Pair of 18th Century German Flintlock Pistols by F. Petter

.54 caliber, 9.25" octagonal-to-round barrels, no S/N. Bright finish, brass mounts, blued small parts, beech stocks. Both pistols marked "1" on their tangs. 4.75" flat beveled flint locks with relief carved hunting and game scenes, unbridled faceted pans and flat beveled swan-neck cocks that are engraved en-suite with the locks, as are the fronts of the frizzes. Locks remain in original flint and are both signed F Petter in the "v" of the frizzen springs. Deeply chiseled brass mounts with panoplies of arms and heroic motifs on the butt caps, hunting scenes on the side plates and flowing foliate and feathery themes on the triggerguards, nose caps and other mounts. Barrels with simple, light engraving and traces of gold gilt highlights. Stocks with raised carved aprons around the locks, and along the backstops, with simple raised motifs and incised lines along the fronds. Brass tipped wood ramrods.


Very good. Metal cleaned to bright leaving the engraving on the barrels weak with only traces of gilt. One pistol with a repaired tang, showing a well-executed dovetailed patch. Both locks fully functional, mounts lightly cleaned with a golden color. Both stocks with some repairs with some wood filler around both lock mortises. One stock with 2" angled and spliced section of wood replaced at the forend tip and with a repaired crack through the grip. This same pistol shows replaced wood and more repaired cracks on the reverse near the butt cap. The other pistol some minor filler around the forend tip and a repaired crack through the grip at the butt cap. All repairs are neatly accomplished and do not substantially detract from the overall aesthetic quality of the pistols.

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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