A Highly Unusual Cased Set Of D.B. Percussion Pistols, Comprising A 24-Bore Side-By-Side Pistol And A 42-Bore Box-Lock Turn-Over Pocket Pistol
Lot 373
A Highly Unusual Cased Set Of D.B. Percussion Pistols, Comprising A 24-Bore Side-By-Side Pistol And A 42-Bore Box-Lock Turn-Over Pocket Pistol
Sold for £25,200 (US$ 42,356) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Highly Unusual Cased Set Of D.B. Percussion Pistols, Comprising A 24-Bore Side-By-Side Pistol And A 42-Bore Box-Lock Turn-Over Pocket Pistol
Lot Details
A Highly Unusual Cased Set Of D.B. Percussion Pistols, Comprising A 24-Bore Side-By-Side Pistol And A 42-Bore Box-Lock Turn-Over Pocket Pistol
By James Purdey, 314½ Oxford Street, London, The First No. 2285 For 1832
The first with browned twist sighted barrels, case-hardened patent breeches each with platinum line, finely engraved grooved case-hardened tang, signed case-hardened scroll engraved back-action locks each with blued safety-catch, and three bents, ebonized half-stock (fore-end repaired), chequered butt, engraved blued and case-hardened iron mounts, stirrup ramrod, and chequered forward trigger; the second with case-hardened turn-off barrels with an engraved band at each end, signed scroll engraved case-hardened action with engraved thumbpiece safety-catch and blued folding trigger, and finely chequered butt with silver escutcheon and pommel-cap, both pistols with nearly all their original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with accessories including three-way flask (minor dent) covered in red leather, and original paper cartridges and barrel key, the lid with maker's trade label and flush-fitting brass carrying handle, in exceptional condition throughout, London proof marks
12.5 cm. and 5 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    W. Keith Neal Collection, C121
    Christie's London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 9 November 2000, lot 167

    Literature:
    W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, British Gunmakers Their Trade Cards, Cases and Equipment 1760-1860, 1980, pl. 457
    L. Patrick Unsworth, The Early Purdeys, 1996, pp. 67 and 133, pl. 33

    No. 2285 was originally sold on 2 July 1832 for £30.0.0 to Capt. Duncombe
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