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Lot 3287: Pair of Gastinne-Renette Retailed Dueling/Target Pistols

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Exceptional Pair of Engraved Gastinne-Renette Retailed Percussion Dueling/Target Pistols with Two-Tiered Case and Accessories

Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

A) Dueling/Target Pistol

Manufacturer: Gastinne Renette
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 10 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 263
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 202
Class: Antique
Description:

The firm of Gastinne-Renette originated around 1812 and was cemented by the marriage of Louis-Julien Gastinne and Joséphine Adèle Renette, son and daughter of the founders. By the second half of the 19th century, they were the premiere source for dueling pistols in Paris. They even rented sets like this and trained duelists how to use them effectively. They manufactured high end firearms for Napoleon III, the King of Spain, Annie Oakley, and many other notable figures. While dueling had mostly faded into obscurity in England and the U.S. by the time these were made, pistol and sword duels in France and other areas of Continental Europe continued into the early 20th century. These pistols were proofed in Liege and retailed by Gastinne-Renette of Paris around the mid to late 1800s. They have "1" and "2" respectively in gold on the breech plugs and standing breeches, "FNI PAR GASTINNE-RENETTE A PARIS." marked on the top of the barrels, Liege proofs, "24." assembly marks, dovetailed blade front sights, fixed notch rear sights on the standing breeches, scroll engraving, spurred trigger guards with nice scroll accents, and checkered half-stocks with checkered wrists and "JNI" inside the forend. They come in a two-tier oak case with "GASTINNE-RENETTE/PARIS" in gold lettering inside the lid, closely fitted interior with bright green baize lining and an assortment of loading and cleaning tools as well as a copy of "Imitation de Jesus-Christ" from 1823.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with 95% plus original blue and 85% casehardened finish and minor handling and storage wear. The stock is excellent and has crisp checkering and only minimal handling and storage marks. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are generally very fine with minor age and storage related wear. Unsurprisingly, the book shows more age and wear.



B) Dueling/Target Pistol

Manufacturer: Gastinne Renette
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11 mm
Barrel: 10 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 263
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 202
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with 95% plus original blue and 85% casehardened finish and minor handling and storage wear. The stock is excellent and has crisp checkering, a few dings, and slight handling and storage marks. Mechanically excellent.



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