fluted forward ramrod-ferrule. Retains 95%+ finish with evidence of an old cleaning/sanding and some light scattered handling marks and abrasions. Fully Chiseled, Sculpted and Pierced, polished, iron mounts of early 17th Century Brescian Italian design. A finely pierced trigger-guard with its matching pierced iron trigger. A decoratively pierced band-type, rear, barrel-pin-escutcheon, a matching forward pin-escutcheon and a banded type butt-cap with its turned iron pommel-stud and pierced counter-plate. Several decoratively pierced, sheet-iron panels and a matching trigger-plate and sidebolt-escutcheons. Retains both its iron sidebolts and its chiseled and engraved steel Belt-Hook. Finely turned, original, iron tip, wooden ramrod with smooth surfaces and some light abrasions. In overall very fine+ condition. The stock with 95%+ finish, some scattered light handling marks and signs of an old cleaning/sanding. The lock, mounts and barrel, en suite with matching, smooth, steel-gray, surfaces, 95%+ polish and some light scattered wear and discoloration. A scarce Early 17th-Century Northern Italian (Brescian) Wheelock Belt-Pistol, ca. 1620. Overall length, 19 1/2". For similar examples and additional information, please see A. Giabi's: "Armi Da Fuoco Italiane", Claude Blair's: "European and American Arms 1150-1850" & M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…”.

Price: $12,575.00


A RARE & UNUSUAL EUROPEAN (GERMAN?) JAILER'S MATCHLOCK “KEY PISTOL", ca. 1650: In overall very good untouched condition. Round, 3 1/2", .44 caliber, smoothbore, iron barrel with a rectangular iron powder-pan. Aged, lighted discolored & pitted, generally smooth, steel surfaces with the expected signs of use and age. Traditional European Matchlock mechanism with an exposed mainspring, a finely sculpted trigger with curled base and its original chiseled Serpentine/match-holder. In mechanically functional order with strong mainspring and very good timing. The barrel with smooth steel-gray iron surfaces and some scattered patches of wear, discoloration and pitting. The lock, en suite with matching steel surfaces and its orginal components. Nicely contoured and lighty engraved, iron hardware/strap-work; and of large-size "Jailer's Key" design with an intergral bail-form handle with a wrought iron suspension-ring: the front with its slotted tongue-- for turing the tumbler of a large-sized padlock. A Rare & Unusual 17th century European (German?) Jailer's Matchlock Key Pistol of the type often associated with prisons of the 17th Century, ca. 1650. Overall length,  7 1/2". For similar examples, please see Claude Blair’s: “Pistols of the World”.

Price: $2,775.00


A VERY EARLY NORTHERN ITALIAN 14th/15th CENTURY VASE-TYPE IRON HAND-CANNON, ca. 1425: In overall fine and untouched condition. Lightly oxidized and patinated surfaces with the expected discoloration and scattered pitting and roughness. Of very early, 14th/15th Century, small-sized, Vase-Type form: having a wrought forged, twisted, bulbous-type, iron barrel with a slightly irregular muzzle and a pronounced twisted midsection. Top-mounted, vent-type touch-hole and a smoothbore, 1.00 caliber bore. The exterior surfaces with an untouched, chocolate-brown age-patina and the expected signs of wear from use. In overall fine untouched condition with light to moderate pitting an untouched russet-brown patina and scattered forge-roughness, bore-irregularity and wear. Exhibits a hand-forged wrought-iron "twist" pattern with evident hammer-marks and the expected roughness/rust stains. Overall length 5 3/4". An extremely rare, early and original 14th/15th century European (Northern Italian) Hand-Cannon, ca. 1425. Rarely seen outside of large European Estate or Institutional collections. For a similar example, please see Dudley Pope's: "Guns".

