A Very Rare Cased Pair Of 40-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Lot 598
A Very Rare Cased Pair Of 40-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Sold for £21,600 (US$ 35,296) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Very Rare Cased Pair Of 40-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By Thomas Manton, 144 Long Acre, London, No. 198, Circa 1817
With rebrowned twist octagonal sighted barrels, case-hardened recessed patent breeches each with rectangular platinum-lined maker's stamp, platinum lines and platinum-lined touch-hole, foliate engraved tangs each incorporating a back-sight, case-hardened border engraved flat locks signed in full, decorated with foliage involving a Britannia shield on the tail and with a starburst behind the rainproof pan, and each with engraved safety-catch and cock, and roller bearing on a ramp on the blued steel-spring, the internal working parts retaining their brightly burnished finish and stamped with locksmith's initials of John Bradford, finely figured half-stocks serial numbered on the inside of each fore-end, rounded chequered butts, border engraved blued steel mounts comprising butt-caps decorated with foliage, trigger-guards (some loss of finish) with a trophy on the bow, trigger-plates each with pineapple finial, and fore-end caps also forming the ramrod-entry, vacant silver escutcheons, original brass-tipped ramrods, and some original finish: in original fitted mahogany case lined in maroon velvet with accessories including three-way flask covered in red leather (minor damage) and retaining much of its original lacquered finish, turnscrew with brass pricker, and iron bullet mould with maker's mark of William Davies, the interior of the lid with maker's trade label for circa 1817-20, the exterior with circular flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular brass escutcheon, the barrels forged by William Fullered
22.8 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christie's London, Antique Arms and Armour, 18 May 1994, lot 235
    Christie's London, Antique Arms and Armour, 20 July 1983, lot 205
    Christie's London, Antique Arms and Armour, 8 July 1981, lot 172

    Literature:
    D.H.L. Back, The Mantons 1782-1878, 1993, pls. 146 and 150 (trade label)
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