A Rare Silver Mounted Over and Under Pocket Pistol (A “Baby Egg”)

Ref: 519

Price: £12,500

Maker: Joseph Egg

Date: circa 1820

With 3¼ inch octagonal barrels retaining much of their original blueing, the upper barrel signed in gold with silver fore-sight, the breech with inlaid gold clouds in front of a gold line, the lower barrel engraved in script “No. 1 Piccadilly London” and with two gold lines, platinum lined touch holes, finely engraved tang incorporating the back sight and engraved case-hardened locks each decorated with a starburst behind the semi-rainproof pan and with foliage at the stepped tail, safety catches, foliate engraved ‘French’ cocks, and blued external mainsprings each with roller, chequered figured rounded butt, silver D shaped trigger guard decorated with a martial trophy and foliage on the border engraved bow, spurred pommel decorated with baskets of foliage en suite within a border of ropework, vacant gold pommel cap, small vacant gold escutcheon, original steel ramrod with characteristically chequered tip, and some original finish.

Provenance:
Christie’s London, Fine Antique Arms and Armour, 18 May 1994, lot 236

For a very similar pair of pistols by the same maker in the Victoria & Albert Museum (inv. nos. M 2802 and A -1931), see Claude Blair, Pistols of the World, 1968, p. 114, pls. 414 and 415.