A Fine Pair of Flintlock Pocket Pistols by D.Egg, London. With round turn-off barrels decorated with a geometric band towards the breeches, signed ‘D.EGG’ on one side and, ‘LONDON’ on the other, stamped below with London proofs. ‘Screwless’ frames beautifully engraved with martial trophies and foliage, fitted above with engraved sliding safety catches that also lock the pan. Cocks decorated with serpents heads. Slab sided walnut grips. Retaining traces of original finish.
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.