An Exceptional Cased Pair of 22 bore Duelling Pistols
Each pistol with 10 inch octagonal browned sighted barrel, inlaid with two gold lines at the muzzle and a gold sunburst around the fore sight with further gold inlay at the breech of lines and a floral motif carrying a banner with the maker’s name, the top flat inscribed ‘LONDON, GUNMAKERS TO HIS MAJESTY’, the tang with gold inlaid trophies and leaves, signed bevel edged detented locks with safety slides and border engraving to the stepped tail, gold lined touch hole and pan, roller bearing on the frizzen and on the feather spring, walnut half stock with finely chequered butt and carved flower head pommel, silver barrel bolt escutcheons and forend cap, blued iron spurred trigger guard with pineapple finial, set trigger, horn tipped ramrods, one with worm, the other threaded for a powder measure which is present in the oak case lined in green baize with other accessories including a red leather covered two way flask, ball mould, “dog bone” turn screws, flint wallet, pewter oil bottle and cleaning rod. London proof marks.
Note: These fine pistols with their gold damascening are among the best examples of H.W. Mortimer’s work and have survived in exceptionally good original condition.
Literature: Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland. The Metropolitan Museum of Art p.p. 85-86 (no.79)