~ A Pair of Late 18th Century Rifled Percussion Conversion Duelling Pistols By Manton of London ~
The lock plates, barrel tangs and trigger guards have floral decorations and both grips are elaborately carved.
The hexagonal barrels are also decorated with silver inlay and the gunsmiths name on the top of the barrel is inlaid in gold.
The stock end fittings underneath the barrel are made of silver.
The hammers are dolphin shaped.
The lower end of the butts have trapdoor steel fittings, used to reach the stocks main screw and to store a ball.
Both grips are fitted with suspension rings.
Both pistols half cock, cock and release with ease.
The ramrods are hinged.
The pistols calibre is 12 gauge (.73 cal) and are fitted with front and rear sights.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel length is 7.5 inches (19 cm) and the overall length of a pistol is 13.5 inches (34.3 cm).
The pair weighs 1.9 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The pistols are in good condition with some signs of use.
The metalwork has a minimum amount of pitting but is rust free.
The gold inlay on the top of the barrel is partially lost.
The woodwork has some amount of bruises and age wear but its overall condition is good, free of splits.
The percussion nipples were replaced at some point in time.
Both ram rods are modern replacements.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £25 or they can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.