15 July 1999
A Cased Pair Of 38-Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistols
By Joseph Manton, London, No. 5658 for 1812
With rebrowned twist octagonal sighted barrels, case-hardened breeches each with platinum-lined maker's stamp, platinum line and vent, case-hardened tangs engraved with trophies of arms, signed engraved case-hardened bolted locks with rollers and rainproof pans (one cock replaced), the steels engraved 'Joseph Manton Patent' and numbered '4756' and '4757', figured walnut half-stocks, silver escutcheons engraved with owner's crest, engraved blued steel mounts including trigger-guards with pineapple finial, horn fore-end caps, and original horn-tipped wooden ramrods: in original lined and fitted mahogany case (one compartment lid replaced) with trade label and accessories including red leather-covered flask, the barrels forged by Charles Lancaster
Anon. sale, sold in these Rooms, 20 February 1991, lot 194.
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W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, The Mantons, p. 247.
D.H.L. Back, The Mantons 1782-1878, p. 100.
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