Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 27: Cased Pair of J. Venables Oxford Production Folding Trigger Pock

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Cased Pair of J. Venables Oxford Production Folding Trigger Pocket Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

A) J. Venables Engraved Box Lock Percussion Pistol with Accessories

Manufacturer: British
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 48
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue/brass
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1050
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 11
Class: Antique
Description:

Brass bead and notch sights, with an attractive niter blue finish on the barrel, light engraving on the muzzle, "VENABLES OXFORD" on the top flat and set of crossed scepter proofs on the underside of the barrel and chamber. 7 1/2 inch overall length. Engraved brass frame, with scrollwork on the top, sides and hammer, and a fish head design on top of the hammer. Checkered bag shaped grips, with a brass inscription plate on the rear. With a brass reinforced hardwood case, showing a fancy brass inscription plate on top of the lid, J. Venables label inside the lid, and a green felt lined interior holding a brass powder flask/ bullet carrier, one cavity mold with cutter, screwdriver, cleaning rod and an Eley Brothers cap tin.

Rating Definition:

Very good, with most of the period refurbished niter blue finish, showing a few patches of gray and bright edge wear, along with some light handling marks. Trigger has been cleaned bright, with a small amount of pitting. Some dings are visible on the frame, which shows an aged color. Grip is good, with light chipping near the frame, a ding on the back and mild pressure dents. Case is refinished on the exterior, with attractive grain, a contrasting wood repair on the revarnished lid, some dinged and loose internal panels and a small amount of lost felt. Mechanically very good.



B) J. Venables Box Lock Percussion Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 48
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1050
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 11
Class: Antique
Description:

As A. 7 1/2 inch overall length.

Rating Definition:

Very good, with half of the period refurbished niter blue, with a bright gray patina forming on the barrel and some light pitting. A few dings are present on the barrel and frame, which shows an aged patina. Grip is good, with some chipping on the right side near the frame and mild pressure dents. Mechanically excellent.



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