A Very Fine Cased Pair of 40 bore Duelling Pistols
Each pistol with 10 inch rebrowned octagonal scratch rifled sighted barrel with platinum inlaid maker’s stamp on the top flat of the patent recessed breech which has a single platinum line and platinum touch hole, the bottom flat stamped with the serial number and Irish Police Registration marks (WA1494 and WA1495), finely engraved tang incorporating the rear sight, flat lock with acanthus leaf border engraving signed JOSEPH MANTON • LONDON, cock engraved with foliage, rainproof pan with patent cover and hammers numbered 1580 and 1581, roller bearing on a ramp on the blued feather spring, safety bolt, figured walnut half stock with finely chequered rounded butt, horn fore end cap, silver barrel bolt escutcheons and wrist escutcheon engraved with owner’s initials ‘NG’, blued iron furniture including butt cap engraved with a border, foliage and trophies echoed on the trigger guard bow, trigger plate with pineapple finial, horn tipped ramrod; contained in their original mahogany case lined in green baize with accessories including a fine red leather covered three way powder flask, combined loading mallet and cleaning rod, ball mould, the interior of the lid with maker’s trade label, the exterior with recessed brass circular carrying handle surrounding an escutcheon bearing the owner’s initials ‘NG’ in script.
Provenance: Major Noel Corry Collection.
Literature: The Mantons: Gunmakers by W. Keith Neal Neal and D.H.L. Back p237. Great British Gunmakers The Mantons 1782-1878 by D.H.L. Back p90