A Fine Cased Pair of 40 Bore Duelling Pistols
Each pistol with 10 inch rebrowned twist octagonal sighted scratch rifled barrel, recessed patent breech with rectangular platinum-lined maker’s stamp, platinum line and platinum-lined touch-hole, finely engraved tang decorated with martial trophies and a starburst behind the rear sight, signed case hardened border engraved flat detented locks each decorated with a small trophy at the tail and with a starburst behind the rainproof pan, foliate engraved cock, engraved safety-catches, and steel with roller bearing on a ramp on the blued feather spring, the steel engraved ‘Joseph Manton Patent’, and numbered respectively ‘1911’ and ‘1912’, figured walnut half stock with chequered rounded butts and horn fore-end cap, border engraved blued steel mounts comprising butt cap decorated with a martial trophy, trigger-guard en suite and serial numbered in an oval on the bow, trigger-plate with pineapple finial, and turned rear ramrod-pipe, vacant silver wrist escutcheon and barrel bolt escutcheons, original horn-tipped ramrod, and retaining most of its original finish: in the original lined and fitted mahogany case (one compartment lid missing) with accessories including a good red leather covered three-way powder-flask, serial numbered ball mould, mallet, loading rod and pan-brush, the interior of the lid with maker’s trade label for circa 1805-10, the exterior with flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular vacant brass escutcheon.
Literature: W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, The Mantons: Gunmakers 1966, p. 238; D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers, The Mantons 1782-1878, 1993, p.91