40. Wonderful Cased Pair of Joseph Manton Flintlock Duelling Pistols

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Description Update (3/14/18): 3/4" crack left side of stock on one of the pistols

serial #4467, .46 caliber, 10" octagon barrels are lightly rifled and have very good bores. Each lockplate is engraved "Joseph Manton / London" and each barrel breech has a sunken touchmark which reads ""JOSEPH / MANTON / PATENT" with a crown. The front of each frizzen is engraved "Joseph Manton / Patent" and the frizzens are numbered 2261 and 2262. The patent breeches have platinum lined touchholes and single platinum bands at breech. The locks feature Manton's waterproof pans, sliding safeties and wonderful feathered edges with engraved sunbursts to rear of pan. The barrels show 90% of a very fine quality and old brown finish with twist pattern remaining strong and very pleasing in appearance. All markings in metal remain clear and legible and all visible iron parts remain smooth and generally free of any pitting. The locks are a pleasing even smooth medium gray color, again being smooth and free of pitting. The triggerguards are engraved with panoplies of arms and have pineapple finials while the buttcaps feature border engraving as well as geometric patterns around the center screws. The triggerguard and buttcaps show about 85% bright original blue with the areas of loss bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina. The wedge escutcheons and blank monogram plates on tops of wrists are of silver and all show a pleasing tarnish. The walnut stocks show wonderful flattop checkering on the grips and rate about excellent with most of their original oil finish and showing clean crisp edges and with each having a horn forend tip. There are some scattered generally light impressions in the surface of the stocks, mostly on the raised flats opposite the locks. Each pistol retains its horn tipped ramrod, both are excellent, one may be a finely crafted old replacement. The pistols come in their original mahogany case with round brass "D" shaped handle on lid which folds flush. The pistols were made in 1807 and this case has its original label which was used from 1805 to 1810 touting their Platina touchholes. The case includes a single cavity bullet mould, a neat four compartment leather covered flask, an ebony mallet head, rosewood cleaning rod, some cast balls, a small horsehair brush and a key for the case. The condition of the case is very good plus to excellent overall. These pistols are listed in D.H.L. Back's Great British Gunmakers: The Mantons 1782-1878. A lovely set of pistols by this revered London maker. (18705-1) {ANTIQUE} (30000/50000) SOLD FOR $40,250.00

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