Magnificent Pair of Relief-Carved Flintlock Holster Pistols, Probably German, Circa 1750. 17.25" overall with 10.25" .60 caliber smoothbore barrels. These guns were acquired by a WW II veteran in Germany who, in the 1950s, lightly cleaned the guns, and applied a thin coat of lacquer, most of which remains. One gun also exhibits a rather crude attempt to cover/ color some minor splits on the left front of the forestock. The guns obviously require proper, professional, restoration to correct these minor flaws. The barrels retain much of the original damascene finish, the front sight being of silver and heavily scroll engraved. A mounted rider on a rearing steed, surmounting dogs, is inlaid in silver just forward of the breech, highlighted with gold, the breech being heavily engraved and highlighted with gold, including a rampant dog. Barrel tangs also engraved. The locks are absolutely exquisite, with delicately engraved scene of a hunter in a plumed tri-corn hat, holding a dead rabbit, with two dogs in pursuit of a stag, with a rabbit being attacked by a dog intertwined with scrolls chaised/ engraved at the tail, the hammers deeply engraved/chaised with scrolls. All surfaces of the brass furniture are covered with elaborate chased/ engraved/ cast rococo forms along with delicately engraved hunting scenes on the sides of the butt caps and a figure in early eighteenth century dress with plumed tri-corn hat on the trigger guard bow. The cast brass side plates incorporate dogs with intertwined scrolls. Brass trigger plate with wide curled trigger. The stocks heavily relief carved at the rear pipe and the tang. Overall the guns are in excellent condition, with absolutely no rust or pitting, the brass furniture perfect, although there is some wear to the silver barrel inlays. Careful examination of the guns indicates the strong possibility that they were shortened approximately 2" during the period of use. Probably during the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. Difficult to detect but the overall proportions of the guns and placement of ramrod thimbles indicate such a modification has occurred. An exquisite pair of guns deserving a place in even the most sophisticated collection.

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    June, 2010
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