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Lot 1278: Cased Pair of of Walter Adams Percussion Dueling Pistols

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Fine Cased Engraved Pair of Walter Adams Rifled Percussion Dueling Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,000 - $11,000

A) Walter Adams Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: Adams
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 29 bore
Barrel: 10 inch octagon
Finish: brown/blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 414
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 228
Class: Antique
Description:

With unsigned, heavy, browned, Damascus twist barrels with blued crescent blade front sights and casehardened patent breeches with platinum plugs and engraved with a spray of scrollwork. Casehardened standing breeches incorporating the notch rear sights and casehardened locks signed “WALTER ADAMS” and with safety bolts locking the hammers. Walter Adams is recorded in Birmingham between 1822 and 1865 whereupon the company changed name to Walter Adams & Son and remained in business until 1878. Iron furniture including casehardened trigger plates and blued trigger guards. Border and scroll engraving throughout. Well-figured walnut half length stocks, the flat butts with multi-point checkering and the forearms with silver barrel key escutcheons and silver caps. The wrists have inset silver oval initial escutcheons engraved with the monogram “JH”. Original brass mounted ramrod with worm. Birmingham proof marks. In original brass cornered fitted mahogany case lined in burgundy velvet, with some accessories including brass mounted copper powder flask, iron bullet mold, a turnscrew and two rods. The exterior of the lid with flush fitting brass carrying handle and circular brass escutcheon named “Mr. JAMES HARRISON”.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 90% plus rebrowned finish. The patent breech and standing breech each retain 90% bright original casehardened finish. The lock retains 75% slightly faded original casehardened finish. The trigger plate retains 90% original casehardened finish, fading slightly on the finial, and the trigger guard retains 30% original blued finish, mostly on the inner surface. Engraving is crisp and clear throughout. Stock is also fine with a very attractive figure pattern, crisp checkering and only minor storage and handling marks and blemishes. Mechanically excellent. The case is also fine with some age related wear and rubbing and staining to the lining. The accessories are generally very good.



B) Walter Adams Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: Adams
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 29 bore
Barrel: 10 inch octagon
Finish: brown/blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 414
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 228
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Fine. 90% plus of the rebrowned finish remains on the barrel. The patent breech and standing breech both retain 90% of the bright original casehardened finish. The lock retains 75% slightly faded original casehardened finish. The trigger plate retains 90% original casehardened finish with some light fading on the finial, and the trigger guard retains 30% original blued finish, concentrated inside the bow. The engraving is crisp and clear throughout. The stock is fine with a very attractive figure pattern, crisp checkering, and only minor storage and handling marks and blemishes. Mechanically excellent.



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