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Lot 217: Cased Pair of Engraved & Carved Liege Percussion Target Pistols

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Exceptional C. Couclet Retailed Cased Pair of Elaborately Engraved and Raised Relief Carved Liege Percussion Target Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

A) Liege Target Pistol

Manufacturer: Belgium
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 9 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/grey
Grip:
Stock: relief carved ebony
Item Views: 416
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 219
Class: Antique
Description:

This c. 1850 pair of Liegeoise target pistols has blued, rifled, cast steel barrels with dovetailed blade front sights, "Acier Fondu" in gold on top, screw adjustable rear sights on the standing breeches, "1" and "2" respectively repeated in gold on the floral engraved breeches and standing breeches, elaborate floral and scroll engraving patterns on the finely shaped locks and furniture, relief carved floral scroll patterns and fluting on the stocks, adjustable single set triggers, and an ebonized case with blue lining, "G. COUCLET/A/LIEGE" in gold on the inside of the lid, and set of accessories, including a double mold and a powder flask.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus of the original blue finish, bright gold, smooth French gray on the lock and furniture, crisp engraving, some mild oxidation and pitting mainly on the nipple and bolster, and otherwise fairly light wear. The stock is fine and has crisp carving and fluting, a faint repaired crack at the forend tip, a few minor flakes, and light handling and storage marks. Mechanically excellent. The case is very good and has some chips, cracks, and repairs on the exterior, a few tears in the lining, and light age and storage related wear on the accessories.



B) Liege Target Pistol

Manufacturer: Belgium
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 9 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/grey
Grip:
Stock: ebony
Item Views: 416
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 219
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A".

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall with 90% plus original blue finish, smooth French gray on the lock and furniture, mild oxidation and flash pitting concentrated on the nipple and bolster, and relatively light overall wear. The stock is also very fine and has crisp carving and fluting, a very faint hairline crack on the back of the wrist, and light handling and storage marks. Mechanically excellent.



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