Antique military flag to fly in arms and armour sale



2015-06-26 11:17:10

Antique military flag to fly in arms and armour sale

11 Jun 2012, 10:48 GMT+01

Thomas Del Mar Ltd have announced that their London auction of Antique Arms, armour and Militaria on June 27th will feature an important and unique antique military flag.

The tipped high flyer is a 1743 Dettingen Standard of the 8th Regiment of Horse, that later became the 7th Dragoon Guards. The Battle of Dettingen took place on June 27th, 1743, so this auction is being held on its 269th anniversary. Fought in Dettingen, Bavaria, was the last time that a British monarch – George II – personally led his troops into battle, in this case for the War of the Austrian Succession. The British forces defeated a French army. The flag, the earliest British cavalry regiment standard known to exist, has been in the possession of the family of Cornet Henry Richardson – the officer who carried it at Dettingen – until now. It is estimated to sell for £25,000-£35,000.

Alongside the flag, numerous items of Oriental weaponry, including many Japanese swords, arms and armour will be offered, as well as European and American edged weapons, and Militaria including books, armour, firearms and miscellanea.

Several interesting basket hilted, swept hilt and ribbon-hilted swords, rapiers and sabres with be offered, as well as blades with fascinating historical provenance, and rare spears, values ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. One eagerly anticipated antique weapon is a 1540 German Renaissance silver mounted sword with engraved detail, valued at £30,000-£40,000.

A collection of weapons and militaria of the Royal Scots, the 1st Foot regiment, in included in the sale. They are the oldest Line regiment in the British army, raised in 1633, and vastly underappreciated having been cast into obscurity in comparison to the kilted Scottish regiments. The 44 lots in this section encompass blades, numerous medals, and several uniforms and helmets from as far back at the Victorian era.

A rare German Morion helmet dating from the Saxon Trabantenleibgarde of Christian II, Elector of Saxony between 1591 and 1611, is expected to fetch £14,000-£18,000, and a full suit of Italian armour, late 16th century, is valued at £10,000-£16,000. An incredible Venetian parade shield, late 16th century, made for the bodyguard of Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg has an estimate of £16,000-£20,000.

An antique pistol from 1591, a fine 18 bore German wheel-lock holster pistol, is worth at least £10,000-£14,000, while a 20 bore French royal flintlock long holster pistol, made for Charles XI King of Sweden, dated 1676, is valued at £30,000-£40,000.


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