CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co.’s spring Historic Arms & Militaria auction, planned for Saturday, April 9, features more than 300 items focusing on the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II and modern firearms. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“I’m excited we are offering the personal collection of Erik Goldstein, a meticulously curated selection of swords, bayonets, historical artifacts and documents from the early to late 18th century, both Colonial American and British,” said Joel Bohy, director of the auction house’s Arms & Militaria department. “Erik is a highly respected individual within the militaria the industry and we are thrilled to be handling this material.”
One of the prize pieces in Goldstein’s collection, and a solid candidate for top lot of the auction, is an American-marked British pattern 1742 musket. Made in England circa 1746, it has a .79 bore with a walnut stock and is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. The gun has been published in The Brown Bess: An Identification Guide and Illustrated Study of Britain’s Most Famous Musket, by Goldstein and Stuart Mowbray; and Of Sorts for Provincials: American Weapons of the French and Indian Wars by Jim Mullins. It also appeared on the cover of the February 2021 issue of Man at Arms Magazine.
A British Royal Welsh Fuziliers hanger sword, dating to circa 1750-1760, should finish at $8,000-$10,000. The hanger is a very rare variant with the stippled grip, as pictured on page 109 of Goldstein’s book, 18th Century Weapons of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers from Flixton Hall.
A circa-1755 British silver basket-hilt spadroon by John Carman features a silver hilt with London sterling hallmarks near the top of the knuckle bow where it meets the pommel. It is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
This famous sword was featured in the traveling exhibit Clash of Empires, The British, French & Indian War 1754-63, and was on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Numerous portraits of British officers, done in the 1750s, show this type of sword.
A circa-1764 miniature portrait of Lieutenant Parker Steele of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers has a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000. Conservation photos show the portrait was painted on a playing card. Housed in a gold case, the portrait is signed ‘BK 1764’ and shows Lieutenant Steele in his British uniform.
Parker Steele was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 23rd Royal Welsh Fuziliers at age of 25 in December 1760. He later joined the 29th Regt. in Boston during the late 1760s and was perhaps in town for the Boston Massacre. This portrait was on the cover of Ryan Gale’s book, A Soldier-Like Way, The Material Culture of the British Infantry, 1751-68.
A circa-1680-1700 silver mounted William and Mary plug bayonet is expected to realize $2,000-$3,000. The steel blade attached to the end of a figured burl wood handle features a bust of a helmeted mustachioed man, a silver cross guard and a half clam shell with busts of William and Mary on each side.
Certainly made for a British officer, this weapon is made from the finest materials and is mounted on a high-quality blade supplied by one of London’s most prolific cutlers (Giles Lyndessy) dealing in plug bayonets. Since the joint reign of William and Mary began in 1689 and ended in 1694, this bayonet can be dated to that small window of five years.
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