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A pair of Ottoman flintlock  kubur (holster pistols), 19th century, the steel barrels decorated with gold-overlaid palmettes and stylised foliage, the forestock and grips set with coral, 50cm.

A pair of Ottoman flintlock kubur (holster pistols), 19th century, the steel barrels decorated with gold-overlaid palmettes and stylised foliage, the forestock and grips set with coral, 50cm.

A fine percussion pistol by Gastinne Renette,dating: mid-19th Century provenance: Paris.

A fine percussion pistol by Gastinne Renette,dating: mid-19th Century provenance: Paris.

Wheellock rifle. Steel-chiseler: Caspar Spät (German, Munich, ca. 1611–1691). Stock maker: Elias Becker (German, Augsburg, recorded 1633–74). Date: ca. 1640–50. Culture: German, Munich and Augsburg. Medium: Steel, chiseled, blued, and gilt; fruitwood, inlaid with engraved staghorn and bone. | © 2000–2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wheellock rifle. Steel-chiseler: Caspar Spät (German, Munich, ca. 1611–1691). Stock maker: Elias Becker (German, Augsburg, recorded 1633–74). Date: ca. 1640–50. Culture: German, Munich and Augsburg. Medium: Steel, chiseled, blued, and gilt; fruitwood, inlaid with engraved staghorn and bone. | © 2000–2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A flintlock eprouvette. Italy circa 1800.  | Copyright 2014 © Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

A flintlock eprouvette. Italy circa 1800. | Copyright 2014 © Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

Gun France, Circa 1605/1610 This gun has a flint lock and was intended for use during hunting. Amongst numerous examples of firearms of similar purpose from the same era, it is remarkable for its rich and varied decoration, incorporating carved wood and mother-of-pearl, copper and other materials. The author of this magnificent work was the mechanic and artist Maren le Bourgeois, from the small town of Lisieux in Normandy. It is thought that the gun belonged to Louis XIII, King of France.

Gun France, Circa 1605/1610 This gun has a flint lock and was intended for use during hunting. Amongst numerous examples of firearms of similar purpose from the same era, it is remarkable for its rich and varied decoration, incorporating carved wood and mother-of-pearl, copper and other materials. The author of this magnificent work was the mechanic and artist Maren le Bourgeois, from the small town of Lisieux in Normandy. It is thought that the gun belonged to Louis XIII, King of France.

A fine pair of silver mounted flintlock pistols in holster, turkey, 18th century.

A fine pair of silver mounted flintlock pistols in holster, turkey, 18th century.

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