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    Sale 5427

    Antique Arms & Armour

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 196

    A PAIR OF EARLY FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS BY DURS EGG, LONDON

    CIRCA 1777-1780

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    A PAIR OF EARLY FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS BY DURS EGG, LONDON
    CIRCA 1777-1780
    With signed rebrowned twist octagonal sighted barrels, lightly swamped muzzles, gold-lined vents, the breech tangs engraved with flowers and small trophies, signed stepped bevelled locks engraved with flowers at the rear, rollers, and no provision for safety-catches (one cock replaced), figured walnut full stocks each formed with a swell behind the ramrod-pipe (one cracked between this point and the trigger-guard finial), rounded butts cut and punched with characteristic pineapple chequering, engraved iron mounts including butt-caps, the trigger-guards with acorn finial, horn fore-end caps, and later ramrods: in a modern lined and fitted oak case with accessories including a copper three-way percussion flask
    15in (38.1cm)


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    Cf. another pair of early duelling pistols by Durs Egg, formerly in the collection of Wilfrid Ward, the noted authority on Egg firearms, Christie's 27 October 1993, lot 94

    For a lock of comparable construction by this maker, circa 1777, see W.Keith Neal & D.H.L Back, Great British Gunmakers 1740-1790, pl.427

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