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Lot 212: Pair of Silver Mounted French Flintlock Pistols

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Fine Pair of Engraved and Gilt French Flintlock Holster Pistols with Silver Mounts

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

A) French Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: French
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 16 mm
Barrel: 12 inch round
Finish: bright/gold/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 457
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 216
Class: Antique
Description:

With swamped, round, two-stage barrels with turned girdles and brass front sights. The breech sections of the barrels, barrel tangs and flat bevelled locks are each chiselled in low relief with rococo ornament all against a matted gilt background. The center of the barrels' ornamentation is signed “PARIS.” The figured, molded, walnut, full-length stocks have cast and chased silver furniture. The large silver butt caps are decorated in relief with elaborate entwined trophies of arms above two recumbent lions with a grotesque mask beneath. With original iron tipped wooden ramrods.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus. The barrel is cleaned bright with some scattered corrosion spot marks, chiselled ornament and gilding slightly softened but retaining most of its gilding. The stock is very good with scattered age related storage and handling marks and blemishes. The silver mounts are very good, some softening to the high points of the cast and chased ornament. Mechanically excellent.



B) French Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: French
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 16 mm
Barrel: 12 inch round
Finish: bright/gold/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 457
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 216
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very good plus. The barrel has been cleaned bright and has minor oxidation marks, most of the gilding, and some of the chiselled ornament and gilding softened. The stock is very good and has scattered age related handling and storage marks. The silver mounts are very good with some softening of the high points of the ornamentation. Mechanically excellent.



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