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Durs Egg Duelling Flintlock Pistols and Antiques Stock
A chronological offering of duelling pistols from the earliest true duellers of the 1770's to the rifled target pistols of the 1840's, with examples by Manton , Egg, Wogdon and other fine gun makers. They illustrate the development of the duelling pistol and the refinements that came in the pursuit of improved accuracy and reliability.
A Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Durs Egg c1775
A Very Fine Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Durs Egg, 14 ¾” overall, 9" slightly swamped octagonal 54 bore barrels signed D. Egg London in script, engraved with a band of beadwork at the breeches, the rear and fore sights to both pistols removed to allow reactive sighting. Stepped locks signed D. Egg in script, slender swan necked cocks ,spoon shaped pans, the frizzen springs with good traces of original colour, full stocked carved behind the lock tails with a tear drop and with slab sided butts, the plain trigger guards with acorn-shaped terminals retaining traces of original blued finish, horn fore-end caps and horn capped wooden ramrods one with worm. Circa 1775
A very fine early pair of duelling pistols in the manner of John Twigg who Durs Egg had worked for in 1772 In near mint condition
Ex Wilfrid Ward collection sold Christie’s October 1993.The Catalogue notes these are the earliest known Durs Egg Duelling pistols. Durs Egg son of Leonz Egg, gunmaker, Switzerland. Born 1748, baptised Urs Christian. After a short stay in Paris, came to London and worked for John Twigg, 1772. Granted denization in 1791. Gunmaker; Sword Cutler. Became gunmaker to George IV, Duke of York. Renowned for his fine workmanship. See Weapons of Honour page 965 by Wilfrid Ward. Stock number: 8449 Price: £14,450
Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Durs Egg c1800
A Fine Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Durs Egg. 15 ½” overall, 10” octagonal twist 34 bore sighted barrel with ‘D.EGG LONDON’ in gold on the top flat, London proofs on the underside, silver fore sight, adjustable rear sight on breach, gold lined touch hole, shaped tang engraved with a martial trophy, signed ‘D.Egg’.
Engraved flat bevelled locks with safety catch, set trigger, semi-rainproof pan, roller on frizzen spring. Figured walnut half stock, the butt with fine chequering, engraved steel mounts including large trigger guard with spur decorated with a martial trophy, butt cap, ramrod pipe, fore-end cap and steel cross hatched ramrod. Circa 1800.
Very Good condition. Durs Egg Son of Leonz Egg, gunmaker, Switzerland. Born 1748, baptised Urs Christian. After a short stay in Paris came to London and worked for John Twigg 1772. Granted denization in 1791. Gunmaker & Sword Cutler. Became gunmaker to George IV & Duke of York. Stock no. 8931
Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Wogdon c1780
A Fine 38 Bore Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Wogdon. 15 ¾” overall, 10 ¼” round sighted barrel with flat sighting rib, engraved ‘Wogdon London’, with false breech & tang incorporating rearsight. London proofs & maker’s mark ‘RW’. Flat stepped lockplate with chamfered edges, safety bolt & signed ‘Wogdon’, swan neck bevelled cock, spoon shaped pan. Walnut full stock with flat sided butt. Engraved iron furniture consisting of butt cap, trigger guard with acorn finial & two ramrod pipes. Rammer with worm. Set trigger. Stock number 8911
Circa 1780. Good condition, original faded brown. Metalwork in good condition.
Flintlock Duelling Pistols by John Bennett
A Good Cased Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by John Bennett. 14 ½” overall, 9 ½” octagonal barrels engraved 'London', with London Proofs and barrelsmith’s mark. Engraved false breech, plain stepped bolted locks with chamfered edges signed ‘Bennett’. Swan necked cocks, bridled broad pans. Walnut swelled butts, engraved iron furniture, trigger guards with large pineapple finials, horn tipped ramrods, one with worm. In its original mahogany case with Chippendale lifting handle, some accessories including bullet mould, three way flask, and turn screw. With the ‘Makers by appointment to the Prince of Wales’ label in the lid. Circa 1790 in good condition £13,495 stock number 8712
Cased Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Wogdon & Barton
A Fine Cased Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Wogdon & Barton. 15 ½” overall, 10” slightly swamped octagonal twist 28 bore barrels signed 'Wogdon & Barton London' in script on the top flats, struck with view mark beneath the breeches, the barrelsmith's mark 'RW', gold lined vents, border engraved case hardened tangs incorporating the back sights & decorated with scrolls & flowers & a band of foliage behind the breeches.
