In the early to mid 1800s cardinals from the Catholic Church wore a ceremonial dagger which was a deceptive double barrelled pistol.
This example was gold plated and engraved and comes with original velvet scabbard.
Rare ..and in exceptional condition with sheath... register your interest.
This is a step back in time and what you would see if you entered a gun dealer's shop. Damascus turn off barrels, loading tool and in immaculate condition.
As unusual as it is to see a pair of immaculate pistols it is equally rare to see them in their original case.
Technically, stainless steel was not patented until 1913. However recent excavations show that stainless steel was in use 4,000 years ago.
Certainly in the 1800s it was in regular use with gun makers and this is seen by side plates many flintlock and percussion pistols that are 170 years old with no rust.
But they did not call it stainless steel back then.
What metal and gun makers discovered was a metal which was high in chromium and low in carbon was rust resistant.
Colt guns were manufactured in different factories under licence and that is why some are stamped New York, London or Brevette.
Brevette is the French word for patent.
This colt was made under licence and bears all the certification proof and hall marks and was made of high chromium and low carbon steel.
It was never blued, nor was the engraved brass ever silver plated.
The factory engraving is deep and presents an exceptional example of 170 years ago.
The wood grips, amazingly, although with a few dents, have their original unbroken varnish.
The arbour which was protected by the cylinder and oil looks like it was made yesterday.
This Colt could be cleaned up to perfection to be a window into the past... .. or left as it is.
it is possibly one of the only factory engraved white metal guns by Colt.
Although no makers name, this set of French style pistols is unique in that it is complete and original in every way.
The original case with the well preserved original lining.
All matching original accessories to match the ebony stocks.
The bright red lining is in exceptional condition from it's 150 - 170 years of life.
The original case, bordered with double brass inlay and engraved cartouche conceals a hidden carry handle.
The cartouche is engraved in Old English with the initials T. H.
Complete with brass lifting finger hole and lock.
This is a 100% original and 100% complete set of pistols in every way.
The gun case is almost as beautiful as the guns.
A PAIR OF .400 CALIBRE HANOVERIAN PERCUSSION RIFLED BELT PISTOLS BY C. D. TANNER & SOHN IN HANNOVER, NO. 2484, CIRCA 1854-58 with browned twist octagonal swamped sighted rifled barrels signed along the flats in silver block capitals, case-hardened breeches numbered 'A' and 'B' in silver and inlaid with silver lines.
A Rare Cased Pair of French 54 Bore Percussion Breech Loading Target Pistols by Gastinne Renette of Paris, dated 1888. With blued octagonal sighted barrels sliding forward for loading and each with fluted central section engraved "Gastinne-Renette".
SUPERB, ENGRAVED & MATCHED PAIR OF A. FRANCOTTE A LIEGE C/F TARGET PISTOLS: 380 Cal; s/shot; 267mm (10½”) barrels, exclent bores; Small cone shaped front sight, adjustable notched back sights at the tang; set triggers; under lever actions; centre of barrels are fluted & barrel flats inscribed A. FRANCOTTE A LIEGE
An exceptional Unwin & Rodgers Knife Pistol 1840s complete with all accessories including, ball mould, ramrod, tweezers 2 knife blades with the original scene still visible. Excellent condition with horn plates.
Two generations of Swiss gentry.
The older sword was owned by the father, the later model was owned by the son who was the son in law of the Prime minister of Switzerland in WWII.
These family swords come with provenience and are in natural condition with fine patina as would be
This is a fine officers dagger actually pre WWII and made in 1939 with silver plated scabbard, hilt and pommel.
The lower handle ring is missing, these were often removed to make finger rings, however this example