PAIR OF FLINT DUEL PISTOLS in box signed... - Lot 76 - Pousse-Cornet

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PAIR OF FLINT DUEL PISTOLS in box signed... - Lot 76 - Pousse-Cornet
PAIR OF FLINT DUEL PISTOLS in box signed Robert Wogdon. Octagonal barrels caliber .54 calibre octagonal barrels, case-hardened and slightly blunderbussed, the upper side signed "Wogdon" in a gilded oval engraved with a floral decoration in suite, gold light holes, sights on planchette, breech tails engraved with floral motifs; Flat bevelled bodies with nets signed in English letters ""Wogdon"" and provided at the back with a push button acting as safety, flat hammers with nets, steel basins, silver trimmings engraved with floral reasons, the bridges ending in the shape of acorn. These are punched inside, one is pierced with two small holes; walnut stocks, handles finely squared with sides, on the top an oval silver thumb piece presents English coats of arms; wooden sticks with dark horn tip for the one, with steel head making use of powder pod for the other and provided with a pig tail at the end (draw-barrel), length 25 cm. They are presented in their original walnut case covered with green cloth (faded, a small piece missing) and compartmentalized: in the upper left corner a compartment with a lid contains wads, in the lower right corner another one a dozen lead bullets. In the centre a compartment contains a brass powder flask sheathed in garnet morocco and a small leather pouch containing spare flints, there is also an ebony cleaning rod and a steel pellet mould marked 24, key missing.
Circa 1785-1790.
Set in good condition with some minor wear.



Mark of origin: a crowned leopard's head, letter ""K"" indicating the year 1785, Assay mark, the passing lion, M.B. mark in a cartouche indicating Mose Brent active in London in the late 18th century.
L: 39 cm.
Good condition

Robert Wogdon (1734 - 1813) is the most famous gunsmith of the Georgian period (reign of George III) and the regency. He settled in London in 1764 and joined John Barton in 1795. His dueling pistols are known for their simple elegance but above all their precision and efficiency. They played a role in several historical duels such as the one between Aaron Burr, vice-president of the United States, and Alexander Hamilton, George Washington's right-hand man, who was mortally wounded. A similar pair was used in the duel scene in Stanley Kubrick's film "Barry Lindon"

Consultant: Laurent Mirouze
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