Stepped bevelled locks signed ‘Wogdon & Barton’, fitted with bevelled cocks, spoon shaped pans, bolt safety catches. Figured walnut full stocks, flat sided butts, blued iron mounts comprising steel domed engraved butt caps, border engraved trigger guards decorated with a central bouquet & with pineapple finials, a pair of ramrod pipes each with its original horn tipped ramrods, one with a worm. In their original fitted oak green baize line caddy topped case, the lid inset folding carrying handle, complete with original accessories including copper three way flask, bullet mould, loading rod and wad cutter.
Best quality pistols in very good condition, most original finish.
Robert Wogdon was apprenticed to Edward Newton of Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1748. He is recorded as 'Gunmaker, at Mr. Maw's Haberdasher, Cockspur St., Charing Cross' in 1764. He carried on his business in Haymarket from 1774 until his retirement in 1802. From 1795 he was in partnership with John Barton who carried on the business following Wogdon's retirement. See John O'Sullivan & De Witt Bailey, Robert Wogdon & Barton, John Barton, London Gunmakers 1764-1819, 2019, Pages 183-5. Stock no. 8920 Circa 1795-1800 - Price: £18,995
Flintlock Saw Handle 16" Duelling Pistol by Fenton
A Fine & Rare Flintlock Saw Handle Duelling Pistol by Fenton. 16” overall, 10” round flat topped heavy barrel of 54 bore, adjustable fore sight. Signed ‘R. Fenton London’ on flat. Patent breech with gold line and engraved tang with rear sight. The finely made bolted lock with push on safety, ring necked cock, fully waterproof pan, roller bearing frizzen, with platinum touch hole. Set trigger, steel scroll trigger guard engraved with a running boar, with pineapple finial. Figured walnut saw handle half stock, finely chequered butt with silver escutcheon on flat engraved with arms of a griffin. Silver barrel key escutcheon and fore-end cap. Horn tipped ramrod with a worm. A duelling pistol of the highest possible quality made by London’s best rifle maker, in very good condition. The barrel with a very good old refinish. Circa 1810
Richard Fenton is recorded at 19 Shoemaker Row, Blackfriars from 1792 to 1815. In 1808 he devised improved rifle sights incorporating a platinum strip. He was a member of the Duke of Cumberland Sharpshooters. stock no.8872 Price: £5995
15" Silver Mounted Flintlock Saw Handle Duelling Pistol by T. Duddell
A Fine Silver Mounted Flintlock Saw Handle Duelling Pistol by T. Duddell. 15” overall, 9” octagonal 20 bore barrel blade fore sight. Signed ‘T. Duddell London’ in gold on flat. Patent breech with two gold lines and engraved tang with rear sight. The finely made bolted lock with push on safety, French cock, fully waterproof gold lined pan, roller bearing frizzen, with gold touch hole. Silver trigger guard engraved with artistic trophies on trigger bow, with pineapple finial. Figured walnut saw handle half stock with silver wire inlay on the shoulders and side plate, finely chequered butt with gold escutcheon on top flat, flat bottomed butt. Silver barrel key escutcheon and fore-end cap. Horn tipped ramrod with a worm.
A very high quality pistol in good condition. No proofs.
Thomas Duddell, Jeweller of Saint Andrews Holborn, Middlesex died 1817.
