SUPERB PAIR OF SAXON ELECTOR GUARD WHEEL LOCK PUFFERS, CIRCA 1590, EX BREMNER HOGG JACKSON COLLECTION.
SN NSN. Wonderful pair of (black) puffers are substantially as they left the Royal Armories in Dresden during the 1919 Rudolf Lepke disbursal following WWI. They are virtually unfired, retaining much of their original dull blued finish throughout. The maker HR is listed in Stockel as working in Nuremburg. Stocks are stamped in imitation of stag horn and the stag horn inlays are sparse, but feature grotesques surrounding the bbl tang. The locks with internal wheels, plain hammers, both retaining lead wrapped flints, possibly the original. This is a perfectly matched pair rather than two pistols of similar type. The condition is simply as good as it gets. CF James D. Julia, lot 2487, sold October 15, 2013 for $103,500 with premium. PROVENANCE: Saxon Royal Armories. Bremner Hogg Jackson. Smithsonian Institution. Butterfield & Butterfield. Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: For a pair of 400 year old pistols, one could easily call them pristine and in near mint condition. The pommels end in silver butt caps, featuring an engraved bust of a Turk, indicating these are probably non-commissioned officers grade, rather than the enlisted grade which all have stag horn engraved with the Archmarshalship of the Holy Roman Empire. 4-49861 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2422
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