Hermann Historica's live Autumn Auction – where history is brought to life!

With antique sensations and magnificent decorative items, rare firearms and numerous military collectibles of significant historic importance, the historical company is tempting its scores of bidders.

In its Autumn auction, Hermann Historica presents a lineup of exceptional masterpieces for the discerning eye. This time, the large auction is spread over two weeks. The chapters of art, arms and armour, and firearms will come under the hammer from 10 to 12 October, with the military history collectibles bringing up the rear the following week, from 17 to 19 October.

Works of Art and Antiquities

Art collectors and curators will be thrilled to hear that Hermann Historica is showcasing a number of sensational objects in its Autumn Auction. The renowned auction house's two-week sale opens on 10 October with a wide range of antiques, ancient artefacts and Asian art.


Countless pièces de résistance stand out among the roughly 600 objects, including treasures from the Roman Empire. Back in the 1st century A.D., the ancient Romans came up with ingenious cooking methods, such as a complex, multi-functional kitchen utensil known as an authepsa. One such contrivance, used to warm food, is now coming under the hammer (lot number 11). Made with superlative craftsmanship, the exceptionally imposing bronze vessel certainly commands attention and would have only been used in elegant, upper class households. This fantastic piece is now expected to fetch 140,000 euros.


Next up, a fine bronze Buddha from Thailand radiates grace and aplomb (lot number 121). His hands are raised in the "abhaya mudra" gesture of fearlessness. Standing 112 cm tall, the statue cuts an impressive figure with its beautiful age patina and remnants of lacquered gilding. The delicately modelled features and light-coloured mother-of-pearl eyes enhance the Buddha's distinctive aura. Bids from 5,000 euros are now invited.



A protégé of the famous painter van Poelenburgh, Dirck van der Lisse (1607 - 1669) gained a reputation as an artist during the Golden Age in the Netherlands. Born in The Hague, the master craftsman specialised in expressive, Italian-style landscapes peopled with nymphs. Moreover, several of his paintings are on display in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich. Nonetheless, one exceptionally striking work, his "Landscape with Bathers", is now set to change hands for the sum of 8,000 euros (lot number 138).


Buyers on the lookout for fabulous seals will find rich pickings on the first day of the auction, when no less than 50 lots are to come under the hammer. Whether crafted in glass, silver or rock crystal for guilds, city councils or noble families with eagles on their coats of arms, these seals make every letter a sight to behold. Two particular highlights are the seal belonging to Kaiser Franz Joseph I (lot 256, listed at 3,000 euros) and that used by Munich painter Franz von Stuck (lot 246, asking price 1,500 euros).


In the glass and ceramic chapter, a majestic art nouveau vase is certain to tempt many an enthusiast (lot number 376). Composed of earthenware fragments, the eye-catching piece was produced by the well-known Zsolnay Porcelain Manufactory in Hungary. The company is famous for its sophisticated manufacturing methods, but also for its elaborate artistic execution. Like the vase that can now be acquired, the ceramics are finished with an "Eosin" glaze (named after the Greek Eos, goddess of the dawn), making every piece unique. For 8,000 euros, this artwork in red, green and violet would surely take pride of place in your collection.

Antique arms and armours from all over the world

Admittedly, just 200 rare antique arms and armour from all over the world will be up for sale on Wednesday, 11 October. Nonetheless, the lineup includes many a highlight, thereby guaranteeing that even this short auction day at Hermann Historica will be a resounding success.


The magnificent 19th/20th century kris comes from the famous holiday island of Bali (lot number 1068). The typically asymmetrical daggers from South East Asia are traditionally said to be imbued with enormous cultural and spiritual meaning. Moreover, they are included in UNESCO's list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The kris now on offer is the epitome of master craftsmanship: gleaming and glistening, its gold grip and profusion of semi-precious stones lend the blade an aura of pure extravagance. This unusually fabulous, breathtaking dagger is now open to bids from 12,500 euros.


Among the edged weapons, lot 1164 merits particular attention. Merely announcing the name "Viking" will be enough to see bidders waving their cards in the air. Forged in northern Europe, this sword is truly special. Featuring an inscription inlaid in iron and finely set strips of silver, it is now expected to change hands for 9,000 euros.


There's no need to venture to faraway lands, however, with plenty of opportunities to acquire desirable objects of German provenance on the same day. For example, a large, two-hand sword from Brunswick (lot number 1176) stands head and shoulders above the other Renaissance swords. The typical quillons has coiled ends and is angled generously toward the blade. Like the pommel, it is embellished on both sides with delicately incised floral ornaments, the source of its noble sheen. Bids from 8,000 euros are now invited for this fabulous weapon.

Fine antique and modern firearms

Wednesday, 12 October, is completely reserved for the more than 600 lots from "Five centuries of antique and modern firearms". What's more, success is guaranteed: given the enormous selection of civilian firearms and service weapons, there is sure to be something for everyone.


Furthermore, the auction house is kicking off the day with a veritable pièce de résistance. Lot number 2006 is an opulent tüfek from the Ottoman Empire. The entire length of the barrel is lavishly inlaid with floral ornaments in gold. The fine silver hallmarks on the five barrel bands also elevate this long gun, produced in 1800, into a masterpiece of artistic workmanship. It is now expected to change hands for 12,000 euros.


