A Fine Tap Action Over and Under Pocket Pistol

Ref: 611

Price: £???

Maker: Durs Egg

Date: circa 1815

With short turn-off barrels numbered ‘1’ and ‘2’, each notched for a barrel-key and engraved with a band of foliate ornament around the muzzle and at the breech, border engraved breeches and action, signed on the right, numbered to correspond, and engraved with a starburst around the tap and martial trophies between repeated foliate borders, engraved blued thumbpiece safety-catch also locking the steel over the rectangular pan, throat hole cock engraved with a monster on each side and with blued top jaw, border engraved tap decorated with a flower-head on one side, folding trigger engraved with a starburst within a border of foliage, finely chequered figured rounded butt, silver escutcheon engraved with owner’s crest and monogram, and retaining much of its fine original condition. Birmingham proof marks
2.6 cm. barrels


For what is possibly the pair to this pistol see Christie’s London, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 9 November 2000, lot 198

Journal of The Arms & Armour Society, Vol. VII (1973), pp. 266-299 and 306-353