Auction Report – Wallis & Wallis
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 21/12/2016
This superb Spring Fine Sale brought collectors and dealers from far and wide and Commission and Telephone Bidders from as far as Australia, and the USA, with Russian buyers being a presence in the Auction Room yet again.
Medals & Awards
As usual the Sale started with the medal section and here we have a group of four: Distinguished Conduct Medal, George V issue (43079 Sapr A Clements 77/F Co R.E.), 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. In very fine condition (the DCM with some contact pitting from star). The group sold to a telephone bidder for £800. (Note: London Gazette 30.3.1916 ‘For Conspicuous gallantry, notably on one occasion when he accompanied a bombing party of an Infantry Battalion. When all the bombing party were killed he held up the enemy with bombs until a stop had been made.’)
Next is a Waterloo Medal 1815, (Corp. Friend Bolding 11th Reg Light Dragoons). Near very fine. It sold to a telephone bidder for £1150.
A well-executed and dramatic Boer War watercolour of Farrier Sergeant Hardman VC, in action, by Stanley Berkley. It was captioned ‘Farrier Sergeant W J Hardman. No 7 Company (‘C’ Squadron) 4th Rough Riders - New Zealand Contingent. Winning his Victoria Cross. Near Naauwpoort, S Africa on 28th January 1901. London Gazette 4th October, 1901’. It measured 45cm x 35cm and after a long bidding war it finally sold abroad on the telephone against two Internet bidders for £2600.
Now we move on to edged weapons with a scarce Third Reich TeNo subordinate’s hewer by Eickhorn. The plated hilt had white celluloid grips and was in its black painted sheath with plated mounts, serial number 1225 deeply stamped on throat and blade, and also appearing on the hilt beneath the grip and on the inside of each grip. It was in good condition but the hilt was cracked below pommel. It went to a foreign bidder for £1500.
Next a rare 1871 pattern Elcho sword bayonet for the Martini Henry rifle, the 20-in swollen fullered blade with saw back, WD and broad arrow with inspector’s stamp at the forte on one side and small crowned VR on the other, and diced leather grips. It was in very good condition with a clean blade (scabbard leather crazed). The hammer fell at £1950.
A French Napoleonic Model 1784 Dragoon officer’s sword, almost straight, double fullered blade 34-ins, faintly etched with flourishes and ‘Vive Napoleon L’Emp: de Fran/s’, brass hilt with stirrup guard, four sidebars into pierced stylised shell. In good condition it had been shortened and reseated and the grip replaced. It went to a Russian bidder for £1100.
A Japanese sword Katana, circa 1850, with a 29½-in blade signed Oile Totomi Koretoshi. It had a deep Hi for the entire length, plain copper habaki and large plain four lobed tsuba. It came with a spear shaped menuki 6¾-ins long, in its metal mounted Ishizuke. Red lacquered saya and good condition with a clean polished blade. It went to a telephone buyer against two Internet bidders for £1950.
A Scots Greys 1796 pattern heavy cavalry trooper’s sword, broad straight shallow fullered blade 35-ins long, marked ‘I. Gill’ on the backstrap, regulation steel hilt, pierced disc guard, langets removed, diamond shaped reinforce, flat knucklebow, plain pommel and backstrap with ears, stamped under the guard ‘2d Ds/A15’, in its steel scabbard with two rings, marked ‘2d Ds/E No 20’. Good Condition for age (some wear and pitting, scabbard dented). £1550. (Note: As the Scots Greys were at Waterloo it is perfectly possible that this sword might have been used by an officer on the field of battle.)
A good 1796 pattern light cavalry officer’s sword, curved shallow fullered blade 31’, etched with crowned GR cypher, pre 1801 Royal Arms, trophies of arms and ornamental floral devices, regulation steel stirrup hilt with langets, facetted knucklebow, forward sloping pommel and backstrap with ears, wirebound leather grip, in its steel scabbard with two rings. The blade retained around 80% original blueing and gilding and polish and it sold to an Internet bidder for £1300.
