A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore D.B. Flintlock Carriage Pistols

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Lot 346
A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore D.B. Flintlock Carriage Pistols
By H.W. Mortimer, London, Gun-Maker To His Majesty, Circa 1785-90

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 37,907) inc. premium
A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore D.B. Flintlock Carriage Pistols
By H.W. Mortimer, London, Gun-Maker To His Majesty, Circa 1785-90
With browned barrels (some surface patination) each with unusual silver fore-sight and signed in full along the top of the barrels at the breeches, breeches each with engraved gold line and gold-lined touch-hole, foliate engraved tangs decorated with a starburst in the sighting groove, flat bevelled detented locks (two cocks expertly repaired) each signed in script and engraved with a starburst on the stepped tail, engraved safety-catches also locking the steels, gold-lined rainproof pans and rollers, the internal working parts retaining nearly all their blued and burnished finish, highly figured half-stocks each with chequered rounded butt and pommel carved as a scallop shell, blued spur trigger-guards each with pineapple finial and inlaid with a large gold oval within an engraved border surmounted by a plumed turban on the bow, rear ramrod-pipes each with pineapple finial, silver barrel-bolt escutcheons, original horn-tipped ramrods, one with iron worm, and most of their original finish: in original re-lined and re-fitted mahogany case (hook catches replaced) with some accessories including two-way powder-flask with leather-covered body (worn, leather incomplete), the interior of the lid with reproduction maker's trade label, the exterior of the lid with flush-fitting brass carrying handle, London proof marks
27 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sold in these Rooms, Fine Antique Arms and Armour..., 24 November 2010, lot 375

    Harvey Walklate Mortimer (1753-1819) was appointed Gunmaker to George III in 1783. He was at 89 Fleet Street, London, between 1782 and 1799 and was Contractor to the East India Company from 1796 until 1806. He retired in 1811 and died in 1819
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A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore D.B. Flintlock Carriage Pistols
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