A Very Fine Cased Pair of 36 bore Double Barrelled Coaching Pistols
Each pistol with 8 inch browned twist side by side sighted barrels with concave rib inscribed in gold D. EGG, LONDON, two gold lines at the breech and gold touch holes, tang engraved with foliage and trophies, signed bevel edged locks with the rear section being a movable safety slide locking both cock and pan, roller frizzens, gold lined semi-waterproof pans, walnut half stock with finely chequered butt, blued steel furniture with engraved borders and trophies, gold escutcheons engraved with a crest depicting a winged crown above the initials CHC, French style trigger guard with floral finial, horn tipped ramrods, one threaded for a cleaning jag, the other with spiral worm, both pistols in very fine condition with much original finish, in their original green baize lined mahogany case with accessories including a red leather three way flask with double ball and sliding base compartments, wad cutter, ball mould, turn screw and steel loading/cleaning rod with Egg type chequering, the interior of the lid with maker’s trade label for 1786-1805, the exterior with D shaped recessed brass carrying handle inscribed with the same initials that are on the pistols’ escutcheons. London proof marks.
Provenance: Clay Bedford.
Literature: Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland. The Metropolitan Museum of Art pp. 134 & 135 (No. 142)