A Fine Pair Of Liège 18-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
Lot 327*
A Fine Pair Of Liège 18-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
£10,000 - 12,000
US$ 16,000 - 19,000

Lot Details
A Fine Pair Of Liège 18-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols A Fine Pair Of Liège 18-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
A Fine Pair Of Liège 18-Bore Flintlock Holster Pistols
Signed Florkin A Paris, Circa 1730-40
With bright barrels each signed in capital letters along the sighting flat behind the silver fore-sight, the border engraved breech sections elaborately chiselled and engraved in low relief with symmetrical scrolling foliage partly against punched gold grounds, each breech flat with counterfeit gold-inlaid maker's mark of Alonzo Martinez, the tangs, bright rounded locks, cocks, steels and mounts all en suite with the barrels, the mounts comprising rounded side-plates with shaped borders, crowned escutcheons, faceted butt-caps, trigger-guards and baluster ramrod-pipes, artificially figured fruitwood full stocks (minor bruising, one broken through and repaired beneath the lock) with moulded borders and carved with foliage behind each rear ramrod-pipe and barrel tang, bird's head butts, later horn-tipped ramrods, and retaining most of their burnished finish (some minor surface rust) (2)
33.2 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • The maker is either Jean or Jean David Florkin

    For a pair of pistols by Gilles Massin, of the same period and with somewhat similar decoration, see Fine Antique Arms and Armour from the Henk L. Visser Collection, 28 November 2007, lot 346
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