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Auction: Fine Modern & Antique Guns - March 2019
was auctioned on: 19 March 2019
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Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
ca. US$12,802 - US$19,203
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 595, Views: 49

MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON AN EXCEPTIONAL CASED PAIR OF 40-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED RIFLED HOWDAH-PISTOLS SIGNED JOSEPH HARKOM, serial no's 1680/81, with browned 9in. barrels, the matted top-ribs signed 'JOSEPH HARKOM & SON, EDINBURGH' in a plain panel, bead fore-sights, standing notch rear-sights, fully colour-hardened breech-blocks with engraved platinum vented plugs, the rib-ends at breech numbered respectively '1' & '2' of a pair, fully scroll engraved colour-hardened top-tangs, border and fine rose-scroll engraved colour-hardened bar-action locks with en-suite dolphin-headed hammers, figured walnut half-stocks with chequered grips, engraved nd moulded colour-hardened butt-caps, blued scroll engraved trigger-guard bows and captive blued iron under-barrel ramrods, both pistols in outstanding original condition and complete with their maker's brass-cornered oak storage case, the inside of lid with small parchment Joseph Harkom & Son trade-label, the interior lined and compartmented in green baize (one compartment lid expertly replaced) and containing a full suite of original accessories including a leather faced loading mallet, a fine pigskin covered powder flask signed 'G. & J.W. HAWKSLEY, SHEFFIELD', two ivory nipple-pots with spare nipples for both pistols, two ebony patch-pots, a scissors ball-mould with integral funnel, an ebony handled mahogany cleaning rod with a selection of jag ends, two period Joyce cap-tins, a nipple key and a pair of nipple cleaners, all also in exceptional original condition Other Notes: It is believed that these pistols were lot 54 in the famous auction of guns belonging to Charles Gordon in 1908, where they were sold for the princely sum of 10 shillings

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Holt's Auctioneers
Title: Fine Modern & Antique Guns - March 2019
Date of the auction: 19 Mar 2019
Address: Holt's Auctioneers