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Head of Auctions

Ludwig Sayn-Wittgenstein is co-founder of Joh. Springer’s Erben auctioneers. With his banking background and over 10 years of experience in gun trade he heads our auction.


International Key Account Manager, Marketing, Design

Tristan Breijer was born in the Netherlands and raised in Great Britain since a young age, he has been a hunter since the early days of his youth and has worked with hunting, weapons and auctions on three continents in different aspects of the industry after an extensive education focused on  international business management. He joined Joh. Springer's Erben in 2017 combining his knowledge of history and weapons with expertise in Business, Marketing, and Design 



Expert hunting, sporting & antique weapons
Trained from his youth with all kinds of weapons and their utilisation, he decided to make his vocation to his profession in 2011. Educated in theory and pracice, deepened by permanent self-teaching, the admirer became a connoisseur and eventually an expert for fine sporting arms. With  experience he grew a feeling for market values, which is of great help for him now. He likes best to spend his leisure time hunting, which is where the wheel comes full circle.


Mag.iur. Josef MÖTZ

Expert collector, ordnance weapons, and handguns
The militia officer studied law and is a well recognised expert for handguns and military rifles. Josef Moetz busied himself with arms and ammunition knowledge since more than 45 years. From 1979, he became one of the most productive Austrian authors of weapons legislation, arms- as well as ammunition-history and -technics. He publishes not only in renowned arms journals like the Deutsches Waffen Journal DWJ, but also writes his own ammunitions- and arms books, for example the three-volume monumental work "Österreichische Pistolen" (Austrian pistols), together with his co-author Joschi Schuy. Mötz is definitely regarded as one of the leading Austrian experts for small arms and their ammunitions. His publications on the subject of self-loading pistols are among the most extensive works in this field.



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