A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh (2)

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A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh
By John Manton, London, No. 1922 For 1793, London Silver Hallmarks, Maker's Mark Of Michael Barnett

Sold for £ 47,562 (US$ 62,665) inc. premium
A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh
By John Manton, London, No. 1922 For 1793, London Silver Hallmarks, Maker's Mark Of Michael Barnett
With browned twist barrels signed in gold in elaborately scrolled gothic script at the breeches and along the rib between with gold-inlaid inscription 'Wazir al-Mamalik Asaf al-Dawlah Yahya Khan Bahadur' in naskh, gold fore-sight between engraved gold garlands and two starbursts, the muzzles and breeches each with a line of engraved gold foliage between gold line borders, the latter with gold-lined touch-holes, tangs inlaid en suite and each with a martial trophy behind the gold-inlaid retaining screw and a starburst in the sighting groove, flat bevelled detented locks each inlaid in gold with engraved martial trophies, the one below the gold-lined semi-rainproof pan signed on a scroll, the internal working parts retaining most of the burnished and blued finish, bevelled cocks (two on one pistol replaced and retaining the original blued gold-inlaid top jaws and screws), retaining screw, top jaws and screws all gold-inlaid en suite with the locks, safety-catches also locking the steels, the latter also gold-inlaid en suite, and roller bearing on a ramp on the blued steel-springs, highly figured half-stocks (minor old bruising) with large swelling flat-sided butts each carved with characteristic stepped scroll behind the tail of the lock-plate, full silver mounts of exceptional quality comprising pommel-caps cast in relief with symmetrical foliage, foliate grotesque masks, and two serpents facing demi-hounds, all against a finely stippled ground, trigger-guards each with finial cast in relief as a Classical trophy of arms, and decorated with a martial trophy on the border engraved bow, rear ramrod-pipes each with cast pineapple finial, gold escutcheons each engraved with a title of Asaf-al-Dawlah 'Hizbar Jang' in decorative form, silver barrel-bolt escutcheons, and horn-tipped ramrods, possibly original, London proof marks (2)
23.2 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Literature
    W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, The Manton Supplement, 1978, p. 35
    D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers The Mantons 1782-1878, 1993, p. 20

    Flintlock pistols with gold-inlaid decoration by the Manton brothers are extremely rare. For other examples see a cased pair of duelling pistols and over-and-under pistols en suite, by John Manton, nos. 4207 and 4212 for 1804 (op. cit., p. 33, pls. 15a - c); a pair of over-and-under pistols, by Joseph Manton, made for the Maharaja of Tanjor in 1825 and sold in these Rooms, 29 July 2004, lot 542; and the cased pair of flintlock duelling pistols also by Joseph Manton, made for the famous sportsman Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Thornton in 1796, formerly in the Dr. Robert Rabett Collection and sold in these Rooms, 30 November 2011, lot 556

    Asaf-al-Dawlah Nawwab Wazir al-Mamalik Yahya Khan Bahadur Hizbar Jang (b. 23 September 1748, d. 21 September 1797) became Nawwab at the age of 26, on the death of his father, Shuja-ud-Daula, in January 1775.
    When his father died he left two million pounds sterling buried in the vaults of the zenana. His widow and mother claimed the whole of this treasure under the terms of a will which they were unable to produce. When Warren Hastings pressed the Nawwab for the payment of debt due to the British East India Company, he obtained a loan of 26 lakh (2.6 million) rupees, for which he gave her a jagir (land) of four times the value. Subsequently 30 lakh (3 million) more was obtained in return for a full acquittal, and the recognition of her lands without interference for life by the Company. These jagirs were afterwards confiscated for complicity in the rising of Chai Singh which was supported by documentary evidence. It seems that Warren Hastings did his best throughout to rescue the Nawwab from his own incapacity, and was inclined to be lenient to the begums. Self-obsessed and a heavy drinker the Nawwab was painted several times by Johann Zoffany and is now considered the architect general of Lucknow. In 1775 he moved the capital of Awadh from Faizabad to Lucknow and built various monuments in and around the city, including the Bara Imambara. With ambition to outshine the splendour of Mughal architecture, he developed Lucknow into an architectural marvel. Several of the buildings survive today, including the famed Asafi Imambara and the Qaisar Bagh area.
    The Asafi Imambara is a vaulted structure surrounded by beautiful gardens, which the Nawwab started as a charitable project to generate employment during the famine of 1784. He became so famous for his generosity that it is still a well-known saying in Lucknow that 'he who does not receive (livelihood) from the Ali-Moula, will receive it from Asaf-ud-Doula' (ref.: https://enacademic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/1300445)
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A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh (2)
A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh (2)
A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh (2)
A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh (2)
A Fine And Exceptionally Rare Pair Of Gold-Inlaid 28-Bore Flintlock Silver-Mounted D.B. Pistols Made For The Nawwab Of Oudh (2)
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