Suits of Armour Triumph at Bonhams Arms & Armour Sale

Suits of armour proved the top draw at Bonhams Antiques Arms & Armour sale in London on Wednesday 23 September. A rare German composite 'Maximilian' full armour made around 1520 sold for £125,063 (estimate £40,000-60,000), and an Equestrian Full Armour for Man and Horse in mid-late 16th Century style made £68,813 (estimate £10,000-15,000). In total, the sale made £1,212,636 with 91% sold by lot and 93% by value.

The sale offered a strong selection of British firearms. Highlights included:

• A very rare cased pair of 22-bore flintlock single-trigger over-and-under pistols by John Manton, London. Sold for £42,563. (Estimate: £10,000-15,000).

• A fine cased pair of 54-bore percussion rifled target or duelling pistols by James Purdey, no. 314½, Oxford Street, London. Sold for £35,063 (Estimate: £15,000-20,000).

• A fine and rare cased 17-bore flintlock over-and-under travelling or officer's pistol with attachable shoulder-stock by Joseph Egg, London. Sold for £30,000. (Estimate: £8,000-10,000).

• A fine cased pair of 40-bore flintlock duelling pistols by Joseph Manton, London in1807. Sold for £21,063. (Estimate: £15,000-18,000).

• A very fine cased pair of 32-bore saw-handled flintlock duelling pistols by H.W. Mortimer & Son, 89 Fleet st.t., London, gun-makers to his majesty London made around 1810. Sold for £21,063. (Estimate: £15,000-20,000).

Bonhams Head of Arms & Armour David Williams said: "In a very strong sale, the two suits of armour stood out. I was not surprised to see such strong bidding on these pieces nor the impressive price which they achieved. The outstanding selection of British firearms also had wide appeal to collectors, with many selling well above their estimates."


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