Nickle plated and engraved Colt Single Action Army with ivory grips.
Sold at auction: $3,750
Talk about pimped out revolvers, Tiffany and Co. certainly knew how to work over Smith and Wessons and other revolvers..
What could be more amazing than seeing this beautiful, incredible, outstanding wheel lock musket? The fine detail, craftsmanship, and style of this piece is truly amazing and a wonder to behold. With European Court and Russian style motifs, almost every inch of this firearm is covered with ivory, pearl, and gold inlays. While this may look like a trophy gun for a king during the 17th century, this incredible musket was actually made in the 19th century for a wealthy European industrialist. During this time there was a booming market for replica and reproduction antiques among the upper middle class and the wealthy. Regardless of its time period, it is an amazing work of art.
Another interesting feature that I cannot forget to mention is that this wheel lock musket fires a six shot revolving cylinder. Each chamber would have needed to have been individually loaded by hand with loose powder and shot. The cylinder also had to be rotated by hand as the hammer lacked a mechanism to turn it. However, it is doubtful that this gun would have ever been fired, rather being a display piece and status symbol for the rich and famous.
A Holland and Holland .375 display piece. The stock is actually carved from ivory, floral engravings are on the reciever, and all metal parts are gold plated. I have mixed feelings about this rifle. On one hand a lot of time and craftsmenship went into the rifle, on the other hand it looks kinda gaudy to me.
You need a very expensive liscense to purchase this rifle, not because of gun laws but because of ivory laws.
Cost—- E550,000 or $680,000.
17th Century Flintlock Pistols
These pistols were made in Maastrict, Netherlands in 1655. These pistols, and many other similar pistols, were used as gifts by the Dutch East India Company and other trading companies to help negotiate contracts and business. Amazingly, these pistols are each made from a single piece of ivory.
The set was originally owned by H. L. Vissner, an antique and military firearms collector who specialized in 17th and 18th century weapons. His collection included 943 pieces
Today these wonderful pistols are on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.