Striking Russian and French militaria auctions in Munich
An exceptional €65k Order of St Alexander Nevsky diamond star will sell at Hermann Historica
Seven-thousand lots will be offered at Hermann Historica's upcoming spring auction.
Among the highlights are antiques from the famous Axel Guttmann Collection, striking pieces of Russian and French military history, and a German Messerschmitt fighter plane from 1944.
A broad variety of fine antiques, arms and armour, hunting gear, militaria, and arts and crafts will also feature at Hermann Historica's spring sale from April 7-16.
The auction will bring together an extensive selection of Russian objects such as an Order of St Alexander Nevsky First Class, a pair of silver-mounted flintlock pistols from the workshop of the noted Saint Petersburg master gunsmith Ivan Permiak, and an almost 70 cm tall marble vase from the Pavlovsk Palace.
Only officers of the rank of a Major General or higher were eligible for the Order of St Alexander Nevsky. Catherine I sponsored this decoration after the death of her husband, Peter the Great, in 1725.
Exceptionally well crafted and extremely rare, the diamond-set breast star was made during the reign of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II, and is valued at €65,000.
Meanwhile, a finely worked pair of flintlock pistols dating from 1770 is expected to bring at least €75,000.
Master gunsmith Ivan Permiak was one of the most noted and gifted gunsmiths of his time. In 1740 he became a Purveyor to the Imperial Russian Court and to Catherine the Great.
The firearms manufactured in his workshop are characterised by extremely intricate embellishments for which these pistols with several Cyrillic signatures, partially gold-plated, chased silver mounts and finely engraved blossoms and trophies of war are a magnificent example.
Presale viewings for the Munich auction will be held on March 27 and April 1, 6 and 11.
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