Thursday, 27 November 2014

thursday.


Been, so far, a very busy week. On Tuesday we motored to London in the morning. Parked at Liz's, then by tube to Bonham's in Knightsbridge where we viewed their Arms and Armour sale - very large one -596 lots!  Back to Liz's where Georgia and her partner, Andy,  had made dinner.  On Wednesday returned to Bonham's and bid. Got eight lots (scattered over a long day). Paid for these, then  Andy helped pack them, and I left him in charge of doing so, whilst I went and got  a taxi for our return with goodies to Chiswick. Again supped and slept at Liz's (shades of Parson Woodford ?   Probably, just been rereading him). Do other bloggers find that their reading matter is then reflected in  the style of their blog a little?).  This morning to Sotheby's Arms and Armour sale, which will not be held until next Wednesday, but Thomas Delmar, their Arms and Armour Director, and a good friend, had suggested that we had a private viewing of the bits that interested us. Left one (fairly optimistic bid). Then back to Liz's, sandwich and coffee, bless her, then drove home.

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Photo above is not really a mystery object, as it is obviously a pistol, but perhaps some of you would care to guess  its lock type, age, date, and country of origin?

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                                                                 Good night all.

5 comments:

Crowbard said...

The strike-steel or frizzen suggests this is a Snaphaunce lock pistol; it has a lovely walnut stock. The style suggests Italy as the country of origin, possibly from the area around Brescia? And I would guess 1660-1700 as the period of manufacture.
Surprisingly similar to one in The Metropolitan Museum in very fine condition donated by Alan Rutherford Stuyvesant in 1952.
http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/27492?=&imgNo=0&tabName=related-objects
Well worth a glance....

Rog said...

I used to be familiar with Alan's brother, Peter Stuyvesant. Lock Stock and two smoking barrels.
Lovely big of walnut though and incredibly well preserved for its 350 years

Crowbard said...

Peter Stuyvesant was my fag at school....

Rog said...

Very good Crowbard!

Mike and Ann said...

Please see the comment of Friday's blog entry for the answer.