The Curator's Eye Presents Arms and Armour Today, The Curator's Eye (www.CuratorsEye.com) highlights several of the notable arms and armour available for private sale and currently on display through the online exhibition.
by its open form design, and began to replace the more restrictive Corinthian type helmet on the Greek battlefield in the 5th century BC. By the time of the Peloponnesian War (434-402 BC), the Chalcidian helmet was the most widely used helmet in the Greek ranks. Chalcidian helmets were produced in a number of different workshops in antiquity with the quality running the gamut from crude rudimentary designs to master works of the armor smiths’ craft. This is a very rare early type and is intact, in excellent state of preservation.
Firearms: Cannons, Pistols
As emphatic statement pieces, this pair of English Cannon has come to the market by direct descent in the family of Eyre Coote, son of Sir Eyre Coote, who was born in Jamaica in 1806 where his father was Governor general. The pair of bronze cannon, made circa 1830 by James Wolff, resided in the Irish home of the family until after World War Two. These historic remnants of the British Empire are both 37 inches, with a tapering five stage barrel with loop cascabel and pull hammer mechanism.
A pair of Saxon wheel-lock holster pistols, formerly in the collection of the Saxon Electoral Armouries at Dresden, are inlaid with engraved horn plaques, including a pair of grotesque masks flanking the barrel tangs, and both engraved with The Arms of Saxony and The Archmarshalship of The Holy Roman Empire on the pommel. Dated to 1591, these pistols of the Trabanten-Leib Guarde of the Elector Christian II are fine examples of historic firearms.
In the same vein, though slightly less dangerous, a late 18th Century snuff box in the form of a double-barrelled flintlock pistol is a charming collector’s piece.
Swords: Geman Riding, Indian Zulfikar
A German riding sword from the collection of the Duke of Brunswick presents an opportunity for the private collector to own a circa 1640 piece with important provenance. This slender double-edged blade is finely etched with hatched foliage and inscribed ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ on both sides, and was exhibited in the Tower of London in the 1950s.
In contrast to the restrained Germanic decoration of the riding sword, a rare S-shaped Zulfikar sword from India illustrates an ornate alternative for collectors. Zulfikar swords are relatively rare and this example is unusual for the pronounced curve of its double-edged steel blade. As with other zulfikar swords, this example has a split end. The blade dates to 1709, and the iron or steel hilt is overlaid with silver and silver-gilt in stylised Mughal-inspired poppy designs.
Documents: Churchill, Lincoln, Madison
In addition to the arms and armour, The Curator’s Eye also presents a number of war-related rare books and historic documents. A signed, first English edition of Winston Churchill’s The Second World War is on offer. In 1953, while the last of the six volumes of this work was still being published Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description.”
An important Abraham Lincoln signed naval commission