A Fine Pair Of 24-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols
Lot 462
A Fine Pair Of 24-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 29,386) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Fine Pair Of 24-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols A Fine Pair Of 24-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols A Fine Pair Of 24-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols
Lot Details
A Fine Pair Of 24-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols
By Benjamin Griffin, London, London Silver Hallmarks For 1750, Maker's Mark JA
With slightly belled two-stage barrels each with turned girdle, the breeches each with two gold-lined maker's marks of Cristiano Leoni of Pistoia (Neue Støckel 7774 and 7775), gold-lined touch-holes, engraved grooved tangs, rounded locks each with moulded border and signed on a foliate ribbon, moulded figured full stocks (minor crack in one fore-end) carved in relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, full cast and chased mounts decorated with shells and foliage in relief, spurred pommels each with grotesque mask cap, trigger-guards each with foliate finial, and engraved with a shell amid foliage on the bow, escutcheons with a shell above and grotesque mask beneath, each engraved with owner's crest and two coronets, engraved silver ramrod-pipes, and original iron-capped wooden-tipped ramrods each with iron worm, and in fine condition throughout (2)
24 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    John Wigington
    W. Keith Neal Collection, P609, 610
    Christie's London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 9 November 2000, lot 240

    Literature:
    W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, Messrs Griffin & Tow and W. Bailes 1740-1790, 1989, p. 97, pls. 37a-c

    The crest is that of Anson, probably for Thomas Anson, Viscount Anson of Shugborough and Orgrave, Staffordshire (1767-1818), presumably not the first owner of the pistols
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