These pistols are signed "GANDON" on the locks and have "LONDINI" on the top of the barrels and a "PG/*" maker's mark and London proof and view marks on the upper left at the breech. Peter Gandon is listed in "Gunmakers of London" by Blackmore as active c. 1698-1743. His son was also a gunmaker until going bankrupt in 1754. The smoothbore barrels have broad silver "bumps" for front sights, fine scroll sculpting at the front of the sight flats at the breech ends, light engraving, and scrolls with bestial heads on the tangs. The locks have wyverns at the tails and scrollwork. The silver furniture includes scrolling designs on the pierced side plates, mythical beasts on the trigger guards, scroll engraving, and grotesque mask caps. The stocks have attractive raised relief carving.
Very good with silver-gray patina and mild pitting on the barrel, aged patina on the silver throughout with some areas darker than others, crisp markings and designs, and mild overall wear. The stock is also very good and has splices at the forend tip, a few thin cracks, mild scratches and dings, and some fill at the toe. Mechanically fine.
See "A." Provenance: The Collection of Joe M. Wanenmacher Jr
Very good with silver-gray patina and some mild pitting on the barrel, mixed aged patina on the silver, distinct patterns and markings, and generally minor wear throughout. The stock is also very good and has splices at the forend tip, general mild scratches and dings, cracks below the lock and at the breech on the left, and a splice at the toe. Mechanically fine.
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