William Dupe, London. Superb pair of English flintlock dueling pistols, ca. 1805-10 - SOLD

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William Dupe, Oxford. Superb pair of full-stocked flintlock dueling pistols, ca. 1805-10. Beautiful, slender, tapered, 8 ¾” octagon barrels of .52 cal. with “Dupe” inlaid in gold at breeches. Bores and breeches are brilliant and pristine giving no evidence of ever having been fired. Overall length of the pistols is 14” and each weighs 1# 15oz. Nicely engraved iron mounts retain most of the original brilliant black finish. Beautifully figured walnut stocks retain all the original finish and checkering is crisp as if cut yesterday. Peerless quality locks inside and out.

Overall stunning pistols of the highest quality and condition in an original period case with Robert Bragg’s trade label, a well known London dealer in archery supplies and equipment during the early 1800’s.

As an interesting side note, William Dupe was known to have been in business in Oxford from 1798 until he went bankrupt and was imprisoned in 1813. He subsequently recovered for, by 1831, he was supplying double shotguns to the Prince Of Wales, one of which remains to this day in the Royal Collection at Windsor. There is also a 14-barreled gun of his in the Musee d’Armes in Liege.