A Fine Rare Pair of Flintlock Toby Pistols by I. Backhouse.
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7 ½” overall, 2 ¼” cannon turned turn-off barrels with London Proofs, foliate engraved breeches and tangs, small rounded lock plates engraved ‘I. Backhouse’. Swan neck cocks, engraved en suite, figured half stocks, globular butts, shaped engraved brass side-plates, and drop shaped triggers without guards
Rare to find Toby pistols as pairs, very nice condition. Some old pitting to barrels, one fore end with a repair.
EX W. Keith Neal Collection, P570 Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 10 November 2005, lot 89.
See W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers 1540-1740, 1984, p. 383, pl. 159, colour plates XXV and XXVI