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Lot 1292: Cased Pair of C.L. Witte Percussion Target Pistols

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Cased Pair of Relief Chiseled and Carved, Gold Inlaid Coat of Arms C.L. Witte Percussion Target Pistols From the Famous Henk L. Visser Collection

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

A) C.L. Witte Pistol

Manufacturer: Belgium
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 8 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/grey/gold
Grip:
Stock: ebony
Item Views: 320
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 236
Class: Antique
Description:

This pair is featured in "The Visser Collection" Vol. 1, Part 4 on pages 502 and 503. The gold inlaid coat of arms on the trigger guards matches a coat of arms identified as that of the Dutch de Surmont de Bas family. The blued, three-stage, octagonal barrels are rifled and have incised fluted accents, dovetailed blade front sights, "C.L. WITTE. ZUTPHEN." signed in gold on top, Liege proofs, the serial numbers on the bottom and repeated on the breech plugs, and "1" and "2" among the engraving on the floral scroll engraved breech plugs, and the latter is repeated on the standing breeches which have the screw adjustable notch rear sights. The spurred trigger guards enclose adjustable single set triggers. The locks and furniture have coordinating floral scroll engraving, and the stocks have coordinating relief carved floral scroll patterns and fluting on the grips. The pair comes in their original rosewood veneer case which has "C.L. WITTE/TE/ZUTPHEN" in gilt letters inside the lid and a fitted interior holding a suite of accessories for loading and maintenance.

Rating Definition:

Fine with 75% plus original blue finish, bright original gold, gray and brown patina on the balance, some mild oxidation, and minor pitting. The stock is very fine and has crisp carving and minor storage wear. Mechanically excellent. The case is good with some panels of veneer detached and fading and staining on the lining. The accessories are very good and have mostly minor age and storage wear.



B) C.L. Witte Pistol

Manufacturer: Belgium
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 8 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/grey/gold
Grip:
Stock: ebony
Item Views: 320
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 236
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A". Provenance: The H.L. Visser Collection; Property of a Gentleman

Rating Definition:

Fine with 60% plus original blue finish, bright gold inlays, mix of gray and brown patina on the balance, some mild oxidation, and spots of light pitting. Aside from a crack on the left flat, the stock is also fine and has crisp carving and mild handling and storage wear. Mechanically excellent.



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