Fine Arms, Armour and Militaria to Be Offered in London at Thomas Del Mar Ltd


LONDON.- A very rare gilt copper Ottoman Tombak shield from the late 16th century is among the highlights of an auction of Antique Arms, Armour and Militaria in London on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The sale will be held at midday by Thomas Del Mar Ltd (in association with Sotheby’s) at their saleroom at 25 Blythe Road, W14. The circular Turkish ribbed shield is decorated with stylised tulip flowers and is estimated to fetch £40,000-60,000. Known as a Kalkan, very few of this type of shield is recorded and therefore it is assumed that they were intended for individuals of high rank. This example is believed to have been taken from the Turks at the Siege of Vienna in 1529 and it was loaned to an exhibition in 1890 from a European Private collection. It is made of Tombak (gilt copper) – a prized material among Turkish people. Elsewhere in the sale, a historically important flag-pole from the residence of General G