24 May 2006
A VERY FINE FRENCH CASED PAIR OF PERCUSSION TARGET PISTOLS BY DEVISME, ARQUEBUSIER BRÉVETTÉ, 26 BOULEVART DES ITALIENS À PARIS (SIC.)
No.1008 dated 1851
With blue octagonal sighted barrels rifled with nine grooves, signed in silver neo-gothic letters behind a flourish of silver foliage and inlaid with silver lines and bands of foliage at the breeches and muzzles, case-hardened breeches engraved with panels of scrolling foliage on a contrasting matted ground and struck with barrelsmith's mark of Léopold Bernard on the underside (Neue Støockel 1233), blued nipples,case-hardened breech tangs en suite with the breeches, blued iron back-sights, signed case-hardened locks finely engraved with scrollwork and with differing game vignettes, one involving a Labrador and the other a Pointer, ebony half-stocks carved with bold designs of scrolling foliage in relief within recessed stippled panels, the butts fluted at the ends and fitted with case-hardened caps engraved with flowers and each rising to a moulded diamond finial, finely engraved case-hardened trigger-plates and trigger-guards, the latter decorated with differing gamebird vignettes, blued triggers, and nearly all of their original finish: in original fitted case veneered in ebony, the lid with large ornate brass escutcheon pierced and engraved with flowers, brass banding with corner panels en suite, lined in red velvet, the lid interior signed in full in gilt-stamped letters, and retaining its full original complement of accessories, including signed numbered and dated engraved bullet mould, and complete with key.
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Alaric et Etienne, Deux Paires de Pistolets en Boite de Devisme, G.d.A., No.288, May 1998
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