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An engraved Scottish pistol signed “Murdock”, late 18th century.
Estimated Value: $6,000 - $8,000

An engraved Scottish pistol signed “Murdock”, late 18th century.

Estimated Value: $6,000 - $8,000

Custom engraved Merwin and Hulbert Co. single action revolver with carved ivory grips.

Estimated Value: $9,000 - $15,000

An unusual matchlock blunderbuss pistol originating from France, 17th century.

A pare of ornate silver decorated flintlock pistols originating from the early 19th century.

An elaborately decorated wheel-lock tschinke musket originating from Silesia (southwestern Poland), circa 1630.

Sold at Auction: $19,000

A design for a matchlock/wheel-lock mechanism by Leonardo Da Vinci.

A design for a matchlock/wheel-lock mechanism by Leonardo Da Vinci.


A letter/resume from Da Vinci to the Duke of Milan requesting a position as military eningeer;

Having, most illustrious lord, seen and considered the experiments of all those who pose as masters in the art of inventing instruments of war, and finding that their inventions differ in no way from those in common use, I am emboldened, without prejudice to anyone, to solicit an appointment of acquainting your Excellency with certain of my secrets.

1. I can construct bridges which are very light and strong and very portable, with which to pursue and defeat the enemy; and others more solid, which resist fire or assault, yet are easily removed and placed in position; and I can also burn and destroy those of the enemy.

2. In case of a siege I can cut off water from the trenches and make pontoons and scaling ladders and other similar contrivances.

3. If by reason of the elevation or the strength of its position a place cannot be bombarded, I can demolish every fortress if its foundations have not been set on stone.

4. I can also make a kind of cannon which is light and easy of transport, with which to hurl small stones like hail, and of which the smoke causes great terror to the enemy, so that they suffer heavy loss and confusion.

5. I can noiselessly construct to any prescribed point subterranean passages either straight or winding, passing if necessary underneath trenches or a river.

6. I can make armoured wagons carrying artillery, which shall break through the most serried ranks of the enemy, and so open a safe passage for his infantry.

7. If occasion should arise, I can construct cannon and mortars and light ordnance in shape both ornamental and useful and different from those in common use.

8. When it is impossible to use cannon I can supply in their stead catapults, mangonels, trabocchi, and other instruments of admirable efficiency not in general use—I short, as the occasion requires I can supply infinite means of attack and defense.

9. And if the fight should take place upon the sea I can construct many engines most suitable either for attack or defense and ships which can resist the fire of the heaviest cannon, and powders or weapons.

10. In time of peace, I believe that I can give you as complete satisfaction as anyone else in the construction of buildings both public and private, and in conducting water from one place to another.

I can further execute sculpture in marble, bronze or clay, also in painting I can do as much as anyone else, whoever he may be.

Moreover, I would undertake the commission of the bronze horse, which shall endue with immortal glory and eternal honour the auspicious memory of your father and of the illustrious house of Sforza.—

And if any of the aforesaid things should seem to anyone impossible or impracticable, I offer myself as ready to make trial of them in your park or in whatever place shall please your Excellency, to whom I commend myself with all possible humility.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci’s volley gun.

Cluster bomb mortar sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Cluster bomb mortar sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Silver mounted Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle decorated by Tiffany and Co., late 19th century.

Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Turkish Model 1903 Mauser,

From the late 19th century up until World War II Germany was the main supplier of the Ottoman Empire for arms.  The Turkish Army was especially fond of Mauser Rifles.  In 1903 the Ottoman Empire ordered 200,000 Model 1903 Mauser rifles.  The Model 1903 was a copy of the older Model 1893 “Spanish” Mauser specially produced for the Turkish Army.  While made in Germany, the M1903 was stamped in Turkish markings.  Subsequent models produced at the Ottoman national armory in Ankara are specifically marked “ANKARA” on the receiver.  Like the earlier Spanish Mauser, the M1903 was chambered 7.65mm, however most were later rechambered and rebored for 8X57, especially when the Ottoman Empire and Turkey became allies during World War I (8X57 was Germany’s main infantry rifle caliber).  Some features unique to the Model 1903 are a teardropped shape bolt knob, a rear tangent sight marked in Eastern Arabic Numerals rather than Western Arabic, and special pieces to the receiver for use with Turkish stripper clips.  Many Model 1903 rifles also had a magazine cutoff, so that it could be used as a single shot breechloading rifle.  However, this feature was discontinued and removed before World War I.

The Turkish Mauser Model 1903 served the Ottoman Army throughout World War I, along with older model Mauser bolt action rifles.  After the war and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire many were used as spare parts to produce newer model rifles.  Many were captured by British and ANZAC forces during the war, and were converted into hunting and sporting rifles or shotguns.

Silver inlaid percussion pocket pistol originating from Liverpool, England,  early to mid 19th century.

Silver inlaid percussion pocket pistol originating from Liverpool, England,  early to mid 19th century.

A silver inlaid Lefaucheux revolver with ivory grips. Originates from France or Belgium, mid 19th century.

An engraved and pearl handled four barrel Reform pistol.  Originates from Germany, 1920’s.

A pair of Ottoman flintlock pistols with original holster. Early 19th century.