14. Fine Pair Of British Center Hammer Turn Off Pistols by Bunney

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.57 caliber, 6 1/2" brass cannon barrels. These large pistols feature brass frames which are engraved in beautiful period scroll with ribands on either side of frame reading "BUNNEY" on left and "LONDON" on right. The cocks, frizzens, triggers and triggerguards are all of iron and bear a dull gray patina. The brass frames and barrels bear a lovely untouched patina and show Birmingham proofs on bottom of frame. The flat-sided grips show lovely silver wire inlay along with oval shaped silver monogram plates in the back of each grip. The condition of the grips is very good with a good deal of original oil finish remaining and with virtually all of the original silver wire inlay remaining. The grip of one pistol was broken and repaired long ago and there is just a little missing wire in this area, less than 5%. The repair is neat and not overly obtrusive. These pistols are early as Joseph Bunney was active in Birmingham (but marking his guns "LONDON") from 1765-1814. We would date these pistols the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. A very handsome, fine and unusually large pair of British center hammer flintlock turn off pistols. (7727-1) {ANTIQUE} (2000/4000) SOLD $2,070.00

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