This distinctive double barrel pistol employs a sliding cover over the pan for the right barrel to allow the pistol to fire two shots in succession using a single wide frizzen and cock. The barrels have "D-N9864" Irish registration marks indicating the pistol was in County Down, Ireland, around 1843. The barrels are numbered "3" and "4" at the breech, so the pistol was originally part of a pair. The bottom at the breech also have Tower proofs. The left side of the frame has "LONDON" and "BUNNEY" in banners among the scroll and floral engraving. English gunmaker Joseph Bunney was active 1765-1814. The Birmingham silver hallmarks on the classic grotesque mask of this pistol are difficult to read, but the date code appears to either be "A" for 1773 or "H" for 1780. The grip also has silver wire scroll and floral inlays and a silver escutcheon. Provenance: The Collection of Joe M. Wanenmacher Jr
Very good with attractive aged patinas on the brass and silver, dark brown patina and moderate to heavy pitting on the iron, and some general dings and scratches. The grip is also very good and has some small slivers of inlay absent, a few minor dents, and mild overall wear. Mechanically fine.
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