A Fine Cased Pair Of 40-Bore Flintlock Travelling Or Overcoat Pistols

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Lot 455
A Fine Cased Pair Of 40-Bore Flintlock Travelling Or Overcoat Pistols
By Blanch, John 1, London, Circa 1815

Sold for £ 7,800 (US$ 11,034) inc. premium
A Fine Cased Pair Of 40-Bore Flintlock Travelling Or Overcoat Pistols
By Blanch, John 1, London, Circa 1815
With browned twist sighted barrels each engraved 'London' along the top flat, case-hardened tangs incorporating the back-sight and engraved with a martial trophy and foliage, signed border engraved flat bevelled locks (one cock expertly repaired) each decorated with foliage on the stepped tail and with a starburst behind the semi-rainproof pan, engraved safety-catches and blued steel-springs with rollers, highly figured full stocks with chequered rounded butts, blued trigger-guards each with pineapple finial and engraved with a martial trophy on the bow, silver escutcheons engraved with owner's monogram, brass-tipped ramrods, and retaining much of their original finish: in highly figured fitted mahogany case, almost certainly original, lined in green velvet with G. & J.W. Hawksley powder-flask (dented, cut-off spring replaced) with split-ring for suspension and iron bullet mould (pitted), the interior of the lid with James 1 Wilkinson trade label of circa 1815, London proof marks
9 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christie's London, Antique Arms and Armour, 15 July 1999, lot 186

    John 1 Blanch was apprenticed to Jackson Mortimer whose daughter, Anne, he married in 1809, the year he established his business. He worked first for John Manton and then in partnership with his father-in-law as Mortimer & Blanch. He was elected Master of the Gunmakers' Company in 1834 and is recorded at 39 Fish St. Hill between 1826 and 1848
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A Fine Cased Pair Of 40-Bore Flintlock Travelling Or Overcoat Pistols
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