A Very Fine Pair of Flintlock Transitional Duelling Pistols by Jover and Son.
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16 ¾” overall, 10” 28 bore swamped octagonal barrels with blade foresight and broad engraved gold line at the breach, engraved tang with standing rear sight. Gold oval signed ‘Jover & Son, London’ on top flat. London proof marks and stamp of William Jover. Flat stepped and bevelled lock plates, floral engraved tail, signed in a gold oval ‘Jover’. Vent and pan gold lined. Silver hall marked French style trigger guards engraved with a trophy of arms on the bow with acorn finials. Finely figured walnut full stocks carved with scroll flourish around the tang, silver long spurred butt caps with grotesque masks, silver oval escutcheons and ramrod pipes. Silver mounts are stamped with maker’s mark of Michael Barnett. Original baleen silver tipped ramrods with worms.
A very fine pair of transitional silver mounted duelling pistols of the highest quality in very fine condition, original plum brown to barrel and some original finish to locks, silver very crisp and unrubbed.
Hall Marked 1784
William Jover, partner in the firm of Nock Jover & Green. 83 Long Acre, 1775. Gunmaker, 337 Oxford Street, 1777. Trade card states “near the Pantheon” 1780-84. Contractor to the Board of Ordnance for muskets 1780, Became Jover & Son (also William) 1784-96 when the partnership became bankrupt. Gunmaker 65 New Bond Street, 1798-1801, 26 Mortimer Street 1802-10.
The wife/mother (?) Mary Jover is listed as gunmaker at 26 Mortimer Street 1805-08