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Lot 1279: Hadley Combination Boxlock Flintlock Pistol/Hunting Sword

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Engraved Hadley Combination Boxlock Flintlock Pistol/Hunting Sword with Scabbard

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Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Engraved Hadley Combination Boxlock Flintlock Pistol/Hunting Sword with Scabbard

Manufacturer: English
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 3 7/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 267
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 228
Class: Antique

Flintlock sword-pistols show a variety of designs and were popular in the 18th century as sidearms for hunting to dispatch wounded game like deer and boars. They were also carried as sidearms by some gentlemen and military officers. This one was built using a fairly standard boxlock percussion pistol action with a 23 inch long curved and fullered blade with "HARVEY" marked on the spine securely attached on the left at the breech using three screws and a shell guard mounted on the right side of the frame. The left side of the action is marked "HADLEY," a pair of "crown/cross scepter" proofs are on the bottom at the breech, and the guard is marked "LONDON." There are also floral, border, and scroll engraving patterns, and the grip has silver wire inlaid scroll designs. The shell guard and pommel cap appear to be paktong. The multi-stage barrel has false rifling grooves at the muzzle but is smoothbore. The scabbard is leather and has some impressed patterns. Provenance: The Collection of Joe M. Wanenmacher Jr

Rating Definition:

Very good with silver-gray patina on the bright metal, some slight pitting, light aged patina on the furniture, distinct markings and engraving, and mild overall wear. The grip is also fine and has some pieces of wire lifted or absent, mild dings and scratches, and a slightly separated repair visible near the tip. The scabbard is good with moderate flaking, flex wear, some tears, and absent fittings. Mechanically excellent. This is definitely one of the more interesting combination weapons we have seen.

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