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Pair of 18th century pistols sold at Czerny for €15,500 (£13,600).

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Shell out for helmet

A highlight of the December 13 sale held by Tennants (18.5% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn was this 17th century lobsterpot helmet (below) at £1200.

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Seventeenth century lobsterpot helmet sold for £1200 at Tennants.

Belgian pistols in Dorset

A pair of Belgian 19th century flintlock pistols which sold for £680 at Charterhouse (21% buyer’s premium) in Sherborne, on December 15. Both pistols were in working condition and one was stamped on the barrel with the maker’s mark for Anna Oesterlein.

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This pair of Belgian 19th century flintlock pistols sold for £680 at Charterhouse.


Hit the sale target

This cased pair of 40-bore percussion target pistols by Williams & Powell, each with a 10in damascus octagonal sighted barrel and the breech with platinum line inlay inscribed Liverpool to top flat, sold for a mid-estimate £4000 at Southams (15% buyer’s premium) on December 7.

They came in a mahogany fitted case with cleaning tools, threeway powder flask, caps, nipple key, bullet mould and maker’s trade label ESP.

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This cased pair of 40-bore percussion target pistols by Williams & Powell sold for £4000 at Southams.


Old and the new

A pair of 54-bore duelling pistols by Durs Egg which sold in their modern transit case for £9400 at Anthony Cribb’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale near Abingdon on December 12.

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CAP Duelling pistols by Durs Egg which sold for £9400 at Anthony Cribb’s auction.