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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 146

    A FINE PAIR OF VIENNESE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS BY JOSEPH FRUEWIRTH IN WIENN

    CIRCA 1760

    Price Realised  

    A FINE PAIR OF VIENNESE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS BY JOSEPH FRUEWIRTH IN WIENN
    CIRCA 1760
    With counterfeit Ottoman etched twist barrels encrusted with gold scrollwork at the breeches and muzzles, the breeches involving large cartouches filled with gold spurious calligraphy, chiselled silver fore-sights, the tangs inscribed 1 & 2, signed rounded locks, figured walnut full stocks carved with elaborate scrollwork mouldings in low relief along the undersides and about the barrel tangs, full silver mounts of shaped outline, including spurred pommels cast in low relief, bevelled side-plates and double-eagle escutcheons, silver fore-end caps, and horn-tipped ramrods
    19in (48.2cm) (2)


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    Joseph Fruhwirth was gunmaker to Prince Esterhazy, working at Schloss Forchtenstein. Further examples of his firearms are preserved in the former Imperial Collection, Vienna, and in the gunrooms of the nobility throughout the former empire, notably in those of the Princes Lobkowicz and Princes Liechtenstein.

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    The bold heading should read A FINE PAIR OF VIENNESE SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS BY JOSEPH FRUEWIRTH IN WIENN