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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 591

    A FINE PAIR OF BRESCIAN ALL-METAL FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS OF PRESENTATION QUALITY

    CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    A FINE PAIR OF BRESCIAN ALL-METAL FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS OF PRESENTATION QUALITY
    CIRCA 1750
    With silvered iron barrels, the breeches chiselled and gilt with flowers, foliage and a coronet in low relief and each with raised gilt sighting rib, iron locks chiselled and gilt en suite with the breeches, silver full stocks cast in low relief and gilt about the barrel tangs and ramrod-pipes en suite with the breeches and locks, each cast in imitation of a chiselled side-plate opposite the lock, with spurred pommels, trigger-guards, ramrod-pipes and escutcheons all gilt and all cast in relief, original iron ramrods with silvered baluster tips, and retaining almost all of their original finish: in leather-covered wooden case lined in padded cream silk (the case worn)
    16¾ in. (42.6 cm.) (2)


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    Provenance

    Grigori Alexandrovich Potyomkin-Tavricheski, Prince Potemkin (1739-1791), by whom given to Alleyne FitzHerbert, Baron St. Helens (1753-1839), circa 1787, and by descent to
    Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt. (1808-1896).


    Literature

    Catalogue of Pictures and Curios at Tissington Hall, 1887, by Ida, daughter of Sir William FitzHerbert, 4th Bt., as a 'Pair of gold worked Pistols, given by Prince Potemkin (a favourite minister of Empress Catherine of Russia) to Lord St. Helens + from him to Sir William FitzHerbert'
    G. Jackson-Stops, 'Tissington Hall, Derbyshire - I', Country Life, 22 July 1976, p. 216, fig. 8