A Fine Cased Pair of 40 bore Duelling Pistols
Each pistol with 10 inch rifled browned sighted octagonal barrel inscribed ‘John Manton & Son Dover Street’ on the top flat, engraved at the recessed breech with two platinum lines and platinum touch hole, the underside with barrel maker’s mark WF for William Fullerd, finely engraved tang incorporating the rear sight, floral engraving to the flat square tailed lock marked JNo MANTON & SON PATENT under the V shaped pan, ‘French’ cock engraved ensuite and large roller on the feather spring, figured walnut half stock with finely chequered butt, vacant wrist escutcheon, engraved iron furniture including trigger guard and butt cap, the trigger plate with pineapple finial, brass tipped ramrod; contained in their original mahogany case lined in green baize with accessories including a mock tortoise shell 3 way flask, loading rod/mallet, ball mould and ‘dog bone’ turnscrews, the inside of the lid with maker’s trade label for 1825-1846, the exterior with recessed circular carrying handle around a brass escutcheon engraved with an ’H’ under a coronet. London proof marks.
Provenance: Written on the label is “Captain Hope Coldsm Guards”. James Hope (1807—1854) was the second son of General Sir John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun. He joined the Cold Stream Guards in 1821 and served with the regiment until 1844 when hr retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He succeeded to the estates of his uncle, Lord Wallace and took his name but not the title.
Literature: The Manton Supplement by W. Keith Neal & D.H.L. Back p.72
Great British Gunmakers The Mantons by D.H.L. Back p.54-55