29 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,875
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500
A GERMAN PARCEL-GILT SHOOTING PLAQUE
GOTHA, CIRCA 1700, MAKER'S MARK AWB CONJOINED
Shaped oval and with crimped rim, the central oval cartouche engraved with the scene of a gentleman firing a musket, the border chased with four oval cartouches with foliage between enclosing the Christ Child, Mary and Joseph and an inscription, marked on rim
6 3/8 in. (16 cm.) long
2 oz. (69 gr.)
The inscription reads 'KONIG IN OSTRITZ TOBIAS HIERONIMUS ROLL BüRGEMEISTER UND ÄLTESTER DER HOCHLöBLICHEN BRUDERSCHAFT DER SCHüTZEN JINZG JAHRE SEINES ÄLERG 68'
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The unidentified maker's mark is illustrated in M. Rosenberg, Die Goldschmiede Merkzeichen, Frankfurt am Main, 1923, vol. 3, no. 2247.
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