216. Fine Cased Pair of Samuel Nock Percussion Converted Target Pistols

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.58 cal., 10" octagon barrels with very good bores that show a little light oxidation. These pistols have been beautifully converted to percussion, likely by the maker themselves. Each lock shows nice scroll and starburst decorative engraving and is engraved at center "Saml Nock" with sliding safeties to the rear of each hammer. The barrels are engraved on top flats "180 Fleet St. Gunmaker to his Majesty" and both have patent breeches with nice flared bolsters which continue onto the barrel for 5/8" ahead of breech. The top front section of each lock is applied and engraved so beautifully that it is undetectable from the exterior. The pistols are iron mounted with engraved finger spur triggerguards with fancy finials, forend caps and barrel tangs are also nicely engraved. The barrels show a gray patina overall with scattered light oxidation staining and some fine pinprick pitting in some areas. All markings in metal remain clear and legible with the "1" on one of the barrel addresses missing as it is butted up tightly to the new breech. The locks show a lovely even gray patina which is smooth and blended with faded original color case-hardened finish. The walnut stocks have finely checkered grips and nice carved shell motifs on the flared, flat butts. The stocks rate excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with sharp checkering. The locks are crisp and the pistols are sighted with bead front and simple open rear sights mounted in the barrel tangs and each has a brass tipped ramrod. The guns come cased in their original French-fitted walnut case with a full complement of accessories. The case shows no label but looks original in all regards and included accessories are three different light-colored wood rods, one with a cleaning jag, one with a rammer and the other interestingly with a powder measure built in to its brass tip. A matching light colored wooden mallet is also included as is an ebony handled nipple wrench, single cavity bullet mould, small fluted powder flask and a tin of John Dickson caps. The condition of the case is about excellent inside and out. A very nice set of London percussion converted target pistols by this esteemed family of gunmakers. (18737-241) {ANTIQUE} [Dr. Louis C. March Jr. Collection] (5000/7000) SOLD FOR $4,025.00

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