A Good (Restored) English Side-by-Side Double-Barrel Percussion Pistol by, MANNING, TIVERTON, England
A Good (Restored) English Side-by-Side Double-Barrel Percussion Pistol by, MANNING, TIVERTON, England, circa. 1840's. 9", .52 caliber smooth-bore barrels with decorative engraving on the top flat near the breech and engraved "TIVERTON". The bottom of the barrels have (2) Birmingham PROOF marks. Double triggers. The pistol is designed with percussion back-action locks maker signed "MANNING" and has very fine quality decorative engraving on both sides. All iron parts exhibit areas of light surface rust pitting and have been professionally cleaned bright. The rounded wood bag-shaped grip of the half-stock has fine checkering with a vacant oval wrist escutcheon made of silver and silver barrel wedge escutcheon plates and silver lower entry cap. The stock has the original varnish with light scratches and dings from years of handling. The original wood ram rod with brass tip and brass capped iron worm. A fine example (as restored) in good mechanical working order.
MEASURES - 15.25" overall length.
THE RESTORATION - The pistol has been professionally cleaned overall. Both of the top sections of the "spur" triggers were broken off. I encountered a double barrel percussion shot gun that suffered the same fate and a very interesting fix was performed. The tops of the hammers were flattened, drilled, and taped to received a screw with brass tubing so the original hammers could still be used. The same fix was performed on this pistol and it works great ! Priced accordingly...