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Lot 3548: Silver Mounted Pair of Brass Boxlock Flintlock Pistols

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Desirable Engraved and Silver Mounted Pair of Brass Breechloading Boxlock Flintlock Pistols by Perry Attributed to High Sheriff Leche of Cheshire County

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Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

A) Perry Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 5 3/8 inch round
Finish: bright/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 268
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 266
Class: Antique
Description:

These pistols were identified by Richard Littlefield of Littlefield Antiques as made by William Perry of Birmingham c. 1780 based on the "H" date codes on the silver grotesque mask pommel caps. He also identified the engraved crest over "L" on the silver wrist escutcheons as most likely for William Leche who was high sheriff of Cheshire County in 1774. The pistols have multi-stage cannon style barrels, Tower private proofs, "LONDON on the right sides, "PERRY" on the left sides, scroll and martial engraving, and silver wire and pin borders around the oval wrist escutcheons.

Rating Definition:

Fine with attractively aged patina on the brass and silver, crisp engraving, dark gray and brown patina on the iron, and mild overall wear. The grip is very good and has mild scratches and dings and minor edge wear. The frizzen spring is cracked and weak; otherwise, it is mechanically fine.



B) Perry Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 5 3/8 inch round
Finish: bright/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 268
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 266
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A." Provenance: Richard Littlefield; The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine with attractively aged patina on the brass and silver, gray and brown patina on the iron components, crisp engraving, and general mild wear. The grip is very good and has some mild dings and scratches and handling and edge wear. Mechanically fine.



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