90th auction at Hermann Historica: the highlights of the "Fine Antique and Modern Firearms" auction

The 90th presence auction of Hermann Historica auction house on November 24, 2021 includes nearly 900 lots of “Fine Antique and Modern Firearms”. As with every edition, there are of course real highlights in this auction: For example, nobly decorated wheel-lock guns, whose stock decorations come from the hands of the “Master of the Animal-Head Scroll”. In addition, there will be historical works by important gunsmiths, as well as more modern firearms: for example, a SIG Sauer P 210-L de Luxe with gold-inlaid line and acanthus engraving, will also be part of the auction.

How to participate in Hermann Historica's 90th auction

Those interested have a variety of ways to participate in the auction at Hermann Historica: 

The “Fine Antique and Modern Firearms” catalog 
The “Fine Antique and Modern Firearms” catalog of the 90th auction at Hermann Historica. It contains 876 lots in total.
  • Quite classically, as a  floor bidder live on site in Grasbrunn / Munich (Germany).
  • Submitting bids in writing prior to the auction
  • Submitting bids online on the auction house's website
  • Participating as a telephone bidder
  • Bidding live in the auction as an online bidder

You can find out about the details on the relevant pages at Hermann Historica. 

The preview to the "Fine Antique and Modern Firearms" auction will take place from November 15 to 20 in the auction rooms of Hermann Historica at Bretonischer Ring 3, 85630 Grasbrunn / Munich, Germany. Always from 11 am to 5 pm. Just as with the participation as a hall bidder, the hygiene concept of the house applies. In addition, for the acquisition of firearms requiring permission see terms and conditions here.

The "Fine Antique and Modern Firearms" catalog for the 90th auction

As usual, you can order the catalog for the current auction from Hermann Historica. It measures 22x22 centimeters and comes to you in a high-quality thread-bound publication with hardback. It contains color illustrations of all 876 lots. A flip page catalog is of course also available online. Let's take a look at the highlights together:

Wheel-lock firearms: "The Master of the Animal-Head Scroll"

The stocks of three firearms in the catalog can be attributed to the Master of the Animal-Head Scroll. The activity of the master is proved between 1624 and 1659. Today it is assumed that his place of work was at the imperial court in Vienna. The importance of his work is also shown by the fact that pieces from his hands can be found in many international collections. For example, in the holdings of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. 

A firearm with the lot number 2054 is a luxury hunting wheel-lock rifle. The richly decorated stock of ebonised wood stands out with native and exotic wildlife, as well as mythical creatures hiding among leafy vines. The caliber of the rifle is 15.5 mm. It comes with openwork appliqués in fire-gilt brass, richly decorated in relief, at the muzzle and above the breech. The lock plate and patch box also have fine openwork appliqués of gilt brass. The lock features a semi-internal wheel. The trigger comes with a set trigger, but the release does not engage. The length of the gun is 106 centimeters. The minimum bid is 35,000 euro.

Lot 2069: a pair of wheel-lock pistols
Lot 2069: a pair of wheel-lock pistols with decorations by the Master of the Animal-Head Scroll.

Also decorated by the Master of the Animal-Head Scroll, a pair of deluxe wheel-lock pistols. These guns were also decorated in the manner of the Master with richly carved floral decoration as well as lions and grotesque heads. The stocks are made of walnut wood. The pistols have octagonal smoothbore barrels in 13 mm caliber. The muzzle and breech ends are engraved with foliage décor. The lock plates also have remnants of silver inlaid tendrils. The locks come with a external wheels. The length of the pistols is 55.5 cm each. Lot 2069 is offered for 20.000 euro.

Lot 2331, the Borchardt C93
Lot 2331, the Borchardt C93, comes with the original wooden case and rich accessories.

Probably the first functional self-loading pistol: Borchardt C 93

Lot 2331 represents a highlight in the modern firearms section: the Borchardt C93 is probably the first functional self-loading pistol in the world. It is one of the predecessors of the Luger 08 and is one of only 3500 pistols manufactured by DWM. For a starting price of 15,000 euros, the auction winner will receive not only the pistol but also the original wooden case and a wealth of accessories.

The SIG P210 de Luxe
The SIG P210 de Luxe comes richly decorated with many golden accents.

SIG Sauer P210 in an absolute luxury design

Things get even more modern with lot 2397, because here comes a P 210-L from SIG Sauer. However, not an ordinary one: the model features an acanthus engraving with gold inlaid lines.

The Swiss cross has also been inlaid in gold, while all the controls shine in gold. The dark walnut grips contrast with the the engravings – also inlaid in gold – on the frame. The pistol is intended for the widespread standard caliber of the original gun: 9 mm Luger. The serial number is P 80040. Of course everything has matching numbers, including the original box. Moreover, the gun comes in new condition and obviously with barrel in the white. Due to the significance of the decorations, the P 210-L de Luxe also comes with a non-firing certificate. The starting price is 3.000 euro.

Other highlights of the 90th auction at Hermann Historica

The flintlock pistol
The flintlock pistol by Austrian gunsmith Joseph Kullnig from Ferlach comes as lot 2105 for a starting price of 12000 euro.
The SIG P210 de Luxe
The SIG P210 de Luxe comes richly decorated with many golden accents.
The Luftwaffe-Karabiner, code "660 - 1939" (lot 2843)
The Luftwaffe-Karabiner, code "660 - 1939" (lot 2843), also called "Gewehr 29 Österreich". It comes in 8x57IS caliber and was manufactured by Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG. Starting price: 2500 euro.

We at all4shooters.com are already looking forward to the auction and will of course report here on the outcome and any subsequent sales.

For more information about the auction house please visit the Hermann Historica website.

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