A Fine and Rare Cased Silver Mounted Over and Under Percussion Pistol (a “Baby Egg”)
With 2½ inch blued sighted octagonal barrels signed on the top flat JOSEPH EGG and on the bottom flat No1 Piccadilly London, engraved blued breeches, engraved case-hardened breech tang incorporating the back-sight, signed engraved case-hardened external actions decorated with scrolls and border ornament, fitted with engraved hammers and blued mainsprings, figured walnut butt cut with a fine pattern of chequering, silver mounts comprising engraved trigger-guard decorated with scrolls of foliage, spurred pommel en suite with the trigger-guard and with a vacant rondel on the base, vacant silver wrist escutcheon, much original finish throughout: in its original fitted mahogany case, the lid with vacant circular brass escutcheon on the outside, the interior with trade label and lined in green baize, complete with accessories including red leather covered three-way flask, ball mould, loading rod, oil bottle and turned bone box for patches.
Provenance: Robin J. Wigington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Note: Joseph Egg was at 1 Piccadilly (corner of Piccadilly and Haymarket) from 1814 to 1834. This delightful little pistol which has survived in exceptional condition is typical of his high-quality work and is of the type commissioned by royalty