A Fine Pair Of 32-Bore French Flintlock Turn-Over Pistols

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Lot 353*
A Fine Pair Of 32-Bore French Flintlock Turn-Over Pistols
By Nicolas Vincent A Toul, Circa 1650

£ 18,000 - 22,000
US$ 25,000 - 30,000
A Fine Pair Of 32-Bore French Flintlock Turn-Over Pistols
By Nicolas Vincent A Toul, Circa 1650
With shortened barrels each with sighting flat and inlaid with a panel of scrolling tendrils in silver and brass at the rear, foliate engraved long tangs retaining traces of gilding, signed bevelled back-action locks finely engraved with flowers, foliage, a seated figure and a monster, all on a hatched ground, the tails each with applied gilt-bronze monster-head, the bases of the cocks each chiselled in the form of a serpent coiled around the gilt screw-head, fruitwood stocks (minor expert repairs), the butts finely inlaid with brass pins and foliate designs in fine silver wire mostly outlining dark mastic inlays, and two parrots in engraved silver sheet on the back of each butt behind the barrel tang, gilt-bronze mounts finely engraved with flowers and foliage, some pierced, flat side-plates each pierced and engraved with a marine monster, the pommels each inset with four finely engraved silver panels and with steel button terminal on a petalled washer, iron trigger-guards with pierced and engraved bows each with traces of gilding, iron barrel release catches (one replaced), and wooden ramrods each with pierced and foliate engraved gilt-bronze tip (2)
22 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenace:
    Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 5 December 1966, lot 170 (Fr. 40,000 to W. Keith Neal)
    Clay P. Bedford Collection, Phoenix, Arizona
    Christie's South Kensington, Antique Arms and Armour, 15 July 1998, lot 260 (£20,700 including premium)

    Exhibited:
    Wallace B. Gusler and James D. Lavin, Decorated Firearms 1540-1870 From the Collection of Clay P. Bedford, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1977, No. 7, pp. 24-25
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A Fine Pair Of 32-Bore French Flintlock Turn-Over Pistols
A Fine Pair Of 32-Bore French Flintlock Turn-Over Pistols
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