A Fine Over and Under Turnover Percussion Pocket Pistol by W & J Rigby.
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6 ¾” overall, 1 ½” 40 bore turn off barrels. The muzzles engraved & slotted for barrel keys, numbered ‘3’ & ‘4’. The boxlock action with deep scroll engraving, signed ‘W & J Rigby’ and ‘Dublin’, dolphin cock, folding trigger. Figured walnut finely chequered flattened butt with silver escutcheon. Numbered 9954 for 1848 on trigger tang.
Very attractive pistol with much finish remaining.
Sold as a pair to Captain Nicholson L. Naper in 1848 for five guineas each. See Great Irish Gunmakers Rigby 1760-1869 by D.H.L. Back plates 36, 37, 41 & 43 and page 117