Hermann Historica: antique and modern arms from all over the world in two online auctions – A preview

The new year traditionally begins at the renowned Munich auction house Hermann Historica with two online auctions that collectors from all over the world are already looking forward to. The regularly held series “Fine Antique and Modern Firearms” can probably already be called a "classic" in the gun auctions; a total of 611 lots will be auctioned this time on February 1, 2023. The auction will take place as an online-only auction. Start time is 10:00 am (CET). All information on bidding and the online catalog can already be viewed via the Internet.

Steinschlosspaar 8110
A pair of flintlock pistols by Henri Devillers in Liège, Belgium, circa 1750. Offered as lot 8110, the pair has a starting price of 2,000 euro: octagonal and finely cut smoothbore barrels in 16 mm caliber above the chamber, becoming round after a baluster along with beautifully grained, lightly carved full stocks and brass furniture in relief – hence we show here the visually more interesting profile view from the left. 

Already on January 31, 2023, 326 lots will be auctioned as part of the “Antique Arms and Armour from all over the world” auction, also here there is more information and the online catalog with all descriptions already online. Nevertheless, it may be worthwhile to travel to the auction in person to examine one or the other piece in more detail: because the preview for both auctions will take place together from January 25 to 28, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CET) each day in the auction rooms of Hermann Historica at Bretonischer Ring 3 in 85630 Grasbrunn near Munich, Germany.

Handguns from all over Europe at Hermann Historica in February

Mannlicher 1905
Lot 8344: A Mannlicher model 1905 pistol in 7.63 Mannlicher, with the early inscription still on both sides. Starting price: 1,500 euro. 
Theodor Bergmann's pocket pistols, built by the Waffenfabrik Suhl, can be found in several versions in Hermann Historica's auction catalog (lot numbers 8263 to 8267). 

As always, all4shooters.com would like to present you a few selected lots from both auctions and point out special opportunities. Online auctions are by no means only for collectors with a well-filled wallet, but often offer favorable opportunities to supplement a collection with long sought-after individual pieces or even to exchange an existing piece for a better preserved specimen. Often, several models of a certain manufacturer are offered together, which makes it possible to quickly expand a collection with the help of only one auction. It goes without saying that Hermann Historica, as an experienced auction house, knows all the legal requirements for purchasing and auctioning firearms and can also advise you. 

This time, there are numerous examples of the Mauser model 1910 pistol alone in the online auction, which are offered with starting prices below 100 euro. 

In the online catalog we found numerous groups of quite well preserved handguns of well-known manufacturers from Germany, but also from France, Belgium, Italy or Spain. Among them are the models of Theodor Bergmann – lots 8263 to 8267, here the model 2s starting at 120 euro and 3s starting at 250 euro – passing through the Lignose pistols (starting at 250 euro, lot 8285), which are unusual in their construction, to the imposing Mannlicher M1905 pistol, which starts at 1,500 euro (lot 8344). From the Mauser production, some variants of well-known models such as the M1910 will be auctioned, whereby the somewhat low starting prices might also interest auction beginners.

Lot 8240: a saloon rifle with Stiegele action, circa 1880, in 4 mm rimfire caliber – these rifles with their elaborate stocks (here with Tyrolean cheek piece) are still used today in traditional shooting competitions. 

Among the long guns, various saloon rifles are in the catalog, for example with a Stiegele action (lots 8240 and 8241, starting at 280 euro) or a handsome percussion target rifle made by the Würzburg gunsmith Blanck in the style of a Swiss Stutzer M1851, in 10.5 mm caliber and with a screw-down hand rest (lot 8093, starting price 800 euro).

Antique arms and armor at Hermann Historica

Pikenierharnisch, 16./17. Jhdt.
A 16th/17th century pikeman's armor, lot 7201 and set with a starting price of 2,500 euros.
Lastly, a 72-cm long silver mounted hunting hanger of German provenance, made around 1760 and with a starting price of 1,800 euros.

In this online auction, which is already scheduled for the day before, i.e. January 31, 2023, various edged weapons from the Asian region are up for auction. Chinese double swords for example or edged weapons from the Ottoman and Indian empires. From German history comes for example a South German “Hirschfänger”, or hunting hunger (around 1760, lot 7299), which enters the bidding race at 1,800 euro.

By the way, at both Hermann Historica auctions you can also quickly and usually inexpensively expand your arms library: as with almost all auctions, packages with often out-of-print or newly very expensive technical literature are again part of the auction goods. It is therefore always worthwhile to browse this section of the online catalogs.

95th auction February 1, 2023: “Fine Antique and Modern Firearms” – auction website with online catalog

January 31, 2023: “Antique Arms and Armor from all over the world” – auction website with online catalog

For more information about the campaign house, please visit the Hermann Historica website

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