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Lot 241: Cased Pair of Continental European Percussion Target Pistols

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Cased Pair of Gold Inlaid, Engraved, and Relief Carved Continental European Percussion Target Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

A) Percussion Target Pistol

Manufacturer: European
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 48
Barrel: 8 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/gold/silver
Grip:
Stock: relief carved walnut
Item Views: 440
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 244
Class: Antique
Description:

The "superfine Damascus" barrels have fine rifling, dovetailed blade front sights, "DAMAS SUPERFIN" in silver and gold inlay, silver and gold inlaid floral patterns and bands, and scroll engraved breech plugs, and the underside of the barrels have "LE," "1,"HL," and "332" markings. The standing breeches have screw adjustable notch rear sights. The pistols have back action locks with scroll, border, and floral engraving and adjustable single set triggers. The furniture comprises casehardened and floral engraved spurred trigger guards, trigger plates, side plates, and pommel caps as well as copper wedge escutcheons. The stocks have raised relief carved lion head forend tips with inlaid eyes, scale pattern checkering on the wrists, flared pommels with contrasting ebony carved in petals, and no provisions for ramrods. The highly figured case has green and red lining and is closely fitted to a suite of accessories, some silver plated, and among them a mold, "B.A.P." powder flask, ladle, rods, mallet, breech plug wrench, and more.

Rating Definition:

Fine with attractive Damascus twist patterns and engraving, light original finish on the barrel, aged patina on the silver and copper, bright gold, 25% original case colors, mostly smooth gray patina on the balance, some mild oxidation concentrated at the breech, and general mild wear. The stock is also fine aside from a crack between the lock and breech and has crisp checkering, nice figure, distinct carving, and light scratches and dings. Mechanically fine. The case and accessories are very good with mild age, storage and use related wear such as hammering marks on the face of the mallet.



B) Percussion Target Pistol

Manufacturer: European
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 48
Barrel: 8 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver/gold
Grip:
Stock: relief carved walnut
Item Views: 440
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 244
Class: Antique
Description:

As described in “A.”

Rating Definition:

Fine with attractive Damascus twist patterns and engraving, light original finish on the barrel, aged patina on the silver and copper, bright gold, 25% original case colors most vibrant on the pommel, mostly smooth gray patina on the balance, some light oxidation concentrated at the nipple, and generally mild overall wear. Aside from some chipping of the contrasting pommel edge, the stock is also fine and has crisp checkering and carving, some nice figure, and scattered minor scratches and dings. Mechanically fine.



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