A Very Fine Cased Pair of 28-Bore Duelling Pistols
Each Pistol with 10 inch browned swamped octagonal barrel signed along the top flat, engraved with a transverse band of beadwork at the rear of the breech and with silver fore sight, case-hardened foliate engraved tang decorated with a band of beadwork in front of the rear sight, signed case-hardened flat bevelled detented lock retained by two side nails, swan neck cock, safety slide and blued steel spring, the internal working parts retaining their original finish, well figured full stock with swelling flat-sided butt, blued border engraved steel mounts comprising butt-cap engraved with foliage and a flower head centred on the retaining screw, trigger-guard with acorn finial and decorated with a flower head on the bow, turned ramrod-pipes, set triggers, horn tipped ramrod, both pistols in exceptional condition retaining nearly all their original finish: contained in their lined and fitted oak case with accessories including a brass-mounted powder flask with black leather body, turnscrew and mainspring clamp, the exterior of the lid with brass carrying handle of Chippendale form. London proof marks and Wogdon’s barrelsmith’s mark.
Provenance: Sotheby’s London, Modern Sporting Guns and Firearms; Arms, Armour and Militaria,8December1988,lot358
Literature: John O’Sullivan & DeWitt Bailey, Robert Wogdon, Wogdon & Barton, John Barton, London Gunmakers 1764-1819, 2019, pp. 145-147 and 150.