19-Bore (.62 caliber) smooth bores, 10.5" octagonal barrels, no S/N R-1480 & R-1481. Damascus patterned browned barrels, blued iron and German silver furniture, checkered saw-handled figured walnut stocks. Flat beveled stepped flint locks with waterproof iron pans, roller frizzes and flat swan neck cocks with sliding safeties. Engraved locks with foliate designs and panoplies of arms read Joseph Tirebuck / 56 Haymarket. Breeches with gold bands, platinum blow outs and top flats engraved London with gold gilt. Both post-1813 Birmingham commercial proofs and London commercial proofs are present under the barrels, which are gauged 19 and serial numbered. Fire blued, adjustable single-set triggers. Engraved spurred triggerguards with panoplies of arms and pineapple finials. Flat butts with German silver oval discs and engraved borders. German silver nose caps engraved with starburst and geometric patterns. Both with brass tipped wood ramrods, one with an iron jag and removable brass cap, the other without this feature. Pistols are contained in a brass mounted mahogany veneered wood case with divided interior, two lidded compartment and a restored green baize lining.
Accessories in the casing include a leather flint wallet with two flints in place, a wood handled cleaning brush, a heavy brass tipped combination wood loading rod with concealed ball puller, a wooden loading mallet with red Moroccan leather on the faces, a leather covered brass multi-compartment flask with sections for power, balls and flints, an iron scissor mold marked "24", a case hardened mainspring vise that appears to be of more recent vintage, a plated oil bottle (also more recent) and wood handled turnscrew. Brass escutcheon plate on top of case engraved with a coat of arms. Joseph Tirebuck worked in London ca1813-1816 (Blackmore). A really lovely set of large bore English flintlock pistols from the end of the Napoleonic Wars period.
Very good. Pistols retain much of their thinning brown finish and Damascus patterning. Markings and engraving clear and crisp, mechanically functional, fine smooth bores with scattered light oxidation. Stocks with some scattered bumps and dings, retaining much of their varnish with some wear and loss. Casing very good with interior restored, accessories all rate very good to fine. A very nice pair of pistols that date very tightly to the years 1813-1816.