Pistol / Hand GunsMuzzleloader18th Century Double Barrel Percussion Pistol by Leech of ChelmsfordCalibre .62
~ 18th Century Double Barrel Percussion Pistol By Leech Of Chelmsford ~
This is a fine example of a most well preserved early double barrel percussion piece.
Handguns like these were experimental during the last two decades of the 18th century, featuring the new then, percussion system.
The attention to details is astonishing, nothing being left to chance or omitted during the manufacturing process of this gun.
The two Damascus barrels are attached together in the most precise way possible being linked on the top with triangular shaped a metal ending in a silver front sight.
The other parts of the metalwork are foliage decorated in the finest way possible with an arms and banners inlayed trigger guard with pineapple shaped finials. A resized pineapple finial is sited at the entry hole of its original the brass and wood ramrod.
The walnut chequered grips are decorated at the top with a silver plated brass oval cartouche.
Both lockplates are named “Leech” and the bar that links the tow barrels is marked “Chelmsford”, indicating that the manufacturer is Leech of Chelmsford.
Both hammers are dolphin shaped and the nipples preserve their original bluing.
The two smoothbore barrels have an inner diameter of 0.62 inches (16 mm).
~ Dimensions ~
The barrels length is 14.4 cm (5.66 inches) and the overall length of the piece is 30.5 cm (12 inches).
It weighs 925 grams.
~ Condition ~
The pistol half cocks, cocks and releases with strong springs. A crisp action.
The metalwork developed a beautiful patina and remains in pristine condition.
The woodwork remains undamaged as well and with minimal wear.
~ Postage ~
Postage costs £18 or the piece can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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