A Pair of 17th Century Marriage Portraits, Individual Coats of Arms, Dated 1662
Johanna Magdalena Von Sigershoven & Maximilian Von Sigershoven
Maximillian Von Sigershoven was an Alderman and member of war council in the city of Bern, Switzerland. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the army and a “Caretaker” of the State. (This pair of oil on canvas portraits once displayed typical and expected imperfections; now strip-lined, repairs to small punctures, and overall craquelure. Considering the age, the portraits remain in very good condition, each canvas displays scattered in-painting. Dimensions: frames: 44 by 34”, sight-size: 28.5 by 38”)
Period Dutch Cuirassier Armor and Jackboots, Circa 1630
Scarcely Encountered Antique Armor, Exceedingly Rare Jackboots
A fine example of a typical Dutch armor of the 1630s… the United Netherlands production of arms and armor was at a peak during the Thirty Years War.
The Dutch Republic was known as the arsenal of the world; Dutch arms were exported worldwide. This armor, from the famous collection of Colonel D. Warton of Hoar Cross Hall, Hoar Cross, Burton-On-Trent, U.K. (We have the bill of sale dated 1972)
The armor comprises of an open burgonet helmet having a bevor to protect the neck and a full comb ridge and original check pieces. The burgonet helmet is made from a single piece of steel; helmet and hinged cheek pieces remain in superb condition.
The gorget features an articulated neck, front and backplate; two pieces, hinged on one side and closed with a push button. The heavy breastplate is of peascod form with a single lame at the waist; breast and backplate retain original leather straps. The pauldrons are all complete with original leather work, the nine lames are each riveted allowing for freedom of movement… an expensive design. The pauldrons are lined with old leather, some replacement lamets, overall good. The heavy cuirassier type breastplate is marked as is the backplate. The tassets are of knee length, comprising of 17 riveted leather strapped segments and display the typical Dutch style featuring sparse floral decorations and finely lined lames. The tassets are to protect the knees; left tasset is an early Victorian replacement matching its counterpart in every detail.
Period Seventeenth Century European Cuirassiers Jackboots with Spurs
Likely the only pair to be sold in the United States in the past fifty years…
A rare opportunity to acquire a true arms and armor rarity.
The jackboot is a heavy, stiffened boot worn by postillion riders in the 17th and 18th centuries. While the jackboot provided excellent protection, the extreme weight, forward cant, and absolute rigidity of the boot makes it utterly unfit for walking. The boot gets its name from the jacked leather, horsehide treated with wax and pitch or tar to make it black and waterproof, from which they were traditionally made
The heavy boots of thick leather are complete with their heavy 17th century rowel spurs and fitments. Front covers are decorated; soles of very heavy leather appear to be original to boots. The boots are 22-1/2" high. Lateral loops for fastening boots to saddle are intact on right boot. Both boots with their original spurs. These are rare cut-proof and impact-proof boots worn by European Cuirassiers in battle and are particularly appropriate to exhibit with a black and white or other type of later half armor. Overall very good condition for a pair of these scarce boots with expected losses like boot pictured in George Cameron Stone's Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor as figure 394, page 312, described as German 16-17th century, (Metropolitan Museum of Art).
The Leather riding boots are in very good condition with minimal loses, any imperfections are minor and constant with age and use.
$20,250 the lot, armor and boots
Paint Decorated Work Box, Outstanding Folk Art, Likely; Maine, Circa 1820
Displaying a Primitive New England AestheticSOLD
The composition against a white ground likely inspired by wall painting and painted furniture of the period.
From an old Maine collection to Walters and Benisek to AAAWT; we then placed the box within a private collection nearly 20-years ago.
(Fine original condition; lock hasp missing for a very long time; 16.25 by 6 by 9.5")
Please call for full description, and/or an enthusiastic discussion.
Delft Posset Pot
Early 18th Century
Polychrome pear-shape posset pot with dome lid, flared rim, and mushroom finial; foliate decoration around the rim and wide strap handles terminating in tight scrolls. An old family inscription on the inside of the lid reads “ BRISTOL / DELFT / CIRCA / 1730 / VAN ALLEN family / FisH Kill / NY” [sic].
There is old restoration to the cover rim and some minor frittering. Dimensions: 9” .
Antique Farrier’s Trade Sign, Silhouette of Horse, Original Paint
American, Unknown Maker
Iron and galvanized sheet metal (Height: 42.5”, length: 47”)
JWM SHOEING; handsome horse retaining original thinning paint
Antique Sword, Saber, Sabre, Durs Egg, Etched and Blued Decoration, Scabbard
A Very Fine Example Made by Durs Egg, Hay Market, London
Circa 1796 to 1804
The blade with single wide fuller is etched, blued and gilt; bright finish with scattered areas fading to smoky gray. Gilt-brass stirrup grip, double langets; open mouth eagle pommel and a beautiful wire bound leather wrapped grip. The leather scabbard is fitted with gilt brass tip and middle band; mouthpiece is signed D. Egg / Hay Market / London
Overall condition is very good. (Overall L: 34.75"; blade L: 29.5")
Extremely Rare Rifled Barrel Henry Deringer Model 1842 Percussion Navy Pistol
Deep Seven-Groove Rifled Barrel…one of less than 200 made; the first U.S. government handgun with a rifled barrel…
Only 1,200 US Model 1842 Navy Percussion Pistols were manufactured by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia circa 1842-1847; the first percussion pistols manufactured and delivered under government contract; an example of a Standard model 1842 Deringer pistol with deeply rifled, seven-groove barrel. Experts believe that Deringer manufactured fewer than 200 rifled Standard Model 1842 Navy pistols. The lock plate is stamped "U.S./DERINGER/PHILADELa" below the hammer. Brass post front sight; integral fixed rear sight on the tang. The barrel is bright; hammer retains 97% bright blue; lockplate retains approximately 80% case hardened color fading to smoky gray. Brass barrel band, trigger guard and round buttcap. The walnut stock displays a dry and uniform surface with no varnish remaining. Contours are mostly sharp. Action is tight and smooth. This type was historically and technically important as it was/is the first handgun produced for the U.S. government having a rifled barrel
Antique Salt Glaze Stoneware Jug, Impressed JORDAN, Cannon Decoration
Likely Justus Morton, New York, Circa 1850
A highly ovoid 3-gallon jug impressed “JORDAN over 3” centered by sprigs of leaves; a band of decoration measuring 4-inches in height features a cannon with blasts of smoke at muzzle and vent; cannon ball seen at far right. It appears that the cannon is manned by two gunners. There is a manufacturing flaw at center and two hairlines to applied ribbed handle. Height: 13” .
Antique Papal Zouave Uniform, Gray Wool with Red Trim, Brass Buttons
Zouaves Pontificaux, Multinational Fighting Force that Defended the Vatican
A regiment of volunteers from all over Christendom who banded together to defend Blessed Pope Pius IX and his temporal sovereignty between 1860 and 1871; their uniform is a combination of the uniform of the Zouaves of Africa and the one of the French infantries. This uniform would change the title of “bataillon de tirailleurs” into the famous “Zouaves Pontificaux.” The New York Herald of 10 June 1868 numbered the zouaves at 4,592, including 50 Englishmen, 10 Scots, 101 Irish, 14 Americans and 135 Canadians. Even Africa and China were represented. The largest nationality was, perhaps surprisingly, the Dutch (1,910), followed by the French (1,301).