Auctions Imperial is hosting its annual auction of antiques and collectibles on March 15 in Timonium, Md. The event includes more than 600 lots of antique armor and weaponry from around the world. A collection of everything from Persian suits of armor and Scottish shields to Mughal archer's rings and British swords, the sheer volume and variety of lots makes this auction very exciting for collectors. Those interested in acquiring a piece of historical armory or weaponry but unable to attend the live auction are able to place their bids online at iCollector.com.
Suits of armor
There are many suits of armor available at this auction. The Zand Dynasty example comes from Persia at the end of the 18th century (lot #400). This early modern era of Iran's history was marked by the ascendance of Karim Khan after the death of his predecessor Nader Shah. It comes complete with a helmet, attached camail included, shield, chainmail coat and arm guards. The helmet and shield are both finely engraved with gold and silver detailing. The chainmail coat retains its original padded silk collar. The piece as a whole is in outstanding condition.
The Persian specimen is joined by two armor sets from the English Civil War (lots #410 & #460) as well as an embossed English Pikeman's armor (lot #525). Added among these are various individual pieces such as helmets and armguards. Interesting highlights include a rare, winged Hussar helmet from Poland dating back to the middle of the 17th century (lot #435) and a Savoyard burgonet helmet (lot #447) estimated to be from the same period or later.
Historical daggers, swords and guns are all represented at this auction. The most unique item is a British sword owned by Lord Byron, the famous English writer (lot #558). The 1796 Heavy Calvary Dress patterned sword is thought to have been privately purchased by Lord Byron. It has a straight, double-edged blade with a raised ridge in the center. The renowned Romanticist poet has his name etched in the blade along with the motto "Nemo nisi mors," which translates to "No one except death." This is a one-of-a-kind piece for literature buffs and weapons collectors alike.
The hundreds of lots are all posted on iCollector for everyone to peruse at their leisure.