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  LOT 1386
Finely Engraved, Gold and Silver Inlaid, and Raised Relief Carved V. Funk & Sohne German Side by Side Percussion Combination Gun - Serial no. 1272, 60 cal., 31 1/4 inch solid rib bbl., brown/casehardened/German silver/gold/silver finish, walnut stock. This mid-19th century sporting gun from the well-respected Funk family in Suhl has an interesting configuration. The left barrel has straight rifling for use with ball or shot while the right barrel has traditional rifling for more accurate shots with ball. Both bores measure approximately .60 caliber. The left barrel is fired using a plain trigger, and the right barrel is fired using an adjustable single set trigger. The rib has a bead front sight, shallow dovetail for an absent rear sight, and “V. FUNK & SOHNE IN SUHL” inlaid in gold. The barrels have gold and silver inlaid floral and bird mask designs. The locks have “V. FUNK & SOHNE” (right) and “IN SUHL” (left) inlaid in gold, bestial hammers with gold eyes and teeth, scroll engraving, scenes with a gold stag on the right and gold boar on the left, and pivoting hammer stalls. The tang has scroll engraving. The furniture German silver with a variety of engraving patterns, including a scene of a leaping stag on the trigger guard bow, and the escutcheon is inscribed with the initials “G.S.”. The stock has a carved dogs head forend tip with contrasting inlaid eyes, scroll carving bordering the checkering on the forend and wrist, a raised relief carved scene of a reposed stag behind the sculpted cheek rest, and a wood patch box lid carved with a wildman face with inlaid teeth and the tongue serving as the release button. CONDITION: Very good with crisp engraving, 75% of the period refinished brown remaining on the barrels, bright gold inlays, attractive aged patina on the silver, mostly bright German silver, traces of original case colors on the locks, minor oxidation, and generally only light age and storage related wear overall. The stock is fine and has distinct checkering and carving, fading from handling on the left side of the forend, some light dings and scratches, and minor edge wear. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500
LOT 1387 Desirable Game Scene Engraved, Gold Inlaid, and Relief Carved M. Zeller Percussion Sporting Rifle Made for a Child - NSN, 9 mm cal., 19 3/4 inch octagon bbl., brown/gold/casehardened finish, walnut stock. This rifle comes from the town of Juelich in western Germany and dates to the mid-19th century with a rifled barrel with dovetailed blade and notch sights, “..M. ZELLER IN JUELICH...” in gold inlay on top, and a pair of gold bands ahead of the nicely shaped and engraved bolster. The back action lock with no half-cock position and is decorated with a reposed deer and scrollwork. It is fired with adjustable double set triggers. The furniture is also engraved and features scrollwork and stag scenes en suite with the lock. The stock has a short 12 inch length of pull and features scroll carving shaped checkered panels on the wrist, a carved horn grip extension, and a relief carved stag scene behind the cheekpiece on the left. CONDITION: Fine with 75% plus of the original plum color finish remaining, bright gold inlays, mostly silver gray on the lock and furniture, some faint oxidation, and minor overall wear. The stock is also fine and has crisp carving and checkering, a small insect spot at the edge of the horn, minor checks at the butt on the left, and general minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 1,500 - 2,250
LOT 1388 Massive Flamberge Zweihander Processional Sword with Stand - Famously associated with the German and Swiss “landsknechte” mercenaries, the zweihander (literally “two hander”) was generally used by veteran “doppelsoldner” troopers as an accompaniment to the “pike and shot” armament carried by the bulk of the unit. This example is attributed to the 19th century by a previous owner, likely for display or carry on auspicious occasions. Overall length is 76 1/2 inches, with a 57 1/2 inch flamberge pattern blade with nine bends, a pair of 10 inch wide guard hooks above the forte, and “AP” struck near the guard. The guard is 18 1/2 inches wide, with fleur-de-lis style quillions and guard rings on both sides. The grip is covered in textured brown leather, terminating in a pinecone-shaped iron pommel. Included with the lot is a hardwood display mount. CONDITION: Good, with a mixed brown patina and scattered mild pitting on much of the metal surface, and mild wear on the grip wrap. Overall fit is good and tight, with no detectable play in the guard, grip or pommel. The display board shows mild wear and handling. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000
LOT 1389 Swept-Hilt Rapier - 41 1/2 inches in overall length, with a 33 inch double edged blade with a diamond cross section and a short rectangular cross-section ricasso at the base marked with a faded “crown/I” on the left side. The guard is blackened steel, with a matching pommel and a wire wrapped grip. CONDITION: Very good, with light pitting on the metal and a strong dark finish on the hilt. The fit is tight overall, with no play in the guard, grip or pommel.
      Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750 287

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