John Manton, London.  Extremely rare pair of early, hitherto unrecorded, 28-bore flintock dueling pistols, #1156, made in 1790 - SOLD

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John Manton, London. Extremely rare, hitherto undocumented, pair of early 28-bore Dueling Pistols, #1156 made in 1790.  10”, re-browned and tapered (.070” from breech to muzzles), smooth-bore, octagon barrels with clean bores and breeches. There are a few tiny isolated spots of pitting at the breech of each of the barrels otherwise the barrels and mounts are free of corrosion. The engraved Iron mounts have a brownish-gray patina with a few faint traces of original finish. All engraving is crisp with no evidence of corrosion. The slender walnut full-stocks have a few dents, dings, and bruises and one has some gouges in the butt as if it had been used as a tack hammer at some point. There is a very minor, unrepaired, crack in the stock of one pistol just ahead of the rear barrel wedge on the right side. All the rest of the original bold checkering is crisp showing little wear. Barrels are secured with two wedges which have no escutcheons. The locks are superb, with rear sliding safeties that bolt both the tumblers internally as well as engaging a bolt (pin) that locks down the frizzens, when the lock is at the half-cock position. The internal lock parts have a few insignificant areas of old corrosion but most of the internals retain their original polish and much of the original fire-blue finish. Touch-holes and pans are gold lined. Both pistols are mechanically perfect in every way! Ramrods appear to be original to the guns. The unusual French-fit case, possibly from a slightly later period, with gold embossed, leather-lined, fitted compartments for the pistols and each piece of the complete complement of original accessories,  showing some wear but remaining in good condition overall.
These pistols were early conversions to percussion and have been peerlessly reconverted to flintlock in our shop by Master Gun maker, Steve Alexander. Overall an incredibly rare, very early, pair of dueling pistols by one of the world’s greatest  maker’s.