A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Percussion Target Or Duelling Pistols

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Lot 511Y
A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Percussion Target Or Duelling Pistols
By Westley Richards, 170 New Bond St., London, Circa 1860

Sold for £ 7,500 (US$ 10,474) inc. premium
A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Percussion Target Or Duelling Pistols
By Westley Richards, 170 New Bond St., London, Circa 1860
With browned damascus twist octagonal sighted barrels each signed in full in gothic script along the top flat, blued fore-sights, case-hardened patent breeches each engraved with a scallop shell between platinum lines, pierced platinum plugs, foliate engraved case-hardened tangs each with back-sight, signed border engraved case-hardened detented locks each decorated with foliage and with engraved safety-catch, the internal working parts retaining their brightly burnished finish, dolphin hammers en suite with the locks, lacquered figured half-stocks, chequered rounded butts with unusual ovoidal pommels, the latter each with border engraved case-hardened ovoidal butt-cap with hinged circular butt-trap engraved with a flower-head, blued trigger-guards (some loss of finish) decorated with scrolling foliage, case-hardened trigger-plates each with engraved pineapple-shaped finial, escutcheons engraved with owner's crest, dark horn fore-end caps, original brass-mounted ramrods, and retaining most of their original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case (keyhole escutcheon missing) with accessories including three-way powder-flask recovered in red leather, the interior of the lid with maker's trade label (some old discolouration), the exterior of the lid with circular flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular escutcheon engraved with owner's crest, Birmingham proof marks
24.3 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sold in these Rooms, Antique Arms & Armour..., 27 November 2013, lot 338

    William Westley Richards, whose London agent was William Bishop ("The Far-famed Bishop of Bond Street"), had a retail shop at 170 New Bond Street between 1826 and 1872

    The crest is that of Bristow
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A Fine Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Percussion Target Or Duelling Pistols
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