A distinguished pair of Cieszyn wheellock carbines with superb bone inlays is a shining example of this supreme virtuosity. Although comparable pieces in the Metropolitan Museum in New York come close in technical terms, they cannot compete with the finesse of the inlays on these 1640 carbines. The shafts are lavishly inlaid in bone and mother-of-pearl, embellished not merely with ornamental flourishes and tendrils, but also with wild beasts, mythical creatures and the Cieszyn coat of arms. The iron décor on the barrel is no less ornate. Exceedingly magnificent hunting rifles of this kind, produced in Cieszyn since the 16th century, were soon in great demand as prestige objects, demonstrating their owner's status and wealth. Bids from 65,000 euros are now invited for this fabulous pair. Of slightly later date, an equally formidable pair of flintlock pistols was made in Silesia circa 1680, sumptuously inlaid in bone and, to accommodate the fashion of the time, adorned with flowers, animals, grotesque masks and musicians, lavishly finished with fire gilding. This exquisite pair is now expected to fetch 32,000 euros.