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An Exceptional Cased Pair Of 28-Bore Early Flintlock Duelling Pistols By John Manton, London, No. 2820 For 1797

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Estimate: £0
Price realised:  £40,800
ca. US$70,786
Lot number 112*, Views: 43

With rebrowned scratch rifled twist octagonal sighted barrels signed in gold and with a gold band at the rear of each breech, gold-lined touch-holes, finely engraved case-hardened tangs, signed case-hardened bevelled detented locks each with stepped tail, blued safety-catch also locking the steel, blued steel-spring fitted with roller, semi-rainproof pan, and original blued finish on the internal working parts (one cock expertly replaced), figured walnut full stocks, swelling butts cut with chequering apart from a narrow flat strip on each side, finely engraved blued iron mounts including trigger-guards with large pineapple finial, original horn-tipped ramrods, and much original finish: in original lined and fitted brass-bound mahogany case with accessories including three-way flask covered in leather stained in imitation of tortoiseshell, the interior of the lid with gunmaker's stamp of 'J. Holmes/Gun Maker/ 5, Market Square, Penrith.', the exterior with flush-fitting brass carrying handle made in one with a circular escutcheon, London proof marks 15¼ in. (38.7 cm.)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection
Date of the auction: 10 Nov 2005
Address: Bonhams London
London, Knightsbridge Montpelier Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1HH Tel: +44 20 7393 3900 Fax : +44 20 7393 3905 [email protected]