This pair of holster/horse pistols from c. 1730 by M. Delince of Liege have smoothbore barrels with chiseled foliate designs, rounded blade front sights, sighting flats, dished rear sights on the tangs, and incised floral scroll, bird, and bestial mask designs. The "banana" profile locks have beveled edges, "M*DELINCE" signed at the bottom in the center, do borders, chiseled foliate designs on the tails, incised scroll patterns with disgorging human masks, and nice filework on the frizzens and frizzen springs. The furniture is all iron and features coordinating case, chiseled, engraved, and filework patterns, including grotesque masks on the pommel studs. The full-length stocks have nicely shaped molding, flats, raised relief carved floral patterns. The first pistol has an "HL/31" marked tag pinned on the right side of the wrist and "ME 8/2119" in black marker on the underside of the frizzen spring.
Very good with silver-gray patina on the polished metal, some light oxidation, and mild overall wear. The sanded and refinished stock is good and has distinct carving, some faint cracks, general minor scratches and dings, a small split in the forend tip on the left, and some stripes in the wrist. Mechanically fine.
See "A." "HL/28" tag on the left. Provenance: The Collection of Joe M. Wanenmacher Jr
Very good with mostly silver-gray patina on the bright polished metal along with some light oxidation, general mild overall wear, distinct designs, and somewhat darker patina on the lock. The sanded refinished stock is good and has some small slivers absent from the edges, some finished stripes in the wrist, general mild dings and scratches, faint split in the forend tip on the left, and distinct carving. Mechanically fine.
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