A Rare Pair of Irish Flintlock Manstoppers by John Rigby, Dublin. With re-browned twist sighted barrels each engraved â€˜Dublinâ€™ within the sighting groove along the top, grooved tangs each engraved with foliage, signed border engraved flat bevelled locks each with safety-catch, roller and engraved 'French' cock (one steel tip repaired, cocks and steels now blacked), figured full stocks (minor old bruising) with chequered rounded butts, the latter each with silver cap with characteristic short tail, steel trigger-guards each with pineapple finial and decorated with foliage on the border engraved bow, silver escutcheons engraved with owner's initials 'AW', and stirrup ramrods.
An example of early pre-serial numbered Rigby pistols. Serial numbering began in 1821, starting with number 5337
For a similar pair of pistols see Christie's South Kensington, Antique Arms And Armour, 17 December 2008, lot 193
These pistols were sold as part of the Daniel Williams Collection of Antique Arms, 28th November 2018, Bonhams, London.
Bore: 18 Bore
Barrel Length: 4 Inches (10.16 cm)
Overall Length: 7.5 Inches (19.05 cm)