De la Serna pistols make $81,500 in auction at Thomas Del Mar



2015-06-26 11:34:56

Jose de la Serna was presented with the pistols during the 19th century

Image: Thomas Del Mar

A pair of pistols belonging to Jose de la Serna, the last Spanish viceroy of Peru, sold for £48,000 ($81,558) at Thomas Del Mar in London on June 25.

De la Serna (1770-1832) was sent to Peru in 1816, following a successful campaign against the French, to quash the rebellion that was sweeping the nation.

He was finally defeated at the battle of Ayacucho in 1824 and sent back to Spain.

Gunsmith Nicolas-Noel Boutet made the pistols, which feature elaborate decorative motifs with gold and silver mounting.

In 2004, a pair of pistols made by Boutet for Simon Bolivar made $1.8m at Christie’s New York.

A set of German/Italian Maximilian armour from the early 16th century made £20,000 ($33,980).

It’s named for the German emperor Maximilian I (1485-1519), who had a particular fascination for armour. The metal of the suit itself is worked into flutes and gilding to provide decoration, as opposed to other variants where it is generally etched.

A set of jousting armour made in the 19th century also performed well, achieving £15,000 ($25,485).

The lot is designed in the Spanish style and formerly belonged to the sixth count of Asalto.

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