Hermann Historica is also offering the deluxe version of a pair of wheellock rifles, circa 1680 (lot number 2023). Acclaimed gunmaker Joseph Mayr of Innsbruck spared no expense whatsoever in embellishing this beauty with delicate engraving. For example, the locks are extravagantly decorated with brass appliqués, carved with life-like animals and grotesque masks, all of which are framed in leafy vines. The catalogue price of 15,000 euros includes the two patch boxes with sliding lids and various other accessories.

Among the numerous short hunting rifles coming under the hammer in the luxury segment the same day, lot number 2033 is bound to be well received. Bids from 14,000 euros are now welcome for this splendid flintlock carbine, dating from circa 1730. The master craftsman of this deluxe firearm is none other than Johann Adam Knod. One of the most talented gunmakers of the Carlsbad School, he supplied weapons to the aristocracy taking the waters at the Bohemian spa town. This elegant hunting carbine is embellished with lavishly decorated, fire-gilt furniture.


In the chapter of modern firearms, the announcement of lot number 2236 will see a forest of bidding cards shoot up. With its fascinating technology, the collectible Conroe Medusa Model 47 is sure to be one of the biggest draws. The remarkable revolver is capable of firing three different calibres. Moreover, it is the only handgun whose barrel has nine rifle grooves. Constructed of specially hardened steel, the cylinder and the barrel have double the tensile strength, even enabling it to shoot underwater. Manufactured by Phillips & Rodgers, this technical wonder is now expected to fetch 6,000 euros.

Lot number 2268 is certain to make not just collectors prick up their ears. This is a chance to acquire the extremely rare Volcanic lever action pocket pistol with a short barrel length of 3½". The focus of this weapon lies in the unusual combination of the bolt action with the lower lever and the toggle joint. In outstanding condition, the remarkable piece is sure to coax an enthusiast into investing 6,400 euros.


The minimum bid of 3,000 euros will secure lot number 2508, a G 41 as the model with the code "duv - 43". It is the precursor of the G 43, Germany's first semi-automatic, the self loading rifle G 41(W). The weapon with the exceptional side locking flaps was produced by the Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik (BLM). As it was never generally accepted, it is rarely found on the collector's market.

Orders and military collectibles until 1918

Rare insignia and remarkable military antiques of daggers are sure to tempt scores of military fans into placing a bid on Tuesday, 17 October. Moreover, Hermann Historica is convinced to continue the triumph of its Spring Auction with another Bulgarian collection.

He was the last emperor of Austria, married to Zita of Bourbon-Parma and grandnephew of Franz Joseph I: Kaiser Karl I of Austria. During World War I, he engaged in a number of peace negotiations, alas, to no avail. Karl I was beatified in 2004 by Pope John Paul II. On Tuesday 17 October, there will be an opportunity to acquire his personal attila in dark green cloth with silver cording, braided shoulder boards for a major general and a tailor's label of the Viennese court purveyor "Josef Szalley" in the right inside breast pocket. An enthusiast is sure to snap up this distinguished historical uniform, worn by the last regent of the Habsburg dynasty, for 24,500 euros (lot number 3135).


Next up is a handsome gift of honour, presented by the last Kaiser of Germany. Wilhelm II commissioned the deluxe hunting hanger as a token of his appreciation for an eminent member of his illustrious hunting party. The gilt hunting décor on the obverse of the dagger attests to the exquisite workmanship of the bladesmith (lot number 3290). The reverse is engraved with a dedication on a deep blue background amidst intricate leafy vines. The minimum bid of 35,000 euros will secure this superlative hunting hanger in excellent condition, complete with gold sword knot.

Lot 3343 is of no less historical significance. Buyers will be interested in a personal letter written by Friedrich Engels. Dated 12 November 1890, the missive is addressed to Adolf Riefer, the nephew of Helene Demuth, who served as housekeeper to Karl Marx and later also to Engels. In the four-page document, Engels informs Riefer of his aunt's death, indicating that she left a testament. The letter is now estimated at 25,000 euros.



Moreover, in this Autumn Auction, Hermann Historica is playing its trump card with another Bulgarian collection. Amassed over decades, the significant private collection comprises unusual headgear, uniforms and individual insignia, as well as literature and photographs spanning Bulgaria's entire military history. Of the 175 lots (lot numbers 3385 – 3559) some 90 rare orders alone are looking for new homes. Among them are several highest award grades, such as the Order of St. Alexander Grand Cross with Swords, known to have been conferred just twelve times. The opulent masterpiece in partially gilt silver has a starting price of 1,500 euros (lot number 3541).

The whole auction is taking place at the offices of Hermann Historica in Grasbrunn, near Munich, from 10 to 19 October 2023.

Moreover, you are cordially invited to inspect all objects in person. The pre-sale viewing will take place on Monday, 02 October and from Wednesday, 04 October to Friday, 06 October, from 11 am to 5 pm every day. As usual, the Hermann Historica experts will be on hand to advise customers.

Please note: all prices quoted are net guide prices and do not include the 25% premium (and VAT).

And why not browse through the Hermann Historica auction catalogues? They include detailed descriptions of all lots, along with numerous high-quality photographs. Please visit for our free online catalogues and further information.


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