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

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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