Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 152: Durs Egg Double Barrel Coach Gun with Accessories

Auction Date: September 8, 2017

Very Fine Engraved and Gold Inlaid Durs Egg Flintlock Over/Under Superposed Coach Gun with Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Very Fine Engraved and Gold Inlaid Durs Egg Flintlock Over/Under Superposed Coach Gun with Accessories

Manufacturer: Egg
Model: flintlock
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 65
Barrel: 7 1/4 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 72
Class: Antique

This strange and very finely made gun would have been for self-defense in the early 19th century and was likely built for defending a coach. The short barrels would have been much more maneuverable in the confined space, the stock would have made your aim steadier, and the second shot would have been life saving in many instances. The superposed smoothbore barrels have a bead front sight, martial patterns and "-D * EGG * LONDON-" on top of the upper barrel, platinum vent liners, proofmarks on the lower flats, and a ramrod fitted bellow the lower barrel. The locks are inscribed "D Egg and have external mainsprings that double as the frizzen springs, waterproof style pans, half-cock safeties, and scroll engraving. The trigger guard has martial engraving. The stock appears to be a traditional bag shaped pistol stock with removable buttstock, but the finely sculpted skeleton buttstock is permanently affixed. The Egg shop in London is known to have built some pistol sets using a similar design other than the stock in the same period. Includes a modern custom case containing the gun and the following reproduction accessories: powder horn with strap, brass box with spare flints, bore rod, bullet mold, four lead balls, and a wood box with patches.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally restored. The barrels have attractive striped patterns, strong original gold, and 75% of the lightly thinning brown finish. The locks have mostly silver-gray patina. The trigger guard has traces of blue and otherwise is cleaned to silver-gray. There are patches of mild pitting. The wood is excellent and has crisp checkering and edges and a few minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are mostly like new. Overall a very interesting set built around a very scarce flintlock coach gun.

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