Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 4: Magnificent Cased Pair of 19th Century, Ivory Stocked, Engraved,

Auction Date: April 20, 2012

Magnificent Cased Pair of 19th Century, Ivory Stocked, Engraved, Gold-Inlaid Target Pistols Marked Damas Turc Fin with Ivory Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $40,000

A) Damas Turc Fin Marked Target Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 58 percussion
Barrel: 10 inch octagon
Finish: Damascus/bright
Grip:
Stock: ivory carved
Item Views: 2218
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 8
Class: Antique
Description:

Cased pair of 19th century European target pistols with carved ivory stocks and ivory mounted accessories. The pistol have rifled full-octagon damascene finished barrels. "DAMAS TURC FIN" is inlaid in gold on the tops of the barrels and a single gold band is inlaid on the top of each barrel ahead of the percussion nipple bolster. Each barrel has a dovetail mounted steel front sight. An adjustable rear sight is mounted on the barrel tang. The trigger guards have a pronounced finger spur. An elaborate iron buttcap is fitted to each pistol butt. The bright finished barrel tang, hammer, lock plate, trigger guard and buttcap are decorated with intricate engraved scroll-work. The pistols are numbered "1" and "2" on each tang. The pistols have wedge fastened ivory stocks with fluted grips. The stocks have no provision for a ramrod. The pistol case is highly figured European walnut with inlaid brass corners and edges. A flush fitted handle is inlaid in the center of the case. The French fitted interior is lined with purple velvet. The interior of the lid is highlighted with gold accents, "DAMAS TURC FIN" is printed in gold on the center of the lid. The case contains (1) carved ivory square-head mallet, (2) plated nipple wrench with carved ivory handle, (3) brass oil bottle, (4) bottle-shaped copper powder flask with adjustable charger, (5) plated worm. (6) plated screwdriver with ivory handle, (7) iron single cavity round-ball bullet mold, (8) ivory ramrod with brass tip and carved head, (9) ivory cleaning rod with brass jag and carved head and (10) carved ivory percussion cap container. All of the original accessories are present in the case.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel retains about half of the brown Damascus finish. The edges of the barrel are sharp. The gold inlays are in perfect condition. The bright finished barrel tang, lock, trigger guard and buttcap are in very good condition with sharp engraving. Wear is limited to some very minor age discoloration. The nipple and fenced bolster have some light flash pitting. The carved ivory stock has a mellow patina. The stock has some hairline age cracks. The accessories are all in fine condition with only minor handling wear. The case exterior remains in very good condition and shows only light handling and storage wear. The case interior is in fine condition. The lining in the lid retains the original deep purple color with some fading on the gold accents. The lining surrounding the pistol and tool compartments has some sun fading but remains in good-very good condition. This is a magnificent pair of best-quality gold inlaid, ivory stocked percussion target pistols with the original case and full set of ivory mounted accessories. These pistols would be the centerpiece of any collection of fine firearms.



B) Damas Turc Fin Marked Target Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 58 percussion
Barrel: 10 In
Finish: Damascus/bright
Grip:
Stock: ivory carved
Item Views: 2218
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 8
Class: Antique
Description:

As described in "A".

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel retains about half of the brown Damascus finish. The edges of the barrel are sharp. The gold inlays are in perfect condition. The bright-finished barrel tang, lock, trigger guard and buttcap are in very good condition with sharp engraving. Wear is limited to some very minor age discoloration. The nipple and fenced bolster have some light flash pitting. The carved ivory stock has a mellow patina. The stock has some hair-line age cracks but is free from chips and has no visible repairs.



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