A cased pair of French percussion underhammer pistols made for a member of the nobility
Lot 5387ANTIQUE
A cased pair of French percussion underhammer pistols made for a member of the nobility
US$ 15,000 - 25,000
£9,600 - 16,000

Lot Details
A cased pair of French percussion underhammer pistols made for a member of the nobility
Louis Marin Gosset, Paris, circa 1835
Each with 6 3/8 inch octagonal brown Damascus barrel with multi-groove rifling in .47 caliber. Casehardened, scroll-engraved and sighted breeches, the integral tangs numbered in gold 1 and 2 respectively and signed in gold Gosset/Bte/a Paris. Folding triggers additionally serving as half-cock safeties. Ebony grips, set on both side flats with a silver Marquess's coronet above the cipher BB. Brass-tipped ramrods fitted with removable wipers. Complete with original brass-banded walnut case, the lid with inset folding handle, it's base engraved with the same coronet and cipher. Purple velour-lined interior. Full range of accessories include casehardened bullet mold, walnut mallet, unusual baluster-form walnut powder flask, casehardened ladle with walnut handle, loading and cleaning rods, screwdriver/nipple wrench, brass powder measure, oiler, barrel-form cap box and extra nipples.
Condition: Pistols fine, the barrels retaining much Damascus finish with some minor spotting/light pitting. One grip with hairline crack on both sides at the lower tang screw, the other with small hairline crack on one side at the same place. Case lid with hairline cracks to veneer. Lining showing some wear and fading. Accessories fine to excellent.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Louis Marin Gosset, Paris, 1822-40. Formerly an assistant of Nicolas Noel Boutet.
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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