Exceptional Pair of Cased 38 bore Duelling Pistols

Ref: 386

Price: £65,000

Maker: Joseph Manton

Date: 1813

Each pistol with 10 inch scratch rifled sighted octagonal browned barrel stamped with Irish registration marks 8077 and 8078, marked CL (Charles Lancaster) underneath, recessed breech with platinum maker’s stamp and single platinum line, tang finely engraved with foliage incorporating the rear sight, flat detented signed lock with border engraving and a sun burst behind the rain proof pan, safety bolt, engraved cock, roller frizzen with border engraving inscribed JOSEPH MANTON PATENT numbered 5350 and 5351, well figured walnut half stocks with chequered butt, engraved blued iron mounts including butt cap, serial numbered trigger guard with pineapple finial, silver wrist escutcheon with crest of the Earl of Donegal surrounded by the motto: INVITUM SEQUITER HONOS (follows reluctant honour), original horn tipped ramrod; both pistols in superb condition retaining much original finish; in their original mahogany case lined in green baize with fine accessories including red leather covered 3 way flask, loading rod, mallet, spring clamp, ball mould and an unusual ivory pan cleaner, the interior of the lid with maker’s trade label for circa 1812-1819, the exterior with recessed circular carrying handle surrounding a brass escutcheon with the owner’s crest.

Provenance: Lord Spencer Stanley Chichester (1775-1819) son of 1st Marquess of Donegal.

Literature: Great British Gunmakers: The Mantons by D.H.L. Back page 102.