Stock no. 8917 Price: £4,250
Rare Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Joseph Manton
A Rare Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Joseph Manton. 15¼” overall, 38 bore 10" twist barrel of octagonal form, maker’s ‘Joseph Manton Patent’ platinum poincon & platinum line at breech. Adjustable fore sight, engraved tang incorporating V shaped rear sight, platinum touch hole. Numbered ‘6537’ on underside of barrel with barrel smith ‘CL’ mark for Charles Lancaster. Flat bolted lockplate with wheat ear border engraving & starburst, signed ‘Joseph Manton London’, with fully waterproof pan. The steel engraved ‘Joseph Manton Patent’, swan necked cock, roller on toe of frizzen.
Walnut half stock with horn fore-end, chequered butt & vacant silver escutcheon. Engraved iron butt cap & engraved trigger guard number ‘6547’ with pineapple finial. Horn tipped ramrod. Number 6547 made in 1815
In very good condition, barrel with some original finish, trigger guard with most original finish. Tip of ramrod with slight damage otherwise very fine pistol. Now very hard to find single duellers by Joe Manton. Stock no. 8946 Price: £7,750
Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Sykes of Oxford
A Rare Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Sykes of Oxford. 15 ½” overall, 30 bore 9 ¾”” twist barrel of octagonal form, maker’s ‘Sykes Oxford’ platinum poincon & platinum line at breech. Engraved ‘Sykes Oxford’ on top flat, bead foresight, Birmingham proofs, engraved tang incorporating V shaped rear sight. Flat bevelled stepped bolted lockplate with wheat ear border and floral engraving signed ‘Sykes oxford’. With V shaped fully waterproof pan, the V shaped steel with floral engraving. Swan necked bevelled & engraved cock, large roller on frizzen spring. Walnut half stock with horn fore-end, chequered butt & vacant silver escutcheon. Engraved iron butt cap & engraved trigger guard with pineapple finial. Brass tipped ramrod pipe with worm.
Circa 1820. In very good condition, barrel with old re-finish.
The V pan was the high point of flintlock refinement patented by John Manton in 1815 Pat. No 3942 & normally only on the best John Manton sporting guns, very rare on duelling pistols. Stock no. 8916 Price: £4,550
Pair of Percussion Duelling Pistols by Joseph Manton
A Cased Pair of Percussion Duelling Pistols by Joseph Manton 14 ¾” overall, 10" heavy octagonal 40 bore browned twisted, scratch rifled barrels. Rectangular platinum cartouche on top flat stamped ‘JOSEPH MANTON PATENT’ & a crown. Platinum touch hole & line at breach, no proof marks. Blade foresight, half circle notch rear sight. Flat scroll engraved lockplates signed 'Joseph Manton London', sliding safeties, scroll engraved flat hammers with removable noses. Figured walnut half stocks chequered at the wrist. Silver vacant oval escutcheon, engraved steel furniture, trigger guard engraved with martial trophy with ‘5055’ in centre & tip of leaf edging with pineapple finial, domed steel butt cap and horn fore end with horn tipped ramrods. In their original green baize lined & fitted mahogany case with round brass vacant escutcheon surrounded by ring handle to lid. Correct 1810-12 trade label. Bone keyhole escutcheon in the shape of an inverted tear drop. With original accessories including red leather three way flask, bullet mould, cleaning rod with worm, two cap tins and a nipple key.
Pistols and case in very good condition retaining most original finish. Bores very good.
Made in 1810 and converted by the maker circa 1825.
Joseph Manton was at Davies St, London 1818-18, see ‘The Mantons Gunmakers’ by Neil and Black, plates 110 for similar cocks, and 133 for trade label. Stock no. 8740 Price: £17,995
Pair of Percussion Officers Duelling Pistols by Forsyth & Co
A Fine, Rare Cased Pair of Percussion Officers Duelling Pistols by Forsyth & Co. 15 ½” overall, 9” browned twist octagonal 16 bore sighted barrels signed ‘FORSYTH & CO., PATENT GUNMAKER'S, LONDON’ along the top flat, London Proofs, and Irish Registration mark K-B 438/9. Case hardened octagonal breeches each with two platinum lines and pierced platinum plug, border engraved case hardened tangs each decorated with foliage, signed ‘FORSYTH & CO., PATENT’ border engraved, serial numbered, detented back-action locks each engraved with foliage and with safety catch, hammers en suite with the locks. Highly figured butts with chequered grip and flat ovoidal pommel with butt trap and skull crusher blade pierced with a lanyard hole, blued D-shaped spur trigger guards each decorated with swirling foliage, numbered 4013 &4014 on the tangs. silver escutcheons engraved ‘GWK’, swivel ramrods.
