Lot #1299
Lot #1301

Lot 1300: Cased Pair of Percussion Dueling Pistols by LePage in 1836

Cased Pair of Engraved and Gold Inlaid Percussion Dueling Pistols by LePage Dated 1836

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

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Lot 1300: Cased Pair of Percussion Dueling Pistols by LePage in 1836

Cased Pair of Engraved and Gold Inlaid Percussion Dueling Pistols by LePage Dated 1836

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Estimated Price: $10,000 - $15,000

A) LePage Pistol

Manufacturer: Le Page Sa
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 10 mm
Barrel: 9 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 540
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 240
Class: Antique
Description:

These pistols from the famous LePage firm in Paris were manufactured under Jean Andre Prosper Henry LePage (1792-1854) in 1836, the year after he was nominated as Arquebusier Ordinarie of the King, of the Duke of Orleans, and the Duke of Nemours. The rifled, Damascus barrels have "LEPAGE AQER. DU ROI." in gold in decorative etched panels, dovetailed blade front sights, and platinum banded breech plugs with pierced platinum plugs. The underside of the barrels have "A. 1836" and "N 3575." The serial numbers are repeated on the breech plug hooks, standing breeches, and stocks. The back action locks have scroll and border engraving, burst patterns on the hammers, and "LEPAGE A PARIS" signed behind the hammers. The spurred trigger guards enclose adjustable single set triggers, and the furniture is primarily casehardened and engraved in coordination with the locks. The half-length stocks have raised shell carving at the forend tips, silver wedge escutcheons, checkered wrists with scalloped borders, and contrasting horn pommel rings with floral carving. The rosewood case has "EB" inscribed on the lid escutcheon, purple velvet and leather lining with gilt borders, and a suite of loading and maintenance accessories (some replaced).

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus original case colors, bright original gold, crisp engraving and markings, brown and traces of blue along with distinct twist patterns on the barrel, some light oxidation, and mild wear overall. The stock is fine with crisp carving, checkering, scattered mild dents and scratches particularly on the forend and left flat, and some nice figure. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are also generally very good with mild age and storage related wear, including a crack across the lid.



B) LePage Pistol

Manufacturer: Le Page Sa
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 10 mm
Barrel: 9 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 540
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 240
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus original case colors, bright original gold, crisp engraving and markings, mix of brown and traces of blue and distinct twist patterns on the barrel, some light oxidation, and mild wear overall. The stock is fine and has crisp carving and checkering, a few very faint cracks, mild dents and scratches particularly on the forend and left flat, and some nice figure. Mechanically excellent.



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