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AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF FLINTLOCK TURN-OFF PISTOLS, THE BARRELS, ACTIONS AND MOUNTS ALL OF PAKTONG, BY E.F. TAYLOR, LONDON
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AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF FLINTLOCK TURN-OFF PISTOLS, THE BARRELS, ACTIONS AND MOUNTS ALL OF PAKTONG, BY E.F. TAYLOR, LONDON

CIRCA 1775-80

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AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF FLINTLOCK TURN-OFF PISTOLS, THE BARRELS, ACTIONS AND MOUNTS ALL OF PAKTONG, BY E.F. TAYLOR, LONDON
Circa 1775-80
With cannon barrels, box-lock actions border-engraved and signed on rococo scrolls (the top-jaws replaced), swelling figured walnut butts inlaid with rococo designs of silver wire scrollwork (pieces of inlay missing), grotesque mask butt-caps cast in low relief, and trigger-guard safety-catches each engraved with a flowerhead, London proof marks and Foreigner's mark.
11 7/8in (30.2cm) (2)
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Paktong is an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc which was imported from China in small quantities during the 18th and early 19th Centuries. In Georgian England paktong was usually erroneously referred to as tutenag and sometimes called 'India metal'.

See Keith Pinn, Paktong, the Chinese alloy in Europe 1680-1820, Woodbridge, 1999.
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