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circa 1807: Early pair of trial percussion pistols by Joseph Egg with permission by Forsyth.

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circa 1807: Early pair of trial percussion pistols by Joseph Egg with permission by Forsyth.

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Auction Date:2011 Sep 24 @ 12:00 (UTC+1)
Location:The Freemasons Hall - 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin, Dublin, ., Ireland
circa 1807: Early pair of trial percussion pistols by Joseph Egg with permission by Forsyth.


Provenance:
Clay P. Bedford collection; exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1971
Rare pair of 12 bore percussion cap pistols by Joseph Egg. Barrels engraved with maker's name "Egg No 1 Piccadilly London". Hammer and trigger guards with fine engraved decoration. Lock plates also decorated, stepped and rounded both ends, and engraved "Joseph Egg by permission of Forsyth the patentee". White metal foresight, Full walnut stocks with chequered butts and vacant escutcheon. Complete with original ramrods. Contained in a later (circa 1840) brass fitted case. These pistols are illustrated in Clay P. Bedford's book Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland (page 159-160). As inscribed on the lock-plates permission was granted by Alexander John Forsyth, inventor of the percussion ignition, to a select number of gunsmiths for the very early manufacture of the first percussion lock pistols, which include this pair. Collection tags of C.P. Bedford attached to trigger guard.