In the section of compressed air rifles and pistols, lot 2127 is worthy of special mention. A Girardonis system air rifle is expected to fetch 12,000 euros. The weapon itself is seldom found on the market; however, the fact that this one comes with the rare original case, along with an extensive range of matching accessories, is nothing short of a sensation.
Meanwhile, another exceptional item is a cartridge box made of hammered sheet iron (lot 2129). The semi-circular box from Brunswick, dated circa 1570/80, will not disappoint with its fully sculptured depictions of Abraham and David amidst scrollwork. Bids from 5,500 euros are welcome.
In the hunting weapons chapter, lot number 2207 is certain to be the centre of attention: a double rifle by Holland & Holland, the Royal model, with two matching cases. The name "Royal" is more than fitting. Not only are the side panels, trigger guard and one of the cases colour case hardened, they are decorated all over with delicate arabesques and fine fringe engravings. The absolutely mint condition of the exquisite double rifle is reflected in the reserve of 35,000 euros.