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B08-0083

A pair of Irish flintlock coach pistols
early 18th century, the locks each marked 'Byrne fecit', walnut stocks with brass furniture including butts terminating in moulded mask bosses. Overall L.375mm. c.1700-1750. No licence required. The same engraving “Byrne Fecit” appears faintly on both pistols on the top straps of the barrels. Other markings are one the top strap behind the barrel – one above the fixing screw ‘32’ and one below the fixing screw ‘33’, both punched not engraved and of a later sans serif font. “No. 33” has a rejoined crack at the grip, filled borer holes, replacement ramrod, the front rod collar has a small split to the front edge and slight loss to the front edge, forward of the front rod collar hidden by the rod is an area with some wood filler. Apart from overall small handling knocks there’s a dent right forestock above the rear rod collar. “No 32” has a replaced ramrod, forward of the front rod collar hidden by the rod is a loose crack to the woodwork. Apart from overall small handling knocks there’s a small sliver of wood inlaid to a 2cm crack between the brass butt and the trigger back strap (paler colour), and a tight crack forward of the frizzen spring and diagonally up to the barrel.

Realised: $3,600

A12-0172

A c.1750 European flintlock blunderbuss
the quality full rosewood body with a steel barrel of initial octagonal form flaring to round, steel lock and ramrod, brass trigger guard and ramrod fittings. L.640mm (overall). No licence required.

Realised: $3,500

A12-0167

A George III presentation sword
the blade decoratively engraved with presentation inscription dated 12 June 1810, Royal crown and cypher 'GR' also to the blade, the highly ornate brass hilt in the form of a snake issuing from a lion's mouth with grip, the leather and brass scabbard with decoration of armour, weapons and snakes. L.940mm

Realised: $3,500

A8-0176

A good Enfield Pattern 1853 percussion musket N.Z. issue
muzzle-loading, three barrel bands, .577" calibre, Tower lock stamped '1862 Tower' and 'V.R.' under a crown, brass trigger guard and butt plate stamped 'B' over 'N.Z.' over '774'. With original ram rod with matching number '774', fitted with a triangular section spike bayonet in scabbard. In very good condition. No firearms licence required.

Realised: $2,750

A4-0230

An early 20thC Scottish Dirk and belt
the 32cm. steel blade with double edge tip and scalloped edged back, presentation inscribed fuller, the baluster grip well carved with entwined basket weave set with white metal studs, the knot pommel set with a foil backed 'Cairngorm' in silver plate frame, the black leather scabbard with silver plate mounts embossed with thistles and shield cartouche, set with a small knife and fork of conforming design, set with matching 'Cairngorms'. Total length 505. Together with a wide black leather belt with cast silver plate buckle, the standing lion framed by thistles.

Realised: $2,300

Z14-0156

A German WWI Colonial Services flag
ex. Samoa. Provenance: Captured in Samoa. 1870 x 1160, one tear and some marking consistent with age.

Realised: $2,200

Z14-0148

A centrefire howdah pistol
attributed to Adams, .450 cal. 10⅞″ shallow rifled barrels with flat rib, round bodied underlever action, peninsula back locks are mounted with long nosed hammers with tall spurs, and with back sliding safeties that engage at half cock, the trigger guard tang extends to a plain steel grip cap. Grip is nearly fully checkered matching the short checkered forend. The attribution to Adams comes from a collector who saw this pistol split from the companion game rifle sold at auction in Wellington in the 1970s. (Endorsed arms license required)

Realised: $2,200

A6-0153

Two WW1 photograph albums of 13/583 2nd Lt. Ernest Arthur Bunkall
of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, Imperial Camel Corps and the Royal Flying Corps. A solicitor from Buckland Road, Epsom he served at Gallipoli as a Trooper before being involved in engagements with the Auckland Mounted Rifles and Camel Corps in Palestine. In March 1918 he was accepted in the Royal Flying Corps and was one of a small number of New Zealanders who served as a Pilot. These two unpublished albums include extremely rare and important images of Bunkall and numerous named colleagues at Gallipoli and in Palestine. Very few images of the Camel Corps have surfaced, and one album is almost entirely in relation to that service. Of particular importance are the photos that relate to the battle at Beersheba in present day Israel.

Realised: $2,200

B08-0081

An early 20thC Scottish dirk by R. G. Lawrie/ Glasgow
marked for the 2/7th Bn 1914-1918 (Scottish Coast Defences Brigade), the 28cm single edge steel blade with narrow fuller and scalloped back edge, the baluster grip carved with basket weave set with white metal studs, the pommel with a thistle, the black leather scabbard with silver plate mounts embossed with thistles, set with a small knife and fork of conforming design. Total L.480mm.

Realised: $2,000

B06-0176

A pair of late 1700s pocket flintlock pistols by J.N. Jones & Son of London
round screw-off barrels, English proof marks, engraved locks and butt plates, trigger safety slides, finely checkered stocks, hidden triggers, diamond form silver escutcheon and with good hammer springs. L.140mm.

Realised: $2,000