A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols Presented To Don Francisco De Sayus From H.R.H. The Prince Regent Of Great Britain
Lot 237*
A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols Presented To Don Francisco De Sayus From H.R.H. The Prince Regent Of Great Britain
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,291) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols Presented To Don Francisco De Sayus From H.R.H. The Prince Regent Of Great Britain
Lot Details
A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Saw-Handled Flintlock Duelling Pistols Presented To Don Francisco De Sayus From H.R.H. The Prince Regent Of Great Britain
By H.W. Mortimer & Son, 89 Fleet St.t., London, Gun-Maker To His Majesty, Circa 1812
With octagonal sighted barrels each retaining faint traces of maker's details along the top flat, breeches each with platinum-lined maker's stamp between platinum lines and with platinum-lined touch-hole, grooved tangs each engraved with foliate border and incorporating the back-sight, signed border engraved flat locks each decorated with a martial trophy on the tail, engraved safety-catches also locking the steels, platinum-lined rainproof pans, rollers, and engraved 'French' cocks (one retaining screw and one top jaw and screw replaced), figured half-stocks (split through beneath each lock, one fore-end chipped along one side) each with grooved spur and inlaid on each side opposite the lock with a silver scroll engraved 'To Don Francisco de Sayus - The Spanish Patriot - The Friend of Britain', and a silver roundel engraved with the royal arms above 'From H.R.H. The Prince Regent of Gt. Britain', chequered rounded butts, flat ovoidal pommels each inlaid with an oval iron plate engraved with a flower-head centred on the retaining screw, spur trigger-guards each engraved with 89 Fleet St. address within an oval against a martial trophy on the bow, trigger-plates each with pineapple finial, silver fore-end caps and barrel-bolt escutcheons, set triggers, and later white-metal mounted ramrods (iron parts with some wear and pitting): in later brass-mounted relined and refitted mahogany case with a few accessories including later brass bullet mould, the exterior of the lid with vacant brass escutcheon
23.5 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • It appears likely that the recipient of these pistols was Don Francisco de Sayus of Santander, a Spanish merchant who is listed in directories of the period as supplying large quantities of flour to the American Isles, as well as in the administration of local justice and government. His role in aiding Britain is unclear, but it is possible that an act of passive resistance, such as diverting supplies to British forces or denying them to the French, would have earned him the appellation 'Friend of Britain'

    According to a handwritten note included with the lot, the pistols were 'given to Stephen R. Mallory Sec. of the Confederate States Navy, by Major Fitzpatrick of South Carolina – Maj. Fitzpatrick bought them from a Spanish army officer in Cuba sometime before the Civil War.' Stephen R. Mallory (1812-1873) served as a Senator for Florida in the United States Senate between 1850 and 1861, during which time he was Chairman of a Committee on Naval Affairs. After the secession he followed his state, serving the Confederate States of America as Secretary of the Navy under Jefferson Davis throughout the life of the Confederacy. After the war he was held on charges of treason, but was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson in 1866, returning to his home state to practice law until his death
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