A fine cased pair of French percussion salon pistols by Henry Rieger/Lefauchaux
second half 19th century
Each with 9 1/2 inch blued octagonal barrel with ten groove rifling in .46 caliber; top flats signed Lefaucheux A Paris. Breeches and sighted tangs engraved with scrolls and blossoms. Locks, spur triggerguards and buttcaps also engraved with scrolls and blossoms, the triggerguard bows with a monogram in two colors of gold. Ebony half-stocks with intaglio-carved panels of scrolls and blossoms at the fore-ends, grips and opposite the locks. Complete with original burgundy velour-lined case, the brass-banded lid with brass, shield-shaped escutcheon engraved Jose F. Horn S. Interior of lid gilt-stamped Mon Lefaucheux/Henry Rieger Seur/37 Rue Vivienne/Paris. Complete range of accessories includes bullet mold, mallet, cleaning and loading rods, boxes for patches and balls, powder measure, oiler and ebony-handled nipple wrench and screwdriver.
Condition: Fine. Barrels showing light edge wear, one wiht some light scratches and slight fading to blue, the other with areas of flaking at breech. Balance of metal clean with sharp engraving. Stocks excellent, one with some slight marks above barrel wedge, the tip of the wedge broken. Case lid showing light marks and one horizontal crack. Lid lining with slight wear. Interior lining showing considerable fading. Accessories fine to excellent, the mallet face showing use.