DescriptionMagnificent Pair of "Golden-Age" Kentucky Pistols Signed, "L. Gurly", Boston, Ohio. 7 ½-inch rifled brass octagonal barrels with small front sight and dovetailed rear "V" notch sight. Top flat inscribed: L. Gurly. Muzzle faces inscribed with concentric circles. Lock mechanisms with roller-frizzens marked: "R. Ashmore/Warranted". Tiger-striped maple stocks with engraved brass furniture and silver ornamental inlays. Slightly convex brass pommel caps with engraved script monogram initials "GYW". .28 caliber rifled bores. [R. Ashmore: lockmaker of flint and percussion Kentucky rifles 1768-1775].
This unusual set of Kentucky Pistols exhibit classic, Early American Folk-art Embellishments to include stipple-bordered brass and coin-silver inlays scattered about each pistol. Important American Indian "Bow & Arrow" motifs are engraved on each trigger-guard. Both guns are virtually identical and marked on the top barrel flats, "L. Gurly", obviously the maker but unknown to collectors at the time of this writing. Additionally, each gun shows a Parallelogram silver inlay on the left side of each gun inscribed: Boston/Ohio, possibly the address of the maker. Original pairs of Kentucky Pistols are one of the utmost rarities in American Arms Collecting. With estimates of 100 to 200 rifles being produced for each single pistol, an original matching pair is nearly impossible to find. Further research is warranted on this wonderful and extremely rare set of American Flintlock Pistols, worthy of the finest museum, institutional or personal collection of early Americana and/or arms collections.
Condition: Fine. Barrels with light wear and age patina. Locks with age patina and minor frosting. Wood with light wear and minor bruises. Actions crisp.
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