Sure-Fire Sale
Exceptionally rare weapons from the Dineley Collections Top Lot

Rare and fine weapons made by John Manton from the renowned Mark and Peter Dineley Collections of Antique Arms and Armour sold exceptionally well at Bonhams Antique Arms and Armour Sale in London yesterday (Wednesday 27 November). The sale made a total of £1,135,079 with 90% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.

The top lot, a pair of gold-inlaid flintlock silver-mounted double-barrelled pistols made by John Manton for the Nawab of Oudh, sold for £47,563. The pistols were made in 1793 by John Manton, brother of Joseph Manton, who is considered one of the founders of the English gun trade.

Other highlights included:

- An extremely rare late 15th/early 16th century cinquedea, an Italian short-sword or dagger, in its original scabbard. Sold for £37,563.

There are examples of similar Italian short-swords in the Wallace Collection, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Musée de l'Armée in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. None of these swords, however, retain their original scabbard. The cinquedea from the Dineley Collection is thought to be one of only two with originals scabbards known to exist. The other is in the Royal Armouries in Leeds, and it is believed that the two scabbards came from the same workshop.

- A fine and rare cased pair of 54-bore Percussion Rifled Target Pistols. Sold for £28,813. Estimate £15,000-20,000.

- An exceptional pair of cased 35-bore percussion rifled Duelling pistols. Sold for £27,563. Estimate £15,000-20,000.

Bonhams Head of Antique Arms and Armour, David Williams, said, "The sale confirms the resilience of this specialist area. We were delighted to have achieved such a brilliant result for the exceptional Dineley Collection."

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