A Mariette pinfire pepperbox revolver originating from Liege, Belgium, mid 19th century.
Exceptionally engraved and gold inlaid Pre-World War II Walther PP semi-automatic pistol with carved ivory grips.
Estimated Value: $12,500
Classy cane with hidden dagger and folding trigger six shot .32 caliber revolver. Originates from Europe, late 19th century.
Sold at Auction: $5,107.50
A set of gold damascened percussion pistols crafted by Eusebio Zuloaga, Eibar or Madrid, Spain circa 1847-55.
An engraved and decorated Colt Model 1851 single action percussion revolver with detachable buttstock.
Engraving and decoration by Nickolai Goltyakov of the Tula Armory, Russia, mid 19th century.
Replica Colt Model 1851 Dragoon single action revolver presented to the Russian Czar and Ottoman Emperor.
In the 1854 Samuel Colt center picture) ordered the production of two heavily decorated Colt Model 1851 Dragoon single action revolvers, which were decorated by master engraver Alvin A. White. Each revolver featured a portrait of George Washington on the cylinder and the Marquis de Lafeyette on the frame. Each were heavily decorated with gold inlays and intricate scroll work engraving. One was presented to Sultan Abdulmecid I, Emperor of the Ottoman Empire (left picture) and Czar Alexander II, Emperor of Russia. Both leaders were adversaries during the Crimean War, and the purpose of the gifts were to celebrate the end of the war.
The revolver gifted to Abdulmecid II is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ornate contemporary made flintlock pistol crafted by J.W. Huddleston of JWH Engraving.
Heavily engraved snaphaunce pistol signed “FRANZINO”, from Italy, most likely Brescia, 17th century.
Engraved and gold inlaid Colt Woodsman Target Pistol decorated by master engraver W.O. Woodard.
Estimated Value: $8,500 - $13,000
The Roth Steyr Model 1907,
An invention of the Czech firearms designer Karl Krnka, the Roth Steyr Model 1907 is famous for being the 2nd semi automatic pistol to be officially issued to any military, and the 1st semi automatic pistol to be issued en masse to the common soldier. Unlike many pistols, which make use of a recoiling slide, the Model 1907 utilized a retractable bolt. When the pistol was fired, recoil energy would be transferred from the barrel to the bolt, causing it to retract backward. The extractor on the bolt would eject an empty casing, then a spring would drive the bolt forward, which would cock the firing pin while stripping a new cartridge from the magazine. Thus, the Model 1907 was also one of the first striker fired semi automatic pistols developed. To prevent accidental discharge while a round was chambered the Model 1907 featured a very heavy trigger pull, which tended to effect its accuracy. Regardless the Model 1907 was not drop safe. The Model 1907 also lacked a detachable magazine, a common feature of future semi automatic pistols. To load the pistol the user inserted a ten round stripper clip into the magazine, through the open breech. It was chambered for a unique cartridge called the 8mm Roth Steyer (8x18mm).
The Model 1907 became standard issue to all cavalry units of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the early 20th century up to the end of World War I. Between 1908 and 1914, 99,000 were produced for the Austro-Hungarian Army. Several hundred were also sold on the civilian market. After the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, the supply of Roth Steyer pistols was divided up among the successor nations of the empire. Others were exported to Italy and Poland after the war. As a result, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy, and Poland fielded the M1907 throughout the interwar period and during World War II.