An Exceptional Cased Pair Of 32-Bore Irish Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Lot 111*
A Fine And Rare Cased Pair Of 32-Bore Irish Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Sold for £20,400 (US$ 34,256) inc. premium
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A Fine And Rare Cased Pair Of 32-Bore Irish Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By Robert McCormick, Dublin, No. 86, Dated 1795
With browned swamped octagonal sighted barrels signed on the top flat, serial numbered and dated beneath, and with two gold bands at the rear of the breech, gold-lined touch-holes, finely engraved detented locks each with moulded border and signed on a gold oval plaque with an engraved border, blued safety-catches, steel-springs, and internal working parts, rollers, and semi-rainproof pans, slender figured walnut half-stocks, chequered butts, finely engraved blued iron mounts including trigger-plates with large pineapple finial, large silver escutcheons each engraved with ribbons and swags of flowers and foliage, blued barrel-bolts and set triggers, engraved silver barrel-bolt escutcheons and fore-end caps, original horn-tipped ramrods each with worm, and one with brass powder-measure, and much original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with accessories including glass oil bottle, and three-way powder flask covered with leather now painted red, the lid with brass carrying handle of Chippendale form with pearled back-plates
15¼ in. (38.7 cm.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The King Harman family, Ireland
    Colonel Playfair
    Charles Greener

    Literature:
    Richard Akehurst, The World of Guns, p. 84
    W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers 1740-1790, p. 122, plate 488
    Idem, British Gunmakers Their Trade Cards, Cases and Equipment, plate 416

    Robert McCormick worked in Belfast until 1794, when he moved to Dublin, where his address was 23 Abbey Street
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