French Flintlock Coat Pistols with switchblade bayonets, ca. 1790 - SOLD

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Superb pair of French, brass-barreled, flintlock coat pistols with switchblade bayonets, ca. 1790.  Overall length 8 ¼” with blade folded beneath barrel.  Beautiful 4” long octagonal smoothbore brass barrels with cannon muzzles have mint bores. Spring-loaded switchblade bayonets have a 2 ½” cutting length. In the closed position the tip of the bayonet locks within a recess in the front of the spring-loaded sliding trigger guard. When the trigger guard is moved rearward the blade springs out instantly locking in the extended position. The action incorporates a highest quality sliding safety that locks the frizzen down with a pin as well as locking the cock in the half-cock position. The brass boxlock actions and barrels are beautifully engraved and retain a lovely rich patina. The triggers retain most of the original fire blue finish, and the cocks and frizzens retain much original finish as well. The figured, silver wire inlaid, walnut stocks are finely checkered and show little use. Overall these remarkable little pistols are mechanically in as-new condition, retaining most of the original finish throughout, and show little evidence of use. They are quite rare in this condition and wonderful early examples of firearms for self defence.