An Antique, Cased Garniture, Of A Pair Of Percussion Holster Pistols By Joseph Egg Together With A Double Barrelled Percussion Pocket Pistol
Stock Number: 50086
Offered for Sale Is A Very Fine Antique Cased Garniture Of Three Percussion Pistols, including a Pair Of 16 Bore Officers Holster By Joseph Egg, And A 100 Bore Turn Over Barrel Percussion Pistol By "Taylor". In An Oak Fitted Case With Many Accessories.
UK and Ireland
Offered for Sale is a very impressive Antique Garniture, consisting of a pair of Officers, single shot, percussion Holster Pistols, each clearly signed to the lock “Joseph Egg”;, and to the flat top of the 16 Bore barrels; “Joseph Egg 1 Piccadilly London”. The Barrels are round, with a flat top, to a superb, unblemished, fine browned Damascus, with a small bead foresight. The side lock, Dolphin hammer, upper rear barrel tang, with rear V sight, trigger guard with pineapple finial, and butt cap, are all finely engraved.
There is a steel captive hinged ramrod to each pistol.The original, one piece walnut stocks are to a fine oiled finish, with very fine, quality chequering to the grip stock. Now to a superb patina, with only very minor dings of age and use.
Actions to 1/2 and full cock, are strong, and each nipple is intact, and original. The o/a length 13.1/4 inches..
Contained in a substantial, period Oak Case, fitted and lined with green beige.
Ensuite is a small, double turn over barrelled, percussion pocket pistol , with 1.5 inch turn off barrels [ not seized], a box lock percussion action, very sound and strong to 1/2 and full cock, releasing a concealed trigger. There is a sliding safety. The lock is finely engraved, inscribed “Taylor”; to the LHS, and; “Beverley”; to the RHS. Each barrel is 100 bore. There is a rounded walnut grip. O/a in vg condition, and length 5-3/4 inches..
The many compartments contain an ebony ramrod, with brass worm, a C & W.H &Fire Proof brass flask, an C & W. Hawksley brass flask, a 16 Bore and 100 bore Mould, a Cap tin, a Bone Percussion Cap container, a leather cap bag, 3 turnscrews, and a nipple screw, all with ebony handles. The 2 covered compartments contain 16 and 100 bore lead balls respectively.
The case has a stand up, hinged lid, with a trade label fixed to the lid interior. The lid is retained by brass catches … there is a complete lock, with brass escutcheon, but no key. To the exterior, is an original, hinged, round brass lifter/handle. The case has brass, inlet brass corners.. There are no splits or cracks, and is to a typical oak patina of the era, with some dings of age and use.
This case measures …24-5/8 inches X 9-1/2 inches; X 3-1/4 inches;.
Joseph Egg, was the son of the brother of Durs Egg, and was a prolific maker of guns, and surgical Instruments, He worked in London from 1800, and among his various outlets, including a partnership with Tatham and Egg, he worked at No 1 Piccadilly, Nr the Haymarket, London. C 1830 – 40.
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I have dealt in Antique Arms and Armour for about 35 years, and my interest began as a school boy during the 2nd WW.
After leaving my home town of Leicester, I went to University, and qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Guys Hospital in 1961 .
My main interests are British and North American Arms of the 18th, 19th,and early 20th Century, plus a few Continental items.
It was 14 years ago that I retired from Dentistry. However, I have continued running my Antiques business, initially while still in practice, and now make most of my sales online, but still exhibit at a number of specialized Antique Arms and Militaria Fairs eg .. Bisley, Bristol, and also at the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, Sussex.
I also deal in Period Scientific Instruments, mainly of a military association, and have a full listing on www.fleaglass.com.