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1535
$63,250.00

SUPERB CONDITION SPLENDID CASED PAIR OF LARGE DOUBLE BARRELLED FLINTLOCK CARRIAGE PISTOLS WITH SPRING LOADED BAYONETS BY ISAAC BLISSETT.

SN NSN/NSN. Cal. 65. 9″ Stub twist bbls fitted with spring loaded, top mounted, bright steel, folding bayonets retained by sliding bolts on breech irons, are engraved “Blissett London” on ribs ( Isaac Blissett, Leadenhall Street, London, 1822 and 1845). Case hardened patent breeches have unlined touch holes. Locks with chamfered plates and slightly rebated rounded tails, are fitted with high breasted serpentine cocks with back sliding safety bolts, waterproof pans, and bridled roller frizzens, springs with rounded finials. Locks are engraved with sweeping acanthus and some feather bursts. “Blissett” is under pans. Blued trigger guards with shield and flowers on bows, have stylized pineapple finials matching thimbles. Densely grained European walnut stocks with flat top checkered bag grips, have vacant silver ovals at tops of grips, and attach to bbls with captive side bolts through oval silver escutcheons. Mahogany ramrods have brass tips and tails with worms under caps on tails. Pistols are housed in (possibly original) deep mahogany case with dual hook closure also with folding handle flush mounted in shaped rectangle at center of top. Interior is lined in olive green cloth, and has the original and rare “I Blissett” paper label with 69 Leadenhall Street address in lid. Case contains full accessories comprising 16 bore nutcracker type ball mold, plain copper bag type combination powder and ball flask, and 2-pc rosewood and brass loading/ cleaning rod. Covered compartments have gold plated round knobs on their mahogany covers. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining nearly all orig finishes on wood and metal, with some light cleaning and minor age oxidation on bbls and bayonets. Patent breeches and locks most all their orig case colors. Stocks have the usual minor handling marks and scratches.One pistol has a period repair to the bottom of stock under the lock from an apparent age or shrinkage crack. Trigger guards and thimbles retain nearly all of their original bright blue, thinning at grips, with some flecking. Original ‘nitre’ blue remains on frizzen springs and side bolts. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny. Guns appear unfired, with only very minor flint strike marks on frizzens. Case is excellent with minor marks and nearly all its orig finish. Case closure missing studs. Interior cloth is fine. Label has the expected foxing but is bright and entirely legible. Accessories are fine. The finest pair of double barrel, spring bayonet flintlock pistols we have offered to date. Truly extraordinary in every respect. Mechanics are excellent. 52311-3 (27,500-35,000) – Lot 1535

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Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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