c. 1790-1810 Cased PAIR of English Flintlock Pistols
c. 1790-1810, Cased PAIR of English Flintlock Pistols with Brass Barrels and Locks made by, "CLARK & RODGERS, LONDON," Brass Appointed Wooden Case, all Very Fine.
This choice quality Cased Pair of English Flintlock Pistols with Brass Barrels and Locks each have a 9" .577 (regulation) caliber multistage octagon-to-round brass smoothbore barrel, Engraved "LONDON" and struck with Two private Hallmark PROOFS a CROWN over "V" (VIEWED) and a CROWN over "GP" (GUN MAKERS PROOF) each within an oval. Its Brass lock plates are Maker marked, "CLARK & RODGERS" with high quality roller frizzen springs. Both Pistols are in their original Flintlock configuration. All Brass furniture, the trigger guards with decorative "Pineapple" finials. Both stocks are solid with typical light scratches and dings from years of actual handling, having flat sided plain grips that swell at bottom. One Pistol has a fine hairline crack through the grip which was well mended long ago. The other Pistol is lacking a small sliver of wood from the left, and a longer sliver from the right upper section of the fore-end. Both Pistols retain their original horn tipped ramrods with worms intact. Both Pistols are in good mechanical working order, being about 15" in overall length. A very attractive set being the type purchased as Dueling Pistols. They were also preferred by Naval Officers because unlike steel, brass does not corrode or rust. Their handsome Wooden Case measures about 20" x 2.75" x 8.75". It has brass appointments with a round lifting handle, and dates c. 1790. However, it was lined and labeled in the 1840's. Impressive and rare.