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Lot 327: Engraved Pair of Hamburger & Co. Percussion Pistols

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Engraved Pair of Hamburger & Co. Percussion Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

A) Hamburger & Co. Pistol

Manufacturer: English
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 67
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch flat top round
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 461
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 252
Class: Antique
Description:

A very similar cased pair is in the National Trust Collections in the UK at Rufford Old Hall and listed as manufactured c. 1826 near the end of the firm of Hamburger & Co. (1812-1826) who are identified as “Sword Cutlers & Gunmakers, 30 King’s Street, Covent Garden, London.” The barrels have post front sights, “LONDON” signed on top, Birmingham proofs on the bottom, and swivel mounted ramrods. The breeches have platinum plugs, and fixed notch sights are on the standing breeches. The flat locks are signed “HAMBURGER & CO” and equipped with sliding safeties. The wedge and wrist escutcheons are silver, and the forend tips are horn. The rest of the furniture is blued steel. There is primarily scroll engraving throughout. The nearly full-length stocks have checkered wrists.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus original brown finish and distinct twist patterns along the barrel, 98% of the vibrant original case colors remaining on the breech plug and lock, aged patina on the silver, and 75% plus original blue finish on the remaining furniture. The stock is fine and has numerous mild scrapes and scattered dings, otherwise crisp checkering, and most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent.



B) Hamburger & Co. Pistol

Manufacturer: English
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 67
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch flat top round
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 461
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 252
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 90% of the original vibrant case colors remaining on the lock and breech, 80% plus original brown finish and distinct twist patterns along the barrel along with minor spotting, attractive aged patina on the silver escutcheons, and 80% plus original blue finish on the furniture. The stock is fine and has numerous mild scrapes and dings, crisp checkering, and most of the glossy finish. Mechanically excellent.



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