A Wonderful and Beautiful Cased Pair of SCOTTISH Percussion Dueling Pistols by W. MACLAUCHLAN, EDINBURGH
A Wonderful and Beautiful Antique Cased Pair of SCOTTISH Percussion Dueling Pistols by W. MACLAUCHLAN, EDINBURGH, circa. 1830's. 9", .64 cal. octagon smooth-bore steel barrels with patent breeches and the top flat engraved "W. MACLAUCHLAN, EDINBURGH", (2) small Proof marks stamped on the underside of the barrel and retain 90% of the original striped brown finish. Very fine decoratively engraved barrel tangs with vibrant case hardened colors. The flat engraved steel locks have high quality sliding safety's, and engraved "W. MACLAUCHLAN" (each exhibit strong case hardened colors). High quality engraved blued steel furniture includes trigger guards with interesting finials (all steel furniture retains approx. 90%+ original blue finish). Both 3/4 walnut stocks have small wood loses to the upper right edge of the fore-stock just in front of the lock plate and are solid with sharp sections of grip checkering, horn end caps, and, both have minimal light scratches and dings from years of handling. The stocks are fitted with silver barrel wedge escutcheons and vacant rectangular wrist escutcheons. Original brass tipped ram rods with ball worms. Both barrels exhibit minimal rust pitting around the percussion nipples. Both pistols are all original percussion configuration and are in good mechanical working order. A beautiful pair of dueling pistols in excellent condition !
Each pistol measures: 15" overall.
Accessories include: a wonderful 3-way powder flask with 80% original finish, bullet mold, tow, lead balls, percussion cap tin with caps, turn screw, black powder measure, percussion cap dispenser, percussion nipple tool with vent pin, and patches.
High Quality Period English dovetail box made with early flush fitting lifting handle on the top of the lid and Measures: 19" X 9" X 3" 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. Front mounted brass swing hooks. The corners of the box exhibit bruising and some minor loses.
ABOUT THE MAKER: William MacLauchlan Gunmaker was first recorded as working at 8, Lothian St. Edinburgh in 1806, 15 Lothian St. 1811, 37 Nicolson St. 1814, moving to 39 Nicolson St. 1815, Frederick St. 1830, Home St. 1848 , last recorded at 2 Morrison St. 1849.