A Rare Pair Of Irish 22-Bore Rifled Brass-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols
Lot 461
A Rare Pair Of Irish 22-Bore Rifled Brass-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,606) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A Rare Pair Of Irish 22-Bore Rifled Brass-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols
By F. Lord Of Dublin, Circa 1770
With two-stage swamped sighted barrels each turned at the girdle and rifled with seven grooves, octagonal breeches each stamped with Co. Meath registration mark 'ME 56/7' on the top flat, plain tangs each incorporating a back-sight, flat border engraved bevelled locks each cusped behind the pan and signed within rocailles, stepped tails engraved with a flower-head, cocks (one top jaw and screw replaced) en suite, and rollers each acting against the steel spring, moulded figured full stocks (minor bruising, one fore-end repaired) carved with foliage behind each tang, cast and chased mounts comprising side-plates pierced with foliage centred on a cartouche, foliate escutcheons each with shell above and grotesque mask beneath, both engraved with owner's crest, an earl's coronet above, border engraved spurred pommels each with oval cap with a martial trophy against a stippled ground, trigger-guards with first pattern acorn finial and each engraved with a flower-head on the bow, turned brass ramrod-pipes, and original ramrods with brass-capped wooden tips, one with iron worm (2)
29 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Francis Lord is recorded working in Dame Street, Dublin in 1745, 1752 and from 1760 until the year of his death in 1774. He also worked for the Irish Board of Ordnance

    The crest is that of Sir Thomas Taylor (20 October 1724 - 14 February 1795) who was MP for Kells, Co. Meath from 1747 to 1760, as was his father before him. He was created an Irish peer as Baron Headfort of Headfort in 1760, and Viscount Headfort in 1762. He was raised to an earldom as Earl Bective of Bective Castle in 1766. In 1783 he was installed Knight of St. Patrick and made a Privy Councellor in Ireland
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