Before we move on to antique firearms we show this lovely and scarce copper pistol powder flask
‘Entwined Dolphins’ (Riling no 1277), common brass top, sprung nozzle, 4¾-ins overall. It sold for £480.
A good pair of 120-bore over and under turnover percussion boxlock pocket pistols by Lang, with 1½-in turn off barrels numbered 1 and 2, and 3 and 4. The breeches with London proofs and engraved ‘Patent’ and ‘London’, frames finely engraved with leaves, ears of corn and ‘Lang, 7 Hay Market’ and with external barrel locating springs and rounded chequered walnut butts with small engraved silver caps. They were in crisp condition, the triggers and locating springs retaining original blued finish. The hammer fell at £1800.
A rare .65” Elliott flintlock carbine, the 28-in barrel with London proofs and engraved ‘Gen Elliott’s 15th King’s Own Royal Light Dragoons’, rounded lock engraved with crowned ‘GR’ and ‘Tower’, walnut fullstock with clear 1786 ordnance storekeeper’s mark on butt, regulation brass mounts, saddle bar and ring, and original grooved steel ramrod. It was in very good condition and sold well at £4500.
Here we show an old copy of a 6-shot .44” Colt Third Model Hartford Dragoon percussion revolver, the 7½-in barrel with New York City address, number 18203, cylinder with Indian fight scene and ‘Model U.S.M.R/Colt’s Patent’, all parts stamped with letter ‘T’, the rammer with early vertical type catch, and with plain ivory grips. It was in good order and went for £1550.
A 6-shot .41” centre fire Colt single action Army or Frontier revolver, the 4¾-in barrel with Hartford two-line address, and stamped ‘41 Colt’ on the left side, number 147100 (for 1892), frame with two-line patent dates to 1875 and rampant Colt in circle, the chequered hard rubber grips with rampant Colt medallion. It was in good working order and the rifling had light pitting throughout. It sold for £2000.
A 6-shot .44” Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver, with New York US America address, number 13538 (for 1861), with naval scene on the cylinder (a little faint). In good working order and condition it went for £1350.
A .41” rimfire Colt No 3 Derringer, number H144, London proved, bright nickel-plated overall with plain ivory grips, the frame stamped with rampant horse and ‘C’. In good working order and condition, there was slight flaking to the barrel plating. It came in its original green velvet and silk lined metal-framed leather purse. It sold for £1250.
A large provincially made single barrelled 4-bore Wildfowling under lever hammer gun, 61½-ins overall, the 45¼-in barrel with Birmingham proofs and stamped ‘Not for Ball’. With plain back action lock and rounded frame, walnut stock, chequered fore end and pistol grip. In good working order and condition it sold to a telephone bidder for £2800.
A 6 shot .36’ Colt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver, with London address, number 30814 (1855) on all parts, the wedge numbered, with only faint traces of cylinder scene, butt with lanyard ring. Good working order and condition, the barrel retaining some original blued finish; in a green baize fitted mahogany case with instruction label, containing spare cylinder also numbered 30814 (worn and pitted), double cavity steel mould (patches of pitting), nipple key/screwdriver, an old cap tin, and a reproduction flask £2600.
A 5-shot 80-bore Tranter’s Patent 2nd Model self cocking double trigger percussion revolver, the 4½-in barrel with London proofs, frame, rammer and butt cap finely engraved with scrolls, the frame also engraved ‘No 5578T’, with finely chequered walnut butt. In good working order and condition, retaining approximately 50% of original blued finish. It came in its original green baize lined fitted mahogany case with accessories and made £2000.
A cased 5-shot .31” Colt Model 1849 Pocket percussion revolver, the 4-in barrel with New York City two-line address, number 106984 (1855) on all parts (the barrel wedge un-numbered), with clear stage coach scene on cylinder, silver plated trigger guard and backstrap, and plain varnished grips. In good working order and condition with faint traces of original blueing to the barrel; in its velvet lined mahogany case, containing accessories. It sold for £1800.
