A Rare 28-Bore Saxon Wheel-Lock Holster Pistol (Puffer) Of The Trabantan Bodyguard Of The Elector Augustus I (Reigned 1553-1586)

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A Rare 28-Bore Saxon Wheel-Lock Holster Pistol (Puffer) Of The Trabantan Bodyguard Of The Elector Augustus I (Reigned 1553-1586)
Circa 1585

Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 15,639) inc. premium
A Rare 28-Bore Saxon Wheel-Lock Holster Pistol (Puffer) Of The Trabantan Bodyguard Of The Elector Augustus I (Reigned 1553-1586)
Circa 1585
With swamped two-stage barrel, the forward section with slender turned lines, octagonal breech stamped at the rear with maker's initials 'HR' and mark between, a lion rampant with an arrow in a shield (Neue Støckel 3065 and 5497), border engraved tang, flat lock with tapering rounded tail and flat wheel-cover, incised safety-catch with button and acting against a spring, cock, cock-spring and sprung sliding pan-cover with release-button, blackened full stock (some wear and minor worming, old repairs beneath the lock) stamped in imitation of natural staghorn sparsely inlaid with foliate engraved white staghorn plaques (some later), the underside of the fore-stock incised with overlapping leaves, white staghorn side-nail washers each engraved with an expanded flower-head, the spherical pommel inlaid with a replacement white staghorn roundel engraved with the arms of Saxony and the Hereditory Archmarshalship of the Holy Roman Empire, iron trigger-guard, engraved white staghorn fore-end cap (repaired) and replacement ramrod-pipe, and wooden ramrod with iron tip
32.5 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Saxon Royal Armouries, Dresden

    For a similar example formerly in the D.H.L. Back Collection and sold in these Rooms see Fine Antique Arms and Armour ..., 24 November 2010, lot 441
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A Rare 28-Bore Saxon Wheel-Lock Holster Pistol (Puffer) Of The Trabantan Bodyguard Of The Elector Augustus I (Reigned 1553-1586)
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