An Unusual 140-Bore All-Metal Flintlock Wender Pocket Pistol

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Lot 324
An Unusual 140-Bore All-Metal Flintlock Wender Pocket Pistol
By Henri Devillers, Liège, Circa 1740-50

Sold for £ 1,680 (US$ 2,279) inc. premium
An Unusual 140-Bore All-Metal Flintlock Wender Pocket Pistol
By Henri Devillers, Liège, Circa 1740-50
With rifled turn-off cannon barrels released by a spring-catch in front of the trigger, octagonal breech sections each signed 'Devillers' on the top flat, and each with applied pan and steel (one pan and steel expertly replaced), octagonal bearing plates separated by a brass washer, swelling tang engraved with a band of overlapping foliage, plain action with stud safety-catch to the rear of the flat cock, and swelling border engraved hollow brass butt (minor bruises) retaining traces of gilding and incised on each side with foliated scrollwork and on the spine with a grotesque mask above a waved design (iron parts with scattered minor surface pitting)
13.9 cm.

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    G. de Vries and B.J. Martens, The Visser Collection, vol. 1, part 4, cat. no. 932, pp. 568-569
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