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Lot 3286: Pair of Ebony Stocked Caron Percussion Pistols

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Elaborate Pair of Exhibition Quality Engraved Caron of Paris Percussion Dueling Pistols with Relief Carved Ebony Stocks

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

A) Caron Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: French
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 10 1/4 inch octagon
Finish: casehardened/gold
Grip:
Stock: ebony
Item Views: 282
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 201
Class: Antique
Description:

With fluted octagonal rifled barrel with gold inlaid signature “CARON A PARIS ARQ. DE S.M. L’EMPEREUR” running along the top flat, the ends of the flutes each with foliate engraving, that at the breech end being chiseled against a blackened ground. The breech end of the barrel with gold inlaid “1”. Standing breech incorporating the notch rear sight, flat lock with short stepped tail, and furniture all with chiseled scrolling foliage against a matted ground and all with French style matted grey casehardened finish. The spurred trigger guard encloses a blued trigger and has a pierced scrolled leading edge and is inlaid on the bow with a gold monogram. Ebony stock finely carved with panels of foliage terminating in a bag-shaped butt with shaped pommel with turned button finial.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The engraved and relief chiseled ornament is crisp and clear throughout. The barrel has slight age discoloration and is a brighter patina than the remainder of the metal parts which retain the traditional French grey casehardening. The stock is wonderfully carved, ebony being an extremely difficult material to work with. Mechanically excellent.



B) Caron Dueling Pistol

Manufacturer: French
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 10 1/4 inch octagon
Finish: casehardened/gold
Grip:
Stock: ebony
Item Views: 282
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 201
Class: Antique
Description:

Of identical form to "A," the breech end of the barrel numbered "2" in gold.

Rating Definition:

Fine with engraved and relief chiseled ornamentation crisp and distinct overall. The barrel has slight age discoloration and is a brighter than the other metal parts which display the traditional French grey casehardening. The stock is wonderfully carved. Mechanically excellent.



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