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Lot 332: Cased Pair of John Blissett & Son Percussion Dueling Pistols

Very Fine Cased Pair of John Blissett & Son Percussion Dueling Pistols

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

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Lot 332: Cased Pair of John Blissett & Son Percussion Dueling Pistols

Very Fine Cased Pair of John Blissett & Son Percussion Dueling Pistols

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

Estimated Price: $7,000 - $10,000
Price Realized:

A) John Blissett & Son Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: John Blissett
Model: Percussion Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 9 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1678
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 278
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured c. 1867-1875. The smoothbore damascus barrels are signed "JOHN BLISSETT & SON, 322, HIGH HOLBORN LONDON" and have fixed silver blade front sights. The serial numbers on the bottom of the barrels are partially obscured but start with "123" with a fourth digit not legible but possible a "3" or "5." The London view mark is partially stamped over the numbers. The standing breeches have dovetailed notch rear sights. The locks are signed "JOHN BLISSETT & SON" and have sliding safeties. The blued trigger guards are spurred. The locks and furniture have tight English scroll engraving. The walnut half-stocks have horn forend caps, checkered wrists, and lightly flared pommels. The case has a John Blissett trade label, purple lining, tow, a cap tin, rods, "55" marked ball mold, patches, and a few balls.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 90% plus original finish, slight edge wear, slight fading mainly on the trigger guard, a few spots of discoloration on the muzzle, and general light scratches and marks. The stock is also very fine and has some minor scuffs and dings, smooth oiled finish, crisp checkering, and light handling and storage wear. Mechanically excellent. The case is good with some cracks in the lid, splits and repairs on the dividers, and general mild age and storage related wear. The ball mold is refinished and has some pitting. The other accessories are very good with minor wear.



B) John Blissett & Son Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: John Blissett
Model: Percussion Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 9 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1678
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 278
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 90% plus original finish, fading mostly on the trigger guard, slight edge wear, little discoloration on the muzzle, and minor age and handling related wear overall. The stock is also very fine and has minor wear on the otherwise crisp checkering, light dings and marks mostly on the left, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically excellent. Overall, a very attractive and classic pair of English half-stock dueling pistols. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection.



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