A Scottish 25-Bore All-Metal Flintlock Belt Pistol Belonging To Augustus, 3rd Duke Of Grafton
Lot 379*
A Scottish 25-Bore All-Metal Flintlock Belt Pistol Belonging To Augustus, 3rd Duke Of Grafton
By Alexr. Campbell Of Doune, Third Quarter Of The 18th Century
Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 20,805) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Scottish 25-Bore All-Metal Flintlock Belt Pistol Belonging To Augustus, 3rd Duke Of Grafton
A Scottish 25-Bore All-Metal Flintlock Belt Pistol Belonging To Augustus, 3rd Duke Of Grafton
By Alexr. Campbell Of Doune, Third Quarter Of The 18th Century
With four-stage barrel engraved at the flared octagonal muzzle and with symmetrical foliage at the mid-sections, fluted breech with notched back-sight, border engraved flat bevelled lock signed in script and decorated with scrolling foliage on the tail, cock en suite and with a disc at the rear engraved as a flower-head and pierced with a star, three-quarter-stock engraved with line ornament and characteristic foliage, the underside with three foliate engraved silver panels, foliate engraved 'ram's horn' butt with silver interlace along the back and silver oval escutcheon on each side engraved with owner's crest, silver button trigger and threaded pricker each engraved as a flower-head, slender engraved belt hook with terminal pierced and engraved with foliage, original slender steel ramrod with pierced baluster tip, and in fine condition
20.3 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • The crest is that of Fitzroy, Dukes of Grafton, almost certainly Augustus, 3rd Duke of Grafton (1735-1811) who became Prime Minister in 1768 at the age of 33, the youngest person to have held the office until the appointment of William Pitt the Younger fifteen years later. He struggled to demonstrate an ability to counter increasing challenges to Britain's global dominance following the nation's victory in the Seven Years' War and was widely attacked for allowing France to annex Corsica. In 1770 he stepped down as Prime Minister and handed over power to Lord North

    For details of this maker see Charles E. Whitelaw, Scottish Arms Makers..., 1977, p.42

    Cf. another example by the same maker, Bonhams Edinburgh, The Scottish Sale, 13 April 2016, lot 213
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