A Fine Cased Pair Of 54-Bore Percussion Rifled Target Or Duelling Pistols
Lot 531
A Fine Cased Pair Of 54-Bore Percussion Rifled Target Or Duelling Pistols
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 42,020) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Fine Cased Pair Of 54-Bore Percussion Rifled Target Or Duelling Pistols
Lot Details
A Fine Cased Pair Of 54-Bore Percussion Rifled Target Or Duelling Pistols
By James Purdey, No. 314½ Oxford Street, London, Nos. 2039 And 2040 For 1831
With browned twist octagonal sighted barrels each rifled with twelve grooves and signed in full along the top flat (one barrel with old rebrowned finish, probably by the maker), blued front and back sights, case-hardened patent breeches each with engraved borders, platinum line and pierced platinum plug, case-hardened foliate scroll engraved tangs, border engraved dolphin hammers and signed detented flat locks, the last each with engraved safety-catch, ebonised half-stocks with chequered rounded butts, border engraved iron mounts comprising case-hardened ovoidal butt-caps each engraved with a feathered design centred on the retaining screw engraved with a flower-head, blued trigger-guards each engraved with a martial trophy and foliage on the bow, case-hardened trigger-plates with engraved pineapple-shaped finial, and fore-end caps engraved with a starburst, blued set triggers, vacant silver escutcheons, and in fine condition retaining nearly all their original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with full accessories including two brass-mounted three-way flasks, one by James Dixon & Sons, the other by Sykes, bullet-mould serial numbered to the pistols, turnscrew with pricker, and nipple-key engraved with initials 'CHC', the interior of the lid with maker's trade label, the exterior (minor splits) with circular flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a vacant circular brass escutcheon, London proof marks
24.2 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    The Craft Of The Gunmaker 1640-1870 (cat. no. 33, illustrated)

    Literature:
    L. Patrick Unsworth, The Early Purdeys, 1996, p. 132. Recorded as sold on 15 July 1831 for £52.10.0. to Lord Cranstoun of Sandridge Park, Totnes, Devon

    Cf. a very similar pair of pistols by the same maker (nos. 2580 and 2581 for 1834) in the Wilfrid Ward Collection, Christie's London, 27 October 1993, lot 48
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