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With a network of specialists covering all fields of militaria we are able to maximise potential return on medals, badges, bladed weapons, firearms and associated collectables from all wars, periods and nations with a particular interest in historical diaries, photographs, paintings and ephemera.


Z05-0114

An historically interesting German naval dress sword presented to Oberleutnant Hans-Joachim Rahmlom. Rahmlow gained infamy from a unique incident of capitulation when in August 1941 as Kapitänleutnant of the WWII German submarine U-570 under attack he surrendered
unnecessarily in hindsight, and allowed his craft to be captured. The event was a critically important action with potential Enigma code material onboard as well as supplying the Allies with a German craft which enabled consideration of it's design. The capture of U-570 was considered sensational news by Churchill, especially considering the Bismarck had been sunk exactly three months earlier to the day, Churchill wrote in his book 'The Second World War' specifically on U-570 and the accompanying boost in British hopes. The action, crew interrogation, incarceration, Court of Honour action against Rahmlow and other dramatics are documented in numerous publications but a broad picture is painted by the Wiki site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Graph. The sword bears an 80cm pipe-back blade in fine damascus and gold-wash with etched panels incorporating bluing to the presentation inscription as a prize to Rahmlow from the Chiefs of Naval Command for Gunnery and dated 1934. The gilded hilt with fouled anchor guard, lion head pommel with inset bi-colour 'jewelled' eyes, wire bound ivorine hilt and with attached bullion portepee. With gilt brass mounted leather scabbard. Provenance: the estate of Capt. Andrew Douglas Holden RNZNR, OBE, DSC, RD. (Cf. lot 162)

Realised: $9,000

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

Z07-0141

A pair of 19thC short barrelled large bore percussion pistols by Thomas Monck of Stamford
fitted with captive rammers and belt-hooks, .70 calibre, the bore approx. 150, the grips finely checkered, enlarge knob form butts. Length overall 185, the barrels 75, in later fitted box complete with bullet mould.

Realised: $2,800

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

Z11-0212

An impressive vintage military collection on display board
WWI and WWII items, many New Zealand, includes WWI three medal group to 12/115 Pte. F.Gordon N.Z.E.F., badges, buttons, insignia, grenade etc. 2110 x 920.

Realised: $2,500

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

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

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