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Lot 240: Cased Pair of von der Fecht, Berlin Percussion Target Pistols

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Rare Cased Pair of Engraved and Silver Accented "Scratch Rifled" C.L. von der Fecht, Berlin Percussion Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

A) German Percussion Pistol

Manufacturer: German
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 48
Barrel: 8 3/4 inch octagon
Finish: bright/casehardened/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 299
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 244
Class: Antique
Description:

These late flintlock era pistols from the early 19th century by Christian Ludwig von der Fecht (1769-1827) of Berlin were professionally converted to percussion early in their working lives. They have scratch rifled barrels with dovetailed German silver, blade front sights, screw adjustable notch rear sights on the standing breeches, primarily scroll and floral engraving, some classical martial motifs, "C.L.v.d. Fecht in Berlin" in silver with scroll accents on the upper barrel flats, silver bands on the breech ends, an inlaid "1" or "2" respectively on the upper tangs, "CL.v.d. FECHT/IN BERLIN" the locks, adjustable single set triggers, spurred trigger guards, silver wire inlaid accents around the stock flats and by the upper tangs, checkered wrists, dark horn forend caps, and contrasting pommel caps. The pair comes in a black leather covered, green felt upholstered hardwood case, containing a mallet/starter, screwdriver, sight adjustment tool, mainspring vice, nipple pick, and a brass powder measure.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The steel overall shows a mixed gray patina with a few hints of the original case color pattern on the lock plate and a replacement hammer and screw. The silver shows mixed aged patina and some slight loss on the breech band. The stock is also very good and has some light pressure dents, a few small chips around the trigger guard and pommel, and some play in the pommel. The set trigger needs some work. The lock is mechanically excellent. The case is fair with the lid coming apart at the seams, material loss, and staining.



B) German Percussion Pistol

Manufacturer: German
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 48
Barrel: 8 3/4 inch octagon
Finish: bright/casehardened/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 299
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 244
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very good with a bright gray patina on the barrel and a darker gray on the tang and lock, patches of light oxidation, and handling marks. The stock is good with some small cracks on the left flat, some chipping and cracking of the pommel cap, and scattered dents. Mechanically excellent.



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