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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 SCARCE 17TH CENTURY GERMAN COMBINATION WHEELOCK SPANNER, HAMMER & SCREWDRIVER, ca. 1600: In overall very good untouched condition with lightly mottled, smooth steel-gray surfaces and a finely chiseled and turned body. Of typical 17th century “T”-Shaped form with a hand wrought, integrally forged hammer-head with Wheelock Spanner-keys-- for two different sized spindles; and a finely turned and sculpted barrel with a flared screwdriver blade, at its base. In overall very good untouched condition with generally smooth, lightly oxidized surfaces and a silver-gray age patina. Overall a very nice example of an authentic 16th-17th century German Combination Wheelock Spanner, ca. 1600. Overall Measurements, 6 1/8" x 2”.

Price: SOLD


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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