A Very fine Cased Pair Of 32-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Lot 344
A Very Fine Cased Pair Of 32-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Sold for £31,200 (US$ 52,651) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Very fine Cased Pair Of 32-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Lot Details
A Very Fine Cased Pair Of 32-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By H.W. Mortimer & Son, 89 Fleet St.t., London, Gun-Maker To His Majesty, No. 1324, Circa 1810
With browned twist octagonal sighted barrels (one fore-sight missing) each signed in full along the top flat at the breech and rifled up to an inch inside the muzzle, the latter each with platinum line and platinum-lined touch-hole, grooved case-hardened tangs each engraved with foliate border and incorporating a back-sight, signed case-hardened border engraved serial numbered detented locks each decorated with a martial trophy on the tail, engraved safety-catches, rainproof pans, blued steel-springs with rollers, and foliate engraved 'French' cocks, the internal working parts retaining their brightly burnished finish, figured full stocks (one fore-end with minor splits) each serial numbered in ink on the inside and with grooved spur, chequered rounded butts, oval pommels each inlaid with a border engraved oval bright steel plate, blued iron mounts comprising border engraved spur trigger-guards each engraved with the maker's address in an oval on a martial trophy, case-hardened trigger-plates each with pineapple finial, blued set triggers, blued turned ramrod-pipes, original horn-tipped ramrods, and most of its original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with full accessories including later three-way flask, the interior of the lid with illustrated trade label for circa 1806-1813, the exterior with circular flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular brass escutcheon, and with an old paper label pasted on printed 'H. Everard, 29th Regt.', London proof marks and maker's mark
24.8 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christie's London, Antique Arms and Armour, 11 May 1983, lot 146

    Literature:
    H. Lee Munson, The Mortimer Gunmakers 1753-1923, 1992, p. 288. For an example of the trade label see p. 276 and for an account of 'secret' rifling see p. 186, pl. 287

    Harvey Walklate 2 Mortimer was apprenticed to his father in 1791. He was in partnership with his father and uncle as H.W. Mortimer, Son & T. Mortimer between 1800 and 1806, with his father as H. W. Mortimer & Son from 1806 to 1813 and on his own account as a gunmaker at 89 Fleet Street from 1814 to 1822

    For an exceptional pair of very similar pistols (serial no. 1423) by the same maker and sold in these Rooms, see Fine Antique Arms and Armour Including items removed from the Carl Beck Foundation, Sursee, 29 July 2004, lot 539
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