A fine cased pair of French percussion pistols by Devisme
Lot 3417ANTIQUE
A fine cased pair of French percussion pistols by Devisme
Sold for US$ 22,230 inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine cased pair of French percussion pistols by Devisme
mid-19th century
Each with 10 1/2 inch barrel with seven groove rifling in .48 caliber. Blued barrels, the breech and muzzle flats engraved and gilt with C-scrolls and florals; central portions with gilt fluting and etched panels inscribed Devisme/A Paris. Patent breeches, sighted tangs, locks, hammers and spur triggerguards all engraved with shells, C-scrolls and florals highlighted with gold and silver; tangs and breeches numbered in gold 1 and 2 respectively. Set triggers. Ebony half-stocks with fluted grips and intaglio-carved panels of shells, C-scrolls and blossoms. Grey steel buttcaps with molded decoration and gold and silver highlights. Complete with original ebonized and brass-bound case, the lid inlaid with brass scrollwork. Fitted rose velour-lined interior; accessories include finely engraved bullet mold, powder flask molded with shell and foliage (Riling, No. 1322), spring vise, screwdriver, nipple wrench, oiler, powder measure, all-brass loading rod, ebonized cleaning rod with jag and wormer and ebony cap box with pinwheel-carved lid.
Condition: Pistols excellent, barrels retaining most blued and gilt finish with some light spotting. Stocks excellent. Barrel wedges with slight chipping to heads. Accessories excellent. Case lid with scattered marks and two cracks. Lock escutcheon missing. Lining showing some wear, fading and staining.
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