More previews for our upcoming Antiques & Fine Art sale on 22nd April.
This preview rolls in with a strong scent of gunpowder and a distinct clang of steel as we bring you our featured Militaria lots!
Starting with these two beautiful Gothic Hilted British Infantry swords:
An 1822 pattern William IV British Infantry Officer’s sword. Has brass gothic hilt with fold-down guard and slightly curved blade with plain piped back in steel scabbard.
An 1892 pattern Victorian British Infantry Officer’s sword with gothic steel hilt and plain piped blade in leather scabbard.
On Gothic-Hilted British Infantry Swords – Wikipedia Entry
The gothic hilted swords were a family of swords carried by officers and some NCOs of the British Army between 1822 and the present day. They were primarily infantry swords, although they were also regulation pattern for some other officers such as surgeons and staff officers. The term “Gothic Hilt” derives from a perceived similarity between the curved bars of the guard and the arches found in gothic architecture. They were elegant aesthetically pleasing weapons, although they were generally considered as, at best, mediocre fighting swords. Despite this the weapon and its variants had a very long service life.
An antique double barrelled percussion cap muzzle loading hunting gun – Maker E. Winton Tiverton. Lock engraved with Curlews & Cootes.
On the invention of the Percussion Cap – Wikipedia Entry
The percussion cap, introduced circa 1820, was the crucial invention that enabled muzzleloading firearms to fire reliably in any weather.
Before this development, firearms used flintlock ignition systems which produced flint-on-steel sparks to ignite a pan of priming powder and thereby fire the gun’s main powder charge. Flintlocks were prone to misfire in wet weather, and many flintlock firearms were later converted to the more reliable percussion system.
The percussion cap is a small cylinder of copper or brass with one closed end. Inside the closed end is a small amount of a shock-sensitive explosive material such as fulminate of mercury. The percussion cap is placed over a hollow metal “nipple” at the rear end of the gun barrel. Pulling the trigger releases a hammer which strikes the percussion cap and ignites the explosive primer. The flame travels through the hollow nipple to ignite the main powder charge. Percussion caps were, and still are, made in small sizes for pistols and larger sizes for rifles and muskets.
An antique circa 19th century middle eastern dagger/short sword with curved blade, approx 45cm (55cm with handle). In leather sheath with intricate white metal filigree work. Jewels to handle and sheath. Possibly Omani or Najrani.
Antique copper powder flask with embossed game birds decoration.
On Powder Flasks – Wikipedia Entry
A powder flask is a small container for gunpowder, which was an essential part of shooting equipment with muzzleloading guns, before pre-made cartridges became standard in the 19th century. They range from very elaborately decorated works of art to early forms of consumer packaging, and are widely collected. Many were standardized military issue, but the most decorative were generally used for sporting shooting.
Our auction catalogue is now online!
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If you wish to come and view the items in person our viewing times are below:
Saturday 18th April 10:00 – 12:30 GMT
Monday 20th April 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Tuesday 21st April 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Sale Day Wednesday 22nd April 8:30 – 10:00 GMT