251. Fine Pair of London Flintlock Duellers by Hamburger & Co.

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both serialized "263") .65 cal. smoothbore, 8" octagon barrels with bright excellent bores showing a few tiny spots of very light oxidation here and there. These pistols remain in wonderful condition with the barrel showing a nice mottled striped plum and the silvery-pewter twist pattern their full-length. There are simple brass bead front sights and simple tombstone rears integral with the lightly engraved and case-hardened tangs. The top flat of each barrel is marked "London", there is a small platinum inlay at the breech on three flats and each barrel features a platinum vent liner. The stepped lockplates show light loose open scroll engraving and are each marked "Hamburger & Co.", each with a sliding safety, the engraving continuing onto the hammers. Each is equipped with a waterproof pan and roller frizzen. One of the top jaw screws has a circumferential ring around it showing light tool marks, both top jaw screws with very light slot damage. The locks and their attendant parts each retain some very nice color case-hardening, the faces of the frizzen showing light scarring from striking and there is some very light pitting in the splash area surrounding the vent. The barrels are keyed with simple captive wedges through oval silver escutcheons, there are captive ramrods on each which nest in a nicely blued and sculpted tailpipe. Each pistol shows some very nice bright blue on the trigger guards, the front extensions nicely pineapple chiseled and engraved with lovely flowing scroll engraving on the bows of each guard. The English walnut stocks rate about excellent with only light handling marks and tiny dings from the years maintaining nearly all their original varnish. Each has a nice horn forend tip and there is coarse flat-topped checkering on the bag-shaped grips. There is as a bit of scarring around each of the lockplate screw escutcheons and there are rectangular silver monogram plates atop the wrist which are un-engraved. The locks are crisp and mechanically functional, the sliding safeties are very stiff. Pistols ride in what appears to be their original carry case with fixed spout common top brass-bodied faceted flask, .675" round ball mould which is lightly oxidized but with a clean cavity, wiping rod and nice rosewood-handled turn screw. The interior has been relined in a red burgundy, the exterior showing an old refinish which was rather nicely done. Hamburger & Co. was known by that name from 1812-1826, in 1827 becoming Hamburger, Harwood & Co. A lovely pair of London duellers which appears to have seen very little use. (38148-2) {ANTIQUE} (3000/5000) SOLD FOR $7,475.00

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