A Very Fine Pair Of 26-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Lot 317
A Very Fine Pair Of 26-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
Sold for £31,250 (US$ 49,049) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Very Fine Pair Of 26-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols A Very Fine Pair Of 26-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols A Very Fine Pair Of 26-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
A Very Fine Pair Of 26-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By John Manton, London, No. 1166, London Britannia Standard Silver Hallmarks For 1789, Maker's Mark Of Michael Barnett
With heavy slightly swamped russet twist octagonal barrels signed '-Manton-London-' in capital letters on the top flat, silver fore-sights, gold-lined touch-holes, iron back-sights in front of a single gold band at the rear of each breech, finely engraved shaped tangs, signed detented flat locks (one cock expertly replaced) each with moulded border, stepped tail, safety-catch also locking the steel, roller bearing on a ramp, gold-lined semi-rainproof pan, and some original blued finish on the interior working parts, figured full stocks (minor bruises), swelling flat-sided butts, full silver mounts of exceptional quality comprising side-plates pierced and chased with an elaborate trophy of arms in high relief, engraved trigger-guards, the finials formed as a martial trophy in high relief, large rococo escutcheons engraved with owner's monogram, 'JG', butt-caps decorated with an elaborate Classical martial trophy above a satyr-mask, all in high relief against a punched ground, and two ramrod-pipes, the rear pipe cast and chased in relief, and horn-tipped ramrods (iron parts with some scattered minor surface pitting, minor wear, one ramrod expertly replaced), London proof marks (2)
25.1 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Believed to have belonged to General Sir James Hope Grant (1808-1875)
    Robin Wigington

    Literature:
    Norman Dixon, Georgian Pistols ..., 1971, pp. 17, 65-69 and 165, pls. 10, 43-46 and 92
    W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back, The Mantons: Gunmakers, 1966, p. 66
    D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers, The Mantons 1782-1878, 1993, p. 18
    B. Dickens, '"M.B." -, The Gunmakers Silversmith ...', J.A.A.S., vol. XVI, no. 2 (March 1999), pp. 103, 114
    P.A. Scott-Edeson, 'Dating the Firearms of John Manton and John Manton & Son: 1789-1834', Canadian Journal of Arms Collecting, vol. 38, no. 4 (November 2000), pp. 128-129

    This is the earliest of only four recorded pairs of John Manton duelling pistols with equally exuberant silver mounts of the same design, all by Micheal Barnett. The three other pairs are:-
    1. The full-stocked pair in the W. Keith Neal Collection, serial number 1919, silver hallmarked for 1790 (The Manton Supplement, pp. 34-35, dust jacket, colour frontispiece and pl. 165; The Mantons 1782-1878, p. 20, dust jacket, colour frontispiece and pl. 12)
    2. The half-stocked pair in an English private collection, serial numbered 1921, silver hallmarked for 1790, perhaps made for the 2nd Marquis of Hertford and formerly in the collections of Major Hugh Pollard and Wilfrid Ward (The Manton Supplement, p. 54; the Mantons 1782-1878, p. 33)
    3. The full-stocked pair, serial number 2837, silver hallmarked for 1797, formerly in the Clay P. Bedford Collection, Phoenix, Arizona, exhibited in 1971 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, cat. no. 68 (The Mantons, p. 73; The Mantons 1782-1878, p. 25)

    General Sir James Hope Grant GCB began his military career in 1826 and served with distinction during the first Opium War, later seeing action in the First Anglo-Sikh War and Punjab campaign. He played a leading role in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny, rising to the rank of Major-General by the end of the campaign. On his return to England in 1865 he took up the post of Quartermaster-General to the Forces and was promoted to General in 1872
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