A Good Pair of Percussion Target/Duelling Pistols by Gardner of Newcastle. With browned octagonal sighted barrels signed, ‘GARDNER NEWCASTLE’ along the top flats and fitted with rear-sight, case coloured hardened breech lugs, engraved with scrolling foliage with single platinum lines and fitted with platinum plugs, signed border engraved locks decorated with scrolling foliage, fitted with sliding safety catches, set-triggers, half-stocked in walnut with rectangular silver escutcheons, engraved steel furniture comprising butt caps and triggers guards retaining most of their original finish: in original lined and fitted brass mounted oak case with all accessories including three-way flask, bullet mould, turn-screw and cleaning rods, the interior of the lid with the makers trade label, the exterior of the lid with brass escutcheon with flush fitting carrying handle. The pistols are in beautiful condition overall.
John [1813-1834] Made flintlock pocket pistols, Shop at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.