VERY FINE CASED PAIR OF CLARKE (LONDON) DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK PISTOLS.
SN NSN. Cal. .660. 9-3/4″ Twist bbls have blued patent breeches with gold touch holes and gold poincons on tops, engraved “CLARKE LONDON” (most likely P. Clarke, Cheapside London ca 1785 – 1820). There are gold bands at breech ends. Breech irons are engraved with feather borders and stand of arms motifs. Locks with flat plates are fitted with semi waterproof gold-lined pans, and bridled frizzens with rollers on springs that have bulbous finials with bead tips. Locks are fitted with flat sided serpentine cocks, and back sliding safeties that have sliding pins that engage frizzens, locking them in place when at half cock. Lockplates and cocks are engraved with feather borders, each lockplate with “CLARKE”. European walnut stocks attach to bbls with captive side nails through oval silver escutcheons, and have checkered bag grips with blued steel caps. Blued trigger guards have stand of arms engraving on bows, and stylized pineapple finials. There are vacant silver oval crest plates at tops of grips. Greenheart ramrods with brass tips and tails mount through beaded pipes and pineapple engraved tailpipes. What appears to be original mahogany case has inset beaded D-ring handle and pivoting steel hook closure, is lined in pilled green baize. Case contains rosewood and brass loading rod with ebony head, which has worm under brass cap, “W D” (William Davis) nutcracker type ball mold marked “18″, and unmarked copper bodied brass trimmed combination ball, powder, and patch flask. Covered compartments with turned bone knobs contain balls and accessory jag which fits loading rod. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain nearly all of a good re-brown over scattered light pitting with good definition to pattern, patent breeches blued. Locks retain traces of orig case hardening color where protected. Frizzen springs retain most of their temper blue. Trigger guards and other furniture retain nearly all of what appears to be their orig charcoal blue, most loss at grips from flaking. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig French polish with numerous light marks and scratches. Moldings around locks have some cracks and separations on one pistol, the other with a repaired crack running from front of lock upward toward bbl. Bores are excellent with some light pitting. Locks and frizzens are crisp. Case is very fine with numerous marks and light rubs and a few cracks in what appears to be an old refinish. Interior cloth is excellent, with only a few rubs and light soiling from contact with guns. Accessories are very fine to excellent. 4-51868 MGM275 (12,500-22,500) – Lot 2478
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