A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Flintlock Saw-Handled Duelling Pistols

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Lot 374
A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Flintlock Saw-Handled Duelling Pistols
By H.W. Mortimer & Son, London, Gun-Makers To His Majesty, No. 1116, Circa 1810

£ 12,000 - 15,000
US$ 15,000 - 18,000
A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Flintlock Saw-Handled Duelling Pistols
By H.W. Mortimer & Son, London, Gun-Makers To His Majesty, No. 1116, Circa 1810
With browned twist octagonal sighted barrels (the upper flats with some light rust patination and loss of browning) each signed in full along the top flat at the breech, breeches each with gold line and platinum-lined touch-hole, grooved tangs each engraved with foliate border and fitted with a back-sight, signed border engraved serial numbered flat locks each decorated with a sunburst behind the semi-rainproof pan and with a martial trophy on the tail, engraved 'French' cocks, blued safety-catches and steel springs, the latter each with roller, figured full stocks (one fore-end split through at the forward barrel-wedge) each with grooved spur for sighting, chequered rounded butts with flat ovoidal pommels, the latter each with border engraved oval steel plate, blued border engraved spur trigger-guards each engraved with the maker's address in an oval against a marital trophy and foliage on the bow, engraved pineapple-shaped finials, turned ramrod-pipes, adjustable set triggers, original horn-tipped ramrods, one with iron worm, the other threaded for a powder-measure, and some original finish: in original lined and fitted mahogany case with some accessories including later brass-mounted three-way powder-flask retaining some of its original lacquered finish, the interior of the lid with maker's illustrated trade label, the exterior with flush-fitting brass carrying handle, London proof marks
24.2 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • For a similar pair of pistols sold in these Rooms see Antique Arms & Armour..., 22 April 2009, lot 344

    Harvey Walklate 2 Mortimer was apprenticed to his father in 1791. He was in partnership with his father and uncle as H.W. Mortimer, Son & T. Mortimer between 1800 and 1806, with his father as H.W. Mortimer & Son from 1806 to 1813 and on his own account as a gunmaker at 89 Fleet Street, from 1814 to 1816, the year of his retirement to Algar House, Fersfield, Norfolk

    For the trade label see H. Lee Munson, The Mortimer Gunmakers 1753-1923, 1992, pp. 274-275, pl. 454
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A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Flintlock Saw-Handled Duelling Pistols
A Rare Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Flintlock Saw-Handled Duelling Pistols
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