Crisp condition and lots of original finish helped this pair of 40-bore six-shot pepperbox revolvers (pictured top) to £15,000 at Thomas Del Mar on July 10. Made by Westley Richards c. 1850, they were still in their original oak case with some accessories, including a three-way flask and a rammer.
A rare pair of 40-bore duelling pistols with patent magazine-primed locks by Forsyth & Co c.1828 which took £14,000 at Thomas Del Mar.
Forsyth is the name when it comes to the development of the percussion lock in England and any good examples of his various early systems will sell at a premium. These pistols were in good condition in a case bearing a Lang trade label.
The auction house had similar hopes for another pair of early percussion guns, a cased pair of pellet-lock pistols by Charles Moore, but those failed to sell.
Manton duelling pair
A cased pair of 40-bore percussion duelling pistols by John Manton & Son which sold for £10,050 at Bonhams on May 23.
Twigg doubles up
An unusual cased set of four late 18th century flintlock pistols which made £12,550 at Bonhams on May 23. The pair of 24-bore duelling pistols is by the London maker John Twigg and accompanied by a pair of smaller 120-bore Liège boxlock pocket pistols. All are accommodated in a contemporary mahogany case.
A pair of double-barrelled flintlock pistols by Joseph Manton of London, 1803 which reached £21,000 at Holts (25% buyer’s premium) in London on June 18. These handsome pistols were cased with accessories and both had iron sockets set into the back of the grips for a detachable shoulder stock, but these were not present.