Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2297: Combination Double Barrel Percussion Pistol/Hunting Knife (gun)

Auction Date: December 2, 2017

Unique Combination Double Barrel Percussion Pistol/Hunting Short Sword with Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Unique Combination Double Barrel Percussion Pistol/Hunting Short Sword with Scabbard

Manufacturer: Belgium
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 36 percussion
Barrel: 4 1/2 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip: horn
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 182
Class: Antique

The double edged blade is 15 inches long. The guard has some light floral engraving. The barrels have some light border designs at the breech and Liege proofs. The barrels have separate triggers and hammers. The scales/grips are smooth horn. It comes with a leather scabbard with silver-plated brass chape and locket. The tip has a face. The basic design is similar to smaller knife pistols from the mid to late 19th century. Hunting knives and swords with built in firearms were never very common, but they were used, mostly among the nobility, since at least the 16th century. Swords and knives with built in pistols were also reportedly used by Caribbean pirates in the early 18th century. Provenance: Gillespie collection.

Rating Definition:

Very good with gray patina and moderate pitting along the iron, blunted tip, mild edge wear, moderate handling wear and scratches on the scales, some chipping on the edges, half of the silver plating on the scabbard fittings with aged patina, and minor wear on the leather. The mechanisms for the right barrel need work, but the left mechanism is mechanically fine. Overall, a nice and rare Victorian era hunting knife with built in double barrel pistol.

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