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Lot 3248: Cased Pair of Wogdon Dueling Pistols

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Cased Pair of Wogdon Dueling Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

A) Wogdon Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: Wogdon
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 56
Barrel: 8 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 693
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 180
Class: Antique
Description:

Robert Wogdon (1734-1813) is arguably the best known and most respected maker of flintlock dueling pistols. While other well-known English gunmakers such as Joseph Manton manufactured fine dueling pistols, Wogdon specialized in them. His pistols were so well known that "Stanzas on Duelling Inscribed to Wogdon, the Celebrated Pistol-Maker" from 1782 starts with the lines "Hail Wogdon! Patron of that Leaden death!" Like many of his pistols, these have single set triggers with no visible adjustment screws. The pistols have smoothbore Damascus barrels with dovetailed silver blade front sights, "Wogdon LONDON" signed on top, engraved borders at the breech ends, and casehardened standing breeches with fixed notch rear sights and floral engraving. The locks are signed "Wogdon" and have sliding half-cock safeties and stepped tails. The furniture is iron and includes some light engraving, including acorn finials on the trigger guards. The fitted case has a later three-compartment powder flasks, rods, flints, a jag, ball puller, and balls.

Rating Definition:

Very good with most of refinished brown remaining on the barrel, mottled gray patina and some mild oxidation/pitting on the balance, distinct markings, and moderate overall wear. The stock is fair with some cracking mainly around the lock, mild dings and scratches, and some chips and divots. The lock and set triggers could use some adjustments. The case is good with moderate age and storage related wear including cracks in the lid. The accessories are very good with mild wear.



B) Wogdon Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: Wogdon
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 56
Barrel: 8 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 693
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 180
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very good with most of the refinshed brown remaining on the barrel, mostly gray and brown patina on the balance, mild pitting, repaired neck of the cock, and general mild overall wear. The stock is fair with a chip at the forend tip, a break in the breech section, and mild scratches and wear. Mechanically fine.



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