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Lot 3294: Cased Pair of Etched, Engraved European Percussion Muff Pistols

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Cased Pair of Etched and Engraved European Folding Trigger Percussion Muff Pistols

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

A) Percussion Muff Pistol

Manufacturer: Belgium
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 2 7/8 inch fluted octagon
Finish: bright
Grip: ebony
Stock:
Item Views: 223
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 204
Class: Antique
Description:

Likely manufactured in Belgium in the early to mid-1800s, the "B" pistol in this lot has a Liege proof on the left of the breech. The locks of both feature attractive vine and scroll engraving and the screw off barrels both show an attractive acid etched false Damascene pattern and flutes that continue onto the breech. Both are marked "2" on the bottom of the breech. The grips have carved floral designs on the flats, ornate flutes, and floral engraved steel pommels. Includes a green leather wrapped case with gilt floral accents and a brass escutcheon on the lid engraved "AR" and the interior fitted for both pistols, an ebony cap box, ebony powder bottle, and ball mold/combination tool.

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing mostly a bright grey patina overall with a few scattered patches of brown patina, strong etched "Damascene" patterns, and crisp engraving. The grip is fine with some scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The case is very good with moderate wear and staining, and some separation of the leather wrapping.



B) Percussion Muff Pistol

Manufacturer: Belgium
Model: Percussion
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 2 3/8 inch fluted octagon
Finish: bright
Grip: ebony
Stock:
Item Views: 223
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 204
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A".

Rating Definition:

Fine, showing mostly a bright grey patina with a few scattered patches of brown, strong "Damascene" pattern etching on the barrel, and crisp engraving overall. The grip is also fine with a few scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.



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