A Rare Silver Mounted Over and Under Pocket Pistol (A “Baby Egg”)
With 3¼ inch octagonal barrels retaining much of their original blueing, the upper barrel signed in gold with silver fore-sight, the breech with inlaid gold clouds in front of a gold line, the lower barrel engraved in script “No. 1 Piccadilly London” and with two gold lines, platinum lined touch holes, finely engraved tang incorporating the back sight and engraved case-hardened locks each decorated with a starburst behind the semi-rainproof pan and with foliage at the stepped tail, safety catches, foliate engraved ‘French’ cocks, and blued external mainsprings each with roller, chequered figured rounded butt, silver D shaped trigger guard decorated with a martial trophy and foliage on the border engraved bow, spurred pommel decorated with baskets of foliage en suite within a border of ropework, vacant gold pommel cap, small vacant gold escutcheon, original steel ramrod with characteristically chequered tip, and some original finish.
Christie’s London, Fine Antique Arms and Armour, 18 May 1994, lot 236
For a very similar pair of pistols by the same maker in the Victoria & Albert Museum (inv. nos. M 2802 and A -1931), see Claude Blair, Pistols of the World, 1968, p. 114, pls. 414 and 415.