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    MATCHED PAIR OF CASED PERCUSSION DUELING PISTOLS. These pistols are of extra quality, beautifully engraved and stocked. It's interesting a pair of pistols of this quality do not bear any makers identification or proof marks. Physical characteristics of construction, however, indicate they are of Belgian or possibly French origin. All mountings are of iron. Pistols are fitted with sighted 8" Damascus, octagon, micro grooved barrels in .56 calibre. Breaches are of the patented design with brass washered nipples. Top tangs and accompanying screws are delicately engraved in a floral pattern terminating in a chrysanthemum. Lock plates tell a story. One lock plate is beautifully engraved behind the hammer with a seated hound in an outdoor setting. The other lock plate is engraved with a reclining fox, again in an outdoor setting. Vine and foliage engraving adorns the front portion of the locks. Hammers are fantastic with great sculptural form and engraving. Stylized chisel relief fanged lion heads adorn hammer top and faces. In addition to vine and foliage engraving on the hammers, one is engraved with a delicately formed crane. The other hammer has a duck afloat in a pond. Lock escutcheons are eloquently formed and engraved with winged gargoyle heads. Trigger guards protecting the set triggers are finger spurred. Both are engraved, keeping with the outdoor theme evident throughout the engraving layout, with shore birds and water fowl. Steel trigger plates are sculptured retaining the foliage engraving style. Centralized ovals in each trigger plate contain an outdoor scene of a dwelling on a hill and a goose, respectively. Ramrod caps are delicately engraved with flower filled urns. Iron butt caps are raised and surmounted with large flowers. Half stocks of burl wood are checkered at the grip. Termination of stocks at butt are flared and carved.

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    November, 2007
    11th Sunday
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