Fall 2023 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction
November 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2023
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!
FINE CASED PAIR OF PILL LOCK HOLSTER OR DUELING PISTOLS BY CHARLES MOORE
Cal. 50 both
S# 1141 both
The 9″ swamped octagon barrels with under ribs, made of nicely patterned stub Damascus are engraved with Maker’s “77 St. James’s Street” address (CA 1825-42) on top flats. Case hardened patent breeches have inset platinum poincon marked “C. MOORE” “LONDON” “PATENT” all under a crown. Breeches have vented platinum blowouts and are fitted with bases having cups to receive pills or pellets of priming compound. Locks having flat plates are fitted with pivoting levers; one end of each lever has platinum seal that covers pill recess, base portion is shaped so that the fall of the hammer cams cover out of the way allowing firing pin to strike pellet. Flat faced hammer is filed with protrusion to move lever system, head has interchangeable firing pins, retaining spring is on inner side of nose. Locks are also fitted with back sliding safetys that engage at half cock. Locks, hammers etc., are nicely engraved with open scroll within feather borders on plates. Plates are also engraved “C. Moore. LONDON” under feather springs.
Root walnut stocks have flat checkered bag grips and horn tips. Trigger plates have pineapple finials, trigger guards have scroll engraving on bows and S#’s on tangs. Stocks attach to barrels with captive side bolts through oval silver escutcheons. Rosewood ramrods with brass tips and tails mount through single plain pipes and well filed steel thimbles.