Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3: Cased Engraved Pair of English Wilson Over/Under Swivel Breech P

Auction Date: April 20, 2012

Cased Engraved Pair of English Wilson Over/Under Swivel Breech Percussion Large Caliber Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

A) Engraved Wilson Over/Under Percussion Pistol

Manufacturer: Wilson
Model: Double Percussion Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 48 bore
Barrel: 3 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1612
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique
Description:

This is a fine matching pair of English percussion pistols in their original case. The pistols are completely casehardened and have light floral scroll and border engraving on the frame. The top flat of one barrel is marked "WILSON, LONDON" and there is a "crown/V" and "crown/GP" proof mark on the side flat of each barrel. The muzzle ends of the barrels are engraved with a feather design. Center mounted hammer, folding trigger and fitted with a finely checkered one-piece walnut grip with floral scroll engraved steel buttcap and cap compartment lid, and silver thumb oval. The pair is complete in the original walnut case with silver inlaid plaque on the lid and period relined green felt lining. The case has seven compartments, two with lids that have turned bone pulls. Included is a lacquer powder flask and iron bullet mold.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The pistol retains 60% of the original case colors, with a smooth gray on the balance. The grip is very fine with a few minor dings and bruises in the otherwise crisp checkering. The markings and engraving are crisp and clear. The action is fine. The case is very good with a few minor dents and scratches, overall moderate lining wear and a couple of small minor stains. The flask and mold are both very good.



B) Engraved Wilson Over/Under Percussion Pistol

Manufacturer: Wilson
Model: Double Percussion Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 4832*
Barrel: 3 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1612
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique
Description:

Described in "A".

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The pistol retains 60% original case colors with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The grip is very fine with a few minor dings and crisp checkering. There is a bit of a space between the grip and frame. The engraving and markings are clear and crisp, The action is fine. A nice cased pair of English Over/Under percussion pistols.



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