In their original lined and fitted mahogany case with a full complement of accessories including brass mounted three-way powder flask with red leather covered body, mallet, loading rod, steel bullet mould, cap tin, turn screw, oil bottle and mainspring clamp. The interior of the lid with maker's trade label of sixth design for 1828-38, Nos. 4013 & 4014. Circa 1835
Pistols of the very best quality and of an unusual design retaining much of their original finish. Very few pairs know to have been made.
For a very similar cased pair of pistols (nos. 4129 and 4130) see D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers, Forsyth & Co. Patent Gunmakers 1806-1852, 1995, pl. 39. Stock no. 8903 Price: £16,950
William Mills Target Pistols - Pair, Cased
A Fine Cased Pair of William Mills Target Pistols. 15 ½ ” overall. 10” octagonal sighted poly-groove 40 bore rifled barrels each signed along the top flat ‘W Mills Improved Gunmaker 120 High Holborn London’. Adjustable foresight, rear sight on scroll engraved tang. Flat bolted scroll engraved locks, signed ‘W Mills Improved’ with foliate scroll engraved dolphin hammers. Figured walnut half-stocks with chequered rounded butts, squared trigger-guards, decorated with scroll engraving bearing the serial number ‘1750’ trigger-plates each with pineapple finial, German silver fore-end caps numbered 1 & 2 .Silver escutcheons with a Ducal crest of a merman over a lion. Barrel-bolt escutcheons and original brass-tipped ramrods both with worms . In original mahogany case with accessories including brass three way powder flask, bullet mould, box wood cap box with W.Mills label. The interior of the lid with embossed W.Mills trade label, the exterior with circular brass escutcheon with Ducal crest centred on a folding brass carrying handle.
Very high quality pistols by one of the best gun makers you haven’t heard of. In very good condition with old rebrown to barrels, very good rifled bores.
See Peter Finer Catalogue 2007 No 33 for an example of his best work.
W.MILLS Apprentice to William Parker, 1797. Gunmaker, 59 Judd Street., Brunswick Square. 1821; 120 High Holborn 1822-43. Factory at 1 King Street. Gun maker to George IV in 1830, and then Willian IV and then Queen Victoria. Made guns with superimposed charges on Jacob Mould's Pat.; revolvers of E.H. Colliers patent circa 1830-5. Died 1837. Business continued by son, William Frederick, under father's name, and as W. Mills & Son. Gunmaker to Ordnance 1836-9; East India Co. 1836-43. Bankrupt 1843.
Stock no. 8672 Price: £12,995
Pair of Purdy Style Percussion Rifled Target Pistols
A Fine Cased Pair of Purdy Style Percussion Rifled Target Pistols by Alex Henry of Edinburgh. 16 ¼” overall, 9 ½” octagonal, 44 bore barrels, windage adjustable fore and rear sights, engraved scroll at breeches and ‘Alex Henry Edinburgh’ on top flat, Birmingham proofs. Scroll engraved tangs, flat scroll engraved lock plates signed 'Alex Henry’, scroll engraved hammers, rearward sliding safety. Chequered walnut grips, half stocks, engraved steel furniture, scroll engraved trigger guards with pineapple finials, set triggers. Flat steel butts with butt traps. With brass tipped ramrods. In later Fumed Oak campaign style case with brass mounts, with accessories including three way flask, bullet mould, cleaning rod, mallet head and handle, turn screw and Joyce cap tin. Circa 1850
In good condition, barrels with an old refinish, very good rifling
Alex Henry was a specialist rifle maker and made very few pistols.
Stock no. 8928 Price: £9,995