A Fine Antique PAIR of English Flintlock Dueling Pistols Converted to Percussion Made by "H. RICHARDS, LATE MORTIMER, LONDON"
A Fine Antique (PAIR) of English Flintlock Dueling Pistols Converted to Percussion Made by "H. RICHARDS, LATE MORTIMER, LONDON", circa. 1805. Heavy 9.25", .58 caliber octagon steel smooth-bore barrels with very high quality engraved patent breeches. Each barrel has a single gold band at the breech and engraved "RICHARDS, LATE MORTIMER, LONDON". The locks have sliding safety's (one lever head broken off but still works), high quality decorative engraving depicting the British Union Jack on a shield surrounded by foliage, a horn, a drum and maker engraved "H. RICHARDS". Set triggers. Polished wood ram rods. Steel furniture includes trigger guards with finger balance and high quality engraving depicting the British Union Jack on a shield surrounded by a panoply-of-arms and a pineapple finial. The wood stocks have checkered grips and horn fore-end caps. Both stocks are solid with scratches and dings from years of handling. A great pair of pistols in good mechanical working order.
Note; Both stocks have had a coat of varnish added at some point. One tumbler screw is a period replacement.
The Maker: Henry Richards partnered with MORTIMER in the early 19th century.