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Thos. Wilson & Co. London + Liverpool
circa 1850,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Wilson & Company, a cased pair of English percussion dueling pistol.
Each with 9" octagonal, brown twist barrel in caliber .56 smoothbore. Top flats marked Liverpool. Undersides with Birmingham proofs. Casehardened and engraved patent breeches with gold and platinum lines. Engraved and sighted tangs. Casehardened and foliate-engraved locks with half-cock safeties and signed Thos Wilson & Co. Single set triggers. Engraved steel trigger guards with pineapple-form finials. Varnished walnut half-stocks with silver-plated fore-end caps, wedge, wrist escutcheons and with checkered, bag-shaped grips. One stock stamped opposite of lock W I. Complete with green baize-lined case, the lid with shaped, German silver escutcheon. Interior of lid with trade label Thos Wilson & Co. / Sheffield Plate, Hardware  / and  / Gun Warehouse / 70 Lord St. corner of South John St.  / Liverpool. Partitioned interior containing bullet mold, wad cutter, W. BARTRAN marked powder flask  and mallet  / loading rod. Additional special made leather case which fits perfect the wooden box. Very good condition. Barrels retain much brown finish with some minor spotting, one with patches of flaking. Breeches and locks with smooth dark patina showing slight traces of faded casehardening. Trigger guards with slight traces of blue remaining. Sound stocks showing marks and wear to varnish. Case lid with numerous dents and slightly warped. Front of case original fitted with hooks, now missing.
A very nice set in fine condition.   sold

 

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