A Very Rare Cased Pair Of Irish 32-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols

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A Very Rare Cased Pair Of Irish 32-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By Wm. & Jno. Rigby, Dublin, Nos. 6281 And 6282 For 1827

Sold for £ 6,937 (US$ 8,315) inc. premium
A Very Rare Cased Pair Of Irish 32-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By Wm. & Jno. Rigby, Dublin, Nos. 6281 And 6282 For 1827
With heavy etched twist octagonal sighted barrels signed in gothic script along the top flat, recessed patent breeches each with three gold lines and platinum-lined touch-hole, foliate engraved tangs each with back-sight, border engraved flat locks each signed in gothic script and decorated with foliage and drums, cocks en suite, engraved safety-catches, rainproof pans and rollers, figured half-stocks (minor old bruising) with chequered flattened rounded butts, border engraved steel mounts comprising spurred ovoidal butt-caps each with retaining screw centred on a flower-head, spur trigger-guards each decorated with a martial trophy and foliage on the border engraved bow, trigger-plates each with pineapple finial, vacant silver escutcheons, barrel-bolt escutcheons and fore-end caps, and brass-tipped ramrods: in their mahogany case, possibly original, fitted and relined in green baize with some accessories including brass-mounted three-way powder-flask re-covered in red leather, the interior of the lid with reproduction maker's trade label, the exterior (slender old split) with circular flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular vacant brass escutcheon
21.3 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sold in these Rooms, Arms, Armour, Aeronautica & Militaria, 28 May 1996, lot 334

    Literature
    D.H.L. Back, Great Irish Gunmakers: Messrs. Rigby 1760-1896, 1992, p. 46. Recorded as 'Best duelling pistols with case complete' sold to Sir J. Piers for £26.5.0
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