A Very Rare Over and Under Flintlock Officers Pistol by Durs Egg. 17 ½” overall, 11 ½” 16 bore twist octagonal barrels, two leaf folding rear sights, signed on top and bottom ‘D. Egg London’ in gold, with iron ramrod with pineapple chequered finial. London Proofs. The breech with gold lines, engraved breech tang decorated with trophy of arms, stepped locks signed ‘D Egg’ engraved with bouquets on the tails, swan necked cocks, semi-rainproof pans and bolt safeties, the steel springs with roller. Chequered walnut butt with engraved steel butt cap, shoulder stock escutcheon, ring on left side for swivel clip, engraved French trigger guard.
Very fine and rare pistol in good but old refinished condition. Left hand cock a working life replacement. I have never seen an Egg over and under pistol with barrels this long.
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.