A Fine Cased Pair of 20-bore Duelling Pistols

Ref: 616

Price: £18,500

Maker: Henry Nock

Date: circa 1785

With 10 inch browned swamped octagonal barrels signed on the top flat and engraved with a band of beadwork at the rear, gold-lined touch-holes, finely engraved case-hardened tangs, signed case-hardened flat bevelled locks each with stepped tail, blued steel-spring (one replaced) with linked swivel, and much original blued finish on the internal working parts, figured walnut full stocks, plain swelling flat-sided butts, finely engraved blued iron mounts including trigger-guards with acorn finial, silver escutcheons each engraved with owner’s crest, original horn-tipped ramrods each with worm, and much original finish: in their original lined and fitted mahogany case, with accessories including two-way flask covered in red leather, the lid with brass flush-fitting carrying handle and illustrated trade label for circa 1787, Tower private proof marks.