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Auction House:Vickers & Hoad AuctioneersNumber of lots recorded:359
Sale Title:Militaria & Fine SwordsLots with images:234
Auction Location:SydneyPrices available:281
Date:14/03/2015
LotDescription Price Image
*** A fine British navel officers dirk of the 18th century date. Curved blade, Gilt mounted Ivory grip. Brass mounted black leather scabbard. ***
*** A fine British naval officers dirk of early 19th century date. Curved blade engraved with naval motifs. Gilt mounted Ivory grip with lovely patina. Brass mounted black leather scabbard engraved 'Goldneys late Neilds St James Str. Sword Cutlers to H.R.H the Prince of Wales. ***
*** A choice British / Australian midshipman's dirk with scabbard by Williamson. Blade with cipher of G VI R. Complete with it's correct and scarce sword ( ---t)?? ***
*** A military rapier of large and heavy form of late 18th century date. Approx 113cm overall length with approx 92cm long straight blade. Wire bound grip, steel guard with long straight quillons and pommel of classical form, with steel bowl. Guard stamped 'R' The double edged blade with a crowned 'R' mark and the cipher of Carlos IV and the date 1790. ***
*** Scottish basket hilt sword of mid 18th century date. Approx 104cm overall length with approx 86cm straight blade. Wire bound fish skin grip, steel guard (See 'Scottish Swords and Dirks' by J. Wallace [plate 28] for a similar guard) The board double edged blade with short triple fuller bears the running motif, mark of passion on both faces. ***
*** A superb German hand and a half sword of early date, approx 120cm overall with 97cm straight blade. Leather bound grip, steel guard with wide swept quillons and finger loops etc. The pommel and quillons of octagonal section. The double edged blade with double fullers is struck with a maker's stamp at the ricasso and engraved in the fullers (on both faces) 'NO ME SAQUES SIN RASON NO ME EN RAINES SIN HONOR' (Do not draw me without reason, do not replace me without honour...) ***
*** A superb swept-hilt rapier of early 17th century date. Approx 120cm overall length with straight blade approx 103cm in length. Finely wire bound grip, steel guard with slightly side swept quillons, large finger loops and bulbous pommel. The double edged blade struck with maker's marks at the ricasso has very well pierced single fullers ***
*** A superb rapier of 'Pappenheimer' type and of early 17th century date. Approx 118cm overall in length with approx 101cm straight blade. Wire bound grip with helically twisted overlay wire, the steel guard with wide swept quillons, bulbous pommel of octagonal section, side shells pierced with stars. The double edged blade of diamond section engraved 'WEHM ROD ANNO 1616' and 'ME FECIT SALINGEN ANNO' See 'European Swords' by A. North (plate 20) for a similar hilt. ***
*** A very fine rapier of 'Pappenheimer' type and of early 17th century date, approx 131cm overall with approx 112cm straight blade. Wire bound grip, the steel guard with wide swept quillons, bulbous pommel, side shells, pierced with circles and stars and with traces of gilt. The single fullered blade of diamond section struck with orb and cross marks and engraved 'ME FECIT TOLEDO' and 'ANTONIO PICININO' ***
*** A choice British infantry officer's sword pattern 1803. Wire bound navy fish skin grip, gilt brass guard with G.R. Cipher. Wide curved fullered blade with the blue and gilt decoration incorporating the crowned GR cipher, Royal Arms etc. Gilt brass mounted black leather scabbard, engraved 'Golding late Neild St. James Street, sword cutler to his Royal Highness Prince of Wales' ***
*** A superb cup-hilt rapier in the Spanish or Italian taste of mid 17th century date. Approx 112cm overall length with approx 91cm straight blade, high quality silver wire bound grip with vertical silver bars. Steel guard with long straight quillons, the quillons, knuckle bow and pommel all very well cut with helical fluting. The street cup with finely cut turned over edge and a pierced panel at the termination of the finger loops.… ***
*** A superb example of a British light cavalry officer's sword of pattern 1796 by Osborne. Silver wire bound leather grip, steel stirrup guard, curved fullered blade with single edge, very finely blued and gilt on both faces for half it's length and etched for the remainder. The decoration includes Britannica, stands of arms, Royal cipher of G.R, mounted officer, maker's particulars etc. Complete with it's steel scabbard. About as fine an example as could be found ***
*** A German light cavalry trooper's sword, almost identical to the British pattern of 1796. Leather covered grip, steel stirrup guard, wide and curved single edged blade, steel scabbard. ***
*** A choice and rare British heavy cavalry trooper's sword of pattern 1796, leather covered grip, steel guard, white leather sword knot. Steel scabbard. Both blade and scabbard with matching issue stamps to '23 R.B. No. 10' Blade by Dawes of Birmingham ***
*** British infantry officer's sword of the 1780s era. Ivory grip with '5 ball' guard in gilt brass. Curved fullered blade. Brass mounted black leather scabbard ***
*** Scottish military officer's basket hilt sword of late 18th, early 19th century date. Simple nickel basket hilt with wire bound fish skin grip and red felt and wash leather liner. Approx 97cm overall with 82cm straight double edged blade with short single fuller. See 'Scottish Swords and Dirks' by J. Wallace (Plate 47) for a similar hilt and plate 48 for a similar blade. ***
*** Austrian sword of Falchion type, approx 98cm overall length. Brass hilt with well executed lion head pommel and recurved cross guard terminating in lion heads. The broad carved double fullered blade with extensive engraved decorations including man in moon, sun in splendour, sword emerging from a cloud, snake, etc. Possibly a palace guard's sword from Vienna, mid 17th century ***
*** A very rare & Fine example of British light cavalry officer's sword of pattern 1796. Made for an officer in the early United States cavalry. Wire bound leather grip, steel stirrup guard. Curved fullered blade with single edge, very finely etched for most of it's length on both faces with stand of arms, foliage, figure of liberty, angel blowing trumpet, maker's particulars and eagle and shield of the United States with rib band 'E Pluribus Ilumni' complete with it's steel scabbard.… ***
*** Scottish basket hilt sword of mid 18th century date. Approx 103cm overall length with approx 86cm single edged blade. Wire bound fish skin grip, steel basket guard of the Stirling style by Walter Allan (stamped 'W.A.') See 'Scottish Swords and Dirks' by J. Wallace (plates 36-39) for examples by this maker and plate 39 for a most similar blade.… ***
*** A very fine late 17th century hunting hanger of the type favoured by British naval officers of the time. Slightly curved fullered blade faintly etched with foliage etc, brass mounted stag horn grip, embossed shell guard. Together with book 'The Admiral Benbow, The Life and Times of a Naval Legend' which includes a portrait of Admiral Benbow holding a near identical hanger (Page 253) ***