Highly Successful Sale Season for Antiques Arms, Armor And Modern Sporting Guns

Bonhams latest series of Arms and Armor and Modern Sporting Guns sales held on 28 & 29 November made a combined total of £2,028,426.

The sales – The Daniel Williams Collection of Antique Arms; The Richard Garrett Collection of Antique Firearms; and Antique Arms, Armor and Modern Sporting Guns including the Max Gau Collection Part I – averaged 88% sold by lot and 84% by value.

Bonhams Head of Antique Arms and Armor David Williams said: "I am delighted with the results. We were privileged to offer two exceptional collections of antique firearms, and buyers took full advantage of the opportunity to acquire such rare, prized and historically important pieces."

Bonhams Head of Modern Sporting Guns Patrick Hawes added: "The sporting guns section of the sale was particularly strong. Part I of the superb Max Gau Collection of lever action rifles proved especially attractive to collectors from the U.K., Europe and the U.S.

Highlights included:

Modern Sporting Guns

- A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey, no. 18020/1. Sold for £22,500 (estimate £16,000-20,000).

- An exceptional Ulrich engraved .44 (RF) 'Model 1866' lever-action rifle by Winchester, no, 109544 (circa 1873). Sold for £27,500 (estimate £15,000-20,000).

- A pair of 12-bore sidelock ejector guns by Boss & Co., no 6695/6. Sold for £22,500 (estimate £15,000-20,000).

The Richard Garrett Collection of Antique Firearms

- An extremely rare pair of Russian 55-bore Flintlock Six-Shot Revolvers. Sold for £27,500 (estimate £15,000-20,000).

- A Fine and Extremely Rare 22-Bore Flintlock Break-Action Breech-Loading Magazine-Primed Holster Pistol, By Andrew Dolep, Londini, Circa 1690. Dolep, 'Dutchman', was one of the most important London gunmakers of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Sold for £27,500 (estimate £ 20,000 - 25,000).

- A rare pair of German 20-Bore Wheel-Lock Belt Pistols. Sold for £26,250 (estimate £15,000-18,000).

The Daniel Williams Collection of Antique Arms

- A Fine Cased Pair of Irish 36-Bore Percussion Saw-Handled Dueling Or Target Pistols, By Wm. & Jn. Rigby, Dublin. Sold for £12,500 (estimate £10,000 - 15,000).

- A Large Pair of 22-bore Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols. Sold for £7,500 (estimate £3,000-4,000).

- A Highly Unusual Irish 18-Bore Flintlock D.B. Carbine with Spring Bayonet. Sold for £6,875 (estimate £1,800-2,500)

Antique Arms and Armor sale

- A Pair of 15-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted Holster Pistols by Gandon, London. Peter Gandon was a Huguenot immigrant gunmaker who came to London in the 1690s and was admitted to the Freedom of the Gunmakers' Company in 1720. The pair of pistols were probably made for James Murray, 2nd Duke of Atholl. Sold for £16,250 (estimate £8,000-10,000).

- A Rare Medieval Knightly Sword Mid-14th To Mid-15th Century. Sold for £13,750. Estimate: £7,000-9,000.

- A Fine and Rare Pair of Irish 16-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistols with an unusual anti-friction link between the steel and steel-spring, the latter each with small acorn finial, molded figured full stocks. Sold for £11,250 (estimate £9,000-12,000).


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