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Hollis was a maker of quality guns and resident in Cheltenham between 1829 and 1856. Over the years I have seen several of Hollis’ pistols with Lions and Grotesque masks on the butt and he appears to have had a predilection for them.
The trade label is additionally signed in black in George L Walton July 7th 1857 with a Gwent address, Gwent being a county in South East Wales. I have no doubt that given the quality of this set and their high cost at the time that George Walton would be a researchable gentleman, It is always a bonus to be able to discern provenance.
The exterior of the lid with a brass circular escutcheon (vacant) and military style brass corner protectors.
An attractive cased pair of pistols likely made towards the end of Hollis’ career.