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   LOT 1391
Unusual Boxlock Flintlock “Duck Foot” Pistol by Forth of York - NSN, 44 cal., 2 7/8 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. This late 18th century or early 19th century pistol has four barrels at different angles creating a spread of four shots when the pistol is fired. The barrels have false rifling at the muzzles. The top of the action at the breech has fleur-de-lis stamps, and the underside has London style proof marks. The right side of the frame has “FORTH/YORK” in an oval surrounded by martial engraving. The sliding safety also locks the pan closed. A belt hook is fitted on the right. The grip is finely checkered. These “duck’s foot” pistols were useful in dissuading a mob or mutineers. A single pull of the trigger could allow one man to wound or kill multiple attackers in an instant. The consignor’s note stated this pistol was from the Elmer Keith Estate Collection CONDITION: Very good with mainly dark brown patina overall, distinct engraving, and mild overall wear. The grip is fine and has distinct checkering with mild handling wear and some minor dings and storage marks. Mechanically fine. Estimate: 5,000 - 7,500
LOT 1392
Scarce Engraved Seven-Shot Manually Revolved Flintlock Pepperbox Pistol by G. Turner of Dublin
- NSN, 34 cal., 2 1/2
LOT 1393
Unusual Four-Shot Manually Revolved Boxlock Flintlock Pepperbox
Pistol - Serial no. 187, 38 cal., 2 5/8 inch round bbl., bright finish, brass grips.
This interesting and rare pistol may be late 18th century French in origin, but
aside from “187” stamped on the butt and some floral scroll engraving on the brass
frame/grip, the pistol is unmarked. The cock and trigger are nice scroll patterns. There is a small round switch on the right for rotating the barrels.
CONDITION: Very good with aged patina on the brass, faint crack by the screw on the right, gray and brown patina on the balance, and general mild overall wear mainly from age and storage.
Estimate: 2,250 - 3,500
   inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut grips. The right side of this interesting pistol’s boxlock action is signed “G. TURNER/DUBLIN” in an oval surrounded by engraved martial patterns. Gunmaker George Turner was active in the late 18th century and into the 19th century in Dublin. The pistol has Irish Registration Act of 1843 markings from Wexford on the barrels which have false rifling at the muzzles and are numbered to match the breech plate. The breech collar has burst and border engraving. A sliding half-cock safeties is fitted on top of the action, and their are thumb-screws on the left and right sides. The robust walnut grip is checkered and has a plain silver pommel cap and an “SD” inscribed silver wrist escutcheon. CONDITION: Very good with mottled gray and brown patina on the iron, attractive aged patina on the silver, mellow aged patina on the breech collar, and general mild overall wear, including some light pitting. The grip is fine and has distinct checkering, light scratches and dings, and edge and handling wear. Mechanically fine. Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500
LOT 1394
Large Finely Engraved Tanner of Hanover Single Action
Percussion Revolving Pepperbox - NSN, 42 cal., 7 inch round bbl.,
brown/casehardened/blue finish, walnut grips. Carl Daniel Tanner (1791
- 1858) moved to Hanover in 1829 and was a royal gunmaker to the King of
Hanover and Duke of Brunswick. This interesting pepperbox is operated by pulling on
the release trigger ahead of the trigger guard while cocking the hammer to advance
the six-shot barrel group. The action has “TANNER A HANOVER” signed below the hammer, and the
revolver features elaborate German scroll and engraving patterns along with a reposed male lion
on the top. Each of the six smoothbore, Damascus barrels has a bead front sight. A notch rear sight is fitted on
the top of the action. The trigger guard is spurred. The stock has a checkered wrist and flared pommel.
CONDITION: Fine with crisp engraving and marking, 40% of the faded original brown finish and Damascus
patterns visible along the barrels along with some faint pitting, light original case colors mixed with dark patina,
75% plus original blue on the trigger guard, and general minor age and storage related wear overall. The stock is
also fine and has crisp checkering, some light scratches and dings, some filled knots, and a small sliver absent on
the upper left edge. Mechanically fine. 289 Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750

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