Price: $9,575.00


A VERY GOOD 16TH CENTURY GERMAN (SAXON) STAGHORN INLAYED CROSSBOW, ca. 1575: In overall very good generally untouched condition. Fine quality staghorn inlayed, 16th century, tiller type cheekstock of classic German form. The borders and body with extensive, staghorn inlayed, panels; and the body with a staghorn quarrel-channel and an early type, iron bow-release. The sides of the tiller with classic “van dyke” pattern inlays of red & black (ebony) wood; and the fore-end-tip with its iron hook for the attachment of a cranequin winding device: the rear sides of the tiller with their two (2), matching, steel winding-pegs. Heavy, forged, iron bow with untouched, smooth, russet-toned, steel surfaces, some light patches of discoloration and marked with a stylized Wheel form maker’s mark (Stockel # 6453), along its top edge. The marking that of a series of known Saxon Crossbow makers, who worked, ca. 1575-1700. (Please see E. Heer’s: “Der Neue Stockel” vol. 2, pg. 1473). Complete with its original braided hemp bow-bindings and its original, braided, waxed hemp bow-string. Later “Post” type trigger with rust patinated surfaces, en suite with the bow. Adjustable, brass and steel, rear sight and retains part of its leather bolt-clip. In very good untouched condition with scattered abrasions, the expected handling marks, old repairs, scattered worm holes and signs of use/wear. A scarce example of an original 16th Century German Crossbow, ca. 1575. Overall length 24". The bow is 20". For similar examples and additional information, please see Claude Blair’s: “European & American Arms…” & Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey’s: “The Crossbow”.

Price: $8,775.00


AN EXCELLENT/MUSEUM-GRADE EARLY 17th CENTURY/30-YEARS WAR PERIOD GERMAN/DUTCH MILITARY WHEELOCK PISTOL, ca. 1630: In overall excellent+/museum grade condition with choice “bright” steel surfaces and a finely molded & carved, highly figured fruitwood (walnut) fullstock. Of very large size with a round, pin-fastened, 18 1/4", iron, smoothbore, .52 caliber barrel with smooth steel surfaces, very sharp contours, an outline of a Dagger form maker's marks, on the left side of its breech and a fine touch-hole. German/Dutch form military lock with an exposed wheel, an automatic pan-cover and a faceted and streamlined profile. A nicely sculpted dog and bottom-mounted wheel-bridle: the lock with choice, smooth, steel surfaces, 95%+ “bright” finish and only the lightest scattered patches of discoloration. Highly figured, original, Burl European Walnut fullstock of classic 17th Century Military Wheelock Pistol design. A “Dag”-type, flat, Fish-tail butt with sharply molded and carved contours, 95%+ finish and the forestock with delicately fluted and carved details. Of light and graceful Officer’s form and of better quality than the standard Holster Pistol. Martial-type iron furniture of 17th Century design: an angular screw-fastened trigger-guard and its original spring-back trigger, a finely banded iron butt-cap with embossed ribbon accents. A single baluster-turned ramrod pipe and an iron muzzle-band. Retains its three (3), original, iron sidebolts with matching bright steel surfaces. Original wooden ramrod with its correct iron tip. In overall excellent+/museum grade condition with little signs of use or wear and retains nearly all of its finish. Of very large size, measuring 26" overall. A scarce & impressive 17th-Century German/Dutch martial Wheelock Pistol from the Early Colonial/30 Years War Period, ca. 1630. For similar examples, please see A. Hoff's: "Dutch Firearms" & M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…”.

Price: $15,875.00


AN EARLY 17th CENTURY/30-YEARS WAR PERIOD GERMAN MILITARY WHEELOCK PISTOL, ca. 1620: Of very large size with a round, pin-fastened, 17", iron, smoothbore, .52 caliber barrel with smooth steel surfaces, sharp contours and a fine touch-hole. Typical German/Dutch military lock with an exposed wheel and a flat, faceted and streamlined profile: and a nicely chiseled side-mounted wheel-bridle. The lock with choice, smooth, steel-gray surfaces, 75%+ “bright” finish and some light scattered patches of discoloration. Nicely figured, original, Fruitwood fullstock of Military Wheelock Pistol design with a “Dag”-type, flat, Fish-tail butt, sharp molded and carved contours, 75%+ finish, some scattered handling marks, light abrasions/minor age-shrinkage and a small old repair, at the left side of the fore-end-tip. Martial-type iron furniture of 17th Century design: an angular screw-fastened trigger-guard, a brazed iron, band-type butt-cap with an iron pommel-stud--- vent-pick? A Single sheet-iron ramrod pipe and a matching muzzle-band: retains both its iron sidebolts with matching steel-gray surfaces. Original, turned and brazed, iron tip, wooden ramrod with smooth oxidized, wooden surfaces and some light abrasions. In overall very good/fine condition. The stock with 75%+ finish, some scattered handling marks, minor gouges and the expected signs of military use. Smooth, steel-gray, iron surfaces with 75%+ polish and some light scattered discoloration/age-staining. Of very large size, measuring 25" overall. A scarce 17th-Century German/Dutch martial Wheelock Pistol from the Early Colonial/30 Years War Period, ca. 1620. For similar examples, please see A. Hoff's: "Dutch Firearms" & M. L. Brown’s: “Firearms in Colonial America…”.

Price: SOLD


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