Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1279: Cased Joseph Egg Over/Under Percussion Pocket Pistol

Auction Date: May 4, 2019

Extraordinary Cased Engraved Gold and Silver Mounted Joseph Egg Over/Under Percussion Pocket Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $22,500

Extraordinary Cased Engraved Gold and Silver Mounted Joseph Egg Over/Under Percussion Pocket Pistol

Manufacturer: Egg
Model: Superposed
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 31 percussion
Barrel: 2 1/8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 2344
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
Class: Antique

Each lock plate is signed "JOSEPH EGG." A matching, well executed floral scroll engraved motif is featured on the lock plates, fish engraved hammers, barrel tang, barrel plugs and silver D-shaped trigger guard and grip cap. The top barrel is signed "JOSEPH EGG. LONDON," and the lower barrel is signed in script "No. 1 Piccadilly," the gunmaker's London address. The Egg designed action allows each barrel to fire in succession with two pulls of the trigger. Silver hallmarks are found on the trigger guard. The checkered grip has a blank thumb escutcheon, the number "726" stamped near the single trigger on the left side and a large blank gold pommel cap. The partitioned mahogany case is lined in red wine velvet and contains two extra hammers, small silver powder flask, silver ramrod, silver cleaning rod with interchangeable heads, bullet mold, wooden percussion cap container and bone container holding two extra percussion nipples. London gunmaker Joseph Egg (1775-1837) is generally acknowledged to have invented the percussion cap. Pocket sized pistols, like this example, were one of Eggs specialties, and his elegant small sized pistols were commissioned by royalty. Examples of his work reside in some of today's most prestigious museums.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrels retain 90% plus bright original high polish blue finish with high edge wear and thinning on the balance. The hammer springs and trigger retain 80% original nitre blue. The lock plates retain patterns of original case colors and the hammers retain 85% plus original case colors, otherwise faded to a gray. The finely engraved silver is excellent. The grip is excellent showing minor handling/storage marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine showing minor scratches on the exterior and some high spot wear on the lining. The accessories are fine. An extraordinary example of a highly embellished over/under percussion pocket pistol by noted London gunmaker Joseph Egg that will be a welcome addition to the most advanced antique arms collection.

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