COMING IN MAY 2020
INCREDIBLY RARE MATCHED BRACE OF DUCK-FOOT PISTOLS BY COLLIS OF OXFORD, SILVER MOUNTED.
inv # 01-17437
Cal. 48 Bore.
Any original duck-foot pistol is rare, finding a silver mounted pair of high quality pistols like these is perhaps a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. Each pistol has four 3 3/8” turn-off cannon shaped barrels, numbered to match breech sections. One pistol’s numbers are “1, 2, 3, and 4” while on the other they are “5, 6, 7, and 8”. A London view proof is at bottom of breech section for each barrel. Boxlock flintlock actions have reinforced serpentine cocks and friction frizzens with springs dovetailed into breech sections. Triggers have scroll filed tips and double beaded guards engraved with floral bursts in diamonds. Otherwise breech sections are border engraved with “COLLIS” and “OXFORD” in scrolled banners on each side. Fruitwood stocks with bulbous grips are silver mounted with hallmarked grotesque mask butt caps. Hallmarks are for Birmingham sterling, date mark 1778-9, and maker Richard Bickley, who worked with the famed Matthew Boulton, along with John Fothergill, and Charles Freeth in Boulton’s Soho manufactory. Freeth and Bickley specialized in gun mounts. Stocks are also decorated with inlet scrolled silver wire chinoiserie motifs. Vacant silver ovals are at tops of grips.