J.B. Hanquet, Liege. Handsome cased pair of .45 caliber percussion target pistols, ca. 1850 - SOLD

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J.B. Hanquet, Liege. Handsome cased pair of .45 caliber percussion target pistols, ca. 1850. Overall length of each pistol 15 ½”.  Superb 9 ½” rifled octagonal damascus steel barrels retain most of the original finish and bores are mint. Gold inlaid and engraved breech and false breech retain virtually all the original hardening colors. Breech bolsters are beautifully filed with guards and deep hammer recesses to prevent injury from percussion cap shrapnel. Rear sight mechanism is within the false breech and elevation is adjustable via a screw located just behind the sight. The peerless quality locks with stepped down tails are beautifully engraved and inlaid with both gold and silver. Tumblers are equipped with a fly and single set triggers are fully adjustable, features found on only the finest target pistols of the day. The fancy iron mounts are beautifully filed and engraved retaining virtually all the original brilliant black finish. The highly figured walnut half-stocks are elaborately carved in deep relief and retain most of the original varnish. Original highly figured rosewood case with ebony inlaid edges and inlaid brass corners is complete with all original accessories each in it’s own French-fitted compartment. The accessories are of splendid quality befitting the set. Overall a magnificent pair of precision shooting instruments by Jean Baptiste Hanquet and representative of a bygone era in which superior workmanship and attention to every detail were the order of the day. The whole remaining in near mint condition throughout.