A Fine 12-Bore Flintlock Over & Under Pistol by D.Egg, Circa 1800. With re-browned octagonal barrels with blade sight, clean bores, top flat engraved in script, "D.Egg. Londonâ€, ramrod mounted to the right, stamped with London proofs and Irish registration marks â€˜ME-5071â€™ to the left (Meath) engraved with a geometric pattern at the breech, both locks elaborately engraved and signed â€˜D.Eggâ€™ in script (the left lock has been expertly restored) swan-neck cocks fitted with sliding safeties, simple floral and linear engraving to mounts, double triggers, trigger guard and butt cap decorated with Britanniaâ€™s shield, one piece stock cut with characteristic chequering. An incredible pistol.
Son of Leonz Egg, gunmaker, Switzerland. Born 1748, baptised Urs Christian. After a short stay in Paris, came to London and worked for John Twigg, 1772. Granted denization in 1791. Gunmaker & Sword Cutler. Became gunmaker to George IV & Duke of York. Renowned for his fine workmanship.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London 1350-1850, George Shumway Publishing, York, Pennsylvania, USA.
Examples of his work are preserved in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, and many other public and private collections. For full details see Claude Blair, 'The Egg Family, Part I and Part I (contd.), J.A.A.S., vol. VII (1973), pp. 266-299 and 305-353
Barrel Length: 9 Inches (23 cm)
Overall Length: 15 Inches (38 cm)