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Lot 323
A 20-Bore Dutch D.B. Flintlock Carriage Pistol
By Philip Willem Wagner A Haarlem, Late 18th Century

Sold for £ 2,040 (US$ 2,771) inc. premium
A 20-Bore Dutch D.B. Flintlock Carriage Pistol
By Philip Willem Wagner A Haarlem, Late 18th Century
With slightly swamped barrels and concave rib retaining faint traces of punched decoration, iron blade fore-sight, lightly engraved grooved tang, signed border engraved rounded locks, moulded walnut full stock (minor chips) carved in relief with a shell in the English manner behind the barrel tang and inlaid with scrollwork in silver wire in place of an escutcheon, cast and chased brass mounts, spurred pommel decorated with rococo designs in relief against a punched ground, turned brass ramrod-pipes, and later brass-capped ramrod (iron parts with scattered light surface pitting)
36.2 cm.

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    G. de Vries and B.J. Martens, The Visser Collection, vol. 1, part 4, cat. no. 922, pp. 546-547
    Idem, Hartmans' Dutch Gunmakers..., p. 343

    As the left trigger is shorter than the right, this pistol was presumably made for shooting with the left hand. The maker was born in Germany and became a member of the Smiths' Guild in Haarlem in 1783, and died there in July 1829
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