Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 361: Combination Flintlock Pistol and Hunting Sword & Scabbard

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Engraved European Combination Flintlock Pistol and Hunting Sword with Stag Grip and Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Engraved European Combination Flintlock Pistol and Hunting Sword with Stag Grip and Scabbard

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Knife Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 32
Barrel: 4 5/8 inch part octagon
Finish: bright/gold
Grip: stag
Item Views: 325
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 217
Class: Antique

This likely Germanic hunting sword has a 21 1/2 inch straight blade etched with scenes of a pair of dogs pursuing a boar and stag and floral patterns on the sides of the blade and an arrow pattern on the spine. The brass hilt has a stag hunting scene and stag on the languet, boar's head finial, classical figure on the knuckle guard, wild man on the pommel, and floral patterns on the balance along with stag grip panels and a built in boxlock flintlock pistol with the barrel riding along the right side of the blade. A rare hard leather scabbard with brass drag is included. As the theme throughout suggests, these were designed for European gentlemen to use while hunting boars and deer to finish off wounded game. They are also known to have been sometimes carried by officers in military service. They appear to have been primarily popular in the mid 18th century.

Rating Definition:

Fine with mostly bright blade with traces of original gilding in the backgrounds of the etching and some minor pitting, traces of gilt finish in the recesses of the hilt and otherwise attractive natural aged patina on the brass, some play in the fit of the very attractive stag grip panels which have light handling wear, and general mild wear overall. The scabbard is fine and has moderate age and storage related wear. Mechanically fine.

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