30 November 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,750
GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
A FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY JOHN RICHARDS, NO.54 STRAND LONDON
With sighted twist octagonal barrel lightly swamped at the muzzle, signed in full on a gold interlaced ribband, with gold line and gold-lined vent, and struck with Cork East Riding registration marks, the breech tang finely engraved with rococo bouquets, bevelled lock decorated en suite and signed on a gold oval, with large flush-fitting safety-catch and roller, figured walnut full stock, engraved iron mounts en suite with the tang and the lock, the trigger-guard with urn finial, set trigger, original ramrod, and the stock inset with a gold plaque (perhaps later) inscribed 'Henry Hayes, Mount Vernon, Cork', London proof marks
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By tradition this pistol belonged to Henry Hayes, the colourful political and commercial figure. His seat, Mount Vernon is a significant example of Irish Georgian architecture.
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