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SOLD at 2010 May 01 @ 11:59UTC-5 : EST/CDT
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A) This an excellent example of a cased pair of percussion dueling pistols as produced by Joseph Manton of London. One of the premier gunsmiths in London during this time, Manton produced some of the finest known percussion dueling pistols. Both pistols were fitted in a very nice grade of walnut. The top of each barrel is marked "LONDON" and the lock plate of each pistol is also marked "MANTON". Each pistol has a very fine English scroll engraving with a geometric border around the edges of the lock plates, rear of each barrel, the tang, sides of the hammer, trigger guard and trigger plate. Each pistol is fitted with silver escutcheons, a small silver plaque behind the tang, along with a single silver-filled band at the breech end of each barrel. There is a small brass filled clean-out plug on each bolster. The wood to metal fit is exceptional overall being nice and tight. Each pistol has the elongated pistol grip area with near full-length checkering on both sides. The pair of pistols are contained in a green felt lined fitted Manton presentation case with the "Joseph Manton/ GUN MAKER/ Davies Street Berkeley Square/ LONDON" label inside the lid. The case has compartments that holds a single cavity bullet mold, two-compartment Dixon flask, an F. Joyce & Co. percussion cap box, along with a screwdriver and key. The original compartment covers are retained and show marine ivory pulls, with labels on each bottom that show "JOHN LORD & Co./ MERCHANTS, LONDON". The exterior of the case shows a brass carrying handle and brass mounts.
BBL: 6 1/2 inch round
Serial Number: NSN
B) Described in A.
BBL: 6 1/2 inch flat top
Serial Number: NSN
A) Both are in very fine condition, showing 80%-90% period refurbished brown finish on the barrel mixed with a light patina on the trigger guard and lower tang area. The lock shows light casehardening colors with just some beginning staining. The stock is excellent with 95% of the original varnish, some minor scratches, light pressure dents from normal carrying and storage, with sharp checkering. The pistols show typical Manton quality throughout with good engraving and nicely finished tangs. Superb examples of 1850's era percussion dueling pistols.
B) The pistol remains very fine, showing 80%-90% period refurbished brown finish on the barrel mixed with a light patina on the trigger guard and lower tang area. The lock shows light casehardening colors with just some beginning staining. The stock is in very good condition with 95% of the original varnish, some minor scratches, light pressure dents from normal carrying and storage, with sharp checkering.