Cased pair of Joseph Manton 16-Bore Double-Barrel Flintlock Coach Pistols
Description: 9 1/2" SxS damascus barrels with platinum touch holes. Case hardened recessed patent breeches with platinum line, platinum maker's stamp. Border-engraved case-hardened rainproof locks with roller frizzens and stalking safeties. Checkered figured walnut stocks with round-knob grips, teardrops and silver escutcheons. Engraved blued steel triggerguards. Possibly unfired. Cased, with accessories.
Provenance: Built in 1811 for Lord Gosford (for 60 Guineas), to James Calderwood, to Wm. Dempsey, to W. Keith Neal, to Hallowell & Co, November 1995.
Literature: Neal & Back, The Mantons, p 245 (above), plates 75-77. British Gunmakers Trade Cards etc, plate 412. Back, Mantons page 99, plates 38a-c.
And, a fine set of Manton Flint duellers. Note the similarities in the cases, trade labels, stock design, checkering, "teardrops", locks, crosspin escutcheons, etc., having been built only three years apart.
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