A rare brass-barreled flintlock pistol designed for Philippe D'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon by Durs Egg
Lot 4311ANTIQUE
A rare brass-barreled flintlock pistol designed for Philippe D'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon by Durs Egg
and probably made for the Prince
Sold for US$ 2,340 inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare brass-barreled flintlock pistol designed for Philippe D'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon by Durs Egg A rare brass-barreled flintlock pistol designed for Philippe D'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon by Durs Egg A rare brass-barreled flintlock pistol designed for Philippe D'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon by Durs Egg
A rare brass-barreled flintlock pistol designed for Philippe D'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon by Durs Egg
and probably made for the Prince
Round tapered 6 7/8 inch brass swamped barrel, .57 caliber smoothbore; marked on flat D-Egg London and with view and proof marks of the London Gunmaker's Company on the side of breech. Rounded lockplate with double line border and marked D. Egg in center. Brass furniture of light dragoon style; small oval wrist escutcheon engraved with B under a ducal crown; triggerguard bow marked No. 4. Walnut stock with no visible markings; wooden ramrod.
Condition: Very good. Brass barrel has been cleaned, now mellowing patina, markings clear; some corrosion and dark areas around touch hole. Lock retains grey patina with scattered dark spots. Brass furniture with nice, unpolished patina, scattered marks from use. Stock refinished; wood losses around top of lock from tang to pan, glued crack running entire length of ramrod channel, hairline crack from rear sideplate screw to barrel; scattered dents and marks from use.
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Footnotes

  • Note: The presence of the Prince's initial below a ducal crown, as well as the fact that the present example is a private purchase gun without any of the usual Ordnance marks found on the guns made for the government by Egg and Nock, strongly suggest that this gun was carried by the Prince himself; the No. 4 further suggesting that two pairs were made for his personal use.

    Philippe d'Auvergne, Prince of Bouillon, 1754-1816, was born on Jersey. He was gazetted a midshipman in the Royal Navy in 1770. In 1773 he served on the sloop Racehorse during during the Admiralty's Artic expedition. He was on active service during the American War of Independence and was captured by the French in 1779. While a prisoner in France he was paroled to Duke Godfrey de La Tour d'Auvergne of Bouillon, who was seeking a worthy candidate for adoption as his natural son was disabled. Paroled in 1780, he resumed service with the navy. In 1787, after geneologists had researched their families connections, Philippe was adopted by the Duke de Bouillon as his heir. In 1783 he was appointed commander of the Channel Islands defense forces headquartered on Jersey, given a small fleet of converted Dutch gunboats and also put in charge of maintaining communications and supplying assistance to the Royalist insurgents in France. After Napoleon was defeated, D'Auvergne attempted to finalize his claims to the Duchy of Bouillon but lost his case in court. Despondent and deeply in debt, he died, supposedly by suicide, in London in 1816.

    In 1796 the Philippe d'Auvergne Pattern pistol was designed for him and some two hundred pairs were made by Durs Egg and Henry Nock at 48s. a pair. It is not known whether they were intended for the Royalists or whether they were for Bouillon's small naval force. See Howard L. Blackmore, British Military Firearms 1650-1850, 1961, p. 64; and H. Kirke, From the Gun Room to the Throne; being the life of Philip d'Auvergne, Duke of Bouillon, 1904
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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