A pair of French 1822 pattern percussion cavalry pistols. Both marked "Mle 1822 / bis" on the breechplug tangs and made originally in percussion. These pistols underwent a number of modifications during their service life and stayed in service into the Franco-Prussian War, qualifying for them use in the Crimean War and the French troubles in Mexico as well. Their rifled .69 caliber bores made them a challenging weapon to face.The top pistol in our photo is a Chatterault arsenal product and is so marked on the lockplate. The reverse show inspector stamps dated 1860 and a St. Etienne stamp as well. The metal is a crusty brown and there is an old crack down through the lockplate screw on the offside. The mechanism works. Ramrod and lanyard ring are in place. The second pistol shows a St. Etienne arsenal maker stamp on the lockplate and 1861 dated St. Etienne inspection stamp on the offside. The metal on this one is somewhat better, showing bright in places, though mixed with some crusty brown spots as well, particularly toward the muzzle. Mechanism is functional. Rammer and lanyard ring are in place. Years ago these were represented as possible Confederate secondary pistols. A few may well have crossed into Texas from Mexico but I am unaware of any solid proof. Perhaps you know. A great value in the world of antique arms collecting.