A Cased Pair Of 22-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols
Lot 390
A Cased Pair Of 22-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 7,983) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Cased Pair Of 22-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols
Lot Details
A Cased Pair Of 22-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols
By Griffin & Tow, London, Circa 1775
With turn-off cannon barrels, border engraved actions each signed within a foliate ribbon on both sides, ring-neck cocks (top jaws and screws replaced), trigger-guards each engraved with a flower-head on the bow, swelling figured flat-sided butts, cast and chased trophy of arms escutcheons engraved with owner's crest and motto 'Duw Anbendithio', and grotesque mask butt-caps (some rust patination): in later mahogany case with some accessories including brass-mounted powder-flask with copper body embossed with reeding on each side, the exterior of the lid with brass carrying handle of Chippendale form, London proof marks, silver maker's mark of John King
13.8 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired from W. Keith Neal in August 1989

    Literature:
    W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, Messrs Griffin & Tow And W. Bailes 1740-1790, 1989, pp. 128-129, pl. 59

    The crest and motto are those of the Pryse family of Gogerddan, Cardiganshire, West Wales, long time members of Parliament one of whom, Sir Richard Pryse (d. 1641), married the widow of Sir Anthony Van Dyck, the well-known painter
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