Antiquities, arms and armor, firearms, medals and more at Hermann Historica Nov. 27-Dec.1

MUNICH, Germany — Hermann Historica, specialists in antique arms and militaria, have assembled a massive five-day auction event spanning numerous collecting categories, beginning on Monday, November 27 and finishing Friday, December 1. All catalogs are available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5).

The catalog sessions are described as Works of Art, Antiques, Ancient and Asian Art; Antique Arms and Armor; Fine Antique and Modern Firearms; Orders and Military Collectibles until 1918; and Orders and Military Collectibles from 1919.

What is described as a “very unique, stylized and expressive animal sculpture dating from the early Iron Age” is a featured lot in the first session. Found in Sardinia and dated to the 8th or 7th century B.C.E., this bronze votive of a bull carries an estimate of €4,500-€9,000 ($4,800-$9,600).

Antiquarian military collectors will take note of this bronze Roman Republic helmet of the Montefortino type, dating to the 2nd century B.C.E. It includes a marking that suggests that the helmet belonged to an Iberian warrior serving in the Roman army, making the item likely associated with the Roman Conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the 2nd century B.C.E. It is estimated at €6,400-€12,800 ($6,850-$13,700).

Antique firearms are always a feature of Hermann Historica. This pair of chiseled Eibar luxury miquelet pistols are from the 1760 period. They feature an 18.5mm bore and include intricate scrollwork and an illegible engraving of either the maker or the owner, Josef Ni. The pair has an estimate of €5,200-€10,400 ($5,500-$11,100).

Ancient and medieval artifacts and militaria dominate in October sale series at Hermann Historica

1944 Willys Jeep used in the Italian campaign near Florence and later restored, estimated at €25,000-€50,000 ($26,750-$53,500) at Hermann Historica.

MUNICH — A massive run of six auctions have been set by Hermann Historica for Tuesday October 10 through Thursday, October 12 and also Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19, packed with all the things the German auction house is known for: ancient and medieval artifacts and weaponry, along with 20th-century militaria from a number of prominent collections. The catalogs are now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The top lot in October 10th’s Works of Art, Antiques, Ancient and Asian Art is a first century A.D. Roman food warmer in remarkable original condition. Adorned with bird sculptures and Eros figures with cat paws for the unit’s legs, this bronze piece, known as an “authepsa,” is among the most complete and complex found to date. It is estimated at €140,000-€280,000 ($149,8000-$299,600).

Antique Arms and Armor happens on October 11, and includes a Nuremberg proof-marked late-Gothic breastplate described as being in “excellent” condition, particularly considering its 1490-1500 date of creation. The armor carries an estimate of €6,400-€12,800 ($6,848-$13,696).

An extremely rare DWM 9mm Luger design for the U.S. Army’s 1902 trials is the top lot in the October 12 Fine Antique and Modern Firearms event. While appearing unbelievably original and without any restoration, Hermann Historica officials noted much dissenting internet discussion of the gun and subjected it to further testing, which revealed it had been professionally refinished at some point in the past. It has an estimate of €28,000-€56,000 ($29,960-$59,920).

Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) was the last German emperor and King of Prussia, and an incredibly avid hunter. So legendary were his hunts that royalty the world over sought to attend one. To be selected by the Kaiser was a tremendous honor, and Wilhelm was extraordinarily generous with certain attendees. This hunting hanger dated 1894 features Damascus steel and detailed engravings of wild game. It was given by Wilhelm to an unknown hunt attendee. In virtually new condition, it is estimated at €35,000-€70,000 ($37,450-$74,900) and is the top lot in the October 17’s Orders and Military Collectibles until 1918 sale.

Built for the U. S. Army in 1944, this Willys Jeep was completed at the Toledo plant and shipped to Italy, where it was put to work with Allied forces pushing northward towards Germany. It was hit with Wehrmacht machine gun fire, disabled, and abandoned by GIs. It was recovered by locals and moved to a barn, where it lay dormant and bullet-riddled for decades. Rediscovered around 2003, the Jeep was resurrected by local mechanics and body-repair specialists and returned to 1944 as-used condition. It is still in Florence, but can be shipped worldwide and is estimated at €25,000-€50,000 ($26,750-$53,500).