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Circa 1600 French or Italian etched circular shield with original goatskin lining. Photos courtesy Herman Historica

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A Northern European Viking sword from the 9th/10th century.

MUNICH, Germany — Collectibles of the highest order will be up for bid from Oct. 24 through Nov. 10, 2011 when Hermann Historica holds its 63rd auction. The sale features examples from a wide range of categories, including antiquities, arms and armor, works of art, hunting collectibles, orders and militaria.

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The ancient weapons category boasts a number of extremely rare and well-preserved medieval edged weapons including a Northern Eurpean Viking sword with a fine silver-inlaid pommel from the 9th/10th century, offered at a starting price of U.S. $27,771.

In the armor category, an early modern combat helmet from Innsbruck, dating from about 1525, with finely etched floral decorations and original linen lining impresses due to its fine state of preservation; bidding will begin at $13,881. An extraordinary etched circular shield with its original inner goatskin lining, from France or Italy, dates from circa 1600; bidding will open at $8,327.

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A collection of edged weapons assembled through several centuries by a Spanish Ducal family, including swords, rapiers and daggers, are offered during the Oct. 27 session. Among the pieces offered are unique items such as a German rapier with a gilded hilt dating from circa 1580; it carries an opening bid of $22,075. A finely crafted presentation sabre in the Ottoman-European style, a gift from the Turkish sultan Mahmud II (1785–1839) to King Otto I of Greece (1815–1867), worked with fire-gilding, silver inlays and ivory grip, is  offered at a starting bid of $41,399.

A basic rundown of the auction agenda is as follows:

  • Oct. 24-25: Fine antique and modern firearms; sale commencing 10 a.m. each day
  • Oct. 26: Antiquities at 10 a.m.; swords and daggers from noble Spanish family commencing at 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 27: Collectibles including antique arms and armor, works of art, orders and militaria; sale commencing at 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 28: Composition figures and toys, technology; sale commencing at 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 29: Military vehicles at noon; German orders and collectibles (1919 onwards) at 12:15 p.m.

For more information on this multi-day auction, visit www.hermann-historica.com.



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This Roman legionnaire’s helmet with cheek pieces dates from the 1st century A.D. Opening bid: $38,635.
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Etched battle helmet with original linen lining, Innsbruck 1525
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King Otto I of Greece A presentation saber from the Turkish Sultan Mahmud II

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