Russian weapon at the height of its fame

Saber of St. George. Russia. Zlatoust weapon factory. Circa 1905. Gilding, engraving, enamel. Lot sold for SEK 1 510 000. Probus. Auction Nr.10. Stockholm, November 10

On November 10, specialized Probus auction house held the large auction devoted to the antiquarian weapon and objects of military history in Stockholm. As a result great results were achieved: more than 95 lots were sold, many items were sold for the sum exceeding the estimate in 2 – 10 times.

Probus represented 574 lots among which were firearms and cold arms, orders, armour as well as photos and documents of different countries and epochs. Russian blades and orders were very popular.

The award St. Georg sabre executed in about 1905 by the masters of Zlatoustov weapon factory was the most expensive lot. The gilt handle of the sabre is decorated with enamel and engraving “for bravery”, the blade is covered with a skilful etched pattern. Awarding with St. George weapon was practiced in 19th – the early 20th centuries. The blade was estimated at SEK 600 000 and sold for SEK 1 510 000.

The St. George weapon was produced according to standard model and could be presented in a form of saber, sword, broadsword or dirk. The use of type depended on the status of the gentleman and a type of army. St. George’s dirk decorated with gilding and an enamel cross was sold for SEK 130 000.

Combat weapon was also rather popular among auctioneers. The gilt officer saber of the model of 1846 was sold for SEK 360 000. The blade of the saber is covered with sophisticated pattern. Its sheath and a handle are decorated with gilding. The sword of the officer of life-guards of the end of 19th − the early 20th century was sold for the less price. In this case the blade had no patterns, the sword hilt is decorated only. The handle is made of wood and topped with a metal knob with Nicolas II monogram. The lot was sold for SEK 310 000 having exceeded the estimate more than in ten times (SEK 30 000). The hussar sabre of the early 19th century, decorated with etching and gilding was sold for the less price. It was estimated at SEK 50 000 and sold for SEK 180 000.

Probus also presented a great variety of orders, medals and badges. The gold Star of Order of White Eagle, manufacture by Cable production (St. Petersburg) was the most expensive lot. The lot was sold for SEK 200 000 (estimate: SEK 60 000). The golden Order of St. Stanislav with enamel placed on original silk ribbon was sold by auction for SEK 170 000. Another interesting lot is a silver Star of Order of St. Anna. The lot was sold for SEK 110 000.

Collection of fire-arms unlike of the collection of blades featured most of all West European items. Among highlights was Swedish flintlock of the late 17th century. The flintlock was made in the late 17th century by master Samuel Riddersporre from Stockholm. The flintlock was not decorated as it was combatant weapon. Its safety was remarkable. The musket was saved to our days. Its metal parts were not harmed with corrosion. The butt was without any splits. The lot was sold for SEK 195 000 (estimate: SEK 70 000).

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