.48 caliber, 8.25" hook breech, wedge retained octagonal barrel, no S/N. Damascus patterned barrel with gold bands at breech, hardwood stock with checkered grips. High grade single-shot percussion pistol with tight foliate engraving at breech, backstrap and around lock and hammer area, with triggerguard engraved en suite. Bolster with platinum blow out. Lock with rotating safety, adjustable trigger. Backstrap engraved Klawitter / in / Herzburg / Lidbent : fecit. Lower on the backstrap the gun is numbered 2, indicating it was part of a pair. Includes an old wood tipped wooden ramrod the may be a replacement. Several generations of gunmakers worked in Herzburg (Saxony) with the surname Klawitter. This gun is probably the work of Carl Christof (working ca 1820s-1840s) or August Franz (working ca 1840s-1890s). (Stockel)
Very good. Retains much of the Damascus patterning on the barrel with most of the gilt remaining at the breech and mostly crisp engraving. Mechanically functional, good smooth bore with moderate oxidation and some pitting. Stock with some wear, a long repaired crack through the counterpane, angling up into the barrel channel and scattered bumps and dings.