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    Sale 5426

    Antique Arms & Armour

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 121

    A RARE GERMAN EARLY WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL OF THE TRABANTENLEIB-GARDE OF AUGUST I, PRINCE ELECTOR OF SAXONY (R.1553-86)

    DATED 1564

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE GERMAN EARLY WHEEL-LOCK HOLSTER PISTOL OF THE TRABANTENLEIB-GARDE OF AUGUST I, PRINCE ELECTOR OF SAXONY (R.1553-86)
    DATED 1564
    With long barrel formed in two stages with moulded girdle and base, swamped muzzle and the date engraved on the octagonal breech, plain flat lock fitted with safety-catch, slender angular dog and pan-cover with button release, blackened full stock stamped in imitation of rough staghorn and inlaid with a series of small engraved horn plaques, the greater number decorated with a chain-like strapwork design, with a pair of rosettes impaled by the side-nails, the pommel inset with a horn rondel engraved with the arms of Saxony and the crossed swords of the Archmarshalcy of the Holy Roman Empire, iron trigger-guard, engraved horn ramrod-pipe and fore-end cap, and original ramrod with engraved horn tip.
    24in (61cm)


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    For a very similar example, also dated 1564, see Felix Joubert, Catalogue of the Collection of European Arms & Armour formed at Greenock by R.L. Scott, 1924, vol.III, section VIII

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    Provenance

    The Saxon Electoral Armouries, Dresden