55. Pair of British Flintlock Dueling Pistols by Samuel Brunn

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.65 cal, 9" octagon barrels with very good plus and good to near very good bores respectively, one with light oxidation, the other slightly more prominent with some light pitting. One barrel is a smooth gray patina with hints of plum, the other showing more wear, it is a dull pewter patina with light oxidation staining and some light pitting, most prominent around the touchole. Both lockplates are primarily a smooth gray patina and are stepped at their rear, each with a prominent teat. Both are marked by the maker "S Brunn" and feature roller frizzens and sliding safeties. The swan neck cocks are graceful and each has a rearward flourish at the top of its top jaw guide. The top of each barrel is marked "No. 55 Charing Cross-London", this should have been circa 1797. There are a single ramrod thimble and a sculpted and engraved ramrod tailpipe with ornate triggerguards with roundel extensions at the front root which are neatly engraved, the trigger plates each engraved with a pineapple finial front extension. The English walnut stocks are lovely with recurving butts, each rating very good with only light handling marks and dings from the years, one slightly more used than the other, each with a small crack at their nose (the more-used pistol also has a couple of lengthy drying cracks along the top left edge). Each features an un-engraved shield-shaped silver monogram plate atop the wrist and each is fitted with a silver front sight which has tarnished from the years. Barrels are retained with dual iron wedges and what appears to be the original brass tipped ramrods are present with each. Samuel Brunn was an extremely well-thought-of and talented cutler, silversmith, sword maker and gunsmith and in the period 1797-1809 was Contractor to the Board of Ordnance, Cutler to the Patriotic Fund, received an appointment to the Prince of Wales (George IV) in the period 1800-1811, who then became Prince Regent and reigned due to the mental incompetence of King George III; making both guns and swords for other members of the royal family. It would seem that his business faltered in 1820, he having filed bankruptcy in May and June of that year. Research indicates that he died penniless, a very sad end for a man who made such fine fine pistols; there is an extremely ornate pair of his pistols on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Included is what is likely the original case that is in a state of restoration. The exterior has a thick coat of varnish and its catches are gone, the lid had cracked with the years and now has some thin strips of repair wood fitted. There is the typical circular brass lid handle inletted into the lid and the bottom of the case has been replaced with a newer piece of wood. The interior has the beginnings of some green felt lining but the compartments are no longer present. The arms seem as though they would fit well in the case were it restored. A lovely pair of pistols from a quality maker. (38341-1) {ANTIQUE} (3000/5000) SOLD FOR $5,462.50

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