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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 592

    A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED MIQUELET-LOCK PISTOL; AND ANOTHER, SIMILAR

    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CAUCASIAN SILVER-MOUNTED MIQUELET-LOCK PISTOL; AND ANOTHER, SIMILAR
    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The first with lightly swamped tapering barrel encrusted with two gold inscriptions within chiselled panels running over the greater part of its length, the breech with a gold-encrusted arabesque panel and the full-length tang covered in nielloed silver, plain iron lock, figured maple stock, the butt overlaid with a series of shaped silver panels chased with patterns of flowers and foliage picked-out in niello on a stippled ground, the pommel, the fore-end cap and barrel-bands all en suite, small silver side-plate incorporating a maker's signature, and button trigger, the butt cracked, ramrod missing; the second with tapering barrel with differing inscriptions inlaid in gold also within long narrow panels, plain lock, maple stock overlaid with niello silver panels at the rear, the pommel, fore-end cap and single barrel-band all en suite, button trigger, and brass-tipped ramrod, the pommel chipped
    17¾ in. (45.1 cm.) and 18 in. (45.8 cm.) (2)


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    Literature

    Catalogue of Pictures and Curios at Tissington Hall, 1887, by Ida, daughter of Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt., as 'a pair of single barrel flint & steel pistols Eastern manufacture damascened barrels persian letters etc.' in 'a leather box containing firearms'