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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 593

    A PAIR OF SILVER-MOUNTED TURN-OFF PISTOLS BY JOHN BUMFORD (2), LONDON

    CIRCA 1765

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    A PAIR OF SILVER-MOUNTED TURN-OFF PISTOLS BY JOHN BUMFORD (2), LONDON
    CIRCA 1765
    With cannon barrels, the breeches inscribed 'London' within engraved rococo frames, signed beneath the steel-springs and numbered 1 and 2 respectively, engraved breech tangs, border-engraved actions, figured walnut butts each carved with a trophy and shell in low relief about the tang, silver-mounts finely cast in low relief, comprising grotesque mask butt caps, pierced side-plates formed as elaborate trophies of arms, flowers and fruit, trophy-of-arms escutcheons engraved with owner's crest, and each fitted with iron sliding trigger-guard safety-catch, London proof marks, the iron and steel parts with light surface rust and light wear, the butts each cracked about the breech tangs
    12½in (31.8cm)
    The crest is that of Balfour, Bellett, Bellet, Billet, Billot, Church, Nelson, Nesbett, Nesbitt, Nisbet, O'Hickie and Tipping (2)


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    Literature

    An Inventory of the Household Furniture now in Tissington Hall May of 30th 1775 - possibly in the Study - 'pair of Pistols'
    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 with FitzHerbert crest, by Bumford of London' in 'a leather box containting firearms'