Antique Swords, Rapiers, Broadswords, Pole Arms, Guns, and Armour
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Rapiers, An Illustrated
Reference Guide to the Rapiers of the 16th and 17th Centuries, with
their Companions, by Eric Valentine, First Edition, 1968, The Arms
and Armour Press, London. Small but very
important and hard to find work entirely devoted to European 16th/17th
Century rapiers. Hardcover 5 3/4" x 8 3/4", 74 pages, profusely
illustrated with black and white photos of rapiers, daggers and
components, each giving dimensions, description and provenance.
Includes brief history and notes on authenticating, collecting and
caring for rapiers. The most important book of its kind ever
published about rapiers. Long out of print, with some copies
bringing up to $800, this book is an absolute must for any collector of
European rapiers. Very good ex-libris copy with dust jacket and
"....Prisoners of War in the
Hands of Rebel Authorities" Printed for the U.S. Sanitary
Commission by King & Baird of Philadelphia in 1864, the full title of
this book is: "Narrative of Privations and Sufferings of United States
Officers and Soldiers while Prisoners of War in the Hands of Rebel
Authorities". Unbound, 5 5/8" by 8 3/4", 283 pages. Highly slanted
propaganda report by the US Sanitary Commission comparing treatment of
US versus CS POW's during the Civil War. Includes eyewitness testimonies
which paint a picture of the conditions in Union POW camps as being
better than the Confederate soldiers received in the field before being
captured, while at the same time their Union counterparts were enduring
the worst conditions imaginable in Confederate POW camps. Includes
medical and statistical information, again highly slanted. A perfect
example of Uncle Sam presenting a collection of half truths and
fabrications to lead the public to an erroneous conclusion. Some things
never change. Text complete, but covers and binding lacking.
Haandskydevaabens Bedommelse II, by Johan F.
Stockel, 1943. Published in Denmark. Hardcover 7 ½" by 10", 669 pages
(407-1076). Danish text. Glossary in German, French, and English.
Monumental work listing hundreds of firearms maker, town, and guild
marks with dates and locations. Takes a little getting used to the
Danish text, but most information is self-explanatory. A must for any
serious antique firearms collector, as there is nothing printed in
English which even comes close. Very good condition.
Swords from Public Collections in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
edited by Bruce S. Bazelon, Andrew Mobray, Inc. Publishers. Softcover,
7" by 9 3/4", 127 pages, 134 b/w illustrations. Part I features
descriptions and photos of presentation swords from the Revolution to
the Civil War. Part II is on sword makers of the Philadelphia area. VG,
except for small tear on last 2 pages (not affecting text) and torn
corner of back cover.
American Presentation Swords, by Jay P. Altmayer, 1958, The
Rankin Press, Mobile. Number 983 of an edition of 1000. Softcover, 8
1/4" by 10 ½", 47 pages, with 16 quality b/w photographs. Separated into
3 sections; Revolution through Mexican War, Civil War Presentations, and
Post Civil War Swords. Describes and illustrates specific historic
presentation swords. VG+, owner’s label on inside cover.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition of Arms and Armour, by
Bashford Dean, 1911. Printing limited to just 2500 copies. Hardcover 5
½" by 8 ½", 85 pages, including 47 quality b/w photographic plates.
Features descriptions and photographs of primarily European plate armour
of the 15th/16th Centuries, plus swords, daggers, and polearms of the
15th-17th Centuries. A rarely encountered work in very good condition,
owner’s label on inside cover. Hardly ever found in hardcover.
Arms and Armament, by Charles Ffoulkes, 1947 reprint of 1945
edition, Geo. G. Harrap & Co., London. Hardcover, 7 3/8" by 9 3/4", 158
pages, including bibliography, index, and 175 b/w illustrations.
Featuring predominantly British weapons of all ages, including swords,
bayonets, bows, polearms, firearms, and artillery. Very good condition
with owner’s label on inside cover.
Catalogue of The Exhibition of Ancient Helmets and Examples of Mail,
by Baron de Cosson & Wm. Burgess, 1985 Ken Trotman Ltd. Softcover 5 ½"
by 8 ½", 140 pages plus 15 plates featuring illustrations of helmets and
mail. Features descriptions and drawings of many examples of European
helmets of the 14th through 17th Centuries. Also featured are ancient
and Eastern helmets and mail. Five plates showing different styles of
mail links and scale armour.
American Silver Mounted Swords 1700-1815, by Harold Peterson,
1955. Private printing. One of only 600 copies printed. Softcover, 6" by
9", 59 pages, 81 b/w illustrations, plus 2 pages of maker’s marks and an
index of silversmiths making sword hilts. Very good, cover slightly
soiled, owner’s label inside cover.
The Halberd and Other European Polearms, 1300-1650, by George Snook,
MD.. Published by Museum Restoration Service in 1998. Softcover, 6
7/8" x 10", featuring 32 pages and 64 black and white illustrations.
Describes the development and evolution of the European halberd and
related polearms and illustrates many examples. A short book, but an
invaluable resource on this little published topic.
Armourer’s Marks, by
Dudley S. Hawtrey Gyngell, first edition 1959. This is considered THE
reference on European maker’s marks, featuring armourers, swordsmiths,
and gunsmiths from the 14th-18th Centuries. Maker’s marks are
illustrated by country and type. Includes an index by country, town and
proof marks, miscellaneous marks, and craftsman’s name. Hard cover, 11
½" x 9", dust jacket and plastic sleeve, 131 pages. Very good condition,
with collection label. Hard to find out-of- print book which can pay for
itself 10 times over with one arms purchase (It has for me!) If I did
not have two copies, this one would not be for sale.
B104 $95 SOLD
Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, by Viscount
Dillon, 1910. This rarely found work by a former Keeper of the Tower
Armouries shows the layout and collection as it was in 1910. Organized
by individual room and display case, the collection is numbered and
described . 31 black and white photographic plates illustrate a variety
of edged weapons, polearms, firearms, and armour from Europe and the
Middle East. Soft cover, 8 1/4" x 5 ½". 206 pages, plus the plates.
Binding is weak and tattered, with some pages loose. Rust stains at
bound edge, not affecting text or plates. This rarely encountered work
generally sells for $200 or more, when available.
B101 $125 SOLD
Swords and Daggers, by Frederick Wilkinson, 1967. First American
edition, 1968. Well illustrated beginning work features swords and
daggers from around the world. Part I includes techniques of the
swordsmith and advice on books and collecting. Part II is the
photographic plates; section 1 European Weapons, section 2 Oriental
Weapons. Hard cover, 8" x 6", 256 pages, including index. Very good
B102 $29.95 SOLD
Wallace Collection Catalogues, European Arms and Armour, II
Vols., by Sir James Mann, 1962. A must for any serious European arms
collector! Vol. I , ARMOUR, consists of 239 pages cataloging and
describing every piece in the collection. Many pieces are illustrated in
the fine quality 104 B & W photographic plates. Vol II, ARMS, consists
of 714 pages, cataloging the entire collection. 208 high quality B & W
plates. Vol II includes an index and hundreds of illustrated maker’s
marks. Soft cover, 9 3/4" x 6 1/8", very good to excellent condition.
B103 $75 SOLD