Antique 19th century circa 1860, gilt bronze (Ormolu) French mantel clock surmounted by the sculpture of the knight sitting on a rock and wearing richly decorated Gothic armor and holding in his right hand a sword. His left arm is resting on the large shield decorated with double-headed eagle emblem. The case is inset with celeste blue Serves porcelain plaques painted with flowers...
Lantaka a 18th century cast bronze SWIVEL-CANNON “Rail Gun” or “Deck Cannon” solid bronze beautiful details measuring approximately 36 inches long. These cannon were used by the legendary Malay pirates, with small cannon-balls it was a powerful offensive weapon. Lantakas were manufactured during the 17th and early 18th century in Holland by Dutch East India Company for export to Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines...
Perfect for a night at the opera, ballet or even birding, these opera glasses in original leather case was made by Lorenzo Suscipj in Rome circa 1840.They are black over brass and leather in a leather case with deep pink silk lining with gilded lettering signifing his optical engineering status. After much researching I learned that in Rome he devoted himself to engineering and building equipment for the first daguerrotype, with perfect precision...
Circa 1890 Chinese pair of Silver Salts in rectangular shape. Measures 3 1/4" X 2 1/8". These salts have identical marks on the back. The top part of the salts are reticulated/pierced. I am not familiar with the marks. But they are either Chinese or Japanese. I am always buying Baltimore sterling salts and I ran across these in a Philadelphia house call. Priced reasonable.
A late 18th Century English Cittern (Guittar) by John Preston 1735-70. The Watch key tuners were supposedly invented by Preston as seen engraved on the tuners. On the back of the neck is stamped "(initials logo) Preston Maker, London". Restoration would require one piece of finger board Tortoise, two frets, nut, 10 pcs. MOP and bridge. Strings were attached to pins on bottom, now absent. Neck is solidly attached to body..
The cornemuse of central France is distinguished by a tenor drone held in the chanter stock beside the chanter. Often bellows-blown and without bass drone, it is characteristically played with the hurdy-gurdy. This one is missing its air intake pipe. This style is also called "Chabrette dans le Limousin".
A Cittern with watch key tuners with an added Ivory "keyboard" which strikes down on two strings. It is attached with two Ivory "nuts". Tuners appear to be in good condition, as is the keyboard. The back has numerous splits hold together with duck tape. Residue from tape is removed using "Gloop" or other glue removers. Neck and fingerboard are fine.
A boxwood and Ivory 13 key (simple system) Clarinet marked "(bee) Martin, *Freres*, A.Paris, (initial logo)" Brass keys and Thumb rest. Light crack in barrel and one ring. All keys and springs respond well. Length is 20 3/8 inches.
A 5 key Clarinet in Boxwood & bone marked "C" in three places. Ready to play except for pads. Length is20 1/4 inches. period MP included. `23
Well carved head of a dog(appears to be some sort of hound), with glass eyes, a miniature leather collar with buckle, dark and light finish to emphasize features, a ferrule which appears to be bone and a shaft of a fairly dense light colored wood that looks like straight grained maple. A stylish early 20th century man's fashion statement, in excellent condition and sturdy enough for everyday use, 34" Long, head is 2-1/2" from snout to back of head. We accept time payments and quantity discounts...
A simple system (12 keys) Boxwood and Ivory Clarinet by Henri Gunckel, Paris c. 1900. Marked on all four joints, and on the bell "(Cornet) Henry Gunckel, Paris (in oval) (letter G logo) B". All keys and springs are working. Piece of center Ivory ring is gone. Bell Ivory has been repaired. No wood damage. Length is 22 3/8 inches.
A CONN double wall Clarinet Albert System Clarinet with 13 keys, 2 rings and 4 rollers. c.1909. All keys are in perfect working order. Playing requirements are pads and corks. A good condition wood MP is included.Length is 22 1/4 inches.
An exceptional High Quality 12 block mounted square keyed Clarinet by Hartmann? in blackwood and Ivory. Marked "B" Each key has brass walls inside the block mount. Every key works with good springs. Cork pads look good. Except for sealed cracks in the barrel, it is near perfect. Original cap and MP. Length is 23 inches.
An interesting early Boxwood and Ivory 5 key Clarinet. Notice that the bell and lower joint are one piece. Also, see the artistic ends on the two long keys. Joints are very tight. The only damage is a missing spring on the lowest key. Marks in four places, include "(oak leaf) Cuvillier, a St.Omer, (oak leaf) B 6". Length is 23 3/4 inches. No cracks.
A 5 key, later converted to 6 key Boxwood and Ivory Clarinet in excellent condition. On the bell "(star)(Lyre) Baumann, A PARIS (Star) B" Marked on all 5 sections. Bad news, upper ring absent. Good news, No cracks, all keys working and FIVE NEW REPLACEMENT PADS. Overall length is 23 1/2 inches without MP. No MP.
Because of it measurements, I cannot attest to the pitch of this block mounted 1 keyed Piccolo. especially since the head is a replacement, not in boxwood. I leave it up to you astute collectors to contemplate a new (Boxwood) head, or just to treat the one keyed body as an interesting relic. Measurements are; body 5 3/4 inches, Head 4 inches, Blowing length 7 1/2 inches. What key is it in?
A very early Boxwood and Ivory Piccolo by Stanesby, London c.1740. One Square Brass key, block mounted, in excellent condition. Overall length is 12 7/8 inches, blowing length is 10 6/16 inches. Marked on head and upper joint. Museum quality.
An eight keyed Boxwood and Ivory Flute by Graves, N.H. with 8 (one absent) salt spoon, block mounted keys. Metal lined head and barrel. Again; one key and one block absent. Good blowing edge. Crack on back of head joint and head Ivory ring. Although this Flute will require some do-able restoration, I feel that it is a worthwhile undertaking, as Graves is represented in many major musical instrument collections. Length is 25 3/4 inches, Blowing length is 23 inches. Low B.