45 caliber, 9.25" barrels, S/N 10080, by Joseph Manton ca 1837 (according to Neil and Back - Pp. 176 and 282). A superb and very rare cased pair of English tubelock dueling pistols by the master Joseph Manton, ca 1837. Pictured and cataloged in the Met. Museum Exhibition of Clay P. Bedford's collection of early firearms of Great Britain and Ireland exhibited at the Met. Museum of Art in 1971. Contains beautifully engraved locks with tubelock mechanisms. The figured walnut half stocks with horned fore-end tip and flattened checkering with silver thumbpiece. Pistols also contains octagonal barrels and elaborately engraved triggerguards. Case hardened breeches with platinum line and platinum touch mark stamped "Joseph Manton Patent." Cased in their original green lined case, with full Joseph Manton paper label intact and original. Accessories comprising of two-way flask by Sikes and base. Other accessories including brushes, screw-driver, patch cutter, and handle for mallet. Though not as popular as Joseph Manton flintlock duelers, his tubelock duelers are far, far rarer. This pair is a prize for the collector of systems, as well as for the collector of the finest cased English dueling pistols. Adding to their luster is the distinguished provenance of Clay P. Bedford and his ground-breaking exhibition at the Met. Museum of Art.
Provenance:Clay Bedford Pg. 89 and 90
This superb case set is in exemplary condition throughout, beautifully engraved locks with tubelock mechanisms retain much of their original case hardening. The tube springs retain nearly all their original niter blue. The octagonal barrels retain nearly 100% of their original period Damascus re-brown. Triggerguards elaborately engraved retain nearly 100% of their original bright peacock blue. Pineapple finials dull case hardened. Ramrods appear to be original. Both pistols of the very finest Manton quality throughout. Exterior of case with split-ring in fine condition. Accessories comprising two-way flask by Sikes retaining nearly all its original lacquer brown, spout, and base retaining nearly all their original finish.
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