• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 5426

    Antique Arms & Armour

    21 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 141

    A PAIR OF SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK TURN-OFF PISTOLS BY JOHN WILLIAMS

    CIRCA 1715-20

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF SILVER-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK TURN-OFF PISTOLS BY JOHN WILLIAMS
    CIRCA 1715-20
    With strongly moulded cannon barrels decorated with engraved bands and signed below the steel-springs, separate barrel tangs with leaf finials, the actions with engraved linear borders and fitted with stud safety-catches, moulded swelling figured walnut butts, large silver butt-caps cast in low relief and each involving a small demon mask finial, silver dragonesque side-plates, silver acanthus escutcheons engraved with owner's crest (rubbed), and iron trigger-guards cut with leaf finials, London proof marks and barrel forger's mark 'IW' crowned (one top jaw and screw replaced, one steel repaired and now incorrectly seated, one butt with small filled repair).
    11in (28cm) (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium