A Fine Pair of 32-bore Duelling Pistols

Ref: 36

Price: £20,000

Maker: H. W. Mortimer

Date: circa 1795

With 10 inch octagonal re-browned swamped sighted barrels engraved along the top flat ‘H.W. MORTIMER · LONDON · GUNMAKER to his MAJESTY’, border engraving at the breech and with gold lined touch holes, finely engraved tangs incorporating the rear sights, flat bevelled locks with stepped tails engraved with floral motifs and the maker’s name within a banner, safety slides, bevelled swan necked cocks, roller frizzens set triggers, walnut full stocks with crisp chequering to the butts and finely carved butt caps in typical Mortimer style, iron furniture retaining most of its original blueing and including finely engraved trigger guard with unusual finial in the shape of a bird of prey on an urn, contained in their original green baize lined oak case with accessories including transparent bone Mortimer powder flask, ball mould, turnscrew with pricker and loading/cleaning rod; the case with maker’s trade label for 1790-1800 and Chippendale type carrying handle (some repairs around the lock). A superb set of pistols by one of the best English makers.