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Lot 326: Bryce, Edinburgh Rifled Saw Handle Percussion Dueling Pistols

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Very Fine and Scarce Engraved Long Barreled Rifled Saw Handle Percussion Dueling Pistols Signed by Bryce of Edinburgh

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

A) Saw Handle Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 11 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 580
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 252
Class: Antique
Description:

These long barreled dueling pistols were retailed James Bryce of No. 4 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. The long Damascus barrels have rifled bores (fine rifling with small lands and wide, rounded grooves), low profile dovetailed blade and notch sights, signed "BRYCE EDINBURGH" on top, Birmingham proofed on the bottom, and fitted with platinum banded and plugged patent breeches with flourishes of shell and scroll engraving on top. The upper tangs also have scroll and floral engraving and are followed by small silver oval inlays that coordinate with the silver forend caps and wedge escutcheons. The flat locks are also signed "BRYCE" and have sliding safeties behind the hammers and fine scroll and border engraving. The furniture also has scroll and floral engraving, and the trigger guards are spurred. The distinctive and rare saw handle stocks have checkered wrists. The baleen ramrods have brass tips. A letter from Arnold M. Chernoff on March 19, 1966, is included noting that he had sold the pistols and discussing the fact that dueling pistols with barrels over ten inches long are rare, rifled dueling pistols are rare, and saw handle dueling pistols are about twenty times as rare as regular handled dueling pistols. Given that, this is an incredibly rare pair of pistols. Provenance: Formerly of the Arnold M. Chernoff Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel has 95% of the older period applied refurbished brown and displays beautiful twist patterns along its length. The silver components have dark aged patina. The lock and pommel cap retain 50% of the lightly faded original case colors. The hammer has a crack in the face. The trigger guard has patches of bright original high polish blue finish visible on the inside of the bow and gray and brown patina on the balance. The engraving and markings remain crisp. The stock is very fine and has some minor scrapes in the otherwise crisp checkering, smooth finish, and minor dings. Mechanically excellent.



B) Saw Handle Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 11 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/silver/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 580
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 252
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 60% of the faded original brown finish and distinct twist patterns visible along the barrel, 50% original case colors, dark aged patina on the silver, 50% original bright blue finish on the trigger guard, smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, distinct engraving and markings, and minor overall wear. The stock is also very fine and has minor marks in the otherwise crisp checkering, light scratches and dings, strong original finish, and a small spot filled on the right side of the forend that appears to be original to the gun. Mechanically excellent. This is a very attractive, rare, and interesting set of Scottish retailer marked saw handle dueling pistols.



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