Elisabeth Petrovna's flintlock pistols will highlight militaria sale



2015-06-26 13:55:29

Elisabeth Petrovna's flintlock pistols will highlight militaria sale

The ornate flintlock pistols were made for Russian empress Elisabeth Petrovna

A sale at Hermann Historica in Munich will include a pair of flintlock pistols manufactured for Elisabeth Petrovna of Russia (1709-1762).

The auction house describes them as "magnificently crafted, with engraved and chiselled decoration of a cupid amidst trophy bundles on a gold ground, her crowned cipher and the Russian double headed eagle struck at the breeches".

Hermann flintlocks The flintlocks were made for the armoury of empress Elisabeth Petrovna

The lot carries an estimate of $76,290 ahead of the November 3 to December 13 auction.

Petrovna was empress of Russia between 1741 and 1762, presiding over the construction of some of the nation's grandest buildings - including the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg.

Interest in memorabilia pertaining to the tsars has increased in Russia following perestroika, resulting in rising values.

This was shown in a sale of letters from Nicholas II in 2012, which saw $129,000, and a similar collection from various members of the royal family that made $832,950 in December last year.

A Persian set of armour comprising a helmet, shield and arm guard is valued at $31,787.

The lot was made towards the end of the 1800s and displays superb gold and silver inlays.

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