A Fine Pair Of Cased 15-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols

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Lot 373
A Fine Pair Of Cased 15-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By T.J. Mortimer, St. James's St., Maker To His Majesty, London, No. 1204, Circa 1825

Sold for £ 12,562 (US$ 14,922) inc. premium
A Fine Pair Of Cased 15-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By T.J. Mortimer, St. James's St., Maker To His Majesty, London, No. 1204, Circa 1825
With re-browned twist octagonal barrels each engraved 'Maker to his Majesty, London' in scrolled gothic script between foliage along the top flats at the breech, copper fore-sights, case-hardened breeches each engraved with martial trophies between engraved platinum lines on the top flats, platinum-lined touch-holes, case-hardened foliate engraved tangs each with back-sight, case-hardened border engraved flat bevelled detented locks each signed in part gothic script and decorated with foliage involving a martial trophy at the stepped rounded tail, engraved safety-catches, rainproof pans, and blued steel-springs each with roller, cocks decorated en suite including the top jaws, highly figured half-stocks each with chequered rounded butt and silver fore-end cap, blued steel trigger-guards (one with some loss of finish) each decorated en suite with the locks on the bow and with foliate engraved pineapple-shaped finial, turned blued ramrod-pipes, adjustable set triggers, vacant silver escutcheons and barrel-bolt escutcheons, original brass-mounted ramrods, and much original finish: in original brass-mounted mahogany case fitted and lined in navy blue velvet with two spare mainsprings and accessories including brass-mounted three-way powder-flask covered in red leather (dented and worn), steel bullet mould, and brass-tipped loading rod with worm, the interior of the lid with large illustrated trade label (minor damage), the exterior with circular flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular vacant brass escutcheon, London proof marks
23.8 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Thomas Jackson Mortimer was apprenticed to his father, Thomas Elsworth, in 1795. He joined his father as T. Mortimer & Son at 44 Ludgate Hill, London between 1807 and 1824. He was in business on his own account at 21 St. James's Street, London between 1818 and 1821; 38 St. James's Street between 1822 and 1824; and 34 St. James's Street between 1824 and the year of his death in 1833. Following his death his widow Elizabeth continued to reside at the same address until 1838

    For the label see H. Lee Munson, The Mortimer Gunmakers 1753-1923, 1992, pp. 278-279, pl. 459
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