7mm caliber, 4.25" slightly swamped round barrels, S/N 2975. Browned Damascus patterned barrels, color case hardened locks, engraved German silver mounts, carved wood stocks with checkered grips. Barrels engraved and inlaid with silver foliate patterns at the breech and read REIGER IN MUNCHEN. Case hardened breech pieces and percussion locks with relief engraved foliate scroll patterns, locks with rotating hammer block safeties. German silver triggerguard engraved with foliate themes and the serial number 2975 on each one near the base of the grip. German silver side lock screw escutcheon engraved as well, with two additional decorative escutcheons on the counterpane. Fixed notch rear sight, dovetailed German silver front sight blade. Stocks carved with grotesque mask butts that transition to flowing foliate images and checkered grips, with the aprons around the tangs with deep relief carved foliate patters with stippled backgrounds.
Pistols are contained in their original figured walnut case with a French-fit interior lined in dark green velvet. The casing contains a wonderful set of accouterments and accessories made for the pistols that are in lovely condition. These include a carved horn powder flask with two deer prancing on the front, a steel bullet mold, a hinged brass powder measure and funnel combination, a steel cone wrench and screwdriver blade that have an accompanying detachable ebony handle, a wooden loading mallet and bullet starter, a brass cleaning rod with ebony handle, a wooden cleaning tool that is missing the tip, two spare cones, some linen wads in one of the lidded compartments and some caps in the other lidded compartment. Both compartments are also filled with old newspaper. The key for the case, which operates the lock, is included.
Johann Rieger worked in München (Munich), Bavaria ca 1843-1855 (Stockel).
Fine. Pistols are very crisp, retaining most of their browned Damascus patterning on the barrels, silver deeply tarnished, engraving clear and crisp. Case colors mostly faded to silver with traces of vibrance in protected areas. Mechanically functional, fine bores with some light oxidation in the grooves. Casing very good to fine with some wear and warping to the exterior, showing minor marks and mars. Interior with some wear and fading, most accessories fine, with the brass cleaning rod wood handle showing numerous small chips and the working end broken off the other wood rod, which has a crack in the handle.