A Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Percussion Duelling Pistols
Lot 666
A Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Percussion Duelling Pistols
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,303) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Percussion Duelling Pistols
By H.W. Mortimer, London, Gun Maker To His Majesty, Circa 1785-90
Converted from flintlock, with rebrowned twist octagonal sighted barrels signed in full along the top flat, silver fore-sights, foliate engraved tangs each with back-sight, flat border engraved bevelled detented locks each signed in script and engraved with a part martial trophy at the stepped tail, engraved safety-catches, highly figured full stocks with chequered rounded butts, each pommel carved with spiral flutes and set with a vacant circular silver escutcheon, border engraved trigger-guards each with pineapple and fruit urn finial and decorated with a martial trophy on the bow, turned ramrod-pipes, set triggers, and brass-mounted ramrods: in later lined and fitted mahogany case (compartment lid ring-handles missing) with some accessories, the interior of the lid with the remains of the maker's trade label, the exterior with brass escutcheon incorporating a flush-fitting carrying handle, London proof marks
25.8 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Harvey Walklate Mortimer (1753-1819) was appointed Gunmaker to George III in 1783. He was at 89 Fleet Street between 1782 and 1799 and was Contractor to The East India Company from 1796 until 1806. He retired in 1811 and died in 1819
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