A Cased Pair of Over and Under Pistols

A Cased Pair Of 54-Bore Percussion Rifled Over-And-Under Belt Pistols
£5,500.00

ID: 4852

A Cased Pair Of 54-Bore Percussion Rifled Over-And-Under Belt Pistols
By Pritchett & Son, London, Circa 1855 With recoloured long sighted barrels each signed along the top flat, engraved around the muzzles and rifled with numerous grooves, border engraved case-hardened actions and hammers decorated with foliate scrollwork, the former with engraved safety-catches, recoloured trigger-guards decorated en suite, finely chequered figured rounded butts each with stepped ovoidal butt-cap with hinged circular butt-trap cover engraved with scrolling foliage, vacant silver escutcheons, and recoloured belt hooks, under-ribs and stirrup ramrods, the latter each engraved with a flower-head on the tip: in wooden case fitted and lined in plum velvet with some accessories including reproduction white-metal powder-flask with ovoidal body, and nipple-key, London proof marks 



Footnotes

Richard Ellis Pritchett & Son are recorded at 7 Poultry, London between 1853 and 1855. The Company was succeeded by Robert Taylor Pritchard who together with W.E. Metford invented the Pritchett rifle bullet for which they were awarded £1,000 in 1854, the same year Pritchard was elected Master of the Gunmakers' Company. In 1865 he retired and took up art, becoming Private Painter in Watercolours to Queen Victoria. He died in 1907


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