Rare Italian snaplock carbine, early 17th century.
Two shot pistol/knuckduster combo with folding blade. Maker Unknown, late 19th century. Clearly this piece is inspired by the French Apache knuckleduster.
Estimated Value: $6,500 - $9,500
The Clair Model 1893 Semi Automatic Pistol,
One of the first semi-automatic designs ever created, the Clair pistols was the creation of three brothers; Benoit, Jean Baptiste, and Victor Clair. Unlike most other handgun designs, the Clair pistol was unique in that it was gas operated, with the gas tube located below the barrel. Most semi-auto handgun designs are recoil operated. The Clair pistol used the standard French 8mm revolver cartridge (8x27R). Before the widespread use of detachable magazines, this odd pistol had a fixed internal magazine which was loaded by inserting cartridges into the grip. When fired a bit of gas from the discharge of the pistol would work a piston which worked the action, ejecting the spent casing while loading a new cartridge from the magazine. At least that was how it was supposed to work.
The Clair brothers patented their design and built a prototype for military testing. The Clair was tested against the French Mle 1892 revolver. Unfortunately the Clair suffered from numerous problems, including failures to feed, jams, and leeks in the gas tube. In addition the Clair design was too complicated for regular maintenance and mass production. As a result the Clair pistol was rejected by the French Army. Only one prototype was ever built.
Bolt action hunting rifle owned by German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II. Crafted by Johann Springer, late 19th, early 20th century.
Ornate pair of gold and silver decorated flintlock pistols originating from Turkey, 18th century.
Sold at Auction: $9,560
An engraved and decorated single shot sporting rifle crafted by Johann Springer of Vienna, mid 19th century.
Originally the rifle was a gift from Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I to his son Crown Prince Rudolph. Prince Rudolph would later gift the rifle to an Austrian nobleman named Franz von Nassau. After World War II it was brought to the United States as a war trophy by an American officer.
Estimated Value: $20,000 - $40,000
The Ball Repeating Carbine,
Invented by Albert Ball in 1864, the Ball Repeating Carbine was one of the last government contract for arms during the American Civil War. The Ball Repeating carbine was similar to the Spencer Rifle in many respects. Like the Spencer, the Ball carbine was a repeating rifle which used self contained metallic cartridges and was a lever action. To load a cartridge from the magazine, the user worked the trigger guard like a lever. This loaded new cartridges and ejected spent casings. The hammer was a separate mechanism from the lever, so before each shot the user had to cock the hammer, which was also similar to the Spencer. Unlike the Spencer the Ball carbine featured an improved magazine. Whereas the Spencer had a magazine in the stock which was loaded from the butt, the Ball carbine featured a 7 round tubular magazine below the barrel which was directly loaded through the action. The Ball carbine was chambered for .50 rimfire.
The Ball Carbine was manufactured by E.G. Lamson and Co. of Winchester, VT. 1,002 Ball carbines were produced and delivered to the US Army. Unfortunately the carbines were not delivered until May of 1865, the final month of the war. They would see little use.