A Fantastic and Beautiful Cased Pair of Silver Mounted Dutch/English Flintlock Pistols by F. MERCIER A LIEGE'
A Fantastic and Beautiful Cased Pair of Silver Mounted Dutch/English Flintlock Pistols by F. MERCIER A LIEGE', c. 1750, cased, c. 1790-1820.
The pistols have 8 1/8", .64 cal. octagon-to-round steel barrels with silver blade type fore-sights. The top (3) flat sections of the breech stamped and impressed in silver with the makers mark depicting a small "CROWN" over "F M" with an unidentified animal in stride then flanked by (3) fleur-de-lis stamps. Decoratively engraved barrel tangs (one worn). The early form convex steel banana shaped locks are engraved underneath the curvature of the pans "F MERCIER A LIEGE". High quality engraved sterling silver furniture includes trigger guards, butt caps, ram rod pipes, and English Georgian style side plates depicting panoply of arms. Both wood stocks are solid with sharp sections of grip checkering, some minor edge chipping and both have minimal light scratches and dings from years of handling. All steel parts exhibit areas of salt & pepper rust pitting (some areas worse than others). Wood ram rods. Both pistols are in their original flintlock configuration and are in good mechanical working order. A beautiful and interesting pair of pistols in very fine condition !
Each pistol measures: 13.75" overall.
NOTE: One pistol stock was at one time cracked through the grip area and very hard to see and detect because of the checkering. The form of the locks are of the late 17th-early 18th century. It is my opinion that the locks were from an earlier pair of large holster size pistols and were possibly reused to make this pair of pistols, c. 1750. The side plates are clearly English and typical of examples encountered on high quality Georgian silver mounted pistols of the 18th century. The balance of the pistols are very interesting and rather unique. The pistols are cased in a very nice English box, c. 1790-1820.
Accessories include: a wonderful early red leather covered 3-way powder flask, bullet mold, tow, lead balls, extra flints, turn screw, ram rod/cleaning rod, pan brush, and patches.
CASE: High Quality Period English box made with brass flush fitting lifting handle on the top of the lid with front swing hooks and Measures: 18 1/8" X 9" X 2.75" with correct early English green baize lining. It is our opinion that these pistols are not original to the box but a fantastic marriage. Key for front lock is missing.
THE GUN MAKER: F. MERCIER (Francois Mercier) recorded as working in Liege, Belgium from 1741-1767.
Ref. p.793 HEER DER NEUE STOCKEL 2, c. 1979.