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This sale included items from the Armoury of the Princely House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, removed from Schloss Langenburg – all of the top 10 items listed below came from this source. A total of 456 lots were on offer with an impressive 88% of items being successfully sold for a grand total of £960,000 being realised.

The Top 10 Lots

Lot 229 - An exceptional pair of Bohemian silver-mounted flintlock holster pistols by Paul Poser in Prague circa 1725 (£37,300). Private purchaser.

Lot 260 - A fine and very rare 39-bore Nuremberg Wheel-Lock Sporting Carbine stocked by the Master of the Castles circa 1600 (£33,600). UK Trade purchase.

Lot 172 - A very rare Two-Hand Sword (Federschwert) for use in the Fechtschulen German or Swiss, 16th century (£19,200). US Museum purchase.

Lot 233 - A rare German etched all-steel Wheel-Lock Holster Pistol, circa 1580 (£18,000). Private purchaser.

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Lot 228 - A rare Over- And-Under Wheel-Lock Pistol, Nuremberg circa 1585-90. (£14,000). Private purchaser.

Lot 298 - A fine pair of 36-bore Viennese Flintlock Sporting Rifles made for a Prince of the House of Hohenzollern by Caspar Zelner, circa 1725 (£16,800). UK Trade purchase.

Lot 323 - A Brunswick State Two-Hand Processional Sword of the Guard of Julius Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg in Wolfenbüttel (1528-89) No. 167 dated 1573 (£16,800). Private purchaser.

Lot 237 - A pair of Flintlock Holster Pistols Signed Botesont finely chiselled in the Parisian fashion Dutch or German circa 1710 (£15,600) Private purchaser.

Lot 232 - A fine and very rare Two-Shot Superimposed-Load Wheel-Lock Pistol Nuremberg circa 1585 (£14,400). European Trade purchaser.

Following the sale, Auctioneer and Expert-in-charge, Thomas Del Mar, commented: “We were delighted with the very strong result. The Armoury of the Princely House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg attracted considerable interest, selling for a total of £716,700 (including 20% premium) against a pre-sale estimate of £477,000-£615,000, with only one unsold lot. The sale included a very broad range of objects and consequently the exhibition was well attended. We were pleased to welcome a number of international collectors and dealers as well as curatorial staff from museums in the United Kingdom and the United States. Our next sale will be held in June 2015.”

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