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In this section we illustrate objects which possess a certain uniqueness or scarcity that require a more detailed description than is usual. Each item is featured in a short essay which we hope is both informative and interesting in each case. If you would like to receive further information please let us know by email through the Contact section of our site or by telephone. We will be pleased to hear from you

A very rare Restoration Period Brass Barrelled Blunderbuss with an English Lock by Joseph Stace of London dating to 1670 to 1680

Following the Restoration of the monarchy in England in 1660 blunderbusses increased in popularity in civilian life and in the Services, particularly in the Navy, and in other mercantile operations. Blunderbusses were popular with commercial entities that needed protection from robbery such as coaching companies. In the domestic area blunderbusses were often found conveniently placed in houses to face intruders if the owners felt threatened.  This blunderbuss was made by …

An Important Sporting Gun by William Heriot of Edinburgh Canongate circa 1773

A fine 12 bore flintlock sporting gun by William Heriot dating to the third quarter of the 18th century. This gun is important because it is one of only three 18th century firearms so far known and thought to have Scottish proof marks on the barrels. Few Scottish sporting guns have survived from this period compared to firearms of other types and generally they are of fine quality. The gun …

An English Silver Gilt Hilted Small Sword by Francis Tapp with London Hallmarks for 1764 / 1765

A fine quality English silver hilted small sword mounted with a colichemarde blade by Francis Tapp of the Strand in London.  The hilt and mounts are exquisitely chiselled with sumptuous designs in bold relief of military character including banners, stands of arms and mythical beasts, enhanced by scrolls, foliage and geometric shapes which retain their original gilt finish. An old label attached to the blade states that the sword once …

A Fine North European Rapier with Gilt Swept Hilt dating to the early 17th Century

A splendid swept hilt rapier which has survived in fine condition and retains much of its original gilt finish to the hilt. The type is illustrated in many portraits of early 17th century date located across Europe including England, Scandinavia and the German States. This indicates that the rapier form was very popular amongst the social elites in the region at the time. In contrast, few have lasted the rigours …

An exceptional cased set of edged weapons that belonged to Lieutenant Wyndham Neave of the 71st Highland Light Infantry who was killed in action in 1858 at Morar, near Gwalior, Central India, during the Indian Mutiny

  Lieutenant Wyndham Neave was killed at Morar during the advance of the forces of Sir Hugh Rose against Gwalior in Central India on 16th June 1858. He  was born on 21st November 1834, the 4th son of Sir Richard Digby Neave, 3rd Baronet (1793–1868), who was an English artist and author. Kaye & Malleson recount the action in which Wyndham was killed as follows: “The main body of the …

A fine Scottish Basket Hilted Sword of “Glasgow” Style circa 1710

This attractive Scottish basket-hilted sword dates to the early 18th century and the period preceding the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. The sword is mounted with an elegant and finely contoured hilt which represents the highest standard of basket hilt construction at the time. The distinctive fluted hilt decoration is of “Glasgow” style and typical of the production of the Glasgow armourers in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The …

A rare Silver Mounted North Indian Mughal Pesh-Kabz Dagger of the late 18th century with a noble dedication

A fine and elegant Pesh-Kabz forged with a blade of typical curved and pointed shape made from the finest Indian crystalline wootz steel. The dagger is notable and scarce because of its inscription which points to Sunni beliefs and its origin in the Mughal kingdoms of India in the 18th century. The blade has a re-enforced back edge of “T” section which optimises maximum strength and lightness of weight in …

An Impressive State Two-Handed Sword of the Guard of Julius Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg in Wolfenbüttel Dated 1574

This impressive and massive sword forms part of the well documented group made for Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (lived 1528-1589) in 1573 and 1574. The sword type is the most impressive and distinctive to emerge from the evolution of the two-handed sword in Europe. Duke Julius was the ruler of one of the most important military principalities in the Germanic region at the time. It lies in Lower Saxony east …

An Early 18th Century Highland Scottish Targe

Targes are shields which were an important item of Scottish clan weaponry. They were used in substantial numbers from the late 16th century until the middle of the 18th when weapons were proscribed in the Highlands by the Disarming Acts enforced by the British Government after the failure of the last Jacobite Rebellion in 1745.  After this clans ceased to function as independent military organisations. Targes were effectively used at …

Scottish Basket Hilted Sword of “Glasgow Style” Dating to Circa 1730

A single shallow fuller extends down the middle of the blade from the hilt on each side for 6 inches (15 cm) after which it is of lenticular section to its tip. Inside the fullers each side a Running Wolf is incised flanked by the word ANDRIA in a frame on one side near to hilt and FARARA on the other with various cross shaped dots. The running wolf is …

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