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Lot 6: Cased Pair of Engraved N. Vivario-Plomneur Percussion Muff Pisto

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Cased Pair of Engraved N. Vivario-Plomneur Percussion Muff Pistols with Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,500

A) Single Shot Percussion Muff Pistol

Manufacturer: European
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 44 percussion
Barrel: 1 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: ebony
Stock:
Item Views: 2364
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique
Description:

This lot consists of two identical engraved and gold inlaid Belgian single shot percussion pistols. The top of the rifled barrel is marked "N.VIVARIO-PLOMNEUR / ABQB DU ROI A LIEGE" inside a wire border, all inlaid in gold. The number "1" is marked on the barrel underside and breech plug. The frame, lock plate, hammer, trigger guard and buttcap feature an extensive scroll engraving with a unique circle and arrow pattern engraving on the bolster. The ebony grip is fluted and has a silver thumb shield. The left side of the grip near the frame is inlaid with a scroll silver wire motif. Complete with a contemporary wooden case lined in brown felt and the following accessories: double face shell design powder flask, single round cavity bullet mold marked with the number "081", and a few rounds.

Rating Definition:

Very good. Overall the pistol has a once cleaned smooth gray patina finish on the barrel and traces of the blue remaining on the trigger guard. There is some minor pitting. The grip is fine with a crack near the lock plate and some scattered minor handling marks. The case is a modern replacement. The flask is very fine with most of the lacquer remaining.



B) Single Shot Percussion Muff Pistol

Manufacturer: European
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 44 percussion
Barrel: 1 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: ebony
Stock:
Item Views: 2364
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique
Description:

As described in "A", but with the number "2" marked on the breech plug and barrel.

Rating Definition:

Very good. Overall the pistol has a smooth gray patina with a patch of thinned original blue finish on the barrel and 30% blue remaining on the trigger guard. There is some minor pitting (mostly on the barrel). The grip is very good with exception of a large chip missing near the lock plate and some minor handling marks.



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