A cased Belgian 8-shot 7mm ring trigger underhammer percussion pepperbox revolver, the monoblock cylinder with 3¼-in barrels, Liège proved, rounded frame engraved with scrolls and ‘N. Vivario Plombeur, Coin Du Passage, 55 Rue Vinave D’Ile Liege’, top strap stamped ‘Mariette Breveté’, the bag shaped butt with ebony grips. In good working order and condition, the barrels retaining some original blued finish, in its original close fitted maroon velvet lined mahogany case, containing accessories. It sold to a continental buyer for £2100.
A good brass barrelled and brass framed flintlock boxlock blunderbuss pistol with spring bayonet, the bell mouth 7-in barrel with octagonal breech bearing Tower private proofs, with 5¾-in triangular spring bayonet beneath released by sliding the trigger guard and with ramrod pipes, and steel rammer on the right side, frame engraved ‘Lott, Reading’ in ovals. In good working order and condition it sold for £1900.
A very fine 5-shot 80-bore Kerr’s Patent 2nd pattern percussion revolver of the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers, the barrel bearing London proofs and ‘L.A.C’ stamp, the frame with ‘London Armoury’ in oval and engraved ‘Kerr’s Patent 100’, cylinder also engraved ‘No 100’, and the back action lock engraved ‘London Armoury, Bermondsey’, the butt cap engraved ‘1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers No 35’, gold damascened overall with fine koftgari artwork, flowers and foliage, the cylinder also bearing the signature of the Indian craftsman responsible for the fine decoration. It was in excellent condition for its age and came in its dark oak glazed wall display case. It sold abroad for £4500. (Note:The cabinet came with brass plaque engraved ‘Revolver used by Officers 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers - Presented to the Officers’ Mess 1st Home Counties Brigade R.F.A. by Col Sir Charles Boxall K.C.B - 1912’, together with a letter from a bookseller in Glasgow dated April 1912 offering the revolver to Sir Charles Boxall for four guineas, a letter from Col Boxall presenting it either as a personal gift to the Colonel of the Home Counties Brigade R.F.A or to the officers’ mess ‘as you think fit’, and a letter from Col Tester, the last surviving officer of the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers, stating that he cannot throw any light on the origins of the revolver.)
A very fine brass barrelled flintlock ship’s musketoon, or boat gun, by Bumford, circa 1760. Measuring 50½-ins overall, the 34-in barrel with 1¾” bore, belled muzzle and early style London proofs; signed rounded line engraved lock with swan neck cock and bridled frizzen; plain walnut fullstock with raised apron around breech tang; brass mounts of early ordnance pattern, with its original brass tipped wooden ramrod. It was an exceptional example of its type and had five telephone bidders trying to buy it. It finally sold to one from abroad for £6500.
A pair of 24-bore flintlock duelling pistols by Spears of Berwick, circa 1785, each signed and sighted 9¼-in octagonal barrel with London proofs, one with Irish registration number on top flat; signed line engraved stepped lock with flat swan neck cock and roller on frizzen spring; walnut fullstock and steel mount including French style trigger guard, fore end inset with small steel plaques numbered ‘1’ and ‘2’. In a relined fitted maroon velvet interior mahogany case with accessories. It sold to a foreign bidder for £6000.
A pair of 24-bore flintlock duelling pistols by Wogdon, circa 1780, each signed and sighted 9¼-in octagonal barrel with gold lined touch hole; signed stepped lock with safety bolt and flat swan neck cock; plain walnut fullstock with engraved steel mounts including trigger guard with set trigger and small domed butt cap; one ramrod with screw off steel powder measure and steel worm, the other plain with horn tip.
In good working order and condition the barrels bright, mounts with traces of original blued finish, in fitted green baize lined mahogany case with folding brass handle in the lid, containing accessories. It went to a commission bidder for £7000.
The next sales at Wallis & Wallis will be held on: 2nd September 2014, 14th & 15th October 2014 and 25th November 2014. For further details on all future sales at Wallis & Wallis, phone 01273 480208 or visit the website at http://wallisandwallis.co.uk