A Fine Cased Pair of Percussion Turnover Pistols by Isaac Riviere.
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6⅜" overall, 1⅝" 80 bore boxlock, double-barrelled, over & under, case hardened screw barrels with foliate engraving at the muzzles & 8 grooves for the barrel key. Case hardened & foliate engraved breeches with the Gunmakers' Co. view & proof marks. Case hardened border & foliate scroll engraved frames, each signed “Riviere”, case hardened dolphin head hammers. Case hardened border & foliate engraved breech tangs, case hardened & engraved butt straps, blued folding triggers. Very finely chequered figured walnut butts, each with gadrooned ovoidal butt caps & German silver shield shaped escutcheons. In their original lined fitted mahogany case with plain circular brass escutcheon on the lid & magnificent Isaac Riviere trade label, containing copper three-way flask, 80 bore steel mould for balls stamped “80”, ebony handled turnscrew, ebony handled combination barrel and nipple key, Eley Bros. Ld. japanned cap tin containing caps, & the case key.
In near mint condition retaining virtually all their original finish.Note: Isaac Riviere traded from 315 Oxford Street from 1818 until his death in 1851. His shop was immediately next door to that of James Purdey, who traded from 314½ Oxford Street from 1827 until his death in 1863.