A Fine and Rare Cased Pair Of Irish 40-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Lot 464
A Fine and Rare Cased Pair Of Irish 40-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Sold for £26,400 (US$ 44,740) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Fine and Rare Cased Pair Of Irish 40-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Lot Details
A Fine and Rare Cased Pair Of Irish 40-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By McCormick, Robert, Belfast, Dated AD 1791
With rebrowned twist slightly swamped octagonal sighted barrels signed along the top flat (engraving refreshed) and dated along the bottom flat beneath, silver fore-sights, gold line at the rear of each breech and gold-lined touch-holes, tangs engraved with foliage and a line of beadwork, flat detented locks each with moulded border and signed on a gold oval plaque with an engraved border, engraved with foliage on the stepped tail and cock (one expertly repaired), blued safety-catches, large rollers and gold-lined pans, slender figured full stocks with chequered rounded butts, border engraved mounts finely decorated with foliage and comprising butt-caps and trigger-guards, the latter each in the French fashion and with urn-shaped finial surmounted by a pineapple, silver escutcheon opposite each lock engraved with owner's monogram 'WC', engraved silver barrel-bolt escutcheons, silver ramrod-pipes, set triggers, horn fore-end caps, and original ramrods, one with horn tip, the other with iron worm and threaded silver powder-measure: in their lined and fitted oak case with accessories including brass-mounted powder-flask with bevelled copper body and unusual hinged lid over the flint compartment on one side, the interior of the lid with facsimile trade label, the exterior with folding brass carrying handle of Chippendale form
25 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Robert McCormick worked in Belfast until 1794, when he moved to Dublin, where his address was 23 Abbey Street. For another pair of pistols by the same maker and sold in these Rooms see Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 10 November 2005, lot 111
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