An Unusual Cased Set Of Four Flintlock Pistols Comprising A Pair Of 24-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols, And A Contemporary Pair Of 120-Bore Liège Box-Lock Pocket Pistols

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An Unusual Cased Set Of Four Flintlock Pistols Comprising A Pair Of 24-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols, And A Contemporary Pair Of 120-Bore Liège Box-Lock Pocket Pistols
The Former By John Twigg, London, Circa 1780

Sold for £ 15,687 (US$ 19,045) inc. premium
An Unusual Cased Set Of Four Flintlock Pistols Comprising A Pair Of 24-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols, And A Contemporary Pair Of 120-Bore Liège Box-Lock Pocket Pistols
The Former By John Twigg, London, Circa 1780
The former with slightly swamped re-browned twist octagonal sighted barrels each signed along the top flat and engraved with a line of beadwork behind the back-sight, border engraved tangs each decorated with foliage, border engraved flat bevelled locks (two retaining screws replaced) each with second form of signature and stepped tail, figured full stocks (fore-ends with minor old damage) each carved in relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, chequered rounded flat-sided butts with a dot in the centre of each diamond and carved with characteristic step behind the lock and side-flat on each side, re-blued steel trigger-guards each with acorn finial and decorated with a flower-head on the border engraved bow, turned ramrod-pipes, and horn-tipped ramrods, one with iron worm; the latter with turn-off rifled cannon barrels, actions engraved with a trophy on each side and inscribed 'London' on a scroll, blued sliding trigger-guard safety-catches each decorated with foliage on the bow, and figured flat-sided butts inlaid with silver wire scrollwork (minor losses): in contemporary lined and fitted mahogany case with some accessories including leather-covered three-way powder-flask stained in imitation of tortoiseshell, the exterior of the lid with brass carrying handle of Chippendale form, the duelling pistols with London proof marks
25.4 cm. and 4 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    W. Keith Neal Collection, C26
    Christie's London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 8 November 1995, lot 317

    John Fox Twigg was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1732. He is recorded at various addresses in London between 1755 and the year of his death in 1790. Durs Egg worked for him on his arrival in London in 1772 and John Manton served as his foreman. He is considered to be one of founding fathers of the English gun making trade
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