Heritage Auctions has assembled Some of the deadliest weapons ever created, will be offered by Heritage Auctions at its Dec. 11 Arms & Armor auction in Dallas.
The Gatling Gun: U.S. Colt Model 1874 (est. $100,000)
A Gatling-type (rapid-firing) cannon uses multiple barrels in a rotating cluster to provide a sustained rate of fire. When these mechanisms of destruction were introduced, land combat was changed forever, as injuries and casualties could be stockpiled at an unprecedented rate.
The Flail: Victorian Era Flail (Ball and Chain) (est. $400-$600)
Despite its ubiquitous use in fiction, cinema and even video games as the “quintessential medieval weapon,” historical information about this type of flail is somewhat scarce. Yet historical artwork from the 18th century shows this weapon was an absolute powerhouse military device thanks to its ability to strike an opponent behind a shield.
Suit of Armor: In the German Gothic Style 19th Century (est. $7,000-$9,000)
While not the deadliest tool in a soldier’s arsenal, the suit of armor forever altered warfare and the strategy behind it. Up until the introduction of the “suit of armor,” soldiers primarily relied on ineffective assemblies of defensive plates. Thus, introduction of the suit-of-armor-styled shielding enabled soldiers to go on lengthier more successful campaigns. A second suit in the style of 17th Century warriors’ suit is also an example of deadly artwork (opening bid: $1,500).
The Pocket Revolver: C.S. Pettengill Pocket Model Revolver (est. $900-$1,200)
The pocket revolver was one of the first true conceal and carry handguns. Its use as a concealed weapon throughout much of the 19th century earned a reputation as a river gambler’s weapon of choice or a gun-slinger’s trusty backup. Despite the user, this revolver’s unusual octagon barrel makes it stand out among the more simplistic pocket pieces of its generation.
The Battle Axe: Indo-Persian Battle Axe (est. $1,000)
The battle axe has been used in melee combat for centuries. This particular Indo-Persian Battle Axe is a pristine example measuring a head-crushing 33 inches long and decorated on both sides of blade and block with finely chiseled work, Arabic scenes, floral and highlighted gold koftgari.
The Sword: Absolutely Magnificent C. 1805 Napoleonic Period British Officer’s Saber (opening bid: $10,000)
Instrumental in countless battles, the sword is one of the most effective and ancient weapons used in combat. While not the only sword featured in the auction, this circa 1805 Officer’s Saber from the Napoleonic Period is one of history’s most lethal collectibles. The sword’s delicate fire blue and gilt floral and geometric pattern means it likely did not see heavy combat, but nevertheless, its rarity qualifies it as a killer piece for the advanced collector.