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Four lots of guns are sure to appeal to collectors in Lawrences’ forthcoming Militaria auction on May 10th. The largest is a Naval deck gun with iron platform and gun metal barrel, once on the Scottish island of Vaila. Positioned there by Colonel Foster, the laird of the island, it was ready to open fire on any U-boats seen in the Shetland Isles during the second World War. The gun had been removed from a ship’s foredeck, probably a river gunboat or similar, and has a bore of almost one and half inches. It is estimated at £1200-1500
Three other lots of interest are all pairs of pistols. A pair of flintlocks by the gunsmith Shirley (of Birmingham) are guided at £1800-2200. A pair of Queen Anne flintlocks was made by Benjamin Brooke in about 1680-1720 and they have silver decoration and silver mask butts. These could make £2500. Lastly, a pair of Officer’s pistols was made by Samuel Brunn in London in about 1805-1820. Brunn was pistol maker to Prince George, the Prince Regent and specialised in flintlocks, duelling pistols and holster pistols. These pistols have distinctive octagonal barrels and come in an old fitted case. Although they need some repair, these guns are expected to make £2000-3000 [see image].
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