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Lot 346: Engraved and Gilded Pair of Flintlock Horse Pistols

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Exceptional Engraved and Gilded Pair of Flintlock Holster Pistols

Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

A) Flintlock Horse Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 60
Barrel: 14 inch round
Finish: blue/gold/bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 374
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 214
Class: Antique
Description:

These very attractive continental European holster pistols from the 18th century have long smoothbore barrels with gilded floral and martial engraving, rounded blade front sights, sighting and decorative side flats, and gilt notch rear sights on the tangs. The bright locks have engraved scenes of a lady with a dog and martial trophies along with scroll and floral patterns, and the side plates have busts of a woman flanked by trumpeting supporters. This figure may represent Empress Maria Theresa of the Holy Roman Empire. The rest of the gilt brass furniture is mainly decorated with floral and scroll patterns. The stocks have relief carving and molding.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with 30% of the original fire blue and 75% plus of the original gilt finish on the barrel, mostly bright lock with dark backgrounds and minor wear, strong gilt finish on most of the furniture, generally distinct designs, and mild overall wear. The partially restored stock is also fine other than some cracks and repairs concentrated at the pommel and has distinct carving. Mechanically fine.



B) Flintlock Horse Pistol

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 60
Barrel: 14 inch round
Finish: blue/gold/bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 374
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 214
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with 25% original blue and 80% of the original gold remaining on the barrel, mostly bright lock with dark backgrounds and strong gilt finish on most of the furniture along with generally distinct designs. The partially restored stock is fine and has some faint cracks, repairs at the pommel and forend, and small chips. Mechanically fine.



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